Sunday, September 25, 2022

Who Says, "There Ain't No Hell"?

There once was a new couple in town out house hunting with a realtor. After being shown around the town the realtor asked what they thought. They asked, "Why do you have two First Baptist churches right across the street from each other?" The realtor replied, "They had a theological split. One  said, 'There ain't no hell', and the other said, 'The hell there ain't!'"

Many churches avoid teaching about a literal hell and its perils. They tend to put it like this, "Hell is separation from God." Lord Jesus was not shy about describing the realities of hell as related in this Sunday's reading from Luke 16:19-31,
‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment." Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ’

According to Jesus, hell sounds like a very real place, with torments and fire, and there is no crossing between heaven and hell.

Why won't revisionists preach it as He saw it?

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