Someone asked me yesterday what I thought of “Hell House.” I shared then, and I’ll share here.
I suppose most “ministries” that offer Hell Houses are well intentioned. I suspect their motivation is to reach people for Jesus in ways that encourage decisions for Christ to be made.
However, I find these performances/exhibits abhorrent and antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” (1 John 4:18, NRSV)
Jesus is not about fear. I don’t recall him resorting to “scaring the ‘Hell’ out of people” to get them to say a prayer or make a decision for him.
Whether or not you support such events, let us all be prepared following this weekend to work together to nbind up the wounds caused by such things.