“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. “And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ “But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ” (Luke 16:19–31, NASB95)
“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” (Hebrews 9:27–28, NASB95)
Those who cling to the heresies of “reincarnation” and “universal salvation” do not listen to My warnings. They try to substitute their own ideas of justice and refuse to accept the Truth of My Word. Each life is judged (after death) by the merciful Heavenly Father on the basis of His understanding of the person’s sin. Those who do not put their trust in Me during this life on earth cancel out what I made available for them on the Cross. Those who have chosen to deny Me in this life on earth make My death of no value to themselves. They would detest an eternity of My Presence! The Father in His Mercy and Justice allows each person to choose in this lifetime, but there is no coming back after death for a second chance. If there were, there would be no need for My atoning death. Such heresies deny salvation by grace for they emphasize salvation by works.
Anne S. White