HELL-FIRE & DAMNATION
By Dr. Stephen Phinney
What happened to the doctrines of “hell-fire & damnation?”
Yesterday, I preached what a parishioner called, “the best resurrection-day sermon I have ever heard.” I thought, really? I just told thousands of listeners they were going to Hell.
As a researcher & writer, I listen to many teachers of the Word but rarely do I hear these preachers call for repentance. Most avoid the talk of Hell-fire and damnation, let alone how to avoid such a place of torment. In fact, most preachers within the Post-Truth era tend to focus their teachings on the “love of God,” while purposely avoiding how to be indwelt by it.
This message may be trendy but honestly, it is sending more people to Hell than we can imagine. Do these preachers realize that some of their congregants are leaving their services not knowing their life’s end is approaching the following week?
What happened to ‘altar calls?’
People are not saved by God’s “feel good” messages, particularly the messages surrounding His love. Allow me to ask a few questions. “Do those who presently dwell in the pit of Hades (Hell) experience the power of God’s love? Does this “love” save them from their permanent demise? Did “God’s love” fail them in delivering them from the domain of darkness? Did the Post-Truth church’s “grace” condemn them to damnation? And worst yet, did God lie?
If a Post-Truth loyalist believes that being a “Christ Follower” provides redemption, they would be propagating the lie that “God’s love” indeed does save the lost, which completely dilutes the sacrifice that Christ made FOR the lost. It covertly confesses that His love is enough without receiving the indwelling Life of Christ. This is nothing short of “whitewashing sin.”
True indwelling salvation requires a firm knowledge of Hell, damnation and the cost of not being born-again in Christ. Thus, requiring messages of “Hell-fire & damnation,” seasoned with the Life and Grace of Jesus Christ. All these “talking points” of grace are fruitless unless the pathway of deliverance is clearly mapped out for the lost. This mandates a Biblical definition of what it means to be lost (unsaved). Grace without the embracement of its cost has become the church’s greatest deception to date – literally ushering droves of “believers” straight to Hell.
"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.' (Matthew 7:22-23)
When I am riddled with “God’s love is the answer,” I am compelled to ask these social-justice gospel people, why didn’t ‘God’s love’ save the people who are presently in Hell? Since this Godological conclusion paralyzes them, they resort to one of the most dangerous pluralistic doctrines embedded in our culture today – I don’t believe there is a hell. This brings us to the core reason as to why we DON’T hear many “hell-fire & damnation” sermons preached today. The overall deception, if Hell doesn’t exist, neither does the real Jesus. This vain philosophy, filled with empty deception, has imploded onto the Post-Truth church, literally causing a sense of success for Satan.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)
My dear reader, God’s love is elementary.
Most dogs understand love & acceptance, while Christ followers invest their entire faith in this worldly principle.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:9-14)
Just in case you haven’t noticed, the key repetitive Truth in this passage is “in Him, dwells & with Him.” We cannot become partakers of Him unless we are indwelt by Him, placed in Christ (Romans 6:23). This can only be accomplished through a born-again experience.
The Post-Truth church is all about avoiding condemnation. I have great news for these Christ followers. The only way to get the monkey of condemnation off their backs is by being placed in Christ.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
That should leave you with a question. What about those who are not in Christ Jesus? The Godological conclusion is, there is condemnation for those who are NOT IN Christ Jesus.
Followers are NOT in Christ; they are following the characteristics of Jesus Christ. Great start, but it won’t usher them into eternity in Christ!
I would say, “well done Satan,” but honestly, I hate giving credit to this liar. If Satan can delude salvation into a “God Loves You” gospel, he will reroute billions into sharing in his demise – burning in the pit of Hell forever.
*If your savior is the ideology of God’s love is the answer, consider clicking on the salvation prayer link below. This step could save you from hell-fire and damnation. I know it did for me!
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