Here is why I will never preach on hell again:
Ok that isn't entirely true. I am not saying I will never speak about hell while preaching but I honestly don't think I have a need to preach on hell. I am sure some may say I just want to tickle people ears but let me lay some groundwork. I believe hell is a very real place and those who reject Christ's propitiation (that's for those who made it to church Sunday) will spend eternity there separated from God. I also believe the Bible paints a very grim picture of this place called hell. One word it uses to describe separation from God is darkness. And that's why I don't need to preach on hell. This past weekend I took my family camping. I didn't spend a lot of time telling them all the ways the darkness could scare them and hurt them. I didn't do what I could to scare them away from the darkness. You know what I did? I put a flashlight in their hand and taught them how to use it.
What does that have to do with hell? I have no desire to scare someone away from hell. It does very little to scare the hell out of people. I would rather put a flashlight in their hand and teach them how to use it. It doesn't mean I don't recognize that darkness and hell exist, but I'd rather preach on Jesus so you don't have to fear hell. He said Himself, He is the way, the truth, and the light. Here is another Scripture, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7 NIV
So no it isn't that I want to make people feel good about sin and pretend hell doesn't exist. But quite frankly no one walks in the light by trying to avoid darkness. They walk in the light when they hear about the one who is the light. They walk in the light by having the light in them. That's where my time is much better spent. So here's a flashlight, let me teach you how to use it so you won't have to fear the darkness.