Question: Solomon declared: "Wisdom crieth without....Turn you at my reproof:...Because...ye have set at nought all my counsel...I will mock when your fear cometh...and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind....Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer..." (Proverbs:1:20-30). How does wisdom "cry aloud" in everyone's ears and finally mock those who won't listen? How can all mankind hear her voice and be held accountable for not heeding her counsel?
Response: Wisdom must be the voice of God in every conscience (Rom:2:14,15). The frightening declaration that those who reject her will eventually agonize over their folly is a solemn warning of the eternal torment of tortured consciences in the Lake of Fire.
Only after he was in hell did the rich man see clearly the horror and selfish folly of his sinful life of self-indulgence-but it was too late. The wisdom that had insistently tried to reprove him in his conscience and that he had despised all of his life was what he longed to heed in hell-but it was too late. Wisdom, which he had spurned, taunted and mocked him, as it will for eternity! So clear was his understanding in that place of torment that he wanted to warn others of the horrible fate they were bringing upon themselves by their rejection of God and His laws written in every conscience.
Though he knew there was no remedy for himelf, he begged Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers, "lest they also come into this place of torment" (Lk 16:27,28). In harmony with wisdom's voice in Proverbs, Abraham rejected the rich man's argument that his brothers would take heed if Lazarus returned from the grave: "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead" (Lk 16:31).
What an indictment of folly! What an exposé of the stubbornness of the human heart! And what a stinging rebuke to those in the charismatic movement who claim they were taken to heaven and/or hell and commissioned by God to come back to tell of their experience! And what a denunciation of their gullible admirers on TBN, from Paul and Jan Crouch on down, who honor their unbiblical tales!