Eternal Perspective MinistriesRandy Alcorn
This is my third and possibly last blog on this. But given its importance to the gospel of Christ and the health of Christâ€™s body, I make no promises.
Someone placed my Friday blog on their site. A journalist who read it posted this response: â€œAlcorn's piece has a pretty major error of fact in the post. It's in this statement: â€˜every human being will ultimately be saved, and that none will experience Hell.â€™ That's not what Bell says in Love Wins.â€
Now, people frequently disagree with me online, and I rarely respond, but Iâ€™m glad this was said, because Iâ€™ve seen similar statements in response to others who criticize Bell. People say the critics are wrong, that Bell really believes in Hell and isnâ€™t a universalist. After all, that's what he says.
I am sympathetic to the confusion. As I read Love Wins I felt portions were slippery, and very difficult to nail down. I think the truth is thisâ€”Bell believes in Hell as HE defines it. That includes bad experiences in this life and a period some may face in the afterlife before turning to faith in Christ and being transferred to Heaven where everyone will spend eternity. My point was that Bell doesnâ€™t believe people will experience the Hell that the BIBLE talks aboutâ€”a place of eternal punishment.
In other words, Bell does not believe in the REAL Hell, as Jesus defines it, and has been accordingly affirmed by historic Christianity. Jesus said, â€œAnd these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal lifeâ€ (Matt.25:46). Christ also says of Hell, â€œwhere their worm does not die and the fire is not quenchedâ€ (Mark 9:47-48).
Read More: http://www.epm.org/blog/2011/Apr/11/follow-up-rob-bell-and-hell-controversy