Hell No! A Fundamentalist Preacher Rejects Eternal Torment

Hell No! A Fundamentalist Preacher Rejects Eternal Torment

Hell No! A Fundamentalist Preacher Rejects Eternal Torment

Hell No! A Fundamentalist Preacher Rejects Eternal Torment

Synopsis

This critique of the Christian vision of hell and how it is used in ministry and Christian education challenges one of the most basic concepts in western religion.

• Includes solid exegesis of relevant Biblical passages

• Presents in-depth research of medieval sources of hell's description, including Dante's Inferno

• Provides an appendix including selections from Milton, Jonathan Edwards, and James Joyce

Excerpt

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be
raised and judged according to their works. Whoever is not found
written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels,
the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting
punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone,
which is the second death. (Denominational creed)

Just sign the paper. It’s only a routine form. a bureaucratic necessity. Everything’s on the line, that line. Think of your family. and the generous salary. and the big house. the condo in Gatlinburg where you send other ministers and their families for free. All the people you minister to. the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for missions. Tons of food to the local food pantry. the prestige of the position and all it took to get here. Thirty years of ministry. All on the line, that line. Just sign it. It’s only 1 point out of 16. You’re 93.75 percent orthodox. One doctrinal position. Anyway, no one knows for sure, and you don’t have to actually preach it. Let sleeping dogmas lie.

Once I had the courage to say no to the horrific doctrine of hell as eternal torment, it was as if prison doors began to swing open. It has been breathtaking, and I feel like a bird out of a cage.

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