Is It Wrong to Tell People They are Going to Hell?

I had a request to start a thread so this can be discussed.  So, with no further ado, let the discussion begin.  Just keep in mind that I’m a working girl, so it may take a while to approve your comments.

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45 Responses to Is It Wrong to Tell People They are Going to Hell?

  1. hmkjr says:

    Hello,
    Presented out of context, I would say, yes – it is wrong to tell someone they are going to hell. Presented with the gospel in its entirety – God’s holiness, man’s sinfulness, God’s response (hell),
    God’s kindness (Jesus on the cross), man’s response (repentance and faith), I would say, no. Even then, sharing God’s Law (the Ten Commandments) with a person to show them their sin against God and presenting the gospel as God’s plan is not TELLING a person that they are going to hell as much as it is SHOWING them…there’s a difference.

    In Christ Alone

  2. Alan Higgins says:

    If you saw a blind person walking off the edge of a cliff, would you not warn them? And that just for a physical death. How much more should we warn them about a spiritual death?

  3. Daniel says:

    Interesting question. Can we say with certainty where anyone is going, be it heaven or hell? I believe not – Jesus even said that He will reject some of those who call Him Lord (Matthew 7:21-23). And how many of the evangelistic messages recorded in the Bible (eg in the book of Acts) contain a threat of hell? None to my knowledge. I think we need to be very careful here, as the question of final destinies for any of us is a matter for God alone. A related question is, of course, what do we mean by “going to hell”? Some Christians view this as “everlasting conscious torment”, but I’m not sure – it seems incompatible with the idea of a God of love. So I tend to take the annihilationist approach.

  4. Annunk says:

    Forwarding from your previous post the reason for this thread:

    “Are those who follow these heretics actually in the body of Christ??”

    That’s a good question that I feel needs to be addressed.

    Hi Chrystal, would you please start a new thread and name it something like, “Is it wrong to tell people they are going to hell?”

    God bless,
    Bud Press

  5. IWTT says:

    Gosh, is it wrong not to?

    This is a discussion that my wife and I happen to have yesterday. I think that this is part of the truth, and that it is something to mention. It may not be specifically helpful to tell a person point blank that they are going to hell but there is certainly nothing wrong with mentioning that the ramifications sin and of of not believeing, according to scripture, is not a pleasant thing.

    A certain part of the church theology today, tells many people that “God loves them just where they are” or “gives them a message of “here is the worldly problem and this is the formula for fixing it” and then has a “moment”, a “split second”, of “everyone close your eyes and those who want to join the family of God raise your hands. I won’t embarass you I just want to acknowlegde… yes I see that hand… yes I see that hand… WECOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!”

    But there is no teaching of the ramification of sin or a need to repent and then a person “is suppose to be in the family of God” but still lives in the same “sinfull way” that they came to church with and there has been no change.

    “We will know them by their fruit…” and I don’t see much fruit these days.

    So, yes, they need to know the whole truth and how that affects us when we don’t “repent and believe”.

  6. No, it is not wrong, but the manner in which it is done can be wrong.

  7. Eli says:

    I don’t think it’s wrong. But it sure may get you some negative feed back (to say the least, in this “judge not” world). I had been witnessing to a lady eye-balls deep in the occult (Ramtha, Pantheism) and i beat around the bush for a long time until I just finally came out and said it, “accept Christ and His gospel, accept Him as your savior, repent, or you’ll spend eternity in Hell seperated from God”. Her response? “I have no fear of a “sentence” imposed upon me by YOUR belief system” I dropped it there, and never picked it back up. The last thing I told her was “there are none so blind as those who refuse to see”. It breaks my heart to know she’ll burn in hell for all eternity, but it’s her choice.

  8. David says:

    The ultimate goal is to lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ so they will put their faith in Him as their reedemer, Savior and King. Certainly, the message of eternal separation from God is vital. But is that the best lead-off in introducing people to Jesus? It is certainly a vital piece of our Gospel presentation (because ONLY faith in Christ will make us righteous in the eyes of God), because those who put false faith in false gods cannot expect for a relationship with the One True God to sustain them. The only other option is eternal separation from the very God they preferred to be separated from anyway.

