Scared Into Heaven
Somehow this strikes me as the opposite evangelistic message of John 3:16. When the love of Jesus just ain’t enough sometimes you just have to play the burn for all eternity card!
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I experienced enough of this as a youth that sometimes I felt like I had one foot in the grave and one foot on a banana peel, and God might have to take me out if I didn’t get my act together. Ah, the sweet neurosis of scared teens just warms the heart of control freaks… 😉
This is bad on so many levels that bad is like all walking away and saying, “Don’t associate me with that crap!”
Don’t forget: Jesus loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!… your afterlife on the other hand, well, let’s just not talk about that.
Does anyone know anyone that has become a Christian because they were more scared of hell than attracted to Jesus? “Yeah, you know, I thought Jesus was OK, I mean I wasn’t a Christian or anything, but you know the other option scared the hell out of me–literally–so I figured what could it hurt, I might as well enjoy my afterlife, so I gave my life to Jesus.”