"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar has spoken out and ruffled feathers by telling followers that those who do not believe in hell cannot truly believe in God.
"I will speak to you a hard truth," she posted on her Facebook account. "I do not write this because I think that it will bring me popularity. It won't. But it is Truth from the Word of God: the Bible. To not tell people this is to hide the truth from them. To keep silent is to not care for their eternal destiny! I care about you, and this is why I am speaking out!"
The newlywed also wrote about the nature of judgment and why one should be aware of the reality of hell.
"But when unbelieving, sinful men die and stand before God, He justly condemns them to hell," Duggar wrote.
That comment led to an intense exchange in which Duggar explained that a belief in hell was just as crucial as a belief in God and that one could not take exist without the other. Duggar noted that people often say that an all-loving God would not send people to hell, which is just not true.
"The person speaking this is right—their god is not angry with them. He can't be, because he doesn't exist. They are not talking about the God of the Bible. They have created a god in their own mind to suit themselves," Duggar explained. "They have removed any notion of the Justice of God, and have created a god of their imagination that they can be comfortable with. The Bible teaches that God is a Just Judge, and He must punish sin. Every one of us have broken God's law, and hell is our deserved punishment. (Unless you're reading some very distorted 'translation' of the Bible, you cannot get around the fact that there is a hell)."
She concluded with a call to salvation and urged anyone needing Jesus to turn to the books of John and Romans in the Bible.
"Let the Word of God root out the sins of your heart," Duggar wrote. "Do not let up until you have found Salvation for your soul!"