Pastor Ron Roddey
Controversial Topics Series - What Does The Bible Say?
"Where Are The Dead?"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Luke Chapter 16
16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man,
which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had
wasted his goods.
16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of
thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer
16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord
taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the
stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
16:5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said
unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take
thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An
hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and
16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done
wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser
than the children of light.
16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of
unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into
16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in
much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon,
who will commit to your trust the true riches?
16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's,
who shall give you that which is your own?
16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one,
and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things:
and they derided him.
16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before
men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed
among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the
kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of
the law to fail.
16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth
adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband
16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine
linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at
his gate, full of sores,
16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich
man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the
angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth
Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my
tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime
receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he
is comforted, and thou art tormented.
16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf
fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither
can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest
send him to my father's house:
16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they
also come into this place of torment.
16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them
16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from
the dead, they will repent.
16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.