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Why It’s Unloving to Not Mention Hell

All Christians should make sure to warn unbelievers about Hell when they’re sharing the gospel. To not do so would be morally wrong.

Imagine you see a three-story wooden house that’s on fire in the basement. You look upstairs and see that there’s a family who is obviously unaware that their house is on fire. There is a staircase on the left side of the building. You know that within five minutes it will be an inferno, and the people will die unless they get out of the house. What do you do?

You could call the fire department, but they will take at least ten minutes to get there, and it will be too late. Do you run up the stairs and knock on the door? What would you do if you knock on the door and hear somebody say that you’re on private property, and you’re to go away? Do you just leave them to burn because they misunderstand your motive?

“Plead with this evil world to run from sin in the hope that they will believe the gospel.”

The world’s house is on fire, and they don’t know it. Fortunately, the Bible tells us what we should do: “And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:22-23).

Noticed those three words: “making a distinction.” When you reach out to the lost, you’re looking for those who will believe your words. If you smashed a door down and screamed that the building was on fire and that the residents need to get out, those who believed your words will leave. Those who don’t will stay and burn to death.

So plead with this evil world to run from sin in the hope that they will believe the gospel. Those who are humble-hearted and honest about their sinful condition will listen. Jesus said (in the parable of the sower) that these are the good soil hearers. Those who are arrogant, proud, and self-righteous will not listen. They are hard soil.

Make sure you know the difference so that you make a distinction, but don’t give up on somebody who is hard soil. If you were gardening and came across hard soil, just reach for your spade and break it. Then, once it’s broken, plant the seed.

God has given us a tool to break up hard soil: the Law of God. It is the Law that humbles us. It exposes our sin and shows us that our house is on fire.

Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the bestselling author of more than 90 books, including God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, How to Know God Exists, and The Evidence Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program Way of the Master, airing in every country in the world, and is an Executive Producer of “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” “Audacity,” and other films. He is married to Sue and has three grown children, and hasn’t left the house without gospel tracts for decades.

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