Category: theology


A Non-Rob-Bell Hell Post

You’ve probably noticed the recent popularity of books detailing people’s trips to both heaven and hell, ostensibly intended to warn the future inhabitants of hell and comfort the future inhabitants of heaven. The most recent addition to this genre is Heaven Is For Real—not to be confused with Choo Thomas’ Heaven Is So Real! or Heaven Is Fo’ Real Dawg, a soon-to-be-released album by a Christian hip-hop artist. (Just kidding.) If you accept the often divergent travel accounts of these post-mortem tourists, there are two biblical passages with which you must deal: 1) The ONLY biblical example we have of a...


Eternal Security and the Belittling of Sin

Now that you’re here, you are probably expecting me to argue that those who teach “eternal security” or “the perseverance of the saints” are somehow belittling the seriousness of sin by doing so. On the contrary, let me reverse the argument: If I believe that certain sins—or a certain number of sins—can cause me to lose my standing with God, then I must believe that there are scores of sins that are fairly minor and inoffensive to God. Why? For every sin I acknowledge and confess on a daily basis, there are myriad other sins—of commission and omission, word and...