Why the Devil Is Not the Ruler of Hell

It is a widely-held misconception among evangelicals that hell is the devil’s domain. We picture a fiery little red man with sharp horns and a pointy, reptilian tail sitting on a throne of some sort. This malevolent being wields a pitchfork, sports a nasty grin, and draws much satisfaction from torturing the souls of the damned.

It’s a popular notion – but is it scriptural?

  • According to the Bible, hell was created by God for Satan and his fallen angels. Nowhere is there evidence in Scripture to support the idea that Satan holds some sort of kingly sway over this place.

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…” (Matt. 25:41)

  • Further, hell is described as a place of torment for the devil, as well as for man. We simply have no grounds for assuming that he will derive pleasure out his damnation, or that he will gain some kind of satisfaction or enjoyment from tormenting hell’s other inhabitants.

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Rev. 20:12)

  • God is sovereign Lord, not just of heaven, but of hell also. It is He alone who created hell, it is He alone who governs it, and it is He alone Who will separate the wheat from the chaff.

“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Luke 3:17)

“As frightening as the devil is, he’s God’s devil
and he’s on God’s leash.” ~ R.C. Sproul, Jr.

18 thoughts on “Why the Devil Is Not the Ruler of Hell”

  1. Great post, that is a great misconception that is even in some churches anymore! Thanks for writing on this topic, I liked that it was all backed up with Scripture.

  2. Thinking covenantally, the blessings that are Christ’s are ours because he is our covenant head. But there are also those who covenant head is Satan (John 8:44), and his punishment will be theirs.

    Well done, Corey.


  3. Paul Washer says something in this video about God being the ruler over Hell. It’s kinda long, but worth your watch. I don’t remember where he said it, but I know he does.

          1. The sermon it’s from is “The Greatest Words in All of Scripture” and it is an amazing 1:42 minutes of straight Gospel.

  4. Excellent, excellent post dear brother!

    You did an awesome job debunking this falsehood that is so prevalent — even among Christians!!!

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