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    March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:52 am by Kevin

    In addition to authoring Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell and the New Jerusalem (the book that ultimately inspired me to make Hellbound?), Brad has been a good friend of mine for well over a decade. He shot me an email this morning with two thoughts. I thought they would make for some interesting discussion:

    If the reason you follow Jesus is to escape hell, you are not following Jesus.
    If the reason you evangelize is to save others from hell, you are not evangelizing.

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  1. Those statements are half truths. In other words, NOT VERY HELPFUL as the unpacking of them is not only needed but necessary, before one could draw any serious conclusions on what is meant.
    For example “…you are not following Jesus.” is too radical of a statement. The knowledge required to “follow Jesus’ has a ‘cognitive’ part (perhaps I should say rational) but also an affective part. Love involves the whole person, and I don’t care who you are, you are not the judge of people’s heart.

  2. I can see what Brad means because Jesus NEVER talked about “that” Hell. However, when I believed in Hell I followed the same Jesus that I follow now, not believing in Hell. Believing that Jesus only came to save us from Hell can keep us from experiencing so much that he really came for.

  3. Stephen Stonestreet March 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm


  4. You could perhaps “unpack” it by using the analogy of marriage since that is what Christ and the Church is compared to:

    If you married your husband out of fear and feeling threatened you are not really in a marriage.

    If you are telling others about how good this kind of marriage is you’re not really expressing something that is good, or …good news.


  5. Amen!
    Coming to Jesus is something that happens when God awakens His Seed within us and empowers us to chase after Him.
    Evangelizing is sharing the Word–that Christ is crucified with all men–with people as God directs, because it is through that sharing that God awakens His Seed within human beings.

  6. I’m not sure these are sound.

    If someone loves someone, desiring for them the best, truly loving them, wouldn’t it be natural they would NOT want them to go to hell? Perhaps there’s a deeper inference in his words, but as far as I can tell, it’s logically possible to evangelize people to save them from death /hell, out of love. And that sums up the entire law.

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