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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Re: How hellish is Hell?

The final judgment is not merely eschatology. It is a primary doctrine and was one of the "fundamentals" of the faith during the 1920's in the modernist controversy. Annihilationism is the position of John Stott, the Anglican Evangelical but it is still a heresy. I think Stott should be avoided as a resource for Evangelicals for that reason.


Donald Bloesch advocates that hell is not final. Even though it is a place of everlasting torment, Bloesch advocates that there will be a "second chance" in hell. Those who repent in hell get to go to heaven. He thinks only those who refuse to repent in hell are eternally tormented. But Bloesch is a Barthian. Hint: He wants to provide a modified universalism something along the lines of Barth's universal election doctrine. Bloesch pretends to be "reformed" but his view is actually a neo-evangelical form of neo-orthodoxy. He likewise rejects propositional truth and instead thinks the Bible is inerrant only as you "experience" God through the Spirit. Bloesch is also a charismatic, btw. Sound familiar?


No, eternal punishment is not secondary or even tertiary. It is PRIMARY. Saying eternal torment in hell as part of the final judgment of the wicked is merely an optional doctrine makes about as much sense as saying justification by faith alone is in the fine print of the Gospel.


Sincerely in Christ,


Charlie

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