November 20, 2019

  The other day I was reflecting on how the Psalmists complain to God about the prosperity of the wicked. I understood how it must have felt for the Israelites to see their enemies – who were pagans – flourishing and growing strong and wealthy, while they – the “People of God” – were suffering, poor, weak and downcast. Anyone would question this outcome under the same circumstances. Anyone would wonder what good it was to follow their faith if… Read more

November 15, 2019

I was raised to believe that God would roast sinners forever in an endless torture chamber called “Hell.” Maybe you were, too? The irony is, I did not come to faith in Christ out of fear. I genuinely had a curiousity about God from an early age. I talked with God as I lay in my bed before going to sleep. I thought about God and asked questions about God before anyone in my family was officially “Christian.” It was… Read more

November 13, 2019

In my book “Jesus Undefeated” evidence is provided that – from the very beginning of Christianity – there have always been 3 different views of Hell; all based on Biblical evidence and supported by Scriptures. Those 3 views were (and are): *Annihiliation *Eternal Torment *Universal Reconciliation Throughout the book I take great pains to explore all 3 views and to demonstrate that each was held by various early Church Fathers over the centuries. I also take time to explore each… Read more

November 7, 2019

Last week I got a private message from someone I’ve known for a few years. He told me I was a false teacher and said he was praying that I would repent of preaching a false Gospel. Not that he was willing to dialog with me about what the Gospel actually was, or to read a free copy of my book to find out what I actually believe about the topics he was offended about. It was just easier to… Read more

November 6, 2019

When it comes to the doctrine of Hell, most American Christians know next to nothing about the origins of their own view [Eternal Torment] and even less about other perspectives on the topic. Here are 7 things that every American Christian needs to know about the doctrine of Hell 1- There have always been 3 “Biblical” Christian views of Hell. It’s true. Those 3 views are: Universal Reconciliation, Annihilation and Eternal Torment. Note this reference in the New Schaff-Herzog Christian… Read more

October 31, 2019

Sometimes the simplicity of Jesus gets lost in the quagmire of today’s Christian Theology and it’s helpful to stop and ask ourselves some fundamental questions, like: “Is Jesus right about who God is?” “Is Jesus Right About Who We Are?” “Is Jesus Right About Our Fundamental Problems?” “Is Jesus Right About The Solutions To Our Biggest Problems?” Let’s take some time to examine these, shall we? Who Is God? According To Jesus, God is: *Not Wrathful *Always Loving *Quick to… Read more

October 30, 2019

  A few days ago my wife and I watched a little film on Netflix called “A Silent Voice” at the insistence of our youngest son. The recommendation was well-deserved and in fact it inspired me to ask a few profound questions afterwards. The story follows a group of Junior High Students who all struggle for identity and meaning in their lives. They each deal with their doubts about self-worth and respond in different ways. Some sacrifice their identity to… Read more

October 25, 2019

One of the most difficult things to explain to someone who embraces Eternal Torment is the idea that the words in their English Bibles probably don’t mean what they seem to mean. For example, there are dozens of verses in the New Testament that use words like “endless” and “everlasting” and “eternal” to describe judgement, punishment and torment, [and smoke and worms and fire], but in each case the actual word in the Greek [Aionius] doesn’t actually mean “infinite.” So,… Read more

October 24, 2019

Early Christians weren’t perfect. I know that. For a long time I used to think they were, but the more I’ve read their writings the more I’ve realized not only their spiritual genius, but also their embarrassing tendency towards patriarchy, among other things. Still, there is plenty we could learn from those early Christians. For example, as I’ve been researching their beliefs about Hell I’ve come across a fascinating realization that I think most people overlook. See, for the first… Read more

October 21, 2019

One of the hardest things to do is to convince a Christian that the version of Hell they’ve been taught isn’t actually in the Bible. This is challenging because: A) They have never been told anything else B) They’re convinced the Bible supports their view C) They’ve been taught that fear is necessary for conversion D) Evangelism as they know it won’t work without an eternal Hell to escape from E) Some of them wouldn’t remain a Christian if the… Read more

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