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Lance Armstrong Not the Only Celeb With Hell to Pay
The Christian Diarist ^ | January 19, 2013 | JP

Posted on 01/19/2013 9:47:47 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Lance Armstrong is going to hell. And I don’t mean that in the figurative sense. The disgraced cyclist is destined for the “fiery furnace” from which there is no escape, where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

And he will be joined by other celebrities of this fallen world. Like preternatural golfer Tiger Woods, John Travolta and Bill Gates.

Armstrong is bound for eternal punishment not because he used performance enhancing drugs to capture seven consecutive Tour de France championships. Not because he unabashedly lied about his doping. Not because he unconscionably slandered those who exposed his cheating. Not because his mea culpa on Oprah reeked of insincerity.

No, Armstrong is going to hell – literally – because he refuses to bow to God and the Son of God.

In his 2000 autobiography, Armstrong wrote: “If there was indeed a God at the end of my days I hoped he didn’t say, ‘But you were never a Christian, so you’re going the other way from heaven.’ If so, I was going to reply, ‘You know what? You’re right. Fine.”

Well, Armstrong is indeed “going the other way from heaven.” And he will be joined by other “celebrities” of this fallen world.

Like Tiger Woods, the once-revered golfer, who turned out to be a serial adulterer. Like John Travolta, the Hollywood A-lister, who’s faced repeated allegations that he propositioned male hotel workers. Like Bill Gates, the software gazillionaire, whose family foundation has contributed millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortionists.

They are all going to spend eternity separated from God. Not because of the sins they have committed. But because they are going to go to their graves with their sins unforgiven.

Indeed, Armstrong is an atheist. Woods is Buddhist. Travolta is a Scientologist. And Gates is best described as agnostic.

Armstrong seems to think Oprah can forgive sins. But she most assuredly cannot. Nor can Buddha. Nor L. Ron Hubbard. Nor Mammon.

The only way for Armstrong, Woods, Travolta and Gates to be forgiven their sins, the only for any of us to be spared God’s judgment, is to come to Jesus.

For the Bible encourages, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”

Also, that “There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Including those guilty of financing abortion, or homosexual liaisons, or adulterous affairs, or, like Lance Armstrong, pathological deceit.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: celebrity; confession; lancearmstrong; oprahwinfrey
Armstrong's defenders say that, yes, he did wrong, but he also has done a lot of good. But good works alone won't save him, or any of us, from damnation. For “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” in the eyes of the Lord.
1 posted on 01/19/2013 9:47:55 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

He did wrong when he took money from the US Postal Service. Just as the team owners other sports do wrong when then intimidate politicians into using taxpayer money for their playpens. They’re all just entertainers. They dope so that their fans will pay more to see them. who are the dopes? A pox on all of them.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 9:53:51 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I think almost every celebutard is morally compromised these days. Otherwise they won’t let you get on TV.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 9:55:37 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
If his name was Bubba...there would be no problem. If it was Hussein, they'd double the medals.

Wonder what would happen if he was black??? Hmmm Let's go to Kobe Bryant for some insight on that.

4 posted on 01/19/2013 9:56:28 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Lance Armstrong Not the Only Celeb With Hell to Pay

I pray that one day (soon) one Barry Soetoro will have to truthfully answer!!!

5 posted on 01/19/2013 9:56:46 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Live a lie, die a liar. There is no soul left there to save.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 9:57:43 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

It’s sure been an interesting week, with Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o in the news—and Mark Sanford on the comeback trail.


7 posted on 01/19/2013 10:03:02 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

>No, Armstrong is going to hell – literally – because he refuses to bow to God and the Son of God.<

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Ah, but there’s where God’s unfathomable mercy comes in — He gives us a lifetime to repent and the act itself takes a split second.

All of us should celebrate the fact that you nor I are God.


8 posted on 01/19/2013 10:11:10 AM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Thank God that no other mortal person is the final arbitrator of God’s Salvation to any individual.


9 posted on 01/19/2013 10:16:40 AM PST by deport
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To: deport

Amen.


