Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We don't believe in Hell
I was recently thinking how most evangelicals don't really believe in Hell...being conservative in our theology, we claim we do, but in all practicality, I doubt it. We don't act like we believe in Hell; if we did, we might have a greater sense of urgency in our proclamation of the remedy, Christ's path to life. This is an unpleasant topic, particularly in an age of friendly (kind & gentle) evangelism. We gladly tell the Good News but we're embarrassed by the "bad news". Yet what are we saved from? Punishment. This is something one rarely hears much in preaching anymore. Maybe we've moved beyond this emphasis, perhaps a reaction to the "hellfire & brimstone" preaching of past years? I wish we evangelicals would all read C.S. Lewis' book The Great Divorce and ponder what lies ahead for those who refuse the free gift of eternal life.