The Case For Hell Part 1

(Psalms 9:17) The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God.

I had the opportunity to watch the movie Come Sunday the other day on Netflix. The movie chronicles the personal challenges one time popular charismatic evangelical preacher Carlton Pearson faced
After seeing children dying from starvation and disease in Africa he wrestled with the premise that according to what he had been taught those children when they died went to hell if they were not saved. He also started to struggle with the notion of how could a loving and caring God send anyone to Hell. The turning point or his moment of enlightenment comes after he says God spoke to him and told him because of the completed work of Christ on Calvary all souls are saved. From this experience his version of what he calls the Gospel of Inclusion was birth.

As far as the movie itself goes I felt that it’s good and worth watching at the same time as one who personally saw Bishop Pearson during his heyday. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor did not capture the true Charismatic gift of Bishop Pearson when he preached. However, he did an excellent job of portraying the emotional struggle bishop Pearson must have gone through. In real life I believe that Bishop Pearson had many nights of struggle that he need not have gone through. The fact is there is a solid case for the existence of hell.

I believe how Bishop Pearson was raised may have played a part in how he wound up where he is today. He probably was not exposed to theological teaching that dealt with what happens to children and those who die young. I tell people in the Bible you have John The Baptist then you have my dad (just so you know my dad’s not in the bible) my dad was hard core Baptist he graduated from ABT seminary in Nashville, TN. As children growing up one thing we were taught whether we wanted to hear it or not is what Baptists believed. One thing Baptist believe is in what is known as the Age of Accountability most feel that this age is around 12 years old. At the age of 12 Jesus according to the scriptures is discovered as missing by his earthly parents on their return trip from Jerusalem. He is found in the temple so some use this story as an example as to when one can be held accountable as far as their spiritual beliefs are concerned.

Personally I don’t know whether there is or is not such a thing as an Age of Accountability one thing I do know Scripture tells us this (2Ti 4:8) Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that Day; and not to me only, but also to all those who love His appearing. When it is all said and done the final judgment will be more than fair it will be righteous because God is a Righteous God and if we are honest with ourselves we are living proof not only that God is Righteous but he is also Merciful and Forgiving To Be Continued.

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