Why Do So Many Preachers  Refuse to Talk About Hell?

We have put the gospel on the back burner, and we have exalted preachers that endlessly fill our ears with messages that make us feel better.
Once upon a time, preachers all across the land regularly unleashed fiery sermons that directly confronted people with the reality of Heaven and hell. But today,  when was the last time you heard a sermon about hell? Just think about that for a moment…, hummmnn! that has completely changed.
In fact, there are some very well-known ministers all around the globe that purposely avoid ever using the word “hell” in their sermons for some reasons. 1. because it might offend someone among their congregation. 2. Hell messages are not marketable. 3. Some are also not free from the works of darkness, thereby avoid eventual penalties. It turns out that “happy church” can be a very lucrative business model, and many people seem to love the “me first” prosperity gospel that has infected virtually all of the major denominations at this point. So, there are countless messages about “blessing,” “healing,” “deliverances,” “breakthrough,” and how God can make your life better, and very, very little preaching about sin, judgment, the cross and the urgency that we should feel to reach lost souls with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The question we need to ask ourselves are numerous over this concern, but let start with this; how was it with Jesus? Or with the Apostles?
The Book of the Acts of the Apostles is not a mere history, but the pattern which Christ want His Church to be at all time.
Jesus actually spoke extensively about hell, He may have done so to show the reality of hell, and that God’s desire that none perishes, therefore, a need to change from evil deeds. Apart from Christ, in 2Peter 3:9, God is warning everyone and He is not slack concerning His Word. The gospel of Matthew has more account of Jesus speaking about hell compared to the rest of the New Testament. Why was this one prevalent in Matthew’s Gospel? Perhaps it was because He was addressing the self-righteous leaders the most. Jesus was speaking about the need to rid ourselves of sin, no matter what the cost, by saying, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:29 NKJV Therefore, there must be a real place to be thrown into and it is not just the body that is thrown into hell; it is both body and soul.
Also, He said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28 NKJV
Jesus gave so many warnings about hell that we often see this as harsh, but if you know someone who was blind, walking toward a giant cliff, would you not try to stop him? The greatest act of love you can show someone, is to warn them of the wrath of God being on all who reject Jesus (John3:18 & 36b), and that is what Jesus was trying to do. He did not want anyone to go to such an extreme place of torment.
THE PLACE OF REGRET
When Jesus was teaching and warning about the realities of hell, He said, Hell is a place “where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (MARK 9:48). The word “their” as in “their worm does not die” makes it different from “a” worm. No, it is their own personal worm, that turns and like worms that turn, it keeps turning upon itself. The story Jesus gave of the Rich Man and Lazarus shows that the man was in torment (LUKE 16:23), felt regret (LUKE 16:24a), in anguish from the flames (LUKE 16:24b), and even wanted to warn the rest of his family (LUKE 16:28) but it was an impassable, unbridgeable gap between heaven and hell
(LUKE 16:26).
THE PLACE OF DARKNESS
Finally, hell is also a place of darkness, and utter regret is apparently associated with this place. Jesus mentions a weeping (regret?) and gnashing of teeth (suffering?), but these occur in outer darkness, which is sometimes called the “utter darkness.” Jesus said, in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you yourself is cast out (LUKE 13:28). So again, this is a place, a real, actual location. What is it like where they are cast into hell? It will be “into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (MATTHEW 22:13). In addition, to those
who thought that they were servants of Christ (MATTHEW 7:23), but were the tares growing along with the wheat, they will say, “throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (MATTHEW 25:30). Since we know that God is light (JOHN 1), and Jesus is that light, perhaps the absence of God and His goodness will be darkness. Can you even imagine the palpable darkness of the “outer darkness” which reminds me of the blackness of outer space?
What is the exact location of hell? Is it under the earth, or in a black hole? I just do not know. The Bible does not give us an exact location but even though most will not believe that hell is real, yet a few will believe and they will repent and trust in Christ. The reason that hell comes up so often is because; God does not want anyone to go there. The reality of a dark, flame-filled, state of eternal
regret makes the GoodNews of the Gospel so good! Without the goodness of God, none could make it on their own righteousness. We fall far too short (ROMANS 3:23). We need a Redeemer. We have a Redeemer (ACTS 4:12).
All these teachings are alien to the synagogue members. If our Lord Jesus Christ taught it, we must do likewise, but T.B.Joshua is afraid to teach about Hell, why? He knows.
(Culled from Deception of the Age Unmasked)
If Jesus talked about it, why would some preacher avoid it like a plague?
Apostle Paul wrote about a time when lukewarm believers would surround themselves with preachers that would tell them exactly what their itching ears want to hear, not what the scripture propagates. This is what 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says in the Modern English Version:
“For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths.”
Is this not precisely what is happening in the World today?
We have put the gospel on the back burner, and we have exalted preachers that endlessly fill our ears with messages that make us feel better.
Meanwhile, anywhere the Truth is preached, people are starting to turn away from such places altogether in alarming numbers.
Just consider the following information that comes directly out of a Pew Research Center report:
Our youngest adults, the millennials, are far more likely to reject the Christian faith than any generation that has preceded them. :
So even though our society is moving away from God at a frightening pace, most people still acknowledge the reality of heaven and hell.
Most people still understand that God is going to hold them accountable for their actions, and that they are going to go somewhere when they die.
So why are so many preachers afraid to talk about these things in our day?
Where are the men like Charles Finney, D.L. Moody and Charles Spurgeon who won multitudes of souls for their Savior and literally changed the course of history with their fiery preaching?
Sadly, most churches today have already gone apostate. You may not want to hear this, but it is true.
The good news, however, is that God is still moving in this last days, and I am completely convinced that we are going to see the greatest harvest of souls in the history of the church in these last days. God is raising up men and women of God that are going to preach passionately about the reality of sin, judgment, hell and the cross. They aren’t going to be afraid to offend people, because they are going to be consumed with a passion to help people find eternal life through Jesus Christ.
I want you to imagine something for a moment.
Imagine a line that stretches from one side of your computer screen to the other. That is your life. Whether it is 20 years long or 120 years long, it had a beginning and it is going to have an end.
Now imagine that line continuing past the end of your computer screen and traveling out of your house and across the street. From there, imagine it traveling at a very high rate of speed from city to city, country to country, until it encircles our planet literally millions upon millions of times without ever stopping. That is eternity. It keeps going unending.
The Bible is correct, you have a choice to make. You can choose Jesus and spend forever with Him, or you can choose to reject Him and be forever separated from your Creator.
Heaven and hell are both very real, and the Son of the Living God came to this planet and died an incredibly brutal death on a Roman cross so that eternal life could be offered to you as a free gift.
If you want to have a relationship with Him, it is very easy. Just repent of your sins and invite Jesus Christ to come into your life. He will forgive every evil thing that you have ever done, and He will give you a life that is never going to have an ending.
I pray that you will make that decision today in Jesus’ Name

 

Freely give!