John Wesley on the “greater importance” of the doctrine of hell

From a sermon Wesley preached titled simply “Of Hell”.  The text of Scripture he preached on was the Gospel of Mark chapter 9:

Every truth which is revealed in the oracles of God is undoubtedly of great importance. Yet it may be allowed that some of those which are revealed therein are of greater importance than others, as being more immediately conducive to the grand end of all, the eternal salvation of men. And we may judge of their importance [because] they are not mentioned once only in the sacred writings, but are repeated over and over. A remarkable instance of this we have with regard to the awful truth which is now before us.  Our blessed Lord, who uses no superfluous words, who makes no “vain repetitions,” repeats it over and over in the same chapter, and, as it were, in the same breath. So, (verses 43, 44) “If thy hand offend thee,”– if a thing or person, as useful as a hand, be an occasion of sin, and there is no other way to shun that sin,–“cut it off: It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, in the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” So again, (verses 45, 46) “If thy foot offend thee, cut if off: It is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” And yet again, (verses 47, 48) “If thine eye”–a person or thing as dear as thine eye–“offend thee,”–hinder thy running the race which is set before thee,–“pluck it out: It is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast in hell-fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is never quenched.”

The Works of John Wesley, Vol. 6, Sermon LXXIII, “Of Hell”, p. 381

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