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Turning People Back from the Dangers of Hell

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Date Published: 8/20/2011
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In this nine-minute video Mark Driscoll offers a bold plea for leaders to be clear about the dangers of hell and the power of the gospel. 


Pastor Mark Driscoll is the Preaching and Speaking pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He is one of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors. His audience—fans and critics alike—spans the theological and cultural left and right. Follow his updates at twitter.com/pastorMark.

Richard Pecht
March 11, 2014
Praise God! I have seldom been so moved by such sincerity and love, and such directness and power and truth in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God bless you Mark, as you witness for your Savior and mine, Jesus Christ, Son of the Most High God. I have been truly blessed by your words of inspiration today, and now face my day with a much lighter heart and song on my lips...........Jesus, Jesus, Jesus - sweetest name I know! I pray for those who do not know my Jesus, that you will meet Him today, before it is too late. [delete comment]
Darryl Pendlebury
April 5, 2012
Having had a few months to reflect on Mark Driscol's ill informed ravings on who goes to Hell and who doesn't and had time to reflect and read the ignorant sheep like mentality of those that responded with such wit as "olly olly oxen free" I was wondering if some of you theological giants could answer me a few questions ? So the all loving God you preach about ( and trust me when I say this I believe he is all loving and who he says he is, not who you think he is ) do you think he would send the following people to eternal torment: The person born with such intelectual disability that they can't speak, hear or function on a normal level. The hundreds of thousand of American Indians who lived their lives for thousands of years simply going about their lives, raisng families etc ? The aboriginal person born thousands of years ago in Australia, the hundreds of thousands born before Jesus came ? So are you telling me you agree with Mark Driscol in that the God who is the perfect reflection of what we should be ( how many humans do you know would allow another human being to be tormented forever through no fault of their own ? I know of none yet God is infinitely more loving than we could ever be ) would allow these people to be punished eternally for something that they had no control of ? Mark Drisolls ravings that if you don't know Jesus then you are going to Hell is simply elitism nonsense perpetuated by a church that has twisted and contorted the image of who God is to suit their own end. I studied theology here for 4 and a half years in Australia with the intention of going into full time ministry. How scary to think I could have ended up in such a corrupt self serving institution. Open your eyes people and actually look at the facts about who God is, not what people like Mark Driscoll tell you. He is dead wrong, and extremely dangerous. [delete comment]
Nick Garland
September 2, 2011
Thank you, Mark, for not mincing words. The gospel is the gospel. Hell is hell. Damnation is damnation. Salvation is salvation. [delete comment]
Jerry Mahner
August 31, 2011
Sorry Darryl, "Olly Olly oxen free" is not found in the Scripture. Despite efforts to put it there. Salvation is only through faith. Hearing Mark's message is like hearing John the Baptist crying out from the wilderness..."Repent!" 1 Cor. 1:17, 18 "For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel-not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." [delete comment]
The more I reflect on Darryl Pendlebury's comments, the more I am amazed at the way he has wrongly interpreted the scriptures and misrepresented their meaning. The Lord Jesus taught his disciples to forgive their enemies and that applies to us, by extension. As the sinless and perfect man that He was, He demonstrated that capacity to show forgiveness by His prayer on the cross to His Father. Were the objects of His prayer immediately forgiven? Certainly not! Some were forgiven through Peter's preaching recorded in Acts ch.2. What was the basis of their forgiveness? Repentance and faith in Christ, followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, signifying new birth. Such loose and careless interpretation of God's Word, taking passages out of context and setting them in direct conflict with the whole tenor of the scriptures relating to salvation is misleading and dangerous and must be condemned. Sadly the lack of sound teaching in many churches today allows such error to pass without challenge. [delete comment]
Darryl Pendlebury, you are wrong. The intercession of Jesus for His own and the spirit of forgiveness that He, as a perfect man demonstrated on the cross, are two distinctly different issues. What Mark Driscoll preached in the short video clip can be born out by many scriptures. There is no need for me to quote them, as I suspect that you know them, but choose to overlook them. Mark Driscoll never suggested that there was any likelihood of unborn children or infants going to Hell. He rightly pointed out that we can leave any concerns about such a matter with a Holy and Righteous God. In Genesis 18:25, Abraham asks the rhetorical question, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Do you believe that a sinner must repent before God and receive Christ as a conscious act of faith in order to receive Eternal Life now and a place in heaven eternally? If you believe that and have had the personal experience, you are safe. If not, according to John 3:16 you are perishing. [delete comment]
