"What kind of gospel presentation would it be if instead of saying Jesus wants you to be happy and joyful and peaceful and solve all your problems and make you prosperous and wealthy and healthy and all of that, if we said to someone, you know you're in desperate need of Jesus Christ to save you because you're on your way to an eternal hell and you have this choice...you can suffer forever in hell, or you can become a Christian and suffer here for a while? Because that's the bottom line. Personally that's not a tough choice for me. I'd rather take a few shots here than endure an eternal hell. But men seem to want to live under the illusion that if you claim Christ and if you name Christ and if you quote/unquote serve the church, God will eliminate all your difficulty, all your adversity, all your pain, all your persecution. That's not true. In fact, I think the more effective you are for God and the more faithful to divine truth, the more you stimulate animosity." —John MacArthur
Excerpt taken from a sermon preached by John MacArthur titled "The Fiery Trial, Pt. 1" you can also download a mp3 file of this sermon as well.