The following is from Spurgeon's message, Love's Commendation.
"Again, a day is coming when thou wilt feel thy need of Christ, if thou dost not now. Within a few short years, perhaps months, or days, thou wilt lie upon the last bed that shall ever bear thy weight; soon thou shalt be stayed up by soft pillows; they frame will be weak, and thy soul full of sorrow. Thou mayest live without Christ now, but it will be hard work to die without him. Thou mayest do without this bridge here; but when thou gettest to the river thou wilt think thyself a fool to have laughed at the only bridge which can carry thee safely over. Thou mayest despise Christ now, but what wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? Canst thou face death, and not be afraid? Nay, man, thou art affrightened now if the cholera is in the city; or if some little sickness is about thee thou shakest for fear; what wilt thou do when thou art in the jaws of death, when his bony hand is squeezing thee, and when his dart is in the vitals? What wilt thou do then without a Saviour? Ah! thou wilt want him then. And what wilt thou do when thou hast passed that black stream, when thou findest thyself in the realm of spirits - in that day of judgment, when the thunders shall be loosed, and the wings of the lightning shall be unbounded - when tempests shall herald, with trumpet voices, the arrival of the great Assize. What wilt thou do when thou shalt stand before his bar, before whom, in astonishment, the stars shall flee, the mountains quake, and the sea be licked up with tongues of forked flame. What wilt thou do when, from his throne, he shall exclaim, 'Come hither, sinner,' and thou shalt stand there alone, to be judged for every deed done in the body. Thou wilt turn thine head, and say, O! for an advocate!' And he shall look on thee and say, "I called, and ye refused; I stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; I also will not laugh at your calamity, and mock when your fear cometh'. Ah! what wilt thou do then, sinner, when the judgment-seat is set? O! there will be weeping - there will be weeping at the judgment seat of Christ. And what wilt thou do in that day when he shall say, 'Depart, ye cursed;' and when the black angel, with a countenance more fierce than lightning, and with a voice louder than ten thousand thunders, shall cry, 'Depart!' and smite thee down where lie forever those accursed spirit, bound in fetters of iron, who, long ago, were cast into perdition. Say not I tell thee terrible things; if it be terrible to speak of, how terrible it must be to bear! If you believe not what I say, I shall not wonder if you laugh at me; but as the most of you believe this, I claim your most solemn attention to the subject."
I am reminded of the Pilgrim in Pilgrim's Progress. Shortly after leaving the city of destruction he met a man by the name of Evangelist. Evangelist opened a scroll and written thereon were the simple words, "Flee the wrath to come!" Pilgrim was desirous to do so and sought direction from Evangelist. If I remember correctly he pointed him to the little, narrow gate in the distance. He told him to go there and that he would find the way to the Celestial City.
In fleeing the wrath to come Jesus is the only acceptable refuge. Baptism, good works, church membership, and religious activity will all be found wanting in the day of judgment! Countless millions of baptized people are in hell. There are good people in hell. There are church members in hell. There are religious people in hell. Only if our confidence is in Christ, and Christ alone, will we have no need to be ashamed and we will have no need to make haste. He is the sure foundation, the chief cornerstone.
A false hope is a false hope no matter how sincerely it is believed! We can be wrong about a lot of things, but to be wrong about matters of salvation, heaven, and hell is to be wrong about that which matters most.
Let me finish by assuming the role of Evangelist and issue a stern warning to flee the wrath to come! Go to the little wicket gate (Christ) and enter in, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat. May these words of warning fall on the ears of some lonely pilgrim who has departed the city of destruction and is looking for the way to life everlasting!