If I am not mistaken, Christians should be going up to Heaven instead of hell, right? If I am not mistaken, Jesus is our Lord instead of the devil, right?
Unless I am wrong on both accounts, I suppose we Christians need to hear more about our final destination and about our own Lord, instead of hearing about places we are not going and someone we don’t belong to, right?
I was quite amused when I received a mp3 sermon from a good sister titled: ” A Sermon that Describe the Existence of Hell.” For a while I thought it was a sermon for the unbelievers, but upon hearing it, I realized that the preacher was addressing the Christians. Duh…? Just why do we need to preach hell to Christians for?
It’s just like telling a student who had just scored full marks for his exams what’s going to happen IF he failed. Like how his parents is going to cane him, how his future would be in jeopardy, how is he going to be ridicule by his friends blah blah blah… Instead of celebrating the student’s excellent results and looking ahead of brighter days, we keep reminding him all the dire consequences of failures, acting as if he has just failed. For goodness sake, the poor boy just got full marks!!!!
So does hearing about hell makes me a better Christian? Does hearing about wrath of God makes my life a greater blessing? Does hearing about punishments of sins makes me closer to God?
Let’s just so some hardwork and search for the answers in the Bible itself:
“…. not knowing the goodness of God lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:3) Hmm…. so much for the “preaching of hell” lead to “true” repentance. Did the preacher even read his Bible carefully?
Now let’s look at what did the original apostles actually preached to the people:
“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13: 38-39)
Hey, the apostles were preaching or proclaiming about Jesus and the forgiveness of sins through Him, not hell, fire or wrath and not even the 10 Commandements (the law)!!
And let’s look at what would happen if anyone preach q different thing:
Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned (Galatians 1:7-9)
Paul was proclaiming a double curses on those people, very very strong words indeed!! If anybody that needs to be worried about going to hell, it is those angry preachers themselves!!
So my brethens, be mindful of THE true Good News and reject the bad news.