Revival preachers on hell

One of the first thing I did as soon as I accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour, was to download the sermons of  old-school preachers like Spurgeon, Edwards, Wesley, Whitefield, Rice, Moody, Mordecai, Finney and many others. And whenever I compare what these preachers taught and what we as today’s Christians stand for, then I always conclude that we are the most compromising Christian generation of all time.

Charles Spurgeon once said that the greatest compliment ever paid him was spoken by one of his enemies who said: “Here is a man who has not moved an inch forward in all his ministry. At the close of the nineteenth century he is teaching the theology of the first century, and is proclaiming doctrine current in Nazareth and Jerusalem in the first century!” One of the doctrines that Spurgeon preached was hell, and this is what he said in relation to it:

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

I once was rebuked by a Christian friend not to write about hell, and when I told him that Jesus preached about hell more than anybody else then he said I am not Jesus and I shouldn’t say what Jesus said. As Spurgeon said, people shouldn’t go to hell in their comfort but we should make them as uncomfortable as possible in the hope that they will heed our warnings and repent. If there is one doctrine that irritates nonbelievers more than any other doctrine is the doctrine of hell, and isn’t it wonder that Christians also find it so offensive that they would refer to people who preach about hell as hell-and-brimstone preachers. I once saw one of my favourite preachers saying we shouldn’t go back to the ‘hell-and-bromstone preaching days’ and I was shocked because those days were the days of revival. The First Great Awakening ‘started’ when Jonathan Edwards preached the most comprehensive sermon on hell I have ever heard called ‘Sinners in the hands of an angry God’. In the sermon, Edwards, says:

“There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God; there is hell’s wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of; there is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.”

At the end of this sermon people cried out and said what shall we do to escape the hand of this angry God, and right there and then one of the greatest revivals started in America. Robert Murray M’Cheyne once said “I tell you, brethren, if mercies and if judgments do not convert you, God has no other arrows in His quiver”. So yes we should preach God’s mercy and love, but it’s emptying the Gospel of it’s power if we don’t preach what Jonathan Edwards preached that God’s mercy is the only thing standing between people and hell. If people don’t understand that rejecting God’s mercy is synonymous to choosing hell, then we are preaching a different Gospel to the one Jesus preached.

I know people who read this blog don’t like any mention of hell, but hell is a reality and it’s definitely not a nice place as some are thinking. If you reject God’s mercy and love as was proven on the cross in Calvary, then you are standing on the brink of hell and ‘your foot shall slide in due time’. What do you need to do? Accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour, and escape the horror of hell.

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  1. Melanie Swagerty said

    Thank you for sharing this! I have a friend who reposted a video I put on facebook called “23 minutes in hell”. He recieved a lot of flack for it including Christians quoting scripture about not being fearful. I’m going to send him the link to your blog.

    Blessings~Melanie Swagerty

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