    The question I get caught up on is this: How do we present such a truth in a postmodern world? Should I be afraid of the world “hell”? Unequivocally “no”! But does that then mean that shouting fire and brimstone is the best way to proclaim the Gospel? Not necessarily.

    I’ve had to be very careful in writing this response, because I don’t want to ever try to “dumb down” the Gospel to make it more palatable for people to hear. At the same time, I want people to have the opportunity to have a reasonable chance to hear the Gospel without being “set-off” by trigger words which may prevent them from hearing the Truth. So, that said, here’s my thought: In a world which needs Jesus more than ever, I’ve seen people be shaken to their very core, not at the message of eternal damnation (which fits right in with their image of “close-minded” Christians anyway), but at our vulnerability, humility and love. It is at those moments when we point loudest to our Savior, and it is in those moments when we must introduce them to him.

    One story comes to mind, of a friend who I was able to share my life story with. He knew me in high school and college, when I was heavy into drugs and alcohol. He knew about my conversion through the sudden change in my social media profiles, but hadn’t been able to catch up with me for a period of four or five years. He came into town a few months ago, and we talked over dinner for an hour or two. Finally, my spiritual life finally came up and I was able to share my story with him, and present the Gospel in a way he has never heard it before – lovingly. I didn’t skimp on the hard truths, but I also didn’t reign down fire and brimstone on him either. God was all over that conversation, and my friend was forced to reckon with the Truth, without being able to brush it off by pigeon-holing me.

    That’s all I got. I’m asking very honestly, do ya’ll think I’m trading truth for smooth-speech?

  9. Berean Gal says:

    If you mean as in point out a sin in their lives that could
    lead them to hell…..well……..would you blame a doctor if he
    did not tell you (or a family member) had terminal cancer because
    he didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and that person died!??
    Or, if you are driving down a road, you cross a bridge and look in
    your rearview mirror and see that the bridge is totally collapsed, do
    you call and warn others that the bridge is out? Or just let them drive
    over the edge to their death possibly?

    Depends on your definition of “love”, I’d say!

  10. Annunk says:

    Here’s my thoughts on that question..

    Did the person ever accept Jesus into their heart, repent of (turn from) their sins and accept God’s forgiveness? Then yes – they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. They have been born again and like us, they will also die one day and come face to face with God at that time. Then He stands as final judge over them.

    The only sin that CAN completely separate a person from God – from heaven – is the rejection of His Son, Jesus and the rejection of the shedding of His blood and/or His sacrifice for them.

    What happens though, when this born again person follows teachings/teachers who are teaching unscriptural or ungodly heresy? God tells us – Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15; All that tells me is that they’ll be very ashamed for following that doctrine or person who is teaching that nonsense.

    I guess where my questions have always gotten stuck for answers are with teachings/teachers who MIX Christian practices with OCCULT practices. Let’s take, for example, IHOP. Mike Bickle or Allen Hood who MIX Christian teachings such as the shedding of the blood of Jesus on the cross WITH occult teachings (Contemplative spirituality).

    This is where I believe James 3:1 falls into place: Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others.

    In discipling new believers, I’m always very, very careful to take them thru God’s word. I might share a portion of a teaching I’ve learned but we ALWAYS line whatEVER I’m sharing up with the word of God. A LOT of teacers get off track by taking only a small segment of God’s word and lining it up with THEIR teachings. They are very accomplished in twisting scripture to make it “fit” what they’re teaching. And instead of “lining those teachings up with the word of God”, the teachings are taken as AOK right off the bat and are never ‘tested’ by the people listening.

    But do teachings, like at IHOP, which ‘make light’ of the blood of Jesus by giving man god-like qualities cause a person who follows them to fall away from being able to receive God’s grace despite already being born again? Not sure on that one. But if you’re one of the people believing those lies, then remember this truth from Revelation about who’ll be in heaven and who won’t:

    Rev. 21:27
    And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

    When I’m talking to an unbeliever about the Lord, I always get nervous when I hear them say, “Me and God? We’ve got an understanding…” Well you tell me – what’s the difference between them and the person really trusting and following these type of occultic heresies?

