Life.Church Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel recently discussed the harsh realities of Hell and argued that one of the most dangerous lies Satan tells humans is that such a place does not exist.
In a sermon titled “The Horrors of Hell,” Groeschel contended that it’s important to discuss the afterlife from the pulpit because “what you believe about eternity determines how you live today.
“If you believe that you’re an accident, that you’re going nowhere, then why not just live for now, live for yourself?” he asked. “If you were created by a good God, for His glory, and believe that you’ll live somewhere forever, it will change the way you live today.”
Groeschel cited statistics revealing that while 74 percent of Americans believe in Heaven, just 1 in 4 believe that those who do not know Christ will spend eternity in a place called Hell.
“Most people, if they do believe in Hell, believe it’s for the really, really, bad people, like the murderers and rapists, terrorists and such, but probably not me,” he said.
But Jesus said “something that might imply otherwise,” the pastor argued, citing Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Groeschel said that if he were the devil, he would try to convince humans that there is no Hell. But if it is real, “let’s not take it seriously and let’s believe that most people would not be going there.”
“If I could convince you of that, then you would probably live however you want,” he explained. “You would justify your sin, you would reject Christ, you would live with no real fear of God.”
“If you are a follower of Christ and I can convince you that Hell is not real or not that important, you would live ridiculously self-centered lives,” he continued. “You would very likely idolize comfort and fall in love with this world, you would reject sacrifice, you would avoid persecution, you would love now, and you would not likely share your faith with very many people and have no real sense of spiritual urgency.”
Unfortunately, this is the way “so many of us” live today, the pastor lamented.
If God is loving, why does Hell exist? First, Hell exists for God to deal righteously with Satan, Groeschel said.
“Many of us, when we think of Satan, we tend to think of some harmless dude in a red suit with a pitchfork and horns,” the pastor said. But Scripture tells us the devil is the “embodiment of all evil.”
“Behind every addiction is our spiritual enemy, every bit of fear or pain or shame, it comes from the prince of darkness,” he said. “He’s the destroyer, the deceiver, the dragon, the dark angel. He’s called your adversary, the tempter, your enemy, the wicked one, the thief, the father of lies, the prince of darkness, he is the angel of the abyss, he is the thief that comes to steal your joy.”
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Source: Christian Post