Darryl Pendlebury
August 24, 2011
Wow, sorry Mark but you could not be more wrong. What foolishness to say that if y ou don't know Jesus then you are going to Hell. God has given Jesus all authority including that to forgive sin. So if you believe that then you MUST believe that if Jesus intercedes for us and asks the father to forgive somebody then they are indeed forgiven......yes ? Obviously yes. Your human logic and human slant on the issue of "knowing" jesus is flawed, it's not whether you know Jesus that keeps you out Hell its whether Jesus KNOWS YOU. Mathew 7:23 23 But I will reply, ?I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God?s laws.? When they crucified Jesus there is an example of Gods incredible grace and forgiveness that you fail to grasp, Luke 23 32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals?one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, ?Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.?[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The amazing part about this dialoque is that those that crucified Jesus, without any profession of faith or turning from their Sin were immediately and instantly granted Gods grace and favour and forgiveness. If you dont agree then I am afraid you are calling Jesus a liar. You mention in your sermon about premature babies being decided upon where they go by God. Your suggestion is that once born a child, even though that child is unable to decide for themselves or know Jesus is destined for Hell. Again it's not if they know Jesus it's if Jesus knows them. I am sorry to see this kind of closed minded middle ages preaching still going on. [delete comment]
Tina M. Winston
August 22, 2011
Thank you Pastor Driscoll for your boldness in proclaming The Truth of God's Word! On Saturday morning during my time of prayer, I feel The Lord impressed upon my heart to encourage the millions of churches in our nation to ask the communities to forgive us for not being the institutions He has called us to be as a Beacon of Hope! If we as believers in Christ Jesus take The Love of God to the streets of our neighborhoods corporately and compel (with force and compassion) them to come, then our communities can be changed: from The Word of God shared and receiving His Spirit to dwell inside of those who are invited to hear God's Word will then become servants of God and no longer servants of the devil! Thank you for allowing me to share this! For the Cause of Christ and to the Glory of God! [delete comment]
Joji Jacob Kaden
August 21, 2011
Dear Pastor Mark, God bless you and give you courage to keep proclaiming the truth as it is given in the Bible, when pastors and churches around the world, and America in particular, are compromising for the sake of acceptance, popularity and convenience. Keep going and may the Lord protect you and anoint you with the mighty power of His Holy Spirit. [delete comment]
Jesus clearly said there are only two choices when it comes to eternity: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. English Standard Version. Mt 7:13–14. May we seek to be as clear as our Lord regardless of the price we have to pay. Ultimately, we may have to face the same type of opposition he did, and often by the "religious leaders." [delete comment]
Anonymous
August 20, 2011
Thanks, Mark. It couldn't be more clearly stated than this. If believing John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 is narrow-minded, then count me in. It's the truth of the gospel. [delete comment]
Roberto Colon
August 20, 2011
Oh my God! This so touched my life by Mark's boldness that I had to share this with a lot of my friends and in Facebook and Twitter. Please, let's learn to preach the truth of God with such passion. The whole wide world needs to hear this message loud and clear message. Yes, there is grace, but there is also hell for those who refuse to believe! Good job my friend! [delete comment]
I am glad that God did not ignore my sin - but that He did something about it. He sent His son to die in my place. There is salvation in no other name but Jesus. [delete comment]
I had never heard of Mark Driscoll and know nothing about him apart from this 9 minute video clip. I know now that he preaches the truth, unpalatable though it may be and pray that he will be strengthened to continue preaching Christ crucified. It is an unwelcome, unpopular message in the world, as well, sadly, in many churches. It exalts Jesus Christ and dismisses every other means of salvation. This young man is certainly not courting popularity, he is not pushing himself forward, and he is most certainly not afraid of making those who have not received Christ comfortable. The damnable and unscriptural teaching of universallism is a cancer that should be exorcised from all Christian doctrine. It is not of God. It is Satanic. What I would say to Mark Driscoll is this, "Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshus 1:7) [delete comment]
Adam Ormord
August 20, 2011
Oops..."preach" [delete comment]
Adam Ormord
August 20, 2011
Thanks for posting this video today. It is a timely reminder of our charge to preac the Gospel in season and out of season. Tomorrow our churches will be filled with lost people who matter to God. We cannot and should not tip-toe around the issue of their salvation. As polarizing as Mark Driscoll may be, I am sure he means what he says when he tells his congregation that it is because he loves them that he is willing to get fired up about this (even at the risk of more people accusing him of being narrow-minded). [delete comment]

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