Hell in Perspective

The latest issue of the 9Marks eJournal is out and the theme this month is the final judgment. Hell is a difficult subject both because of its complexity and because the subject is grim. Yet far from a doctrine without consequence, hell shapes everything from our view of God to how we do evangelism. In more recent times, the issue has become something of a test case for the changing face of evangelicalism and so it is encouraging to see 9Marks wanting to equip pastors and Christians with resources for thinking about the topic. Download the whole journal as a pdf or view the full line-up below.

Here are the articles:

Pastoral Fearmongering, Manipulation, and Hell. By Mark Dever
Our culture sneers at fear, as if there really is nothing to fear but fear itself. Yet Jesus told people to fear hell, and pastors today should do the same.

There’s Something Worse than Death. By Kevin DeYoung
The doctrine of hell is ballast for our ministries, which will help us sail straight toward our most urgent task: proclaiming the gospel.

What Then Shall We Preach on Hell? By Sinclair Ferguson
Hell is an awful and overwhelming reality. Yet where Scripture speaks, pastors must not be silent. Here’s some practical help for this demanding calling.

Why Hell Is Integral to the Gospel. By Greg Gilbert
Some think that by minimizing or ignoring hell, they are making God more glorious and more loving. Far from it! The horror of what we have been saved from only intensifies the glory and wonder of our salvation.

Hellfire and Brimstone: Interpreting the New Testament’s Descriptions of Hell. By Andrew David Naselli.
The New Testament graphically and horrifically describes hell, which raises a thorny question: how should we interpret those dreadful images?

How Does Hell Glorify God? By James M. Hamilton Jr.
Hell glorifies God by vindicating his holiness and faithfulness to his word, demonstrating his infinite worth, and magnifying his mercy and love toward the redeemed.

An Annotated Bibliography on Hell. By Gavin Ortlund
This article contains brief reviews of seven key books on hell.

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