5 thoughts on “Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age

  1. Thanks for this post, Tony; you have given us an important topic to think through. I’ve read this idea before (that hell is simply letting the sinner have what he or she has desired all along) but never really reflected on the implications of it, especially for the Gospel and the character of God. I especially appreciated your last two paragraphs. It is very easy to hear ideas that sound good from men we respect and admire and start proclaiming those truths instead of what the Scripture actually teaches.

  2. I haven’t personally read the book. Like you, I am uncomfortable with this interpretation of the doctrine of hell, but it seems to me that you should read past page 83. Could it not be the case that he might clear this up later? I’m sorry, it just seems rather unfair to cease reading something over a disagreement and to then make a public criticism before digesting the whole of a person’s arguement. Imagine if I read everything in your last post, but decided to not read your conclusion, and then proceeded to write on my (theoretical) blog that you are out for the author. As I said, I personally disagree with him on this issue, I honestly have no reason to defend him, but in my opinion, you should finish the book. It is your (and my) right to disagree with him, but when publicly disagreeing with someone acknowledged to be a brother in Christ, they deserve genuine and sustained interaction, even at points of disagreement Apologies if this is offensive. I love the blog and have been blessed by your ministry.

  3. Tony, thanks for posting this link but I wish you wouldn’t have taken the original post down. I think Tim’s comments on preaching condemnation in a post-modern culture are helpful, but I think your original post did a good job of addressing the errors in his fourth point (I don’t think the analogy that God’s wrath in sending someone to hell is comparable to a father hating the drunkard in his son works biblically at all!) as well as pointing out the dangers in moving away from biblical language and ideas in trying to connect with a cultural ideology. I hope the theological thrust of the post (maybe without the frustration with Keller’s book) reappears.

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