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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Actor Dennis Hopper - In Heaven or Hell?

Actor Dennis Hopper just died of prostate cancer at the age of 74.  Anytime someone's death makes the news, I immediately ask myself, Is that person in heaven, or are they now screaming in torment from hell?
The truth is, only the Lord knows for sure if he is in heaven or hell.  I do not know if he ever received Jesus as his Saviour. 
Did some Sunday school teacher reach out to Dennis when he was a small child, and lead him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, or did he die and go to hell for all eternity?
Did a concerned neighbor reach him in time with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or is he in hell for all eternity?
Did a faithful pastor visit Dennis and tell him about the free gift of salvation that is available to all who put their trust in Jesus Christ for heaven, or did Dennis die in ignorance and go to hell for all eternity?
Did his mom or dad tell him about Jesus when he was a little boy, or did they let him grow up only to die and spend eternity screaming from hell?
Was Dennis Hopper given opportunities to receive Jesus, only to mock and reject the offer of free salvation, and end up screaming in torment from hell?
Did Dennis ever believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and get saved, or did he think he would take care of that some other day, only to die and spend eternity burning in hell for his unbelief?
If Dennis Hopper did die without Jesus, it is eternally too late for him, but it is not too late for you.  If you are reading this, you have the opportunity to be saved.

Understand what the Bible about salvation:

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;
Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Romans 6:23b ... but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
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.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.


Will Haskew said...

I don't want to make any huge claims here because I have nothing to substantiate them. But, before Dennis Hopper died I was reading an article about the reason he gave up drugs alcohol was because he gave his life to Jesus. For the life of me I cannot find any articles concerning this now. I have searched and searched. When he died, all the papers glorified his bad boy image. You can chalk this one up as hopeful-hearsay. :)

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