To clarify, backsliding is not a term we use in my church, although we do teach on how to avoid, and how to overcome from doing so. Also, this post is an intense read, and not for the faint hearted. It is a compilation of various visions of christians seen in hell and of what they are telling us to stop doing. Why share these awful situations? Why not just share more encouraged thoughts? Basically, its not my intention to scare anyone to repent, but that I found it to be astonishingly truthful, direct, and that this can be possible. Please keep in mind that these examples are brief and do not contain all of the background details for some situations. We also should not assume that if this happens at any one time during our lives or another’s life that its unamendable. Quite the contrary, all these examples can be overcome and we need not fear anything about it but instead move forward from it. I believe from what I have been taught in my church, that all men can be forgiven, and all can go to heaven when we willingly take part in the Lord’s atonement. But beginning with the post, to understand what it means to continually backslide and end up in hell as spoken from those there are as follows.
When we say we love the lord, praise the lord at church but hate or have bitterness toward our brother (Matt 5:22, Lev 19:17-18). When we don’t forgive our brother noting here, we might be able to do great services for the lord in the church but if we don’t forgive our brother in our hearts (Matt 6:14-15). When we feel we cannot cry in prayer in the presence of the Lord anymore, if we have stopped our prayer life (James 5:16, Matt 2:41, 3Nep 20:1). When we turn away the sick and the needy (Matt 23:31-46, Luke 16.19-18). When we are prideful and don’t humble ourselves (Luke 12:10). Lying and hiding the truth (Psalms 139.7-10, Acts 5.3-10, Rev 21.8, 1Cor 6:9-10). When we only want to enjoy this life, when we love the world more than Christ (Matt 16.26, Alma 4.8, D&C 25.10; 121.35). When we are envious or jealous of others, and being suspicious that another will gain some advantage (Prov 6.32-35, Ether 9.7, d&c 67.10). When we steal including stealing through tithes and offerings (Ex 20.15, Matt 19.18, d&c 42.20). When we don’t teach the gospel of Christ to our children in the way the lord wants us to…we must remember once a child is at the age of accountability and die in disobedience without repenting can be claimed by the adversary…we must get the spirit to teach our children (Prov 22.6, Rev 20.12). When we are ashamed of Christ, we should never be ashamed of speaking out His truths (Luke 9.26). When we go look for a church that makes us feel good about ourselves only, the Lord’s church is where the spirit of the lord moves Christians and moves them to repentance of all sins (1 Thess 5.2). When we turn away from the ways of God, when we are not willing to follow Christ’s ways and walk after the imaginations of our own hearts (Roman 6.23, Job 13.15, Dan 3.19-28). Please take the time to study this out in your own minds, even by prayer and scripture study, and remember nothing is set in stone until we leave this earth. God bless.
– Caramelo Brenes, Bernada Fernandez, Rick Joyner, visions on seeing christians in hell and heaven