Telling the World About Hell

I belong to a social club large enough to have small, independently run, interest groups.  We call them SIGs, for Special Interest Groups.  I belong to probably a half dozen SIGs and among my memberships are an Evangelical Christian SIG and a “generic” Christian SIG.

One day, as is our habit, someone posted on our Facebook group page a question which would eventually turn into a healthy and friendly debate.  The question for that day?  “If you were asked, would you tell a Jewish or Muslim person they would go to hell?”

Well… would you?

Would you?

Would you?

If ever you needed a reason to believe that the church is in sorry shape, you need only look at the responses to that question.  The first answer is a simple no.  The second doesn’t even think it is a serious question.  Number three is thoroughly confused, and our last Christian is… well… let’s just say it’s a stretch to call that the statement of a Christian.

What was my answer?

ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY EVERY SINGLE CHANCE I COULD I WOULD TELL THEM THEY ARE HEADED FOR HELL.

To quote Spurgeon:

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

I wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep telling a Muslim or Jew that if they step outside of this world without Christ, they’ll find themselves in Hell for eternity.  Let me tell you why…

1)  Because Heaven Hell is For Real!

Well, Heaven is for real too, but I hate those “Heaven Tourism” books, so I like my little joke.  Hell is for real, my friends.  We need only look to Jesus to understand this.

“”So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” {Mat 13:49-50 NASB}

“”If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell,” {Mar 9:47 NASB}

“”But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” {Luk 12:5 NASB}

For Jesus it wasn’t a question.  Hell exists.  It’s a real place.  People go there.  It’s awful.  What more do you need, really?

Unfortunately, the plain teaching of God is not enough for some people… people like our friends in the screenshot above.  There are those who over emphasize the nice stuff about God, the stuff we like to think about.  But they don’t want to talk about the “mean” stuff about God, the stuff we DON’T like to think about.  So they become unbalanced, and to not FEEL unbalanced, they seek to find a different way of thinking about things.  Soon, they’ve left us, they’ve departed from Scripture and begin to be conformed to this world.  Out of such people come abominable ideas.  Easy grace, “carnal” Christianity, and… you guessed it… a denial of Hell.  Why would a “nice” God send people to Hell?  It can’t be!

It is in God where our theology must start, and ultimately end.  Thankfully, there are still people who understand this.

2)  Because People Like Muslims and Jews REALLY Do Go to Hell!

“And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” {1Jo 5:11-12 NASB}

Muslims think Jesus was merely a prophet.  Beyond that, they have some ideas about Jesus that have no basis in reality, influenced mainly by the discredited Gnostics.  They have some made up idolized version of Jesus, but they don’t have the Son.  Jews are no better, they know EXACTLY who Jesus is, but to them He’s a stumbling block to their system.  (Rom 9:32, 33 1Cor 1:22,23)

Sad?  Yes, indeed it is.

And if the Jew and Muslim don’t soon repent of their unbelief, they’ll find themselves in Hell.  I don’t want that.  No Christian does.  One of our Christians in my screen shot above wonders if anyone is in Hell.  The Bible is clear, MANY are in Hell.

“”Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” {Mat 7:13 NASB}

Christians have the Son, and so Christians have life.  And so, it ought to break our hearts to know that those who don’t have the Son don’t have life and the prospect of weeping and gnashing teeth forever is very real.  People you know in your day to day life will be in Hell.  Famous people will be in Hell.  Even some who called Jesus “Lord” will be in Hell (Mat 7:21-23).  It is not an empty pit… it is teeming with the wretched race of Adam’s rebellion.

3)  Because Telling People About Hell IS Loving Them!

Suppose you saw a car speeding toward a cliff; pedal to the floor, fast as can be… and the driver was blissfully unaware that at any moment he’d plummet to his death.  What would you do?  Would you run after them screaming, arms waving, pleading with them to stop?  Would you grab a good seat and watch the mayhem?  Would you pace back and forth, unsure of what might happen, replaying the laws of gravity in your head and, not understanding them, throw your hands up and say “who knows what will happen?”?

What is the loving thing to do?  To answer that question, you need to put yourself in the position of the driver.  You’re speeding toward the cliff, not a care in the world.  As your car tumbles over the side, how would you feel about the person calculating the laws of gravity?  Would you think him a fool?  How about the one who sat to watch your destruction?  Would you think him an enemy?  But the one who tried to warn you, who did everything he knew how to do to get you stop… would you hate him, or would you feel like he was your only true friend?

However you answer those questions will tell you a lot about your love for others.

Truly the only one who cared was the one who risked being laughed at, the one who was fearless enough to run after you.  The one who told you what you didn’t want to hear… “the cliff is real, real people go over it, everyone who does doesn’t come back, it is awful.  Turn back”.  So, what should you do to those people who, like our proverbial Jew and Muslim, are speeding toward the cliff of hell?  You should treat them like hell is real, and like they are really going to go there.  If they MUST, let it be through your many tears, and your best efforts to prevent it.  Let it be in spite of the fact that you loved them enough to tell them hell was real, and they’ve got a one way ticket.


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