Good people go to hell

SERMON TOPIC: Good people go to hell

Speaker: Ken Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 23 September 2012

Topic Groups: HELL, DEATH

Sermon synopsis: Now right up front let me clarify that I did not title this ministry “All good people go to Hell” and in fact I could have used a title “Bad people go to Heaven” but once again I would have had to clarify “Not all bad people go to Heaven”
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Good people go to Hell.

Now right up front let me clarify that I did not title this ministry “All good people go to Hell” and in fact I could have used a title “Bad people go to Heaven” but once again I would have had to clarify “Not all bad people go to Heaven”

Good people go to Hell.

It is important to note that we as humans are not experts in judging character, as unlike God we cannot see a man’s heart .

When Jesus was called good teacher he asked why do you call me good. It’s no wonder Jesus asked this question as we tend to call people good very often. I myself have heard it at many of the funerals I have attended or conducted regardless of whether the person accepted Christ as Saviour and repented of sin.


A certain ruler asked him, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Why do you call me good? Jesus answered. No one is good except God alone.

He was a good man.

Good people go to Hell.

What is your definition of a good man?

Perhaps it is someone who keeps the commandments.

Do not murder.

Do not commit adultery.

Do not give false testimony.

Do not steal.

Jesus spoke to a rich man who fitted into this category and he said he was not going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, that something was still lacking in his life. (He loved his money more than God…)

Good people go to Hell.

There was a good man who kept the commandments but he wasn’t going to heaven according to Jesus

Luke 18:18-25.

A certain ruler asked him, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Why do you call me good? Jesus answered. No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honour your father and mother. All these I have kept since I was a boy, he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.

Good people go to Hell.

There are prophets, miracle workers and those who have cast out demons will not all go to heaven

Matthew 7: 21-23.

Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you.

Away from me you evildoers!

Good people go to Hell.

Remember that despite the saying; “All roads lead to Rome”, there are only two ways a broad one and a narrow one.

Matthew 7:13-14.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Proverbs 14:12.

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Good people go to Hell.

Jesus spoke of two masters, and said no man can serve them both.

Matthew 6:19-24.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Good people go to Hell.

A bad man goes to Heaven.

Luke 23:39-43.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us! But the other criminal rebuked him. Don’t you fear God, he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong. Then he said, Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.

Good people go to Hell.

I see four vital things that took place in this man’s life as he hung on the cross next to Jesus.

1. “The thief on the cross realised that he was a sinner”.

Mark 2:15-17. (NLT)

Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, Why does he eat with such scum?

When Jesus heard this, he told them, Healthy people don’t need a doctor, sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners. God can’t help people who think that they are good.

Good people go to Hell.

Are you aware of your sin or do you think that you are better than others or at least better than the average person?

Luke 18:9-14. (A good man and a bad man pray in the Temple)

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income. But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner. I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Good people go to Hell.

Matthew 5:20.

But I warn you unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Matthew 21:28-32.

But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today. The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.

Which of the two obeyed his father? They replied, The first.

Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.

Good people go to Hell.

Jesus spoke of 2 men, one of which went to Hell other to Heaven.

Luke 16:19-26.

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.

The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.

But Abraham replied, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.

Good people go to Hell.

There will be surprises in Heaven one day as to who is there and who is not.

Luke 14:12-24.

Then Jesus said to his host, When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbours; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

We may not do this and many professing Christians do not, however God’s ways are different to ours.

Good people go to Hell.

Luke 14:12-24. (CONTINUED)

The Parable of the Great Banquet

When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.

Jesus replied: A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, Come, for everything is now ready. But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me. Another said, I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me. Still another said, I just got married, so I can’t come. The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. Sir, the servant said, what you ordered has been done, but there is still room. Then the master told his servant, Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.

Good people go to Hell.

2. The Thief on the cross took responsibility for his sin”.

All too often people will lay the blame for their actions at someone else’s door and try to justify themselves.

This passing the buck and blaming others started with Adam and continues to this day. If a person wants God’s help they have to accept blame as this thief did.

Luke 23:41. We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.

Genesis 3:13,14. And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? The man said, The woman you put here with me she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it. Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done? The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

Good people go to Hell.

We may call ourselves good but God says we are not, in fact we are the exact opposite.

Romans 3:9-12. What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written:

There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.

v23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Good people go to Hell.

When our eyes are opened to God, we are made conscious of our sin.

Isaiah 6:1-5. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another…

Woe to me! I cried. I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.

