Another error common to various Christian denominations is the fear of preaching about hell. Jesus and his disciples certainly believed in and warned people about that place of punishment. So who are we not to warn
God expects us to admonish people about their sins. He spoke in Ezekiel 3:18 (KJV) about what he wants us to do. “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
But God said through Ezekiel 3:19 (KJV) that, “Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity;
but thou hast delivered thy soul.”
Furthermore, the Bible says absolutely nothing about not hurting people’s feelings. In fact, hell angers people. Jesus forewarned his disciples in John 15:20 (KJV) when he said, “Remember the word that I said unto you, ‘The servant is not greater than his lord.’ If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
And some readers might be surprised that religious folks often oppose those who dare to preach the full counsel of God. Stephen really tore a strip out of the Pharisees in Acts 7:52 (KJV) when he burst out, “Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:”
Though people continue to become angry with me for insisting on what the Bible says, I intend to continue doing that in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Those who persecute Christians and assume they’re going to heaven are in for a rude shock when they die. May the Lord use my work to turn Sauls into Pauls.
My next post will be about treating God like a vending machine. That’s a blasphemous way to treat him but many believers make that mistake.