Franklin Graham, the son of the legendary Rev. Billy Graham, is often recognized for his honest commentary regarding political issues and current events.
On Wednesday, September 19th, Graham sparked controversy again with a real, yet difficult subject addressed in the Bible — Heaven and Hell. In response to a Wall Street Journal article titled “Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?”, Graham answered the question quoting scripture.
“The writer says that, ‘By any measure, Hell is a cruel and oppressive concept…In some distant, better future, the foreclosure of Hell will be an important step in the maturation of human communities,'” Graham began.
“The fact is, Hell is much more than a concept—it’s a reality. Jesus spoke about it a great deal,” he assured. “The Bible describes it as a ‘blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ It will not change with the maturing of human culture, or anything else we might dream up.”
“Hell is a very real place that will be the eternal destination of souls who reject the forgiveness and salvation that a loving God offers us through His Son, Jesus Christ,” he added.
Graham also gave insight on the glorious, eternal kingdom for God’s children: “Heaven is also a real place, prepared for those who put their faith and trust in Christ. Now is the time when we choose our eternal destiny—the Bible tells us ‘…now is the day of salvation’ (2 Corinthians 6:2). If you die today, are you sure of your destination?”
Read Graham’s full response below:
What do you think about Graham’s Biblical message on Heaven and Hell?