Article XVI: Of the Righteous and the Wicked

Romans 5:4

Tonight we come in our study to what we believe concerning the righteous and the wicked. It is important to note that there are only two divisions of people on the earth, the righteous and the wicked. This designation comes about not by what they do...because we all know that some wicked people can do some good things and we know that some righteous people can also do some very wicked things. But this designation is based upon their relationship to God. There is also another factor to consider about the difference between the righteous and the wicked, and that is their eternal destiny. Once again this is based not upon what they do, but rather what they are in relationship to God.

I. The Righteous.

II. The Wicked.

Conclusion: We believe that the Word of God clearly teaches that there will be an eternal existence for the righteous and the wicked. The righteous will live eternally in the presence of God, while the wicked will spend eternity in hell separated from God and all that is good.

The distinction between the wicked and the righteous is in their relationship to Jesus Christ. Those who know Jesus as Savior will live in eternal happiness with Christ. Those who fail to trust Christ for salvation will spend an eternity suffering in the flames of the lake of fire which burneth forever and ever. There is no middle ground!