Imagine you were the official who was conducting a wedding. The bride-to-be came down the aisle and said that the only reason she was marrying the groom was because she was scared to death of vengeance that he would exact on her if she did not marry him. Would you continue with the ceremony?
When someone goes forward during a worship service and asks to be united with Christ the bridegroom to become part of his bride, should they go forward with the spirit of fear because they are trying to escape eternal hellfire? Shouldn’t we go towards Christ because of love?
Brothers and sisters, if your pastor is preaching fear, that is not the same gospel that is referenced in God’s holy Word.
“[having] your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” – Ephesians 6:25
The gospel is good news which brings peace, not fear.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – II Timothy 1:7
Hell is a very real thing and should be preached, but it should be preached as something that God’s children have been delivered from due to the work of Christ, not a place to which they will go to if they don’t make the right decision to get saved. It is God that saves us anyway, not ourselves. Are we our own savior, or is Christ?
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” – II Timothy 1:9-10
We notice here that he *hath* saved us. Past tense. Done. Competed. As Jesus said, “It is finished.”
We also notice that the Apostle Paul tells Timothy that life and immortality are brought *to light* through the gospel. He didn’t say that life and immortality are brought through the gospel. The gospel only brings our immortality (which we already possess) to light. It *manifests* it! It casts a light on something that was already there so that we can see it and understand more about it.
Praise be to God for these blessings!