News Flash — The majority of Americans believe Hell is a real place.
Another News Flash — The majority of Americans are going to hell.
You read that right. A North American Mission Board study estimated that 70% of all Americans are going to hell, based on projected numbers of those who have not had a born-again experience.
The NAMB is a Southern Baptist entity. The Southern Baptist Convention is the 2nd largest Christian denomination in America.
The one reoccurring comment I get from Evangelicals during discourse is that I’m going to hell. I’d be quite financially well-off now if I received 10 bucks for every time I heard or read that comment directed at either me, other unbelievers or non-evangelical believers. Yesterday I came across this article from an ex-evangelical pastor, Bruce Gerencser, and he expressed my sentiments, exactly.
He states that ALL Evangelicals are fundamentalists, and that evangelical belief requires theological fundamentalism, which is to say, a core set of beliefs that one must adhere to be a Christian.
As an adult, with a fully developed brain, I can blow off these inhumane accusations, but that’s not usually the case with children, who tend to look up to, and put their trust in adults.
14. That the souls of the lost remain after death in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne, when soul and body reunited at the resurrection shall be cast “Into the lake of fire” which is “the second death,” to be “punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9). Luke 16:22-23, 27-28; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:5, 11-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9.
A website has been set up to warn parents and public school teachers. This is a group whose events have been supported by McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and State Fair Grounds. Every year in America thousands of public elementary school children bring flyers and permission slips home to their parents, seeking to take part in an after-school “Good News Club” inside one of over 4000 public elementary schools. Most parents are usually unaware of CEF’s agenda and what their children are being exposed to. In the investigative video, they even state that their aim is to target specific age groups.
“The Good News Club curriculum is filled with over 5000 references to sin and thousands more to obedience, punishment, and Hell. It stresses Old Testament narratives of a retributive God who must punish sin, warns children that they will suffer an eternity in Hell if they refuse to believe, and stresses complete obedience as the supreme value.
Children are targeted for indoctrination because their brain is uniquely vulnerable
“When assaulted with such images and ideas at a young age, a child has no chance of emotional self-defense. Christian teachings that sound true when they are embedded in the child’s mind at this tender age can feel true for a lifetime. Even decades later former believers who intellectually reject these ideas can feel intense fear or shame when their unconscious mind is triggered.”
Dr. Winell shares a comment by a professor who came to her for counseling:
“Here I am, a fifty-one year old college professor, still smarting from the wounds inflicted by the righteous when I was a child. It is a slow, festering wound, one that smarts every day—in some way or another…. I thought I would leave all of that “God loves… God hates…” stuff behind, but not so. Such deep and confusing fear is not easily forgotten. It pops up in my perfectionism, my melancholy mood, the years of being obsessed with finding the assurance of personal salvation.”
“There’s another subset within Evangelicalism that thinks they are what I call a nicer, friendlier version of Evangelicalism. They are convinced that legalism, rules, moralizing, and the like are the problem, so they attempt to advertise their churches as places that are judgment free, places where sinners can come to find healing and deliverance. However, these nicer, friendlier Evangelicals hang on to theological fundamentalism. While their lifestyle or what they consider a sin might be different from their legalistic brethren, theologically there is very little difference between the two.”
Exactly! Bruce demonstrates how you get a “nicer, friendlier” Evangelical to show their true colors.
Evangelical: The church I go to, First Church of the Most Awesome People in Town, is the nicest, friendliest church in town. We love everyone and I am sure if you come to our church you would feel right at home!!
Bruce: Let me ask you several questions. First, do you believe in a literal hell?
Evangelical: Yes, that’s what the Bible teaches.
Bruce: Who ends up in hell?
Evangelical: Well, I am not the judge, only God is, but the Bible does say that a person must know Jesus as their Lord and Savior to go to heaven when they die.
Bruce: So, since I am not a Christian and I refuse to acknowledge Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I will go to hell when I die, right?
Evangelical: (looks down to ground) Uh, well, um, yeah, if you don’t repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ you will go to hell when you die.
The next time you run into a nicer, friendlier Evangelical, go for their jugular. Ask them point-blank if they believe in hell. Their answer(s) to this questions will tell you all you need to know. Personally, I have no interest in being a part of a group or being friends with anyone who thinks that I will burn in hell for eternity because I am not like them. This kind of thinking is no different from the thinking of the demented killers portrayed on Criminal Minds.
News Flash — I’m not going to walk on eggshells when having discussions with Bible-believing Christians.
Another News Flash — I’m going for the jugular!