  11. Lynne Parker says:

    How interesting that this would be a topic of discussion when just yesterday I was talking with someone about this very subject. It seems that the pendulum of the church swings from one extreme to another from a grace message that gives ilcense to sin to an extreme condemnation message that keeps judgment and hell the main thing.

    It is true that God is a great God of Grace and equally true that God is a God of holiness, righteousness and judgment. So let’s look at some examples in the Bible of how the gospel is delivered. I think we will see that when communicating the gospel message with others, at least on an individual basis, we must ask and receive God’s wisdom and discernment i.e. we must be led of the Spirit of God). Consider if you will John 4, the woman at the well. Jesus’ love comes shining through to her but he does address her sin (which she confesses) as he invites her into relationship with Himself. The same is true with Nicodemus to whom He says, “you must be born again.” Yet with others such as the Pharisees and Saducees, He makes no bones about the fact that they will enter into judgment and hell will be the destination of those who do not confess Jesus as Lord. He also speaks of the eternal destination of those who know the Lord and those who do not in Luke 16. Consider also Peter’s message in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost as well as all other sermons preached in the book of Acts.

    On a personal note, I had a young lady who came to where I formerly worked in order to do community service for some misdeamor she had committed. The Lord simply led me to tell her how much He loved her. As I spoke she cried because she had never had anyone say that before. She excused herself and when she returned the Lord again said, “Tell her I love her.” Again I shared the love of God with her this time she stayed to hear more then I expounded on God’s complete message of salvation and led her into repentance from sin and relationship to Christ. On another occasion during a coffee break I heard a co-worker making fun of God as I was encouraging a chrisitan friend. He said, “Oh I’ve heard that stuff all my life!” and much to my own surprise I retorted, “Well, the truth is every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord and the question is this: do you want to do it now or go to hell to do it?” So, in conclusion, we must at least on an individual basis, (just as Jesus did) exercise discernment in our delivery of the gospel message. The motive and attitude of the sharer of the gospel is most important. Only God by His Holy Spirit can convict a sinner to repent and turn to Christ!

    Is it wrong to tell people they are going to “hell?” I would say “yes” if the gospel messenger is saying it to bring condemnation instead of allowing God to minister conviction. I would say “no” if the gospel messenger is sincere and loving in trying to express the expediency of the hour in the life of a person or congregation.

    I am personally so glad that I heard the entire gospel message and was convicted of my sin, repented and accepted the sacrifice Jesus made on calvary and invitied Him to live in and guide my life. What message did I hear and respond to? It was that God loved me enough to allow His Son to die on the cross for my sins which would otherwise condemn me to hell. It was preached with love, concern, and conviction by the evangelist not self-righteousness, criticism, and religious haughtiness.

    We must be cognizant of our own heart and speak the truth in love at all times when dealing with the eternity of others souls.

    I Cornthians 1:18, “For the Preaching of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness; but unto us which are Saved it is the Power of God.”

    God Bless,
    Lynne Parker

  12. Mike A says:

    No.

  13. Taken purely face for value, I would say, “Yes.” We do not know who will ultimately go to Hell just as we do not know who will ultimately repent. However, I believe it is Scriptural to say what “kinds of persons” are going to Hell (i.e. liars, unbelievers, fornicators, murderers, etc.), for even the Scriptures are clear on those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

  14. Deborah says:

    Is is wrong to tell someone that the bridge is out ahead? Seems pretty simple to me. Of course, many choose to go over the edge, they had a choice though, if they had been warned.

  15. I not only don’t have a problem warning people about Hell but believe it is biblical to do so (Acts 17:30-31; 2 Thess. 1:8-10; Revelation 20:15; 21:7-8). I recently was talking to a Christian about the importance of sharing the gospel with the lost and I gave him some tracts to pass out. He gave them back and said, “I don’t give out any literature that talks about Hell.” I asked him why and he said, “We don’t need to scare people into the kingdom but we need to love them into the kingdom.”

