Commenting on a history professor's article in the Wall Street Journal that Hell is just a "concept" and something a "better future" will outgrow, Christian leader Franklin Graham said "Hell is a very real place" and it is reserved for people who "reject the forgiveness and salvation" that God offers "through His Son, Jesus Christ."
In a Sept. 19 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham said, "A few days ago The Wall Street Journal published an article titled 'Do We Still need to Believe in Hell?' 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…'"
"The fact is, Hell is much more than a concept—it’s a reality," said Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham (d. Feb. 21, 2018).
"Jesus spoke about it a great deal," he said. "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," said Rev. Graham. "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)," said Graham. "If you die today, are you sure of your destination?"
The commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal was written by Dr. Scott Bruce, a professor of history at Fordham University and the editor of The Penguin Book of Hell.
In his article, "Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell," Dr. Bruce writes, "Hell lost some of its purchase on humankind in the 19th century, when new scientific theories such as Darwinism eroded the authority of the Bible and the tides of sentiment turned against God’s wrath in favor of His mercy.
"... In some distant, better future, the foreclosure of Hell will be an important step in the maturation of human communities that can mete out justice on their own, without supernatural aid."