Can One Person Be Saved For Their Family?

17 11 2013

Question: If one person gets saved doesn’t the Bible say the whole family is saved?


Answer: No the Bible absolutely does not teach that at all. The proof text I have heard given for this is Acts 16:31, “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” If we take this verse and have it stand alone then we can get that out of it but if we look at it in context then we can see that he is not saying one person getting saved counts for everyone.

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” (Acts 16:31-34) Looking at the entire interaction the man asks what he must do to be saved. The apostles reply in verse 31 that he must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. By saying “and thy house” they are not saying he can be saved for his household bu that they too must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.


Look at what happens after this. In verse 32 it says they spoke the Word of God to him and all that were in his house. So they all heard the Gospel message. In verse 33 we see the apostles baptize him and all that were in his house. Why did they baptize them all? Well look at verse 34 it says he believed “with all his house.” So we have a consistent story where Paul says that he and his house must believe, the Gospel is preached to him and his house, he and his house believe, and he and his house are baptized.

Is Hell Really Eternal?

16 10 2013

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 7


Question: Does this verse teach that hell is not eternal? After all the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha are not burning today.

Answer: The answer to that is no this verse does not teach that hell is temporary. The context spoken here is not the physical cities but the people in those cities. For example it says they gave themselves over to fornication and strange flesh. Does that mean the city streets and buildings did those things? No of course not the people of the city did.

The people of the city did those things and they are today suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. So this verse actually proves the eternality of hell. Look at what we see in 2 Peter 2:6, “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.” This passage is clearly talking about the physical city while the other is clearly talking about the people. Both are correct the people are suffering eternal fire and the city itself was turned to ashes.

The eternality of hell is clearly established in the Scriptures just by the words eternal and everlasting. The Bible says we will have eternal life in Heaven the Bible also uses the term everlasting life. If hell is temporary then life in Heaven must also be temporary. The Scriptures in several places make the eternal state of hell very clear to us.

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: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.” (Revelation 14:10-11)

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46)

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:43-44)

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)



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