Can A Christian Go To Hell?
When I was 18 I was lost. I was addicted to drugs and totally without God.
My parents were very concerned about me. But they didn’t know how to reach me and stop the downward spiral I was on.
One day a play came to a nearby town put on by a traveling troupe of Christians. It was titled – “Put The Fear Of Hell In Your Kids”. Not really. But it should have been. I don’t remember the actual name.
My parents roped me into going.
I can’t remember all the details of the play’s storyline, but basically it was about teenagers doing really bad stuff, dying suddenly, and then spending eternity in hell with the devil.
It scared the living daylights out of me!
I didn’t become a Christian that day, but the seed was planted, and shortly thereafter I came to Christ.
In those early days of being a believer hell was always at the forefront of my thinking – probably because of this play!
I always worried about it. Would I still end up there? How could I be sure?
Unfortunately, I never really had very sound teaching because only months after I was saved I hit the road in my ’85 Ford van and headed out to San Fransisco – living life on my own with no friends or family around.
While there I fell into a lot of false teaching.
One doctrine I heard that stuck in my head was – if someone dies in the act of sinning they will go to hell.
This alarmed me. If this was true then I could never have peace. After all, I could die at any time and I sin all the time.
But God preserved me…
And over time, I started turning more to the Bible and less to men for answers. As a result, I slowly became more sure of my hope in Christ. And the fear of hell subsided.
So what does God’s Word say? Can a Christian go to hell?
Hell is reserved for those who reject Christ free gift of payment for their sins, so they have to pay for their own sins by being separated from God and spending eternity in hell.
On the other hand, a Christian by definition is somebody who puts their trust not in their own good works and deeds, but rather in Christ’s atoning work on the cross. By faith they accept Christ’s payment for their sins.
And the Bible says on the cross Christ paid for all of the sins of those who believe in him – past, present, and future.
There is nothing left to be paid for. Our debt is paid in full. So we don’t ever have to worry about going to hell to pay for our own sins.
All the best,
If you struggle with this question here are some verses that may help –