Hell-Conscious

This is a guest post by a Sister from Nigeria. A very well written and thought provoking article!

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People often say Christians shouldn’t threaten unbelievers out of the road to hell…that it is wrong or unethical to preach hell to get them to accept Jesus as their only salvation.  It isn’t just the unbelieving who say this.  Many Believers think and say this too, with varying degrees of passion.  Some are very passionate about it, and feel that it is only through preaching God’s love and grace that people will be saved and appreciate the goodness of God.

I have felt this way too.  At times.  However, in all honesty, you cannot preach the love of God without preaching the justice of God, and hell!  Jesus didn’t go about preaching, “God loves you.  Believe and you will go to Heaven.”  He said “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15, Matt 4:17)  And in other places, He taught them that if they would not repent, they would perish! (Luke 13:1-9).

Whatever gave us the impression that hell is not central to the message we preach, when God’s judgment of our sin is what made Jesus’ sacrifice ESSENTIAL for our salvation (John 3:16, Rom 6:23)?  If our belief is that the existence and terror of hell is not a central doctrine in Christianity, it shows that we do not understand the Gospel (the GOOD NEWS that we have been SAVED from hell!).  I believe, however, that emphasizing the love of God and His grace is important for us to have HOLY fear, and not torment (1 John 4:18).  There is definitely a need for preaching hell.  Not only to the unbelieving, but to Believers too.   READ THE REST HERE

Author: Paul Benson

My Website is at www.paulbenson.me. My blog 'Let's Get It Right!' is at pbenson.me.

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