Does Your Church Talk About Hell and Judgement?
Some people label preachers who preach on hell and judgment doomsayers and gloomy. Jesus talked a lot about Hell and Judgement. In fact, He talked more about Hell than any other preacher in the Bible. If Jesus did that, we sure don't want to steer clear of the subject. We need to have a biblical understanding of what the Bible says.
In Acts 17, the apostle Paul concluded his message on Mars Hill with these words: "God overlooked people's ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:30–31).
Jesus talked about judgment. Paul talked about judgment. The apostles talked about judgment. The Bible talks about judgment. And we need to talk about it too, and we need to have a proper understanding of what it is all about.
The liberals and progressives would say that it isn't loving to talk about these things. But I could not disagree more. I think it's the most loving thing we could do. A preacher who won’t preach on Hell and Judgement has a twisted and warped kind of love.
For example, let's say there was a house on fire with a family trapped inside. For some reason or another, they didn't know their house was on fire. Would it be a loving thing for me to run and kick down the door, grab those people, and run out of the burning house with them? Of course, it would.
On the other hand, would it be a loving thing for me to walk by and say, "Oh, that house is on fire! Very interesting. Let's go"? That wouldn't be loving at all.
If we really believe in hell and that there is an afterlife and a final judgment, if we really believe we will be held accountable for things that we say and do, then it will affect the way that we live. Don’t avoid the subject of Hell and Judgement! God Bless!!