THE COMEBACK OF HELL (1)

A Bible teacher in the Northwest asks for comment regarding the statement of Jerry Walls of Asbury Seminary, who wrote: 'We cannot be moral without God, and we cannot have God without hell. Hell needs to make a comeback' (Christianity Today 6/16/97, "Can We Be Good Without Hell?"). * * * I say "Bravo!" to Professor Walls for reminding us that we are creatures accountable to our Creator, that … [Read more...]

INVITATION TO PENTECOST

Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2010. Today much of the Christian Church remembers and celebrates Pentecost, the day when Jesus began to baptize in the Holy Spirit as predicted by his prophetic forerunner John the Baptist. A cross-section of the population were listening when John made that promise, and he addressed it to them all (Luke 3:10-16). This baptism in the Holy Spirit was not limited to Jesus' … [Read more...]

CAN THE SOUL TRULY DIE?

A North Carolina brother observes, "I've often heard speakers refer to hell as a place where the soul lives forever, enduring punishment of fire. Could you comment on this?" * * * The notion that every human being has a soul which, unlike the body, is immortal and cannot die, is a remnant of ancient pagan Greek philosophy. The idea crept into Christian thinking in the second and third centuries, … [Read more...]

gnashing of teeth

I earlier stated a conviction that God will finally destroy the unrepentant both body and soul in hell (Matt. 10:28) in the "second death" (Rev. 21:8). Jesus warns of this "eternal punishment" (Matt. 25:46), which Paul explains to be "eternal destruction" (2 Thes. 1:9). A kind gracEmail reader asks how this explanation fits those passages which refer to "gnashing of teeth." * * * For about 18 … [Read more...]

ETERNAL PUNISHMENT

A gracEmail reader notes that Jesus speaks of "eternal fire" and "eternal punishment" (Matt. 18:8; 25:30) and asks how that squares with my suggestion that the wicked will be totally destroyed in hell, never to be seen again. * * * "Eternal" fire is fire which belongs to the Age to Come. It is also eternal in the sense that its effects will be everlasting. Sodom and Gomorrah, which were "reduced … [Read more...]

THE POINT OF HELL

There is considerable discussion these days about the nature of hell. Indeed, I have done my share to stir this discussion and also to participate in it. But there also are practical questions we all need to ask, whatever we think hell will be like. What is the point of hell anyway? Whom does Jesus warn about it? What evils elicit his mention of it? Does Jesus, like many preachers and professing … [Read more...]

THE COMEBACK OF HELL (2)

A Bible teacher in the Northwest asks for comment regarding the statement of Jerry Walls of Asbury Seminary, who wrote: "We cannot be moral without God, and we cannot have God without hell. Hell needs to make a comeback" (Christianity Today 6/16/97, "Can We Be Good Without Hell?). * * * Many conscientious Christians, dedicated to evangelism and deeply committed to the authority of Scripture, … [Read more...]

Hebrews: An Interview with Edward Fudge

It is a rare treat to hear an author discuss his motivation for writing a book. Mark Lanier interviews Edward Fudge, author of "Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today", and uncovers Edward's great devotion and passion for the book of Hebrews! Watch and listen as Edward shares his heart regarding the beautiful picture of "our man in heaven", Jesus Christ, our … [Read more...]

The Divine Rescue – A Interview With Edward Fudge

On Sunday, May 16, 2010, Edward was interviewed in the 500+ member Biblical Literacy Class of Champion Forest Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, by class teacher Mark Lanier, with some questions to Sara Faye as well. Here is the original full-length video production of the interview: http://vimeo.com/11849068 … [Read more...]