Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hell, is it real or is it not?

I copied an article some years ago from our local newspaper written by an Associated Press writer.  The title was “Hell’s Fires Growing Cold among Americans.” The writer states,
“The long running crusade by liberal Christians and Universalists against the eternal punishment idea seems to be getting somewhere.  Religious observers say preachers increasingly avoid mentioning hell.  And polls indicate increasing numbers of people don’t believe in such a place.” 
 Hell is not User Friendly
Why is this so?  It is because hell is not a user friendly term.  People are afraid of hell and they don’t want to hear about it.    This phenomena is spoken of in 2 Timothy 4: 3-5,  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine ; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,  and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
No Hell preachers vs. Thomas Brooks
We may contrast today’s “no hell preachers” with the honesty of the great English puritan/ preacher, Thomas Brooks.  In his series of sermons “Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices,” he preaches about those who die without Jesus Christ;
“…But this is not all; thou shalt not be only shut out of heaven, but shut up in hell forever; not only shut out from the presence of God and angels but shut up with devils and damned spirits forever; not only shut out from those sweet, surpassing, inexpressible and everlasting pleasures that be at God’s right hand but shut up forever under those torments that are ceaseless, without remedy and endless.”  He then quotes the great preacher Chrysostom; preaching about hell saying, “Let us not seek where it is, but how we shall escape it.”
[1]Brooks, Mr. Thomas. The Works of Thomas Brooks, “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” (1861). London: James Nisbet and Company, p. 56
Make sure you have sincerely and surely trusted in Jesus Christ who bore the penalty for our sin to keep us from going to hell and to ensure everlasting life with pleasure and enjoyment.   

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