The complaint is often heard that no one preaches about Hell anymore. I have confessed that my generation (i.e., the Baby Boomers) has a particular aversion to this unpleasant, touchy, and often controversial subject. The truth of the matter, however, is that Jesus spoke of Hell often. Therefore, anyone claiming to be a Gospel Preacher must also spend some time wrestling with this subject.

The idea of Hell, while perhaps not very attractive, is at least fascinating to many human beings. Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost are concrete evidence of our obsession with the subject. A popular magazine article of a few years ago argues that North Americans are becoming more interested in the subject. (“Hell’s Sober Comeback,” U.S. News and World Report (March 25, 1991) 56-63).

Unfortunately, much of the information about Hell is not very biblical. As would be expected, many modern, liberal theologians wind up watering down the Bible’s presentation of Hell. Here is a short list of what I believe to be excellent resources on the subject of Heaven and Hell.

  • Alcorn, Randy. Heaven.Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2004.
  • Moo, Douglas. Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment. GrandvRapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2004.
  • Peterson, Robert A. Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P. & R. Publishing, 1995.
  • Smith, F. LaGard. After Life: A Glimpse of Eternity Beyond Death’s Door. Memphis, Tennessee: Cotswold Publishing, 2003.
  • Tada, Joni Eareckson. Heaven: Your Real Home. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1997.

We need to revive our interest in, and preaching about, Heaven and Hell. The Bible teaches that once a person slips from this life into the next there will be no opportunity for repentance. In other words, the only hope we can offer must be embraced while this life is still transpiring. Once eternity is met the reality of Heaven and Hell will be fully realized by each one of us.

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