Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Christian who believes in hell!?

Al Mohler has commented on a piece by Lisa Miller in Newsweek. Apparently it is a shocker to Miss Miller that an evangelical preacher (Sarah Palin's pastor) believes in hell as well as the necessity for faith in Christ if one is to be saved. It says a lot about the increasingly post-Christian nature of our culture that these fundamental, biblical doctrines are now worthy of headlines.

Mohler writes:

Of course, belief in hell as the just punishment of the impenitent is part and parcel of historic biblical Christianity. Taken at face value, the belief that "anyone who isn't saved by Jesus" faces the verdict of hell is as normative as any other Christian belief.

There is no way to read the New Testament without encountering the very clear message about the reality of hell. "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul," Jesus warned. "Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell" [Matthew 10:28].

Read the rest of Mohler's post HERE.

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