Does Your Pastor Preach About Hell?

(special thanks to illbehonest)

… I mean really preach about Hell? The eternal, unquenchable flames that never cease? Most pastors today are mealy-mouthed cowards who soft-peddle the doctrine of Hell so as not to offend the multitudes with itching ears. Listen to the sermon above by Tim Conway for the sobering message that you probably need to hear.

If we are to follow Christ’s example, we need to start warning people about Hell. Christ had much to say about Hell, despite myths from liberals who say Jesus didn’t say anything about Hell.

Moreover, the words of Christ are not only those words Christ spoke during His earthly ministry.  Jesus, being a member of the Trinity, is God (see John 1:1-3, 10:29-30)—and therefore all words in the Bible about Hell —not just words He spoke during His earthly ministry—come from Him.

The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:41-42)

the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 24:50-51)

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

This post is a work in progress …

Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Hell is the crazy aunt in the attic in church these days whose existence is acknowledged but never discussed in polite company. I have attended a PCA church for nigh on seven years and have not heard ONE sermon on hell. Sermons aplenty on community, God’s love, the Table, etc. NONE on hell, ever. We mention hell in the Apostle’s Creed and a thimble full of other liturgical group-read confessions.
    Salvation doesn’t make much sense without its counterpart, judgment.

  2. Michael,
    It’s sad, isn’t it? If the church isn’t teaching that Jesus is the Savior from Hell (as well as the Savior from sin), then what do people believe they are saved from?
    God bless,

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