Is James 5:14 for Today?
Dear Bill, God Bless your beautiful heart and thank you for writing. We have many folks write us on this subject as it is very important and many quote the same Scriptures as you trying to prove the point of everlasting punishment. The Scriptures actually teach a different doctrine. Let's consider for a moment what God says about our mutual enemy the devil and his ultimate fate in: Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden th= e garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so : thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Eze 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. Eze 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. If God holds true to his promise (and He always does) the wicked one "never shalt thou be any more" then why would we believ= e or want to believe that mere mortals would suffer for eternity? Even in the first verse you quote it says "eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" so this was intended for the devil and his angels but was expanded for a certain group of the sons of Adam that sin in a specific way. But let us examine first this word "eternal".
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Today the principles of right division have been almost lost so we offer teachings from the Word of God that will illuminate how to rightly divide the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 2:15 states "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". Click to learn more.