How do we deal with the bible’s teaching about hell?

There are two extremes we can fall into about the judgement to come. One is to over-emphasise
it and preach it with harshness and severity. (This happened with the historic highland Presbyterian churches which focused on hell, fire and brimstone preaching.)

The other extreme, and it’s the modern approach, is to neglect the teaching of the Judgement to come altogether. Many preachers soften the powerful and biblical imagery of hell with euphemisms and half-truths. According to the contemporary preacher, people are not dead in sins and trespasses, they are in need of transformation; they are not under God’s wrath, they are in need of His fulfilment; the person outside of Christ is not destined for hell, he is simply in need of hope. And so the preacher trades in the sharp two-edged sword of the scriptures for the soft, squidgy play-dough of pseudo Christian sentiment.

Whether the preaching is hell, fire and brimstone, or liberal, cowardly and politically correct, both have the same effect. They cause people to become indifferent to the wrath to come.