Barna Associates showed that only 32 percent of adults see hell as “an actual place of torment and suffering where people’s souls go after death.”
Fire, brimstone or hell. Call it what you want, but no one wants to preach or talk about this taboo subject of hell, which is a big part of the Bible. No wonder those surveyed by Barna don’t want to believe that hell exists.
We didn’t say it was a pleasant conversation to have. But the fact is hell is talked about in Revelations. In fact, we are told that “The smoke of the fire that torments them will rise forever and ever, and there will be no relief day or night for those who worship the beast or its image or accept the mark of its name.”
Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church came under criticism for preaching a prosperity message. He has never talked about hell. Why is this? For Osteen, he wants to focus on the positive and he is not alone. Maybe he is right or he is 100 percent wrong. Regardless, here are more reasons the church doesn’t preach on hell.