Behold! Evangelical Preacher Declares Hell not a Certainty for non-Christians

A central tenant of Christianity, especially Evangelical Christianity, is that if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, you’re going to hell, and that’s that.

Think of all the likable people you would meet in hell; countless children from the world over that never had the chance to be baptized, thousands (maybe millions) of kind, compassionate people, and more pacifists than you could shake a stick at.

In essence, Christianity teaches that you need Jesus’ protection from his crazy and abusive father.

According to news reports that is exactly the point Rob Bell, author and pastor of the Grandville, Michigan mega church, Mars Hill Bible Church, is making in his newest book, Love Wins, A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Some are not amused. According to the Tulsa World, the Southern Baptist Convention affiliated book store, LifeWay Christian Stores, in Tulsa, is refusing to carry the book, even though they offer Bell’s other books on their shelves. As of this date, the Christian book store has yet to explain itself.

Bell’s critics claim that he is really a universalist in evangelical’s clothing. Larry Hart, professor of theology at Oral Roberts University told the Tulsa World, “I’ve concluded that Bell is a universalist, but wont admit it.”

Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary wrote, “The problem begins even with the book’s title. The message of the Gospel is not merely that love wins — it is that Jesus saves.” “Rob Bell uses his incredible power of literary skill and communication to unravel the Bible’s message and to cast doubt on its teachings.” And that’s a sin, apparently.

For those who have made Kierkegaard’s leap to believe that we are more than inanimate star dust, but do so without abandoning the capacity for critical thinking, Rob Bell is a breath of fresh air.

For others, rigid orthodoxy is the only true way, and Rob Bell might be the most friendly hell-bound heretic you ever met.

As of March 26, 2011, Love Wins was second on the New York Times best seller list, before its release.

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8 Responses to Behold! Evangelical Preacher Declares Hell not a Certainty for non-Christians

  1. Michael John Scott

    March 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Wow. This story has gotten a lot of attention over here this week and it is deserved. Thanks for a different view Mr. McDermott. I loved your Kierkegaard reference.

  2. C.H. McDermott

    March 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I posted this and then saw your related post of 3/25. Oops. LOL. I didn’t realize the topic had already been touched upon here, and the same damn video. Hey, great minds (or scotch addled ones anyway) think alike. If I had noticed, I probably would not have wrote this.

    • Michael John Scott

      March 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      No problem my friend. You had a different take, and that I welcome. Besides, people need to know a Crazy Christian Pulpit Pounder might have found …. reality? 🙂

  3. jenny40

    March 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Two heads are better than one some two headed guy said once.

  4. Joe Hagstrom

    March 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    You’re saved by the grace of God. Not the grace of some overzealous asshole with a divinity degree.

    Now let that be a lesson to all of you.

  5. Michael Edward Kelly

    March 30, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Phew… this is all a load of my mind. And here I was all worried about going to hell…

  6. Martin Christian

    April 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Since the invention of the printing press non-fictional literature has been used for the dissemination of the Christian message, and also for disseminating different viewpoints within Christianity. The tract (a small pamphlet containing an explanation of some point, or an appeal to the reader) was in use at the time of the Reformation and continues to be used as a part of proselytization.”