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The Immense Terror of Hell | The Rich Man and Lazarus 2021


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Now available at Patristic Niter, DadOrg, patristic nectar publications is pleased to present a four part lectureseries by father, Josiah Trinum, entitled Male and Female Reflections Ontransgender ISM. These lectures directly address this latest iterationof the sexual revolution and the sexual anarchy unleashed by a culturalrejection of the Christian theological foundations of creation, anthropologysexuality and the traditional therapeutic paths of the church. Theselectures explain why Christians cannot reasonably avoid studying transgenderideology in today's cultural climate, how this new world view on sexualityfinds itself deficient in explaining and healing our fall in human conditionand how love must compel believers to open their arms to persons seeking gonefrom a transgendered background for these and other available titles.Please visit our website a patristic, nectar, donard and now the arena with Father JosiahTrenta, the name of the father and of the sonand of the Holy Spirit, blessed Lords, they to all of you,brothers and sisters. My my heart is heavy listening to theGospel text. I think the only Sunday more difficult to preach than to daythe Sunday of the rich man in Lazarus is the Sunday of meat fare the Sundayof the great judgment. These two Sundays every year are placedby the church, our pious mother, into the cycle of teachings, so that we canbe made sober so that we can face the truth. Nowhere else. Nowhere else were you here what youjust heard and we're deeply grateful, even though it's so painful to hear it. It's sofrightening meet fair and the Sunday of Lazarusbring to our attention two aspects of what we call the the last things meet Ferris all about the judgment thateach of us will stand for what will account for every thought and word and deed, that we havethought spoken or done. Forgive me, but I can hardly grasp thatidea... day the Sunday of the rich man and Lazarus.The church presents to us not a focus on judgment as much as on hell. It's a horrible scene, just a horriblescene and Jesus in this most disturbing of all his parables. No other parabledid that our master spoke as anything like this parable and its the sheer magnitude of its horror, its matter of fact, I think I'll titlethis sermon, the immense terror of hell who wants their priest to preach aboutthis? Who? What priest wants to preach aboutthis? I don't know any one: priests and bishops preach about this, because thechurch insists that we preach about it and we have ourown souls to worry about. No priest is becomes appreciated, doesn't have a nice encouragementbecause he speaks on about the truth on me, fair Sunday or on the Sunday of therich man and Lazarus. But forgive me I need to hear it as well as you. I needto have it in my mind as well as you I have to account. I have to fear Hell like you. Do It's aterrible thought, a terrible thought as a confessor, I'm so blessed as every confessor is to hear the confessions of the peopleof God such a grace and such a happiness to see sins washed away. It's also a terrible fright and aterrible horror when repeated sins are confessed over and over and over again,and sometimes we confessors have a a worry,a deep worry that there's not a seriousness about overcoming sin, there's not a resolve to be done with it. I hate to say it,but sometimes we can even get comfortable, confessing or I'll justconfess it. You know that idea that comes right from Hell, oh I'll, justconfess it and then sometimes when we do a sin andwe think well now I have to go to confession. That means I can make a fewmore sins because I'm going to go to confession anyway, I have it scheduled. This is from the sulphuric regions.This thought, what's the meaning of the Parabo whichthe teaching of this parable. The context is that the Pharisees werelovers of money...

