If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
The Lord’s words in Matthew 5:29-30 are quite strong. He is telling us that if our eye leads us to fall into sin is best out of us. Similarly he said that if our hand leads us to sin we cut. I do not remember hearing a sermon based on Matthew 5:29-30 in any church. Well, people prefer to listen to messages that comforted their soul rather than those that confront them. But these biblical verses are there for a purpose. Therefore, we should not ignore.
I decided to take the position to talk about the things that God wants you to know at this time, instead of using this opportunity to please people talking about what interests them. I prefer to earn the antipathy of many than keeping silence the truths that mean the difference between going to hell and being saved. I am not the first to take such a decision. Others have done before me.
One of them was the American evangelist David Wilkerson (1931-2011) who said: “No matter how much you pray, or how much you fast, or how faithful you’re doing God’s work. If you do not deal with your sin seriously, you’re fooling yourself.” David Wilkerson’s words were undoubtedly aimed at people who considered themselves as religious, not unbelievers.
Similarly, another American pastor Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) said, “If you can sin without feeling dirty and grimy spiritually, you need to ask if you have become saved, if you really know the Lord.” It is inconceivable that there are people who call themselves Christians and yet are regular practitioners of sin. But I do not think we are lying if we say that it happens frequently.
I reiterate once again that the Lord’s words in Matthew 5:29-30 are very strong. He is giving a warning of danger of going to hell for sin: for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Charles Spurgeon, English preacher of the nineteenth century said it in a very graphic way: “Sin and hell are married, unless repentance declares divorce.”
I’m sorry for those who wish from me messages to relieve their earthly problems. If I did such a thing I would be insensitive to those people. There is not a major problem for any human being than going to hell forever. The diseases, couples crises, lack of money, among other things, are temporary problems that will not last forever. But who goes to hell when he died, has no way to escape.
German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke (1940- ) says: “We cannot evangelize without facing the reality of sin.” You, who now hear or read, make a stop on your way review yourself and acknowledge that you have sinned, repent of all heart and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. He is the only guarantee of salvation. God bless you.