Originally Posted by listopencil
I've seen a lot of preachers do their thing, and there is a way to do it without saying, "You're going to Hell." I was raised Independent Southern Baptist. It's Evangelical Fundamentalist Christian. I attended the Boulevard Baptist Church in Richmond, Virgina with my grandparents. Our pastor was James Bond, a retired pro boxer. He preached and taught from the Bible using his personal understanding of (what he considered) the Word of God. He was very much a "fire and brimstone" preacher and yet was about as humble a man as you would ever meet. It was his way to teach that from our understanding it could be assumed that an unsaved sinner would go to Hell, but that you and I could never actually know another man's heart, that judgement of a man's soul was for God and God alone.
Pastor 007--nice. So he just said, "They're going to hell" in a nice, gentle way. His delivery may have been more friendly, but the message was essentially the same.