Posted by Ken Schmidt

Hell is real.  The reality of hell impacts every single human-being.  Those who neglect or soften the teaching on hell do so to the peril of the people with whom they interact.  At some point, we are going to have to talk about hell to our kids, family members, co-workers and friends. Our understanding of hell and our motivation will set the tone for our conversations.  Anger and harm will be the products of a foolish motivation.  Godly sorrow and life result from a wise and discerning motivation. 

We are to be God-like in our attitude towards people and hell.  We should not wish hell upon anyone!  Note these words from God in Ezekiel 18:21-23,

 21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does  what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

A godly person is pro-life.  We take no pleasure in death of any form (expect the death of sin and death).  We do not celebrate the death of Hitler, Hussein or the child molester.  We pray for life from death.  We pray for our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to turn away from their rebellious sin and turn to Jesus Christ and his righteousness that he gives to those who trust in him and his work on the cross.  We weep as passionately at the death of the wicked as we do for our own family members. 

We pray for life!