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Bell’s Hell and the Destiny of Those Who’ve Never Heard of Jesus

by Sam Storm

In a recent interview with Sally Quinn of The Washington Post, Rob Bell again muddied the waters over the question of the fate of those who’ve never heard about Jesus. In doing so he also greatly misrepresented the evangelical answer to this question. Here are his words:

“If, billions and billions and billions of people, God is going to torture them in hell forever – people who never heard about Jesus are going to suffer in eternal agony because they didn’t believe in the Jesus they never heard of – then at that point we will have far bigger problems than a book from a pastor from Grand Rapids.”

Bell is responding to evangelicals who purportedly believe that people “are going to suffer in eternal agony because they didn’t believe in the Jesus they never heard of.” Let me say this as clearly as I can: No one will ever suffer for any length of time in hell or anywhere else for not believing in the Jesus they never heard of. Should I say that again or is it enough to ask that you go back and read it again?

Bell and others who make this sort of outrageous claim have evidently failed to look closely at Romans 1:18ff. Here we read that the wrath of God revealed from heaven is grounded in the persistent repudiation by mankind of the revelation God has made of himself in the created order. In other words, there is a reason for God’s wrath. It is not capricious. God’s wrath has been deliberately and persistently provoked by man’s willful rejection of God as he has revealed himself.

 

 

 

Read the entire article here.

Also check out: “What About Those Who have Never Heard of Jesus?A Classic Illustration From Francis Schaeffer”

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Whatever Happened to Rob Bell

December 29, 2014 3 comments

(Do you remember the name Rob Bell? Have you wondered what happened to him after writing his book “Love Wins?” As of today, he has left the Church and has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey. Go figure.)

 

 

 

(RNS) Rob Bell was once the evangelical It Boy, the hipster pastor with the thick-rimmed glasses and the skinny jeans whose best-selling theology was captured in books with names such as “Velvet Elvis” and “Sex God.”

By 2006, the Chicago Sun-Times wondered aloud whether the Michigan megachurch pastor could be the next Billy Graham.

And then he went to hell.

In 2011, his book “Love Wins” pushed the evangelical envelope on the nature of heaven, hell and salvation. Many dismissed him as a modern-day heretic, unwilling to embrace traditional evangelicals beliefs about the hereafter.

 

 

 

Read the entire article here.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince; and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you was suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God’s hand has held you up. There is no other reason to be given why you have not gone to hell, since you have sat here in the house of God, provoking his pure eyes by your sinful wicked manner of attending his solemn worship. Yea, there is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell.

O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any Mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment.

Jonathan Edwards, 1703-58, SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD , preached Enfield, CT in 1741

 

Hell is Real

Rob Bell has created quite a stir with his new book ‘Love Wins.’ Though I have not personally read the book, nevertheless I have read some critical articles against it. The articles of which I have read are from sources of whom I trust. Therefore when these articles point out the fact that Rob Bell preaches both liberalism and  universalism; then I would agree with the authors who wrote the critique.

What we will examine today is whether or not there is a place called Hell and did Jesus’ sacrifice save everyone from it?

Let’s read from Christ own words concerning Hell:

 

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mark 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mark 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 

Many read the statements of Christ here and think that this is just metaphorical or symbolical language. I want to state that when they think this way, then they are correct. I know what you are thinking. You are saying to yourself that Hershel Harvell doesn’t believe in Hell because I said that Jesus is using symbolical language in the above text, but this is far from the truth of what I believe.

I believe that there is a literal, burning, fiery Hell. Though I believe that it exists, nevertheless I believe that Jesus was using symbolical language to describe it. I believe that Hell is actually worse than what Jesus described. Because we live in a material world we tend to think in material terms. We tend to describe heaven with material examples. This goes for Hell to. I believe that Hell is much worse than the way Jesus describes it, but because we cannot grasp how bad it is, he uses material examples to describe it. The Bible calls Hell a bottomless pit where the fire is not quenched and it is utter darkness. How can there be both fire and utter darkness? Our minds cannot grasp such a thing, but I believe that it is much worse than what the Bible describes it.

The question is now whether or not men will go into such a place? I believe that they will. Jesus was no Universalist. He believed and preached that his death atoned for many, his sheep, and his friends. Jesus did not believe and teach that his death atoned for everyone in the world. Christ talks about his coming in Matthew 25. There he describes it as judgment. He states that those on his left will go into a place that was prepared for the devil and his angels.

If there is no Hell, then Jesus died in vain. If no one is going into Hell, then Jesus died in vain. I believe that Rob Bell believes that Hell exists, but he believes that Jesus died for every individual in the world. He probably believes that God is a just God and therefore since Jesus paid the penalty for everyone, then God will not demand double payment for sin. This is the only conclusion that can come from a universal atonement and that would be universal redemption. This is why we strive against the Arminians so much. If they teach men that Jesus has born everyone’s sin, then the sinner would come to the conclusion of universalism. He would get it in his mind that he does not have to come to Christ because Christ has born the sin and punishment of all mankind, therefore no one is going to Hell. But this is far from the truth of the Bible.

Christ paid an actual sin debt. He died for real sins. He died to pay the penalty for the sins committed by men, but he did not die for all men. He did not die for every individual in the world. When Jesus declared that he lays down his life for his sheep, then he is excluding the goats. In John 10 when he states that he lays down his life for his sheep, he tells the Pharisees that they cannot believe because they are not of his sheep.

Therefore I want to conclude this short post by saying that the gospel is about Jesus Christ and his work on our behalf. It is good news to condemned sinners. It is good news for those of us whom God has quickened and made to realize the hideousness of our sins. It is good news for those whom God has quickened and made to realize that without Christ we have no hope.

So today I want to state that if Christ is your substitute, then you will not pay the debt for your sins. But if Christ is not your substitute and did not hang on the cross in your stead, then you will go into a place where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

R. C. Sproul, Albert Mohler, and Ravi Zacharias on the Emergent Church