Archive for November, 2009

Hell is not for sissies

November 28, 2009

It was brought to my attention the other day how we as Christians have an aversion to talking about hell that the world doesn’t have.  There are seemingly endless slang uses for hell in the everyday life of the average person.  Yet we are afraid to bring up the topic.  While hell can be used as a curse word, it is a literal place that it is our job description to tell people how to avoid.   The noted atheist Penn Jillette ,from the famed Penn and Teller duo, has a very interesting take on evangelism from an atheists point of view.  You can look for yourself by following the above link but what he basically says is, if you truly believe that hell is a literal place, how much do you have to hate someone not to tell them how to avoid it.  You have to admit that our reluctance to tell people about hell is a pretty good reason for the world around us not to believe that it exists.  I think this is true about preaching today as well.  Hell is not mentioned from the pulpit as it used to be.  We need to quit being sissies about our belief in a literal heaven and hell and begin to tell people how they can know the truth of God’s forgiveness before we no longer have the opportunity.