Some musings from me….
So, after going thru some website, looking to see if anyone else has written about this subject, all I found were quizzes and radical KJV fire and brimstone websites, with plenty of venom for every group different than them with a small hyperlink to click to pray Jesus into your life at the bottom of the page.
I have so much swirling around in my brain about this. I have recently come in contact with someone who is of this persuasion. Although, I’m thinking they might be catholic. [not a KJV fundy]
Hmmm, I do realize Jesus spoke about hell, I do realize we should be warned about living a life apart from God, I do believe it’s a real place, I do believe people who are not Jesus’ will go there
Did Jesus tell us to preach Bad News or the Good news? [The gospel means good news]
Did Jesus tell us to tell people we love ”They are going to hell?”
If we really loved people like Jesus loved us, we would never use those words… Its such a vicious threat.
We would want them to be with Jesus in heaven, we would want them to have a personal relationship with Jesus.. we would them to be with Jesus and us forever.
When has telling someone they are going to hell EVER brought them toward God and His son?
When has telling someone they are going to hell EVER made us a good christian witness?
When has telling your spouse, child, friend even enemy they are going to hell make them love you?
We look stupid, judgmental and crazy if all we tell people is they are going to hell.
How do WE even know who is and who isn’t? Hello!!! We don’t! That’s why we are to preach the good news, the great offer of salvation. To everyone. At all times.
When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, leaders, priests of the law, He spoke harshly to them.
When he spoke to anyone else [beggar, blind man, woman at well, disciples and adulteress] How did He do it?
There is a time for warning, a time for exhortation, a time to tell someone they are not walking the right way, there even is actually a time to tell someone they are going to hell, but never without the good news, never without telling them of God’s love for them, never without extending grace and love to them, never without telling them there is another way for them to live.
And never without telling them Jesus dying on the cross saved them from all their sins, then, now and forever.