“All Christians agree that if you are a Christian — no matter what you believe about hell — you go to heaven, and not hell, when you die.”
These and other statements were taken from an article written by a HuffintonPost writer, John Shore. The basis of his criticism comes from the promotion video about Francis Chan’s new book Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We made Up.
The book is a response to Rob Bell’s book, which sparked debate about hell and universalism. Chan made it clear in the video that he was “concerned” about the “carelessness” tone over hell.
Shore does not sugar coat any of his feelings towards Chan and even shows his disdain for all Christians who talk about hell by writing “evangelicals should shut-up about hell.”
His main argument for blasting Chan and other evangelicals is that they are doing the exact opposite of what an evangelist should do.
In Shore’s theology, hell is not necessary for salvation and does more wrong then right to preach about it to non believers, because frankly it may offend or give them goose bumps.
Shore says the best thing evangelicals can do is “either radically rethink their concept of hell, or, at the very least, stop preaching about it.”
From my perspective, it was alarming and sad to see a writer from HuffintonPost blast Chan based on a promotional video of his book.
The article seems to point out the flaws of the doctrine of hell and how the talk of an eternal punishment take away from the knowledge of a “loving and all-powerful” God.
However, if Shore really wanted to debunk Chan’s beliefs, he should have listened to the countless sermons Chan has preached on love and maybe taken a flip through his first book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God.
Chan is just the person to refute Bell and regardless if the book is co-authored by another writer, what matters most is that the response will be guided by truth and a loving spirit.
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