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The battle against hell
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
We would like to discuss liberal theologians. They regard themselves as theologians, but they do not believe that the whole of Scripture is the inspired Word of God. Liberal theologians are fighting to obliterate the message of hell in the Bible. They think it is too harsh for our sensitive souls in this age of refinement and culture. Incidentally that is precisely the same message Jesus came to preach: obliterate hell for people by giving them the opportunity to escape it. Why don't liberals join Jesus and teach people that hell is real, but there is an escape route, planned by God long ago? The simple reason is that, that is not their objective. They have another master, the devil. Paul, writing to the Corinthian congregation, mentions that they will probably accept the preaching of another Jesus, or a different spirit (from the Holy Spirit), or a different gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4). He writes: 'For such men (who teach another gospel) are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ' (2 Corinthians 11:13). Why do they do it? Because they oppose the message of salvation (saved from hell). Jesus mentioned hell quite often, so anybody who preaches that there is no hell, is opposing God's Word. Such a person has been led astray by the lies of the devil in the same way as Eve: the devil (that ancient serpent)told her 'you will not surely die,' after God had said that they would surely die if they ate from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17; 3:4).
Logic tells us, if there is a great danger, it will motivate us to desperately strive to be saved from it. People will not go to church if there is no hell. Why would they pray, or do Bible study if there is no reason for it? If there is no hell, all people will go to the same place after death. What place that is, we don't know, as Jesus never preached universalism (all people will be saved from condemnation and go to heaven). If that was true, there is absolutely no need to preach the gospel and no need for repentance, holy living, church attendance, or moral living. The devil, the future inhabitant of hell, is mentioned frequently in the book of Matthew: 4:1-11; 12:22-28; 13:19,25,28,38; 25:41. Hell is also mentioned often: 5:22,29,30; 7:19; 13:42,50; 18:8-9; 25:41,46.
Will liberals win their battle against hell, outlawing it and branding it as politically incorrect? They might succeed, as there are apparently many people in churches who don't like sound doctrine and who gather around themselves preachers who will say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3-4). The only problem comes when a person dies. God is committed to His Word and He gave many prophecies in it and many are fulfilled already. He cannot 'upset' the apple cart at this stage and grant the liberals what they want. It would be unfair to Christians not only in the past, but also those who are suffering for their faith at present. Listening to the lies of liberals is very dangerous. While they are trying to save others from hell, they themselves are heading straight towards it.