...and Jesus wanted to show them that youcan have a religious life pharisees who are fine, upstanding church people? That's what how we would see them today,fine upstanding, Tuatees church. They didn't miss their religious duties, they fast it. They gave arms Jesus, wanted us to know and wantedthem to know that all of their religion, all of their exterior works, which was not in any way an expressionof a changed heart because he says in their heart. They love money, it's whatthey really wanted, not love, not piety, not the characterof God, nor what they really wanted was the good feelings that come fromreligiosity from being upright and they wanted money. They wanted the earththey wanted to have their cake and eat it too, and Jesus wanted to show them by thisparable that there is a coming great reversal and that many people who neverdreamed not in a thousand years that they could end up in help and up there, that rich man didn't have the thoughtever that he's going to end up in the flames, complete total surprise and the humble Lazarus who was therehad me, look at the pie of the rich man. He didn't throw the man off hisproperty, he left them be there. He didn't payany attention to him. He was so insulated by his bogusreligion and by his material possessions that the pain of anothersimply couldn't penetrate his life. He was insulated from the spirit ofrepentance and he was insulated from needs that were all around him andJesus says if you find yourself like that, just now, the destiny is horrible.The destiny is horrible. There's a coming great reversal, there's going to be a lot of surprises for sure, and we certainly don't wantthose surprises to be personal right. We don't want to be surprised. What's the value, what's the value of setting this beforeus, this teaching about hell that is so uncomfortable? Infact, it has a very central place in the life of the church. This teachingdo you know how many saints talked about this on their in their lastmoments. I sat at home and just went through in my mind, saint after saintafter Saint, who talked about hell just before they were martyred Saint Catherine, the great ofAlexandria. Will you get to see so...

...often when you come to church such amagnificent shrine there? She spoke about hell in great detailbefore the greatest philosophers of the earth. While she was in the process ofbeing martyred Saint James, the person Persian right. There told his gave a homily a detail homilyon hell to his persecutors just before they killed him. I could just keepgoing saint after saying after saying the very embodiment of love on theEarth, the saints, and yet they took help very very seriously. There has tobe a reason that the church asks us to think about this. There have to be manyreasons that it set before us. What are they there's a lot actually there's a lot,but I'm holding the ladder to share one with you. One incredible reason that the churchsets before us the sobriety of the teaching on eternal punishment.It comes from the seventh chapter. You might remember, because I quote a lotfrom chapter six, which is on the remembrance of death. I might rememberthat Chapter Seven is on joy. Making mourning some translationsjust entitle the chapter on morning, meaning on blessed morning the kind ofmorning Jesus pronounce us a blessing about right. Blessed are those whomourn for they shall be comforted the character of Christians. Some translate,though, the title on joy making morning on hormolew the kindof Christian morning that is also joyful for us in this chapter, a mazingchapter, Saint John, explains why the Churchasks us to meditate upon the Truth About Hell. Listen to his words. This is paragraphten of chapter. Seven of the latter of divine assent, do not cease to picture and scrutinize the darkabyss of eternal fire scrutinise it's hard enough, just to think aboutit for a minute, let alone an entire sermon, and hereSaint John, is saying: Don't ever cease, thinking about it anddon't think about it, light me but scrutinize it. Why are you asking of this greatteacher of the spiritual life? Do Not Cease to picture and scrutinize thedark abyss of eternal fire and the merciless servants. The uncompassionateand inexorable judge the bottomless pit of subterranean flame, the narrowdescent to the awful underground...

...chambers and yawning gulfs, and allsuch things, so that here you have it so that lost in our soul may be checkedby great terror and give place to incorruptiblechastity and itself received the shining of the immaterial light whichradiates more than any fire there. You have it why? Why constantly? Remember it? Whyscrutinize the truth about it? Why seriously contemplate on a day likethis, that we might end up in lazarous issues? Well, one so that we don't end up inlazarous issues so that we don't fall prey like he did to the lusts of this life he lovedeating, he loved it. He feasted sumptuouslyevery single day every day. Forgive me he would have made a verygood American. He would have made a very goodcontemporary American because we eat like no one has ever eaten before we're upset. If we you know have tohave am in milk, we're never going to take our sins seriously enough to uproot them to throw them out of our life. We're never going to stop trivializing our sins without this thought. This is what he'ssaying: If you want power to make changes in your life, meditate on hell, dear ones, don't cease, thinking about it, scrutinize it carefully every day. This is what he's saying: Keep it in your mind, keep it in your mind to offset yourself love. We have this in us. We have thishorrible Piloti that lives inside of us then loves to make excuses forourselves. That loves to say, you know to Morrow I'll. Do that to morrow I'llstop acting this way to morrow, and then we never do. This can help us. This is why thechurch is presenting it to us so that we can really make the use of our timenow for the reason that God gave us time, which is so that we really canchange. You heard it at the end of the Gospel. Didn't you and we don't want to miss this- youreally don't want to miss this. How can I father, how can I show a serious disposition to take my life seriously like this? How can I escape that place where theman was in such total anguish? I was in...

