Father Takes Boy Fishing Instead of Going to Church. But Read What the Boy Tells His Father on His Deathbed

Do you miss church on Sundays to take your children out for leisurely activities instead? Please read the story below, which was taken from the book, Heaven or Hell.

A certain young man who was not a Christian became suddenly and seriously ill. His family saw that the illness might result in death, and they sent for their pastor.

When he came into the room, this young fellow was tossing on a bed of sickness. The pastor hurried to his side and tried to present to him the consolation of the Gospel.

He said, “Pastor, I can’t listen to you. I have heard it over and over again. I would not listen to it in times of health and strength. I am now very ill. I will die soon. I can’t repent in my last hour.”

His father paced the room in great anxiety. Finally, he said, “My son, there is nothing for you to be so anxious about. You have not been a bad boy, and there is no hell. You have nothing to fear.”

His dying son turned to him and said, “Father, you have deceived me all through my life. If I had listened to Mother instead of to you, I would not be here now. She tried to get me to go to church and Sunday school, but you took me fishing instead. You told me that there was no hell, and I believed you. You have deceived me up to this time, but you can’t deceive me any longer. I am dying and going to hell, and my blood is on your soul.” Then he turned his face to the wall and died.

Fathers, you who are undermining the teaching of godly wives, the day is coming when your sons will curse you.


One thought on “Father Takes Boy Fishing Instead of Going to Church. But Read What the Boy Tells His Father on His Deathbed

  1. Voices from the Edge of Eternity
    Compiled by John Myers

    Last Hours On Earth Of The Noted French Infidel, Voltaire

    Pages 21-22:

    “When Voltaire felt the stroke which he realized must terminate in death, he was overpowered with remorse. He at once sent for the priest and wanted to be ‘reconciled to the church.’ His infidel flatterers hastened to his chamber to prevent his incantation, but it was only to witness his ignominy and their own. He cursed them to their faces and, since his distress was increased by their presence, repeatedly and loudly exclaimed, ‘Begone! It is you that have brought me to my present condition. Leave me, I say — begone! What a wretched glory is this which you have produced for me!’

    “Hoping to allay his anguish by a written recantation, he had it prepared, signed it, and saw it witnessed. But it was all unavailing. For two months he was tortured with such an agony as led him at times to gnash his teeth in impotent rage against God and man. At other times, in plaintive accents, he would plead, ‘O Christ! O Lord Jesus!’ Then, turning his face he would cry out, ‘I must die — abandoned of God and of men!’

    “As his end drew near his condition became so frightful that his infidel associates were afraid to approach his bedside. Still they guarded the door, that others might not know how awfully an infidel was compelled to die. Even his nurse repeatedly said that for all the wealth of Europe she would never see another infidel die. It was a scene of horror that lies beyond all exaggeration.

    “Such is the well-attested end of this man who had a natural sovereignty of intellect, excellent education, great wealth and much earthly honor.”

    —The Contrast Between Infidelity and Christianity



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