Hell? Yes!

“Hell? Yes!” is the title of a book by Dr. Robert Jeffress. The meaning is, is there a hell, and the answer is an emphatic yes. Therein he appeals for people to quit apologizing for it and admit it.

This post is being written with a loving heavy heart and sadness.

If there were a bridge out on a road on which you were traveling at a high speed and I didn’t warn you would that be love.

A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 54% of those interviewed said they were certain there is a hell. Jesus said He was 100% certain.

There is a government paid TV ad regarding traveling abroad with the byline: “Know before you go.” This is also regarding death and the after life.

Why is there a hell? For every equal there is an opposite. If there is a north there has to be a south, for there to be an up there must be a down, for there to be a heaven there must be a hell. Hell is everything heaven isn’t. It is the opposite. There has to be a place for those not going to heaven. Hence, there must be a hell.

Many church pulpits are bereft of it. Former president Harry Truman said, “If there was more hell in the pulpit there might be less in the pews.”

Jesus believed in hell so emphatically He died to make it possible for persons not to go there. He talked about it in Matthew chapters 10, 11, 18, and 23.

These things make a hell out of hell.

There shall be weeping and gnashing teeth. Weeping speaks of remorse. Gnashing of teeth refers to frustration, hostility, and anger.

The company that will be there: “Let the filthy be filthy still…” (Rev. 22: 11) Not even the devil will enjoy it. It was prepared for him. (Matthew 25: 41)

The hell of hell will be the absence of the love of God.

Author Dostoevsky has a character ask and answer his own question. “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”

Here is the good news, you don’t have to go there. “It is not His will that any should perish, but that all come to repentance.” (II Peter 3: 9)

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (Romans 5: 6 – 11)