We're Still in Business

Posted by Matt Postiff May 8, 2012 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Theology 

Just over a year ago, there was a lot of news on Rob Bell's book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. In an opinion piece out at the time last April, Time Editor Bill Saporito suggested that the evangelical's business plan was threatened by Bell's thesis that denied the reality of Hell as it has been traditionally taught by evangelicals.

Saporito's article is a very crude, money-centered, and uninformed way of looking at the whole question. For instance, he writes, "Part of the deal, at least in practical application, is that you can't get spiritually right without monetarily supporting the church. Pay to play, in other words."

So which evangelical out there preaches that you have to pay in order to get to Heaven? Were someone to preach that way, they could not legitimately use the evangelical label. What of the relational aspect of Christianity? Where does Saporito consider God—doesn't He have something to say about all this?

To his credit, Saporito writes, "The adverse reaction to Bell's hell among some Evangelical leaders is based first on deeply held belief, not economic consequences." That's right. We don't care about the economic consequences. What is true is true, whether or not it is popular or economically viable.

I can say that our church, for one, is still in business. Bell has not prevailed against the true church. By God's grace, we shall continue to stand for the truth, Hell included.

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