Mar. 11, 2018

A Place Called Hell

 

I grew up at a time when preaching involved yelling and banging on pulpits. We refer to it as the “Hellfire and Brimstone” days of preaching. We typically went to five-night revivals that were geared to scare the bee-jeezers out of people. The preacher shouted we were sinners and we needed a Savior. While the style of preaching has changed, the message hasn’t. Or has it?

I am surprised by the number of professed Christians that do not want to talk about Hell. I am a little curious…If you don’t believe there is a Hell, why did Christ die? What is the purpose of His life, death, burial and resurrection if it doesn’t involve the saving power to move us from a state of separation from God to an eternity of constant companionship with Him?

I’ve added a picture to this blog that made its way around social media. I believe the picture is self-explanatory. However, as usual, I was surprised by people’s reactions to the picture and its saying. The picture drew criticism all the way from we need to stop idolizing Billy Graham to we don’t have the right to proclaim judgement on Hugh Hefner.

I think the picture talks about the reality of free will. Every person gets to make the decision regarding what they want to believe and what they want to do with their belief (or denial) in the existence of a Holy God. Some of us, like Hugh Hefner, are brought up in homes that teach us biblical truths. Some of us ditch the beliefs as soon as we get out of our childhood homes and replace belief with cynicism. Regardless, the choice is ours.

Others of us embrace the teachings of our childhood understanding that, as adults, we cannot cling to the coattails of our parents and grandparents. Just because I was brought up in a Christian home doesn’t make me a Christian. I must make that choice myself.

Instead of rambling, let me wrap this up. If it offends you for anyone to suggest that Hugh Hefner or Roni Archer could possibly end up in Hell, I ask again – why do you think Christ gave His life on Calvary? It certainly wasn’t for His own future.

If we accept Jesus and embrace spiritual life, our Holy God accompanies us through our life all the way into an eternity together. If we reject Christ and live a physical life only, our Loving God escorts us right up to the gates of Hell. For those who think a Loving God could not send anyone to a place called Hell, we need to understand that our final destination is our choice; not His.

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars shall have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.” Revelation 21:8