When is the last time that you’ve heard a sermon preached about hell? I remember growing up, hearing sermons on a regular basis about this very subject. Somewhere along the way, many pulpits have brushed this aside in favor of sermons about prosperity, blessings, grace, and tolerance. After all, they don’t want to offend anyone. As the church has moved to a seeker friendly format, today’s messages have to be pleasing to the appetites and palates of the parishioners. Imagine what would happen if Joel Osteen started preaching about hell. There would be a mass exodus from his church and the deep pockets would quickly dry up. It’s so unfortunate that many of today’s preachers value popularity and big offerings over truth.
In a 2012 survey of people professing to be Christians, 84% said that they believe in heaven, but only 42% said that they believe in hell (http://blogs.christianpost.com/engaging-the-culture/heaven-hell-survey-10916/).By not preaching on the subject of hell or eternal damnation is there a message being sent to the masses that maybe there is no hell or that somehow everyone will make it into heaven? No matter what the pulpit tends to deny or omit, the bible is very clear that there is a hell and outlines those who are going to be there:
From the above scriptures we can see that hell is a place of torment, and hell is eternal. Once you are there, no getting out and no second chances are possible.
How can a loving God send someone to hell? Those in rebellion against God and in the world love to use this argument. The truth of the matter is, that we are given a free will, to either accept or reject the Lord. So in essence, when we reject the Lordship of Jesus, we send ourselves to hell. Those that argue this do not know the nature of God. It’s not God’s will that anyone should go to hell. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” II Peter 3:9 (KJV). Since we are all created with free will, if we choose not to come to repentance, then we will perish (end up in hell). Those that go have no one to blame but themselves.
Many have joked about hell in that there is going to be a big party with all of their friends. The scriptures are very clear on what hell will be like. “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth,” Matthew 13:42 (KJV). This certainly doesn’t sound like any party that I want to go to.
Those in the pulpit are supposed to be teaching the whole bible and cannot pick and choose based on what today’s society deems acceptable. Jesus offended many with the truth so why are so many today walking on eggshells trying to please the masses?
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