    Yet would we just try to love those trapped in a burning building or if we were stopping cars to prevent them from going off a bridge that is out. We would warn them and plead with them to turn and we would try to rescue those from the fire (Jude 23). We need to warn all people to repent (Luke 13:1-5; 24:47) and that without Jesus’ blood, there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22, 27-28; 10:4; 1 John 1:7).

    Updated by admin to edit out a word for clarity. (How’s that, Seeking Disciple?)

  16. I meant to say, “I not only don’t have a problem.”

  17. Frank says:

    It’s not wrong at all to inform people that there is a hell to be avoided and a heaven to be gained.

  18. Brian says:

    You cannot condemn someone to hell. God is patient and wishes no one to perish for eternity. People who reject the Gospel, are condemned already (John 3:18-20). They are like what the mafia describes as a dead man walking. They do not know that trouble and imminent death await them. If they do not believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He satisfied Yahweh’s righteous judgment for our wickedness and rebellion by dying on the cross; then, yes, they will spend an eternity separated from God in the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14 states, death and Hades (hell) were cast into the lake of fire. So technically, hell is a temporary place until it is cast into the lake of fire.

  19. John Dunning says:

    Hi,

    With a subject like this it seems to me that we can easily forget one thing. According to Scripture we all fall short of the glory of God, we all have gone like sheep astray, we are all unrighteous sinners in the sight of a Holy God, and we are all deserving of His wrath proclaimed against our ungodliness. Therefore every single one of us should rightfully find ourselves in hell on the Day of Judgement. It has nothing to do with us condemning one another to hell, but it is the Law of God that condemns us all.

    When Paul penned the book of Romans, he began by stating that he was ready to preach the Gospel, of which he was not ashamed, to those in Rome also. And from that very point, he went on to highlight the pending wrath of God against sin, and making everyone, both Jew and Greek, guilty beyond doubt before God. In fact, he spent the majority of the first three chapters condemning every single listener BEFORE even mentioning the propitiation through the blood of Christ, given by God the Father to those who would believe upon Him.

    If this was the attitude of the person who wrote such a massive proportion of the New Testament, and one that cost him so dearly for the sake of the Lord Jesus, how on earth can we choose to respond differently? It is not loving in any way to spare the lost from the harshness of the truth declared from the pages of the Bible. Yes we must preach the Gospel with love as our motivation, compassion towards those we speak, and humility of heart, that we may truly be led of the Spirit in doing so. But we must do so boldly, and without fear of the consequences in order to deliver the Word of God faithfully to the hearts of those who will listen to us.

    God bless,

    John

  20. My opinion: No it’s not wrong to warn of the sure judgement to come but perhaps there is a difference in a public preaching setting and in a more personal one on one where we may pick up where people are at and build on that as did Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.

  21. Chrystal says:

    The point is this…

    Without Jesus, people will go to Hell. It’s not wrong to tell people that. We can’t talk about salvation unless we talk about our sin-guiltness. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. You can’t tell just half of the story.

  22. Brian of the Hil People says:

    Who preached hell more than Christ Himself?

    Maybe He knows best?

    While God can save at any point, we can judge by the fruit of people whether they are on the broad path to hell or not, at least at the moment, to a fairly high degree of accuracy.

    The question isn’t whether we are condemning people when we preach hell, the question is are we condemning them if we do not.

  23. Darrel says:

    Jesus had no problem telling people of their fate. “Unless you repent you shall all likewise perish”.

    “And there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” How many times did He say that?

    Let’s get all pious and lovey dovey and leave out this fact of eternity, we can’t have any one’s feeling hurt, now can we?

  24. truthinator says:

    It’s been so long since I’ve heard about hell in my church that I was beginning to think it no longer existed… Can you present the Gospel without mentioning hell as a consequence for those who die having rejected Christ? I don’t think so but it happens every Sunday across America…

  25. ian vincent says:

    Is it wrong to tell people they’re going to hell?

