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“what is this? i don’t understand why some people feel like they have to destroy people to try to tell them something. maybe if this site wasn’t so controversial, more people would listen. but telling people that they’re going to hell doesn’t make them want to join christianity and accept Jesus, it makes them want to distance themselves and try to fight it. i speak from personal experience. i realise you are doing this in love, but i can tell you now and in the last 2000 years of christianity, this form of love turns more into hate. don’t get me wrong, i do agree somewhat with your ministry. but this is not the way to get through to people. preach love, not hellfire.

Peace in Christ to you and yours,
Kylee”

Good Fight Response:

Kylee, thank you for posting your comments, however, your points have already mostly been addressed to "Guy" in another post called “Where’s the Love?”

I will, however, add to what I’ve already previously written to Guy. You are obviously uncomfortable with one preaching the gospel laced with the warnings of hell. But have you ever stopped to think about how the gospel is preached throughout the bible?

Let’s see how Jesus, every Christian’s ultimate example, shared the gospel. (Note: Jesus spoke more about hell than He did about heaven):

"Unless you repent you will all likewise perish" –Luke 13:3

"Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?" –Matthew 23:33

"But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!" –Luke 12:5

"And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." –Matthew 8:11-12

"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned." –John 15:6

Why did Jesus preach and teach this way? Because He loves us and does not want any of us to suffer the consequences of eternal damnation. Likewise, our motivation is love – we want to warn everyone, both the believer and non-believer.

If I was aware of a plane that had an electrical problem that would cause it to explode once airborne, you can be sure I would do whatever it takes to keep that plane from departing. Now think about it – how much sense would it make for me to inform everyone that the plane should not depart, without telling anyone why? They would think I’m crazy. But if I warn them of the problem and the consequences they will suffer, should they continue with their plans to depart? Perhaps it will get their attention and help them to realize the danger they’re facing. So maybe now you can see why Jesus preached the gospel, always including the consequences of eternal damnation?

Sadly, it’s understandable and expected that many will choose to reject the gospel when it includes the warning of eternal damnation. For example…

"But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him {speak} about faith in Christ Jesus. But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you." -Acts 24:24-25

You see, Felix was an adulterer – he was a non-believer – and the last thing he wanted to hear was about righteous living, self-control and the "judgment to come". Paul was not being unloving, hateful, nor having a "holier than thou" attitude – he was simply sharing the gospel as Jesus did by NOT leaving out the consequences of eternal damnation (Acts 20:27).

Now all this being said, just because you or someone else decide to label the example Jesus (John 3:18), John the Baptist (John 3:36), Peter (2 Peter 2:1-10), Paul (Romans 2:5-9), etc., clearly made for us as unloving or hateful, doesn’t mean Christians should no longer follow the example that has been set forth in scripture. I’m sure you would agree that these men, which includes the Lord Jesus, were not being unloving or hateful, but rather out of a genuine love and concern, just simply sharing the gospel.

Lastly, please check out the following teaching, as it addresses your comments quite directly:
How To Effectively Share The Gospel

Steve Aguilar
–John 3:36

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