A ‘Fire & Brimstone’ Warning

THE SINNER’S DOOM—A message from 1873:

  • Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
  • Depart from God, whom you would not own in your life-time.
  • Depart from Christ, whom you would not accept as your Saviour.
  • Depart from heaven which you are not prepared to enter.

Depart, because you are cursed. You have brought upon yourself all the curses which are pronounced against impenitent sinners, and from which Christ would have redeemed you, having borne the curse for you; but ye would not come unto Him.


Depart into everlasting fire. You were warned that this would be the portion of sinners, “The lake that burneth with fire and brimstone.” You were warned at what a tremendous cost you were ransomed, and so enabled to have gained admittance into heaven, and yet you would not accept the offered salvation.

It was prepared for the devil and his angels. As you were a willing captive, and lent yourself to do wickedness upon earth—thus furthering the wicked designs of Satan—so now thou must be in his company forever.

One cause of thy future unhappiness will be to know, when too late, all that thou hast lost. To see those whom thou hast known on earth, perhaps thine own relations and friends, standing at the right hand of God, and thou thyself at the left.

Oh, bitter will be the anguish of thy spirit, for thou wilt be forced to acknowledge the justice of thy sentence; and thine eyes being then opened, thou wilt be enabled to perceive how easily thou couldest have escaped that terrible voice of most just judgment.

Oh, if thy punishment would cease after a thousand years, it would be more endurable: but it is forever, and the greatest aggravation of thy sufferings will be that thou hast brought them all upon thyself.

The day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night, and when men shall say Peace, and all things are safe, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as sorrow cometh upon a woman travailing with child, and they shall not escape.

Then shall appear the wrath of God in the day of vengeance, which obstinate sinners through the stubbornness of their heart have heaped unto themselves; which despised the goodness, patience, and long sufferance of God, when he calleth them continually to repentance: then shall they call upon Me, (saith the Lord,) but I will not hear; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me; and that because they hated knowledge, and received not the fear of the Lord; but abhorred My counsel, and despised My correction: then shall it be too late to knock when the door shall be shut, and too late to cry for mercy when it is the time of judgment.”

 All the workings of God’s Holy Spirit which they have resisted—all the means of Grace which they mocked at and turned into ridicule

Then the veil of indifference will be drawn aside, and they will curse their folly, which has brought them to this state. All the workings of God’s Holy Spirit which they have resisted—all the means of Grace which they mocked at and turned into ridicule—while they trusted that to-morrow should be as this day, and much, more abundant—will now rise up in condemnation against them.

Oh ye, that are living careless, godless lives now, take warning while you have the opportunity. Take warning by the dying sinner’s death-bed; hear his shrieks for mercy when he can no longer hide from his eyes the dread future that awaits him. Take warning, unbelievers, for you have no excuse. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.” (Rom. i. 20.) If you think solemnly at all you must see a higher power overruling all things. Thou must acknowledge that “verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth,”—and because now thou mightest see the wicked flourish, and violence and oppression go undiscovered, yet think not it will always remain so, for all is known and recorded against the great day of judgment, when the Lord shall render to every man according to his works:—”To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.” (Rom. ii. 7, 8.)
Oh ye, who until now have set at nought all God’s mercy and longsuffering, who have harassed and troubled the children of God, think of the awful future that awaits you unless you repent—when Lazarus shall be carried into the bosom of Abraham, and thou, thyself, being in torments desire a drop of water to cool thy tongue. Oh, think of these things while there is yet time, that thy heart may be softened, and thou come in earnest contrition to Him, who alone hath power to forgive sins.
That thou mayest knock at the door of God’s mercy, and that it may be opened unto thee. Oh, flee from the wrath to come! Delay not one single day—think of all that is involved if thou still hardenest thy heart, for then thou must hear the sinner’s doom as thy doom. But if thou hast lived in sin hitherto, recollect, that before thou canst enter heaven, thou must undergo a great change, “Ye must be born again.” And despair not, though at first thou may est stumble; but still persevere—still go on striving. Sorrow for past sin is the first step towards repentance; but prayer, earnest prayer, will be thy greatest help.

And when thou art able to say, “I have found pardon and peace through the atoning blood of my Saviour,” then wilt thou also wish that all that thou knowest should come too; and as thou hast been forgiven much, so wilt thou love much, and be unwilling to lose one hour of thy precious time, counting that lost which is not spent in doing the Will of God, knowing that already thou hast lost so much.

There are last that shall be first.” That thou mayest be of these few is the sincere prayer of the writer.

Oh, stop, poor sinner—stop and think; before you farther go;
“Why will you sport upon the brink of everlasting woe?”—The Guide; 1873. Read more here; (2)