    What do you mean? Saying like this, “You’re going to hell!” ?

    or, “The wages of sin is death. Unless you repent you will perish. He that believes in Jesus Christ has eternal life and he who doesn’t believe, the wrath of God remains on him.” ?

    Saying, “You’re going to hell!” means that the preacher is taking the place of God by passing final judgment on a person.

    Saying, “If you don’t repent and trust Jesus to save you then you will go to hell”, that is a solemn warning from God, and an invitation.

    Saying, “You’re going on the road to hell” or “You’re heading for hell, going in that direction”, “Without Christ you could find yourself cast into hell at any time of any day” would be true.

    In all simplicity, simply tell people the truth, all of it.

    http://ianvincent.wordpress.com/

  26. David says:

    Lest we as the parable tells of the religious man who “crossed the road” to avoid the person who is languishing by the side of the road for the sake of “tolerance”, fear of rejection or by the mere fact that we are off being good Christians so we can’t stop by a dying brother to be good Sons of God.
    To the question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Jesus says to us – “Yes, you are your brother’s keeper and Evangelism is an act of brotherly love of reconciliation to the Father”

  27. highrpm says:

    interesting reading on the subject of hell and eternity:

    http://thedifferentiator.net/wnetern.html

    http://thedifferentiator.net/tetohtor.html

    http://thedifferentiator.net/ueterfur.html

    at the end of the ages; the abolition of hell, by bob evely

    ps
    the ugly doctrine of christian universalism

  28. Mike L. says:

    The annihilationist approach that Daniel speaks of seems very much contrary to the words of Jesus Himself and in light of many passages about eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire.

    Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

    I’m thinking that “everlasting” means lasting forever. Daniel doesn’t mince words; nor does Jesus.

    And Revelation 20 is quite graphic in it’s description of the Lake of Fire; the location of those who die in their sin. They shall be tormented “day and night forever and ever.” I don’t think there is ANY room for annihilationist thinking there.

    Be that as it may, the Gospel message should be about our falling short due to sin followed by an explanation of the wages of sin, which is death and Hell and eternal suffering. And then explain what Jesus did to save us from that eternal separation if we would believe on the Lord Jesus and His sacrificial death; belief that He IS God incarnate and that His death paid the price for our sin. And we can talk about the Lord’s mercy and grace as He woos us to Himself by His Holy Spirit. Fear of punishment is what keeps many people from breaking man-made laws and fear of punishment concerning eternity will also bring people to repentance as they see the love and mercy of the Lord at work in their lives. The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. I think that people absolutely must be told about Hell and that they may very well be on track to end up there but as someone said, it’s not for us to say that WILL go to Hell. Only the Lord knows what their eternal state will be when all is said and done. Nevertheless, the analogy is a good one that speaks of warning people about being in a house on fire.

    In His service,

    Mike

  29. John Dunning says:

    Quote:”The point is this…
    Without Jesus, people will go to Hell. It’s not wrong to tell people that. We can’t talk about salvation unless we talk about our sin-guiltness. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. You can’t tell just half of the story.”

    Amen Chrystal. I also fully agree with Glenn too, in that when we evangelize on a personal basis, we do so directly to an individual person. It’s precisely for that reason that we are in such need of the Spirit to lead us, for He knows the innermost thoughts and attitudes of that person’s heart, and will speak directly to them.

    Whether or not it is on a public or personal basis though, we must get away from preaching that puts things across in a way that implies that Hell is what happens to someone else. We must show, as Chrystal rightly said, it happens to ALL who are outside the covering of Christ.

  30. eeellama says:

    The more we just let the Bible speak for itself, and the less we talk about our opinions, and the more correct our message becomes. The Bible is perfectly proportional when we don’t hyper focus on a few favorite verses to the exclusion of others.

  31. Berean Gal says:

    You are correct, Chrystal…….”a half truth is a whole lie”

  32. Chrystal says:

    One thing I think we all can agree on is context. Context is everything.