10 posted on 01/19/2013 10:21:25 AM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I would not jump to conclusions. You might be right, but neither you nor I knows his earthly future or his eternal fate. Armstrong is a young man and has many years in which to repent. God loves Armstrong and will give him opportunities to learn and repent.

I have known some vicious atheists who came to Christ. It’s happening more and more often. A longtime atheist friend of mine just very suddenly gave himself to Jesus two months ago. It happens.


11 posted on 01/19/2013 10:25:19 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Daveinyork
He did wrong when he took money from the US Postal Service.

Specifically, what did the USPS pay for? Advertising? Seems the USPS had their name splashed all over the cyclist uniforms. In other words, the sponsors likely received the publicity they sought during those years.

Fast forward to current times...were you more likely back when Lance Armstrong wore the USPS logo to use the postal service? Are you less likely to use the USPS today because they advertised using Armstrong?

I am no fan of Lance Armstrong--and honestly never was. This seems like an awful lot of fuss over somebody else's dirty laundry.

12 posted on 01/19/2013 10:29:12 AM PST by NautiNurse (BOHICA)
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To: MestaMachine

There is always a soul. It has just moved away from God — and closer to evil, the devil.

With a truthful Confession, performing the penance and a promise to sin no more the person can be back with God.


13 posted on 01/19/2013 10:33:00 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: 353FMG

Amen to your post.

We are not the judge; God IS and ALWAYS will be.


14 posted on 01/19/2013 10:35:20 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

The eternal state of someone’s soul is determined at death, and not before. This is the teaching of the Catholic Church and, therefore, the teaching of Jesus.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 10:36:48 AM PST by impimp
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To: 353FMG; deport; NEWPORT

Jesus stated, unequivocally: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

If Armstrong, or anyone among us, goes to their grave without accepting Christ, the Scripture warns that hell awaits.

Is there any dispute in that?


16 posted on 01/19/2013 10:38:33 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
The only way for Armstrong, Woods, Travolta and Gates to be forgiven their sins, the only for any of us to be spared God’s judgment, is to come to Jesus.

A biography of Bill Gates said that, as an 11-year old kid, he memorized the complete Sermon on the Mount better than anyone in the entire congregation of his family's church and had a deep understanding of it.

17 posted on 01/19/2013 10:42:48 AM PST by wideminded
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To: NautiNurse

“Fast forward to current times...were you more likely back when Lance Armstrong wore the USPS logo to use the postal service? Are you less likely to use the USPS today because they advertised using Armstrong?”

Neither, and now the USPS is so short of cash that they are missing their retirement plan payments.


18 posted on 01/19/2013 10:44:31 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: NautiNurse

I pay up the nose to walk up to a empty counter talk to the cute well spoken lady at Staples for all my shipping needs


19 posted on 01/19/2013 11:00:57 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

“In his 2000 autobiography, Armstrong wrote: “If there was indeed a God at the end of my days I hoped he didn’t say, ‘But you were never a Christian, so you’re going the other way from heaven.’ If so, I was going to reply, ‘You know what? You’re right. Fine.””

So he is fine with going to Hell. Does he think it will ok, just not as nice as heaven? He thinks he’ll be partying with all his friend there I guess. He’s never been told what Hell is really suppose to be like.


20 posted on 01/19/2013 11:04:58 AM PST by happilymarriedmom
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To: wideminded

The adult Bill Gates has apparently fallen away from the faith of his preadolesence. In an intreview with Charlie Rose, Microsoft’s co-founder declared, “The specific elements of Christianity are not something I’m a huge believer in.”


21 posted on 01/19/2013 11:05:26 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

That acceptance is God’s to determine.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 11:42:09 AM PST by deport
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To: impimp
The eternal state of someone’s soul is determined at death, and not before.

