Why is the rich man rich? Why is the poor man poor? When taken literally, the story of the rich man and Lazarus does not sufficiently answer why the two men are sent to Heaven and Hell. Nothing is said about their behavior or relationship with God. Pastor Hollandsworth applies a parabolic meaning to the story and explains Christ’s use of symbolism in rebuking the Pharisees.
Most evangelical Christians believe the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 is an actual, historical account, illustrating what happens after death – some go to Heaven and others go to Hell. Pastor Hollandsworth demonstrates from the context that the story is actually a parable, designed to warn the Pharisees that their greedy, covetous lifestyle will result in disinheritance from the kingdom.