‎”You are going to Hell!’ is not THE Good News…..

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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.

Sad, really.

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

BUT….

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.

Right?

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.

Some stuff explaining hell and scriptures pertaining to its usage…. from herehere, here, here

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.

 

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2 responses »

  1. This is not a simple topic…though I guess, most aren’t. If I were to encounter someone whose first impulse was to get out the “you’re going to hell” line if I don’t believe everything the way they do. I would write them off as a mean spirited nut job, full of judgementalism and anger…..but, I will say this, there is a place in sharing the whole counsel of God, where it is appropriate to talk about Hell as a real place…but if you’re not choking up about it, then I’d say your heart is not in the right place and you’re doing more damage than good. mean spirited religous types….I’ve known my share as well.
    Come to think about it, only twice in all of my years of sharing my faith has the topic of hell come up…and both times, it was only after the other person knew I really cared about them that we talked about the implications.
    ~~DM, thanks for the comment. it isn’t an easy topic and balance is probably the key, like everything else.
    in this instance the person that is using the phrase as a threat to their family and friends. sad, really.

  2. “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that. The saving of souls, if a man has once gained love to perishing sinners and his blessed Master, will be an all-absorbing passion to him. It will so carry him away, that he will almost forget himself in the saving of others. He will be like the brave fireman, who cares not for the scorch or the heat, so that he may rescue the poor creature on whom true humanity has set its heart. If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

    None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves

    Chuck Spurgeon
    ~~Nice touch, Chuck!

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