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by Alan Yusko

Over the years I have overheard many lost people talking about their religious beliefs. Many bring up the subject of Christianity and why they reject it. Sadly, many reject the Lord Jesus and they do not have a proper understanding of the salvation they reject.

I have heard many foolish arguments as to why lost men reject the Lord Jesus. Many excuses given show a lack of understanding of true Biblical Christianity. To me this does not make any sense! If a person chooses to reject salvation they should at least have a correct understanding of the salvation they are rejecting. Doesn't that make sense to you?

Here are some excuses that show a complete lack of understanding of the Gospel message and salvation.

I dont want to go to heaven. Its too boring with no booze or sexual immorality. (Here this person has no concept of what heaven or hell really is!)

I wanna go to hell where all my friends are. I plan to party in hell (Another dim-witted excuse showing a complete lack of understanding between heaven and hell. It will be very hard to have a party while burning in fire and brimstone!)

What! If I don't worship God He will cast me into hell (This excuse shows a complete lack of understanding for Biblical salvation. It is far more involved then worshipping God!)

There are many more excuses for rejecting salvation as I've just listed a few. All the above excuses for rejecting salvation in the Lord Jesus show an ignorance to the plan of salvation. Since we will live forever in either heaven or hell, I think a person should gain the proper understanding for the plan of salvation. Once done, if a person rejects the Lord Jesus, then at least they are aware of what they are rejecting.

Let me also add this point. To ignore the issue is another form of rejecting the Lord Jesus and salvation. It shows that the person feels salvation is just not an important issue in their life.

In light of everything said so far, lets look at the plan of salvation so a person can gain proper understanding.


1) Understand that everyone (including yourself) is a sinner

Rom 3
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

2) Sin has a penalty and that penalty is death and eternal separation from God. God is a just God who demands justice for sin. The penalty must be paid and that penalty is eternal separation in the lake of fire. This is also known as the second death. The first death is the physical death of the body and the second death is eternal separation of the soul from God.

Rom 6
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev 21
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

3) God became a man and paid the price/penalty for our sins on the cross. We are lost sinners who could never pay that penalty. However, the Lord Jesus suffered all the penalty and the wrath of God that was due to us for our sins.

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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

4) Even though the penalty for sin has been paid, a person must receive God's gift of salvation. Salvation can never be earned or merited. Instead it is a gift to be received.

Eph 2
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

5) How does a person receive God's gift of salvation in the Lord Jesus? A person must realize they are a sinner before God and have an attitude of repentance (or turning away) toward their sin. Repentance is admitting you are a sinner with a willingness to turn away from a life of sin and rebellion toward God. A person must realize that the Lord Jesus (God in human flesh) came to earth and completely paid for their sin. The person must then open the door to their heart and ask the Lord Jesus to come into their life to be their Lord and Saviour. The Lord Jesus only comes by invitation so the person must want with all their heart, soul, and mind for the Lord Jesus to be their Saviour.

Isaiah 55
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Psalms 38
18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

Acts 3
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Luke 13
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Rev 3
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Once the Lord Jesus becomes your Saviour, at that point you are "righteous" before God. The Lord Jesus took your sin and paid for it on the cross and He gave you His righteousness. When God looks at a saved person, He no longer sees their sin. Instead He sees the righteousness of the Lord Jesus. The blood that the Lord Jesus shed on the cross is a permanent covering for sin.

Rom 4
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

John 20
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.


The lost person is in a different situation. This person has made a choice not to accept the Lord Jesus and the gift of salvation. Since God's justice for sin must be paid, the lost person is in effect saying to God: "I'll pay for my sins myself as I do not want the Lord Jesus to be my Saviour". What will happen is that God will honor the choice made by the lost person. Since the lost person does not want the Lord Jesus as Saviour, then that lost person must pay for his sins himself. As already mentioned, the penalty is an eternity burning in the lake of fire.

Matt 25
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Rev 14
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 20
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 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.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Rev 21
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.


If a person goes to hell it is by choice. That is a very sad thought! It is sad to think that a person would reject God's salvation in the Lord Jesus and choose instead to pay for their sins themselves.

God will honor that decision. If the lost person wants to go to hell to pay for his own sins then that is an acceptable choice. Also, if a person wants to turn from their sin in repentance and accept the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, then that is also an acceptable choice. Either the Lord Jesus will pay for YOUR sins or YOU will pay for them. God will honor whatever choice you make. The simple fact is that sin will be paid for!

Remember that God loves the sinner so much that He became a man and took the penalty for sin on the cross as a substitute so YOU would not have to. The choice is now up to each individual. You must choose to accept or to reject the Lord Jesus.

After reading this tract you can no longer reject the plan of salvation and the Lord Jesus Christ out of ignorance. You must choose. Choose the Lord Jesus NOW, or reject Him!

Josh 24
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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