    If you walk up to someone on the streets you know is not a believer and you say, “You’re going to Hell unless you change your ways!” then chances are you will alienate them immediately. However, if we explain the gospel to them the way Stephen did, just for example, then it would be something we would have to explain to them. You would need to explain Hell to fully explain why Jesus came to die. You would have a huge hole without it.

  33. ian vincent says:

    Re: “Whether or not it is on a public or personal basis though, we must get away from preaching that puts things across in a way that implies that Hell is what happens to someone else. We must show, as Chrystal rightly said, it happens to ALL who are outside the covering of Christ.”
    .
    .
    Amen!

    Human arrogance is OFTEN mixed into the gospel presentation: like when it’s implied that the sinner being addressed is worthy of hell, but the preacher isn’t. The preacher speaking with an air that he’s somehow superior to his audience. Unbelievers see thru this hypocrisy, often, when Christians can’t. It is a stench.

    When Christians truly understand how much mercy they have received as guilty condemned sinners, how can they ever speak arrogantly, or speak down to people as if they are superior?

    http://ianvincent.wordpress.com/

  34. If my Lord can tell people that unless they repent they will perish then so can i right?

  35. Mike A says:

    I once heard that if a tear did not well up in yoyr eye when speaking of hell….you should be quiet for the love of God is not present. Good advice I think.

    While speaking with people this past weekend, I could not help but to almost be brought to tears when I saw their spirirtual need, yet they still said “no.” They reject the King, not the messenger – that is the only way I can continue to at least try to reach out.

  36. Mike L says:

    Ian, that’s a great post! Arrogance is pride by another name and is a stench in the nostrils of our Father. However, even when the Gospel is presented in such a fashion, the fact of the matter is that the will of the Lord will NOT be thwarted by any person and if the person hearing the message is destined for an eternity with the Lord and the Holy Spirit is working on their heart, the hypocrisy is often not seen because the Holy Spirit has caused those people to be looking inwardly as the Word of the Lord does it’s active and two-edged work in their heart. That is NO EXCUSE for arrogance though and I certainly would NEVER make that charge.

    My point is simply that quite often I think the Lord does His saving work IN SPITE OF our efforts that are often done in the wrong spirit. We are still sinful creatures and I don’t think we’ll ever do ANYTHING this side of Heaven that is truly 100% pure of heart. As we grow closer to the Lord and walk in His truth, that percentage factor will certainly increase but never quite make the 100% mark until we receive our new bodies.

    It’s for this reason that I so totally agree with your post that in light of the fact that we remain sinners, we must do our utmost to seek pure intentions, put away pride, put away any superiority complex, and anything else contrary because it is the mercy of the Father that we ALL have received and it is that very mercy that we want to see others become partakers of.

    I have used an analogy quite often when sharing with other believers about how, as we mature in our faith and walk with God, we often see even moreso how miserable and wretched we are in light of the Lord’s glory. The analogy is that just as something can look very nice in low light, it’s flaws become much more apparent as the light gets brighter. And so, as we get closer to the Lord, His light reveals even MORE flaws in our being and we find ourselves on our knees once again in repentance. I’m getting off track here but just wanted to share that analogy and how it just falls in with your post. We can only look on and say, “There, but for the grace of God, go I” as we share the Gospel. I must admit; it’s easier said than done but the Lord isn’t done with me yet either. I find comfort in that.

    In His service,

    Mike

  37. Mike L says:

    You are right on, Matthew! I think the key is what Ian said…..we need to be so aware of the attitude we have when speaking about it.

    In His service,

    Mike

  38. Denise says:

    Scripture says we MUST, for it has everything to do with God’s holiness and wrath against sinners, and therefore is what makes the Gospel GOOD news for those who believe it. Its also a reason to FEAR HIM. Hell shows the sinner how wretched he is and how holy God is.

    Mat 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

    Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

    Matt. 25: 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

    Matt. 10: 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, BE AFRAID of the One who can destroy both soul and body in HELL.

