Each new day brings every unbeliever we know one step closer to hell. This truth isn’t comfortable, nor is it always appreciated when preached from the pulpit, guest speaker Rico Tice acknowledges—but we neglect it at others’ eternal peril. Modeling an approach to teaching on the reality of judgment, Tice walks us through four key questions about hell, providing biblical answers with a balance of compassion and clear-eyed urgency. Jesus Himself often preached about hell. Will we follow His example?
42“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,7 it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell,8 to the unquenchable fire.9 45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49For everyone will be salted with fire.10
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.