Save With Fear

This past week while walking by a table at a coffee shop, I noticed a Time magazine from earlier this year with the cover story “What If There’s No Hell?”   My initial reaction was the title should instead read, “What If There IS a Hell?”  Christians have nothing to lose by following the Lord except their sin, sickness, and poverty.  The heathen risk spending eternity in the lake of fire.  I posted my thoughts about this magazine cover on my Facebook page.  One friend responded with her belief that using hell for a fear tactic is satanic.

Romans 2:4 does say it’s the goodness of God that leads one to repentance.  Personally I prefer to hear more about the love of God than “fire and brimstone” preaching.  On the other hand, Jesus gave many warnings in the gospels about hell. 

A fellow minister shared an interesting analogy with me.  If you saw your children playing on a busy street, wouldn’t you immediately holler at them to come back into the yard?  Of course you would.  A car might hit them otherwise.  That’s not being judgmental.  That’s love!

The mere suggestion that hell may not exist is a vain imagination that must be cast down (2 Corinthians 10:5).  Sinners who refuse to repent must be made aware of the consequences.  The eternal destinies of these precious souls are at stake.

And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” - Jude 22-23


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