    Matt. 18: 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. Matt. 18: 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the FIRE OF HELL.

    2 Thes. 1: 8 In FLAMING FIRE taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with EVERLASTING DESTRUCTIONfrom the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power

    Rev 14:11 And the SMOKE OF THEIR TORMENT ascendeth up FOREVER AND EVER: and they have NO REST DAY OR NIGHT, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

    2Pe 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into HELL committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

    Luk 12:5 But I will warn you whom to fear: FEAR HIM who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into HELL. Yes, I tell you, FEAR HIM!

    Mat 10:15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.

    Mat 13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the FIERY FURNACE. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

    Rev 19:20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the LAKE OF FIRE that burns with sulfur.

    Metaphorical hell = metaphorical fear of a metaphorical God

    “Do not begin telling me that there is a metaphorical fire in hell. Who worries about that? If a man were to threaten to give me a metaphorical blow on the head, I should worry very little about it. He would be welcome to give me as many as he pleased. And what do the wicked say? ‘We do not worry about metaphorical fires.’ But they are real, sir, yes, as real as yourself.” – Spurgeon

    Of course today’s so-called Christians can deny many things like Hell and think they are believers, when in fact they are not. To deny Hell is to deny God’s righteousness, holy wrath, and justice. Just as there is eternal life for those who believe, there is eternal “death” if you will (punishment) for eternal UNbelief. Rest for the believers, UNrest for the wicked. Can’t have one without the other according to Scripture (Matt. 13 above).

  39. ian vincent says:

    I agree with what you’re saying, Mike L. The truth is still the truth no matter how arrogantly it’s spoken. That’s the genius of the eternal God in making His Words the incorruptible seed. Even an atheist farmer, if he sows wheat seed will get wheat, bcos the life is in the seed. The gospel of Christ itself is the power of God unto salvation, and even if a charlatan preaches Jesus words, it’s still the incorruptible seed by which we are born again. Jesus said His words are spirit and life.

    We do right and speak rightly bcos we are worshipers of God. It’s His honor we have in mind, not pragmatic thinking, or positive thinking, like how a salesman will craft his message.

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  40. Andy says:

    “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matt 23:33 (KJV)

    Would this qualify as a “Yes, we should tell people”?

  41. Denise says:

    One other thing: its not just that we are not good enough to go to Heaven, but that we are earning Hell, outside of being in Christ Jesus. We’re not just undeserving of Heaven, we’re ILLdeserving of Heaven. That’s why we need to be Justified by the Holy Holy Holy God.

  42. Sandy B says:

    Here’s my 10c…

    If you saw your friend / family member / a co-worker / a stranger driving their car toward a cliff, should you shout a warning? Absolutely!

    Should you attempt to wrench the steering wheel forcibly out of their hands? Probably not.

    It’s not whether we should deliver the message; for sure we should. But it’s how we deliver it that’s important. Truth and love, as several here have already stated.

    Many blessings. :-)

  43. Sean says:

    That is how I became a Christian. It was a response to someone telling me just that. He was right. I was bound for Hell at the time.

    If it is wrong to tell someone they’re going to Hell, I thank God that my friend did the “wrong” thing at that time.

  44. Berean Gal says:

    “Obedience is better than sacrifice”.

  45. ellen says:

    Timing and discretion are important. Example, for 20 years I’ve been trying to teach truths from the bible to my mom who is a very devout catholic. I provided tons of scripture in trying to show that much of her religious practices are not pleasing to God. After a few years, I just tried to let my light shine instead of bombarding her with bible verses. One day though we were talking by phone as she was talking about her beliefs, and my heart just broke because she is so deceived and i just came out and said her religion was false and that unless she repented and turned away from her religion that she would go to hell. I believe it was God who put it on my heart to tell her that at that time, not to judge her, but to make her aware that I love her so much and that I’m deeply concerned about her spiritual destination. It made me even sadder when she said she would NEVER leave the catholic faith. I’m still praying for her. I believe she knows the truth, but it is pride keeping her from walking away from what she has always believed.

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