The messengers to the SBC meeting voted to “hereby affirm our belief in the biblical teaching on eternal conscious punishment of the unregenerate in Hell.” The three-paragraph resolution also urged Southern Baptists to hold fast to the teachings on the reality of hell and salvation found in Christ alone. 14:9-11. .” It cannot be forgotten: Oh eternity! . The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment (Revelation 21:8); and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss (Revelation 21:1-4). In the end, hell is a conscious, personal torment forever; it is not “just The key phrase is, “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever.” 25:41-46; 2 Thess. If Fernandes acknowledges that there is any sense in which the lost will live forever in hell, it is only in the sense that they will “exist forever in conscious torment.” 17 Ibid., 47. The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss. It discusses historical, philosophical, lexical, contextual, and theological issues that prove crucial to reaching a definitive biblical conclusion. hell involves conscious torment forever in Gehenna for unbelievers or their annihilation after the final judgment. The strongest, most explicit, most clear verse in all of Scripture that is used to teach the everlasting conscious torment of the reprobate is certainly Rev. The destiny of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy and bliss (Matt. 318-319.) 8:8; 1 John 2:2). 14: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Now, please tell us again that the LOF isn't eternal ! Yet, none of these code words or phrases even remotely suggest what adherents of eternal torture really mean by such language—never-ending conscious torment with no merciful pause or end to the suffering. Stott contends that there is a “serious disproportion between sins consciously committed in time and torment consciously experienced throughout eternity.” (Judgement and Hell, pp. The prospect of the impenitent and unbelieving person is existence forever in conscious torment, and that of the believer in Christ is everlasting joy and bliss. Thomas Watson gave the illustration, preaching on the fate of those who worshiped the beast in Revelation 14:11, which says, “The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night. Response. And here's another verse for you, speaking of those who take the marka the beast- Rev. Certainly not. If the idea of eternal conscious torment in hell doesn’t sit right with you, there is a reason; you were created to instinctively know that eternal torture is pure evil.We could imagine that Satan would keep a place like hell up and running for all eternity, but would God? Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 4) Eternal conscious torment is incompatible with sin that occurs in time, so eternal conscious torment violates the justice of God. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss. Another favorite cover-up phrase is that unrepentant sinners will be “eternally separated from God.” This is a nice and vague expression.