Sunday, May 07, 2006

Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo on Hell

Leadership Blog: Out of Ur: Brian McLaren’s Inferno: the provocative church leader explains his view of hell:

Tony Campolo writes:
"I’m willing to be shown I’m wrong, but as I read Scripture, this is how I see things: You will never be condemned to hell because you didn’t have a chance, you will condemn yourself to hell because you reject Jesus."

Dear Tony,

You are wrong.

Romans 5:15-17 "But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ."

It's as clear as a bright summer morning. People are cast into hell because of the guilt of Adam's sin imputed to them. People are rescued from hell when Jesus' righteous life and works are imputed to them and their sin and guilt is imputed to Him... on that glorious day when they repent of sin and place full trust in Christ alone.