...such total grief that he wanted Abraham just to take hispinky and to stick it in water and touched the tip of his tongue. How?How much suffering must you be in to want that he wasn't asking to get out? He knew hewasn't getting at, but he thought if I could just have alittle water on the tip of his finger touched my tongue. Maybe I'd be a bitbetter. What is that grief? Why is it so terrible there? You know Saint Gregory Palamas ourgreat father of the fourteenth century. He wrote a beautiful letter to a dear friend of his who was a nun,a very accomplished nun. Her name was Eana and he wrote a letter to her becauseshe was thinking about this very question and he explained what the nature of thegrief is. Can I read it to you? Can I read that paragraph to you? I just happened to have it right here. This is what he said. What, then, is this profit lessunconsoling, an endless grief experienced in hell? It is the grief stirred up in those whohave sinned against God when they become aware of their offences there in hell convicted of their sins, stripped of all hope of salvation or of any improvement in theircondition. They feel yet greater anguish and griefbecause of the unsought reproof of their conscience, and this itself and the everlasting nature of theirgrief gives rise to yet another form of grief and to another dreadful darknessto unbearable heat and a helpless abyss of despondency. The grief of hell is the conscience, pounding and pounding and pounding the remembrance of how many times ourconscience for witness that we needed to change, and we didn't change Abraham told the rich man that it doesn't matter if people risefrom the bed, it doesn't matter if I send Lazarus back to talk to your fivebrothers, who are living evidently the same way as you so comfortable so into this life. All your ambitions on living the wayyou want to in this temporary life, he said, evenif all of those things happen, no one's...

...going to change. He said if they have Moses and the prophets. That's just language mean if they havethe sacred scriptures and they don't listen to them. They won't even repent,which is the issue non repentance. They won't even repent if they see some onerise from the dead. This is a huge encouragement to US brothers andsisters. Please cease cease, ignoring the scriptures in yourlife, pay attention to the scriptures, listenwhen they read very carefully when you hear the Epistle and you hear theGospel recognize. These are God's words to us and that your soul hangs in the balance you're literally holding your heartwhen the scriptures are read, if only the rich man had listened to Moses andthe prophets, he wouldn't have ended up in Hades and nothing except the scripturesexcept the word of God brings a soul to life. Nothing is more powerful to helpus be who we want to be in who God's askingus to be, except the word of God, so pay attention to it. Don't let it sit on your shelf, don'tread it quickly, open it every single day, listen to thewords of God, as though your soul depends upon how you respond to them,because your soul does depend upon how you respond, we're sober people at least to day. Weare, aren't we, I think, so, I'm completely soberized. I don't want to go there and I certainly don't want you to gothere. None of us want to look across thechasm and those that we love and see them on the other side in a place thatcan't be breached with a chasm that can't be overcome. So this is why you have to pray for me,and this is why I have to pray for you and you have to pray for each other andwe have to encourage each other to live in the truth and not be mad. Don't be mad that thechurch speaks about these things. There's no pleasure in it. No one wholoves God has any Glee even hearing the word Hell, it's themost hideous horrible thing and possibly we could hear, but we have to hear it. It's a bittermedicine that we have to swallow for our own health and may we do this. May We help eachother to live in the truth, so that we can recline with Lazarus that beautifulman, the only man with the name in the whole account...

...may be live with him by the grace ofdone a man. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar,publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in otheravailable titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectarpublications, please visit our website at www, dot, patristic, nectar, dot,Org, again, that's www dot, patristic nectar, Goton. I.

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