The scariest passage of scripture?

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  1. Blueridge Believer

    Blueridge Believer Puritan Board Professor

    What is the most frightening passage of scripture in the Bible to you? For me I think it may be Matt. 7:21-23:

    Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    The thought that there will be many who meet with us this sabbath day, who profess Christ, offer corporate worship, appear to avail themselves of the means of grace, appear to have true religion, but in that final day Christ will say "I NEVER KNEW YOU". The saddest and scariest thing of all is that most of these people THINK that they are really saved. It is a sobering thought. May all of us give diligence to "make our calling an election sure".
    Worship God children in spirit and in truth.
    So what passage of scripture scares you the most??
  2. ReformedWretch

    ReformedWretch Puritan Board Doctor

    I saw the title of this thread and came in here ready to post that exact one! (lol)
  3. etexas

    etexas Puritan Board Doctor

    That one comes pretty close to being a truly frightening Scripture.:2cents:
  4. blhowes

    blhowes Puritan Board Professor

    For me, its a toss up between this passage:
    Rev 20:12,15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works...And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. ​

    ...and the Matt. 7:21-23 passage already mentioned. The thought of Jesus looking into my eyes, saying He never knew me, and then commanding me to depart from Him is a scary thought.

    As you said, "May all of us give diligence to "make our calling an election sure".
  5. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    [bible]Hebrews 10:26-31[/bible]
  6. ReformedWretch

    ReformedWretch Puritan Board Doctor

    Ohh, that's pretty scary too Rich!!
  7. JonathanHunt

    JonathanHunt Puritan Board Senior

    I'm with the Hebrews 10 passage because it speaks to me. How often do I wilfully sin against grace? *sigh*
  8. TimV

    TimV Puritanboard Botanist

    The spookiest for me has always been the word against Edom from Isaiah 21

    He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night
  9. sotzo

    sotzo Puritan Board Sophomore

    Yes, this one is terrifying...I don't know if it is possible to read that and avoid asking oneself, "am I self-deceived that I truly belong to Him"?

    But surely Jesus does not mean here that he will reject some who comes to him in faith and repentance?
  10. staythecourse

    staythecourse Puritan Board Junior

    In my cinematic imagination, I see this event. Especially the family coming out of the tent for all to see and them to see the congregation. It makes my hairs stand on end as I picture myself watching them being swallowed by the earth. I picture myself silent, walking away in fear and saying to myself, "God is not joking, here. Where can I run? I can't. He's still God no matter where I go and I am one of his people whether I like it or not. I had better do what he says or I am in trouble."

    But in the NT we have Peter saying "Where else can we go? You have the words of eternal life." I know that, too. And I am comforted knowing Jesus is my Savior from all God's wrath! Praise be to GOd!
  11. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    [ame=""]YouTube - Depart From Me, I Never Knew You[/ame]
  12. Don Kistler

    Don Kistler Puritan Board Sophomore

    For me it is "unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and pharisees, you shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven."
  13. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    See this one:

  14. Jeff_Bartel

    Jeff_Bartel Puritan Board Graduate

    Isa 63:1 Who is this who comes from Edom,
    With dyed garments from Bozrah,
    This One who is glorious in His apparel,
    Traveling in the greatness of His strength?--

    " I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save."
    Isa 63:2 Why is Your apparel red,
    And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
    Isa 63:3 " I have trodden the winepress alone,
    And from the peoples no one was with Me.
    For I have trodden them in My anger,
    And trampled them in My fury;
    Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments,
    And I have stained all My robes.
    Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
    And the year of My redeemed has come.
    Isa 63:5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
    And I wondered
    That there was no one to uphold;
    Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me;
    And My own fury, it sustained Me.
    Isa 63:6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger,
    Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth."
  15. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    I thought about selecting that as well.
  16. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    Not sure about "scary," but certainly sobering:

    1 Corinthians 9:27, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."

    Matthew 16:23, "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."
  17. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    This thread needs to be counter-balanced with a word of comfort.

    Isaiah 14:1, "For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel."

    Calvin comments:

  18. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    This one scared me straight into the ministry and still brings a tear to my eye.

