Wow, Time Magazine Found a “Pastor” That Says That There is No Hell! Isn’t That Great News?!April 25, 2011 8:45 pm Christian Life Issues
In a word, No.
Rob Bell, a “pastor” quoted by Time magazine, which says, in part, ‘Is Bell’s Christianity — less judgmental, more fluid, open to questioning the most ancient of assumptions — on an inexorable rise? ‘I have long wondered if there is a massive shift coming in what it means to be a Christian,’ Bell says. ‘Something new is in the air.'” Maybe so… sadly, but it is NOT for the best! He is teaching a lie as truth!
Clearly, people like this guy don’t care a wit for what the Bible actually says, what it teaches, and what is empirically true. Jesus said, “Thy Word (the Bible) is TRUTH.” (John 17:17) We can, and do, know what is true, and that is the Bible. The Bible teaches that there is a Hell to shun and a Heaven to gain. And, you do so by receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior! (Romans 10:8-10) That is how you miss Hell! Otherwise, you will end up there! Sorry that people don’t like to hear that, but the alternative is to not tell them the truth, and when they do die and end up in Hell screaming, “Why didn’t someone tell me the Turth?!?!?” We will have to deal with that for all eternity. No, thanks. So, what does the Bible say?
The one who physically dies in his sin without accepting Jesus Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost and will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which was prepared for satan and his angels, not specifically for man. (Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:41) However, people who are not individually born again by faith in our Lord Jesus, are spiritually connected to their father, the devil, and will share his ultimate fate, if they do not receive Jesus as their Lord. (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:12; Romans 10:8-11) Therefore, if they die without accepting Jesus as Lord, they will have no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. (Luke 16:23-31; Hebrews 9:27) The Lake of Fire is literal (Hebrews 10:29; Revelation 19:20; Luke 16:24, 25).
And what about salvation?
Man’s initial step toward salvation is recognizing his fallen, sinful state (Romans 3:23) and his complete inability to restore himself to right standing with God (Ephesians 2:5-9). One can not be saved by their own works. The New Birth is the re-creation of man’s sinful spirit into a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17) and is necessary for every person (John 3:3-5; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12). Salvation is by faith alone in Jesus’ completed work of redemption, which we simply receive by faith. (Ephesians 2:9, 10) We are baptized into the Body of Jesus Christ, and are in Him! (Romans 6:3) In Him we live and move, and have our being! (Acts 17:28)