Kay Arthur Offers Hope for a Life Beyond Death’s Door In New Book “Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death”

Kay Arthur
Kay Arthur

At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to the hospital where she was working because she was sick at heart, sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had a religion but did not possess a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. Her relationship with the Lord and scriptural findings turned her sorrows into joy and her mourning into laughter.

God’s love poured down upon her in 1965 when she married a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named Jack Arthur. Together they served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study. Though the study started as a small gathering in the living room of the couple’s home, it soon grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning of the gatherings Kay’s and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. The ministry they founded in 1970 became Precept Ministries International where they served together as CO-CEOs until February 2012 when they stepped down and their son David assumed the role of CEO. Both Kay and Jack are still actively working at the ministry.

Kay has just completed a three part 40-Minute Bible Study on the gospel of Mark and co-authored a new 40-Minute Bible study entitled, Ignite Your Passion. She is currently working on a new Precept Upon Precept Inductive Study on Galatians.


Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death covers six important questions about death and the hereafter.

Why do we have to die? Kay says that according to the Bible, death is a direct consequence of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. As a result of their sin, “dust will return to dust.” This inevitable consequence occurs constantly, as people die physically every day. However, the curse of sin not only brings a physical death, but also a separation from God, which is a spiritual death. Kay says that God, in his mercy, cast Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden in order to keep them from eating the fruit of the tree of life. If they had done that, they would live forever in a state of sin, “separated from their creator.” However, through Christ, we can be united with the creator.

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