Turn Or Burn In Hell Forever?
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2: 4
One day I saw a very disturbing video on facebook. It was a street preacher threatening a crowd with hell and eternal torture and damnation if they did not repent of their various sins and follow Jesus. This preacher when confronted by a young woman defended preaching hell as “THE biblical method” to reach those who had not yet fully surrendered to Christ. He basically said that all Christians are supposed to preach hell and quote the Law in order to convict people of their sins before we ever offer them the freedom and saving grace of Jesus.
Now I know that many denominations and “churches” hold to doctrines that fully support preaching hell and eternal damnation as a precursor to sharing redemption through Christ alone. Turn to Jesus or burn in hell is their primary message to those both in and out of the “church”. They believe that the threat of going to hell to be tormented forever is the best motivation for someone to come to Jesus. I wholeheartedly and forcefully disagree with their stance.
In my nearly 50 years of following Jesus I have helped to bring quite a few people to the saving grace of Christ Himself. However, I have never used hell fire, or anything like it, as a threat or message to scare them into making a decision for Christ. In fact I strongly declare that using hell or anything else negative as leverage to push people towards Christ is a total work of the flesh and not of the Holy Spirit at all! It is nothing short of perverted manipulation. God’s wrath is not a tool for true evangelism.
Friends, it is HIS kindness that leads us to repentance. God is a God of tolerance and great patience. Love is the greatest motivator any of us can ever have. Fear of judgment and punishment should never be our message to those who are seeking His truth in love. If you preach a Gospel of fear the fruit will just be more fear. (And there we have most of the “church” today) The AWE (it should have never been translated as fear) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If you desire folks to experience the AWE of the Lord then share with them His great love, truth, grace, mercy, and patience. When I share Jesus with others I treat them with the same great love and care that HE has always shown me. By His love they will know we are His disciples. Never forget that His mercy triumphs over judgment EVERY SINGLE TIME. We love God because He first loved us. Because of that I am motivated by His great love to continually seek and serve Him. I will not offer someone else anything less than what I have been freely given. For everyone it starts and ends with Love.
Kirk Out !
The following is a link to an excellent Leslie Phillips song that compliments this blog: