We serve a powerful, all-knowing, God who is everywhere present and nowhere absent. He sees all and has declared the end from the beginning. He has set all things in motion and ensures continuation. So why then, did He fail at His effort to save the wicked? Why would He be sad, disappointed and discouraged because the wicked die and are hell bound?
Of course by now, you know Heís not truly sad or heartbroken at the demise of the wicked. Nor did He in any wise fail. The wicked are, as we stated, very different from the saints of God. The simple truth of the matter is they have not been born again.
Letís follow the radio preacherís logic to its inevitable conclusion: the fault has to lie with man.
You see, man has a responsibility to reach out to these fallen humans, these hell bound wicked and persuade them that they only need turn their life over to Jesus and be saved, born again and become heaven bound. Itís as easy as one single confession.
And one of the best ways to persuade them, according to modern evangelism, is to graphically explain to the wicked their final destination. Letís scare them with the reality of hell, and then surely theyíll turn from their wicked ways and seek the Lord, and in turn be born from above.
Those solid bible students among you are starting to clench your fists or squeeze the armchair a little too tightly, wondering how far I intend to take this. You can relax. Weíre going to the scriptures for light and clarity.
But first, some common sense. Put yourself in the place of the wicked for a moment: pretend you are hell bound and donít believe in God. In such a case, would you even believe in the hell I describe to you? You see, I want to scare some sense into you by detailing this hell. But logic says you donít believe in God, therefore, you canít believe in Godís eternal punishment either.
How can you believe in something you donít think exists? In other words, can I scare you away from hell if hell is not a real place to you? The bible says in 1Cr 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Wait a minute. If itís foolishness to them that perish, they arenít going to believe in hell. If they wonít accept the concept of God coming to earth and dying as a sacrifice for them, then the concept of hell is equally foolish to them.
Thatís ironic. The very punishment a radio preacher needs to ďscare the hellĒ out of them, is imaginary to them. They have no fear. The bible talks about that as well: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
The wicked Ė destined to hell after this lifetime, are natural men while on this earth. Televangelists, radio preachers and well-meaning, but unsound Christians who preach, cajole, beg and plead them to repent are speaking to natural men. You know what Paul said about these natural men and their understanding: 1Cr 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
He cannot know these things. It doesnít say he wonít, it says he canít. Youíre wasting your breath in trying to persuade them. The things you say are foolish.
They cannot be influenced, they are not scared, and they are not going to change, repent, accept, live for God or any of the other things well-meaning preachers and evangelists may beg them to do. They just wonít.
But some do you say. Yeah, some people are scared of hell. Some believe in hell and want to avoid it. Who are those people? Well, theyíre not natural men, since these things are no longer foolish to them, so we must conclude they are changed people -- reborn, renewed, regenerated children of God.
We know there are two types of people on this earth Ė sheep and goats. The righteous children of God are represented by sheep, the wicked are classified as goats. And the saints, the children of God, the sheep, all have spiritual minds that give them the capacity to see and understand the things of God.
1Cr 2:10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
TV and Radio preachers use hell an
awful lot to keep the fear stirred up and the money coming in. Their
goal, which on the surface appears honorable, is mis-guided. They desire
to make children of God. But the scriptures wonít allow that.
Among Primitive Baptists, every few years a crowd will get stirred up and start teaching what weíve come to call a ďno-hellĒ doctrine. They teach some strange things, pull away a few converts and then the uproar through the churches causes the error to get put down. The problem is, they could teach a no-hell policy, if they would do it properly, scripturally. And to do this, theyíve need to take this stand:
For the elect bride of Christ, perfect in election, chosen in Him before the world began, there was never any danger of hell. For the saints of God that live in this lifetime, that are born again, and show forth evidence of the new birth, there is no hell.
Ironic again, isnít it? The only ones that could be scared of hell and repent to keep from it are never in any danger of it.
No hell for the saints. Now thatís a biblical no-hell doctrine we could all support.