PLANO, Texas — Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, issues the following statement responding to Pope Francis’ reported comment this week that “there is no hell”:
“No pope, priest, pastor or person can make hell go away by denying its reality. Hell is a real and unavoidable fact we must all face. In fact, hell is the reason why 2,000 years ago on a Friday like today Jesus was crucified. Jesus died the death we all deserved and paid the eternal punishment of hell we all owed.
“But the story doesn’t end there.
“On the third day, as the sun peered over the horizon, the single greatest event in human history took place: Jesus rose from the dead. In His Resurrection, Jesus conquered the power of sin and death that bound us to hell. That’s the story we are celebrating this Easter weekend. We don’t deny hell: hell is real, but Jesus is victorious.”
Dr. Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America. He is also a noted author, and his PowerPoint Ministries broadcasts are available in 92 countries and are heard daily in more than 740 cities. He has served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and the honorary chairman of the 2015 National Day of Prayer.