Unless you know with certainty the day and hour of your death, it is wise to live as if you could be facing the Lord at any time. I think that was the point that CHRISTIAN DIARIST was trying to make; at the time Lance made that statement his soul was heading for hell. Can he repent and get God's forgiveness? Of course he can. Our God is the God of second, and third, and fourth... chances. But Lance needs to turn to the Lord and accept Him as the Lord of his life. Until he does so, and the interview suggests that he hasn't done it yet, he is heading to hell indeed. Rather than argue, we should pray for him.

23 posted on 01/19/2013 11:50:57 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: ottbmare
"A longtime atheist friend of mine just very suddenly gave himself to Jesus two months ago. It happens."

That's wonderful. Praise God.

24 posted on 01/19/2013 12:42:55 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Good news for Armstrong! He wrote those unfortunate words in 2000, there is still time for him to have a change of mind and seek the forgiveness he needs from the only one who can give it. If, in the end, he still can only point to his good works to get him into heaven, well, they will burn - and so will he.


25 posted on 01/19/2013 12:45:57 PM PST by texaschick
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
I believe that as long as Mr. Armstrong is still breathing, God will hold out the offer of His forgiveness, salvation, and restoration. It is, of course, up to Armstrong to accept God's gracious offer and then bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

I mean, if God could reach out to a most wretched sinner such as I am, save me, cleanse me, and use me for His kingdom, then he could certainly do so with Mr. Armstrong.

I sincerely hope that Mr. Armstrong, as well as all others who have not yet partaken in the Lord's delightful love and mercy, will be brought to his senses before it is too late.

26 posted on 01/19/2013 2:09:59 PM PST by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
"A longtime atheist friend of mine just very suddenly gave himself to Jesus two months ago. It happens." That's wonderful. Praise God.

It's called senility.

27 posted on 01/19/2013 2:32:30 PM PST by Misterioso ( "Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence." - Ayn Rand)
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To: 60Gunner

Well said, friend. God gives us all, everyone, free will. His desire is that no one should perish but that all should come to repentance. Those who do not accept the salvation that only Christ offers, who unrepentantly die in their sins, face eternal punishment.


28 posted on 01/19/2013 2:37:11 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: Misterioso

He’s old enough to be senile? How’d you determine that?


29 posted on 01/19/2013 2:52:41 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
If Armstrong, or anyone among us, goes to their grave without accepting Christ, the Scripture warns that hell awaits.

Oh good Lord. The man's not dead yet, so there's still a chance for him. Is there any disputing that?

30 posted on 01/19/2013 3:12:27 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Well said. Salvation and damnation are God’s to dispense, not ours. Christian diarist seems to be lacking in at least one key Christian attribute—mercy.


31 posted on 01/19/2013 4:59:57 PM PST by binreadin
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To: binreadin

I was thinking he lacks reading comprehension.


32 posted on 01/19/2013 5:05:27 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: binreadin
"Well said. Salvation and damnation are God’s to dispense, not ours."

Do you not think that at least in Salvation and damnation are ours to choose as a consequence of free will?

Peace be with you

33 posted on 01/19/2013 6:28:09 PM PST by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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To: binreadin
"Well said. Salvation and damnation are God’s to dispense, not ours."

Do you not think that at least in part Salvation and damnation are ours to choose as a consequence of free will?

Peace be with you

34 posted on 01/19/2013 6:28:33 PM PST by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

35 posted on 01/19/2013 7:28:07 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I quit paying any attention to celiberties many years ago, and have not even heard of Armstrong,

If these people goe to hell they certainly will have plenty of company, they are popular because they have the same view as their fans either for the benefit of the popularity or in earnest.

I doubt if being a false idol is any worse than worshipping a false idol.

Jesus said, many shall be called but few will be chosen, so in regards to hell who am i worried about? me.


36 posted on 01/20/2013 5:14:42 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
If so, I was going to reply, ‘You know what? You’re right. Fine.”

This is the typical condition of the human heart. People really don't care until God meets them on the Damascus Road. But that being said, what is troubling is such an overt statement. It indicates a harden heart from which it is impossible to restore one to repentance. God will give him the desires of his heart.

37 posted on 01/20/2013 3:15:19 PM PST by HarleyD
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