Hell. Hades. Gehenna. These words suggest an eternal abode that is void of God, intolerable, isolated, rancid, and obscured from the least flicker of light. And this brief description of hell even worsens, as the book of Revelation shows the Archangel Michael casting hell into the “Lake of Fire.”
It is no small wonder that modernity seeks to suppress this topic. It chafes the conscience of mainline thinking, and even a significant number of Christians! Hell is simply a topic that most people want to ignore. And voices suggesting that everlasting punishment awaits sinners are characterized as extreme, insensitive, and judgmental. It is such “voices”—those that are proponents of hell—that I want to examine.
Through the years, I have heard it said that some people have been offended by “organized” religion because years ago a bombastic voice asserted they were going to hell should they reject Jesus Christ. Thus, this accusation offended them and turned them against the Bible, the church, and the church’s discourse.
The Apostle Paul clearly instructed messengers of the Gospel in regard to their presentation of Biblical truths. He said, “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people” (2 Timothy 2:24, NLT). Now, have some preachers breached their deportment of the Gospel? Yes. I admit that, in sincere zeal, some messengers have exported a Bible truth discourteously. But, does a Bible truth told bombastically, or in a thousand different tones, nullify that truth? Does a meteorologist, warning viewers of a category five hurricane, diminish its strength by assuaging his voice? Can a storm be nullified by any modulation of a meteorologist’s voice? Not at all. Then can it not be said that the inflection of the messenger’s voice has no power whatsoever to contravene Bible truths?
I am not excusing a voice that has violated Paul’s admonition to disclose the Gospel responsibly, but I am attempting to illuminate a greater truth that Satan seeks to mock and repress. According to the Bible, hell is real and it needs preaching! I propose that the real issue has nothing to do with a religious voice that, years ago, consigned someone to hell for their sins. I believe many of these offended people are living with their conscience convicted by the gracious and patient Holy Spirit! And thank God that the irrepressible Spirit of Truth has not released their conscience!
There is a simple question that each person must ask: Is it plausible that a fable, or benign myth, carry the power to upend the conscience, or sear the soul, or bring offensive torment to the mind? On the other hand, does it seem plausible that the forbearance of the Holy Spirit has kept this truth alive as unnerving as it may be? Thank God, that the patience of the Holy Spirit willingly pricks the human conscience and holds it accountable to the reality of hell.
Maybe you were once impugned and offended by an unkindly accusation from God’s Word. It is by the constraint of my heart that I ask you to reconsider what the Bible says about this subject. I appeal to you, by the love of God, to learn of Christ Jesus. Perhaps you have long heard the arguments against the reality of hell. You have heard that a loving God would never consign people to such a place. But let me ask this: What if the concept of heaven, hell, and your faith in Christ’s death on the Cross for the forgiveness of your sins is all true? And what if one day you stand before the Judgment Seat of God having rejected it all? Could not that bombastic, accusatory messenger have made a difference in your life? Additionally, should you have yielded to that voice would you not have been indebted to that courageous messenger for sharing that warning throughout eternity?
For the next few weeks, I urge you to study hell from a Biblical perspective. Perhaps you can watch some online videos and listen to several Biblical scholars lecture on it. Rather than shut down the divine voice of your conscience, release your offense, and give God a chance to validate what is true about the future and your place in it.
A love for God's Word has captivated Robert D. Pace since his youth. After earning a Bachelors degree from Lee University in 1977, he entered full-time ministry specializing in evangelism and pastoring. His travel has included twenty countries, with much of his overseas work taking him to the Far East, where he was also the featured speaker for John Maxwell's Million Leaders’ Mandate, in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2003, Pace launched his publishing ministry onto the Internet. It was initially known as PulpitToday.org, and quickly reached over 100 countries monthly. At present, he has written over 250 online publications in an effort to freely dispense the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As the website grew through the years, so did Pace's vision for his website. It now hosts Pulpit Today Sermons, Endtime Prophecy Alerts, Prophetic Insights, On-demand Videos, and his Point of Inspiration devotional blog. Thus, in order to facilitate the expansion of God's Word within the website, he renamed it BibleMessages.org. After 25-years of ministry, and with mankind at the threshold of Christ’s Return, Pace is devoted to disclosing Bible prophecies of the last days. It is his passion to stir prophetic awareness among God's people and help them recognize the Biblical signs appearing on Earth. With remarkable insight into Bible prophecies, Robert D. Pace presents them in his Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences. He accepts speaking engagements for Conferences ranging from one day to one week upon invitation. You can investigate his prophecy studies on the "Resources" page. You may view a 2-minute video of the Prophecy Conferences by clicking here: Robert D. Pace PO Box 777 Parrish, Florida 34219