Sometimes people don’t listen. They have ears, but do not hear.
Telling someone that they are going to hell, is very different than telling someone to go to hell.
The first is a warning said out of concern and care for the lives of others. The second is a condemnation accompanied by malice and injurious intent.
Imagine two men walking in a country dealing with the remnants of war. One turns to the other and says,
“Brother, stop! You’re walking into a minefield! Those bombs off your side of the road will blow your head off, tear your limbs off, or leave you paralyzed.”
Shocked at the graphic and stern warning, the second man turns to the first and says,
“I can’t believe you said such a horrible thing! Don’t judge me and where I am going. You’re a right side of the road bigot and think that your side of the road is the only way to walk. Stop saying such hateful things. It is not loving to talk about my limbs being blown off.”
Obviously, the second man did not have ears to hear. There is a difference between saying, “You’re walking into a minefield!”, and, “Go walk in that minefield!”
Hearing the reality of judgment against sins and hell is necessary for trusting the gospel of salvation.
It is not hateful to warn about hell. It shows concern and love for life, just as does warning about the dangers of poison, drugs, or high voltage.
When talking about hell, make sure you speak the gospel plainly and clearly so that your warnings are not mistaken for a desire to send everyone to hell.
God would not that any man go to hell, which is why he speaks of the realities of hell and judgment in the Bible. People do not listen.
If you’re going to hell, don’t.
Trust the gospel that saves (1 Cor 15:1-4, Rom 4:24-25).
For His glory,
Justin “saved from hell” Johnson