  19. danmpem

    danmpem Puritan Board Junior

    Romans 1:28, or any passage for that matter, when God gives someone over to sin - when someone gets what they really want. That is very scary to me.
  20. Quickened

    Quickened Puritan Board Senior

    I can agree with that!
  21. Reformed Christian

    Reformed Christian Puritan Board Freshman

    For those of us who have not yet "tamed the beast" this verse is sobering:

    Matt. 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
  22. sotzo

    sotzo Puritan Board Sophomore

    How is this verse reconciled with Paul's teaching on justification? I've seen the reconciliation between James and Paul, but have never seen a reconciliation with these words of Jesus'.
  23. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Doctor

    The general drift of this thread leads to the question, then: is the gospel easy or hard? If the gospel is straightforward - "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved" - then why does Paul make the statement he does above?

    Sometimes I feel despair when I read 1 Corinthians 9:27. If Paul - a man who had personally seen the Lord Jesus Christ on more than one occasion with his earthly eyes, who had been plucked off the road to Damascus by Christ Himself to be the minister to the Gentiles - could write such a passage, then what hope is there for me? If even the apostle Paul could wonder about the security of his salvation, then how secure can I feel?

    Can a person put his trust in Christ and then walk securely the rest of his earthly days, knowing he is saved? Or must the believer - like Paul in this verse - be constantly looking over his shoulder, as it were, wondering if he is really saved? Does the person who is dying of cancer come to his last day on earth looking worried and hoping he's "made it"? Or can this same person face his last day on earth confidently?

    Do Christians go back and forth, first confident that they're saved, then, a few minutes later, wondering if they're saved at all? Is this the way to live the Christian life? Can we know, or must we spend our lives guessing if we're truly saved?

    This passage really is scary!
  24. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    I think when the apostle Paul came to die he would have followed his own policy when preaching to others and determined not to know anything save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

    David Dickson: "I am gathering up all my good works, and all my bad works, tying them into one bundle, and throwing them all alike down at the foot of the cross, and am resting alone upon the finished work of Jesus."

    James Durham: "Notwithstanding all my preaching, and all my spiritual experiences, I do not know that I have anything to hang upon excepting this one sentence spoken by Christ, 'Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.'"

    The warning passages are definitely sobering, but not scary.
  25. Reformed Christian

    Reformed Christian Puritan Board Freshman

    Amen. In fact, when looking at his own ministry Paul declares, "But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself."

    Paul made no judgements as to his own apostolic ministry - as if to commend himself to God.
  26. sotzo

    sotzo Puritan Board Sophomore

    I think the difficulty is that the Bible itself has some passages that are just as forceful as those on justification, yet contain what appears (prima facie at least) to be a message of "non-assurance". "Make your calling and election sure"..."I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”...the verse in the OP.

    I think part of the "scariness" that is being communicated in this thread is that one could be condemned having missed the import of these types of passages.
  27. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    Yes, the elect, by means of that faith which is the operation of God, take heed to such passages so as to avoid the dangers which are warned against. I suppose my difficulty with the word "scary" is that it gives the impression the saints might have some torment to be frightened of, contrary to Heb. 2:14, 15, and 1 John 4:17, 18. "Soberness" and "filial fear" better describe the inward affections which should result from taking God's threatenings to heart.
  28. sotzo

    sotzo Puritan Board Sophomore

    Thanks for that help.

    What is the proper interpretation of this passage? "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Is this the same sense of justification / condemnation that Paul uses?
  29. MW

    MW Puritan Board Doctor

    Poole's continuator comments:

    The sinful works and words of justified believers are forgiven and their good works and words are accepted on account of the righteousness of Christ.
  30. kceaster

    kceaster Puritan Board Junior

    I think the scariest verse, and the ones preceding have been pretty scary, has to do with our desensitivity towards our sin-sick estate. I say desensitive, because it comes to us after we have seen so much death and destruction since the beginning of the world until now. We've lived so long with death, that we have trouble (at least I do) seeing how glorious the resurrection is and how extensive Christ's victory over the grave.

    I'll paraphrase it for effect, which is really a more literal translation.

    "For in the day in which you eat of it.... In dying, you shall die."

    That is why it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.

    But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    In Christ,

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