Good people go to Hell.

When our eyes are opened to God, we are made conscious of our sin.


Luke 5:5-11.

Simon answered, Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus knees and said, Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man! For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people. So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Good people go to Hell.


1 Timothy 1:12.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

Good people go to Hell.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

Good people go to Hell.

3. The Thief on the cross recognized who Jesus was.

Luke 23:42. Then he said, Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Only God can open our eyes to who Jesus is.

Matthew 16:13-18.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is? They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. But what about you? he asked. “Who do you say I am? Simon Peter answered, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church (The rock of Peter’s confession is the foundation on which the Church is built)

Good people go to Hell.

Jesus isn't a way, He is the way.

Acts 5:12.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

Galatians 2:21.

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!

Good people go to Hell.

John 10:7-10. Therefore Jesus said again, Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Good people go to Hell.

Lord remember me when you come into your Kingdom.

Jesus never looked like a King, in factHe was bloodied and naked, but God opened the eyes of the thief, just as we saw in the case of Peter who we have just looked at, and he realised who Jesus was.

Good people go to Hell.

4. The thief on the cross did one more vital thing, he confessed Jesus openly with his mouth.

Romans 10: 8-10. But what does it say? The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

John 12:42,45.

Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Good people go to Hell.

Matthew 10:32,33.

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Good people go to Hell.

Jesus condemned the Pharisees self-righteous hypocrisy, because it blinded them from seeing their need for repentance and a Saviour.

Many Pharisees prided themselves in their strict avoidance of obvious, outward sin. But they refused to look inside themselves and acknowledge the presence of inner sin that didn’t fall within the boundaries of their man-made rules. Jesus knew that in spite of their obsession with outward perfection, they wilfully resisted consciousness of their inner corruption and need for grace:

Jesus didn’t associate with known sinners like tax collectors because He minimized their sin, He freely associated with them because He knew that they were more open to repentance.

Good people go to Hell.

Known sinners weren’t full of self-righteous pride, deliberately concealing their hidden sins behind a legalistic façade of righteousness. Jesus was keenly ironic when He said, I didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance. He knew that the Pharisees weren’t righteous, but their pretence of righteousness kept them from accepting the only remedy for their condition, repentance and faith in Him. The obvious sins of public sinners made them more likely to repent and look to Jesus for the answers they needed.

We are all sinners, both inwardly and outwardly. Although we may not be notorious public sinners, we all share a fallen nature and are often controlled by the flesh ( the sin principle within us).

Jesus stern warnings to the hypocritical Pharisees make it clear that sin we ignore and deny is no less serious in its effects than the sin of the public sinner.

Good people go to Hell.

Pastor Alan Carr gives some statistics on how "heavenly minded" America is in his sermon (Not Everyone Gets to Go to Heaven)

You might not think it, but our world is very heavenly minded. That is a strange statement considering just how wretched and wicked our world is, but in a recent CNN poll, it was discovered that 81% of the people asked, believed in a literal heaven where people lived with God after death. 81%! 61% of those polled said that they believed they would go to Heaven immediately when they died. Another 88% believed that they would see departed family and friends when they arrived in Heaven. I find these numbers astonishing in light of the wickedness that fills our society, don't you?

Good people go to Hell.

Of course, there is another side to this story. Of all those polled, 6% believed Heaven could be reached by doing good works.

Another 57% believed that Heaven was available to all who place their faith in God and did good works and 34% believed that Heaven was for those who had faith in God alone. Now, here is where a problem begins to be seen. A full 63% of those who responded believed they were going to Heaven, but they cited the wrong reason for getting there.

The other 34%, who believed that Heaven came to those who placed their faith in God (Ed: Without specifically placing their faith in God's Substitutionary Atoning Sacrificial Lamb, Christ Jesus )

Good people go to Hell.

Do you realize that you are a sinner?

Do you take responsibility for your sin?

Do you realize who Jesus is?

Do you confess your faith in Him openly?

Good people go to Hell.


Please note: The Salvation Prayer (sometimes referred to as the Sinner's Prayer) below, isn't any "official prayer" but rather a sample prayer to follow when asking Jesus into your heart. You can pray to God in your own words. Regarding the location of the Sinner's Prayer in the Bible? Well, there isn't one mentioned; it is only implied. The basis of the Sinner's Prayer comes from Romans 10:9-10.

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Good people go to Hell.

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Saviour and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honour to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life. Amen.