A little over a week ago at a rally for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright made a bold declaration about hell:
“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
This is not the first time Secretary Albright has used this line. She’s recycled many times over the last ten or twelve years. It’s even appeared on the side of Starbucks cups. But the underlying message this time was specific and unique. “Women who don’t vote for Hillary for president will experience special punishment in the hereafter.”
Now, I don’t think Albright really believes that. She’s merely using the statement to shame any woman who dare not vote for the female presidential candidate. But I do think it’s foolish to speak about hell so casually. Hell is no joke. And it’s certainly no laughing matter.
I have no idea what Secretary Albright really believes about hell. But her statement last week got me thinking. I don’t think I’ve ever written a post about hell before so I’ll keep this really basic – for your sake as well as mine!
3 Primary Truths the Bible Teaches about Hell
- Hell does exist – Numerous New Testament passages speak of the reality of hell (Matthew 10:28, Luke 16:19-24). Jesus Himself clearly taught about two distinct eternal destines (Matthew 13:40-43, Matthew 25:31-46).
- Hell is a place of eternal punishment – In hell, God’s righteous wrath will be poured out for all eternity (Matthew 25:46, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 14:9-14). But back to Albright’s “special place” statement, are there “special places” in hell? The Bible does seem to indicate more severe punishment for those who’ve had greater opportunities to believe in Jesus (Matthew 11:20-24, Luke 12:47-48).
- Hell is reserved for those without a saving relationship with Jesus – Here’s the biggest thing Secretary Albright got wrong. We won’t go to hell if we don’t vote for Hillary. We won’t go to hell if we aren’t “good enough.” No, the thing that sends us to hell is rejection of the one true Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, John 3:16-18).
But the Good News is…
I know, we need some Good News about now. The Bible says that God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9). Our sins have separated us from God and earned us the death penalty (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23). Without Jesus we all stand condemned (John 3:16). But because of His great love for us, God sent His Son to take our punishment (John 3:16). Jesus’ death is sufficient to cover the sins of the world. God extends this forgiveness if we will but receive it through Jesus. Anyone who believe in Him is NOT condemned (John 3:18). Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).
Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is horrible. No hell is not reserved for those who don’t vote for Hillary. But it is reserved for those who don’t call on Jesus. You can know Him today!
Have you called on the name of Jesus for eternal salvation?
To learn more about what the Bible teaches about hell, an excellent resource is “Erasing Hell” by Francis Chan.