Christ Promised the Eternal Fire of Hell to Anyone who Covers up Abuse of His People
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:1-14)
In the visible church today (“visible” means it may or may not be the true church), it is shockingly common to find the same fame-seeking I will be first mindset that Jesus rebuked in His disciples. It’s a mindset that characterizes many who claim to be serving Christ. Jesus said that such an attitude ends up despising the weak and the little ones, marginalizing the lowly who believe in Him, and even causing them to stumble — most likely stumbling in regard to their faith in Him. This makes it harder for them to follow Him and to persevere in their faith.
Is this not what we are seeing so commonly today? The very opposite of what Jesus calls us to? Woe to the one by whom the temptation and stumbling comes! How many little ones who believe in Christ, who have humble hearts and want to follow Him, are being hindered today by these “great ones” who are using the name of Christ to advance their own personal quest for fame and fortune? Many.
And let’s not miss the somber “woe” pronounced against any who cause these little ones to be hindered from following Christ. Woe!! Eternal fire for anyone who despises these children of the Lord with humble hearts who are genuinely desiring to follow Him.
Church leader, big time celebrity “Christian” authors, did you hear those words? Those of you who cover up the abuse of children. Those of you who will not stand up and champion the deliverance of a woman sorely abused by a wicked husband. You who stand piously in your pulpits speaking to your adoring followers, but who ignore the cries of the downtrodden. Do you hear Almighty God’s words to you? Woe to you, He says. Thrown into the eternal fire, He says. Eternal. Fire. Woe, woe, and thrice woe!