Is Denying Hell [ECT] a Gospel Issue? A Response to the Anti-Hell Acolytes

Is denying the biblical doctrine of Hell a Gospel issue? Well, that depends who you ask. If you ask an anti-Hell heretic, one who affirms either soul sleep, conditional immortality, or annihilationism, they will tell you that it is not. If you ask a so called Christian or hireling pastor who spends more time listening to their anti-Hell internet buddies, they will tell you the same argument that anti-Hell heretics use. But if you ask a Bible believing Christian, one who affirms the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture, you will undoubtedly hear that denying the biblical doctrine of Hell is not only a Gospel issue, it is heresy!1

Please note that anti-Hell heretics are deceptive in trying to justify their heresy: they will deny the biblical teaching of “everlasting conscious torment” [ECT], and accuse Christians who believe in the sufficiency of Scripture—which patently affirms ECT—of adding to the completed and saving work of Christ. Additionally, anti-Hell heretics will say that the biblical teaching of Hell [ECT] is not a Gospel issue.

By this logic, anti-Hell heretics are free to embrace all kinds of aberrant doctrines like women preachers, denial of Satan, etc.—especially since they will argue that these aberrations have nothing to do with the completed and saving work of Christ. This makes me think how easy it is for compromisers to deny the inerrancy of Scripture by appealing to this kind of fallacious argument. For men that believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, which has clearly outlined the teaching of Hell as “everlasting conscious torment,” they will not compromise on this matter.

For the record, I do not believe anything can be added to the meritorious work of Christ to be saved. Salvation rests on the righteousness of Christ alone that is imputed to His elect. But this does not mean that an individual who affirms this conviction may arbitrarily reject biblical doctrines like Hell—which clearly means “everlasting conscious torment”—or any other doctrine that is set forth in the testimony of Scripture. Truly regenerate people accept, without hesitation, all the teachings of Scripture. Men who arbitrarily reject Christian dogma like Hell [ECT] or individuals who defend those who do, are not authentic Christians, but are apostate compromisers.

Denying the biblical doctrine of Hell [ECT] is a Gospel issue—because it is tantamount to calling God a liar since His Word makes it patently clear that Hell is a place of everlasting conscious torment. “Did God really say that?” said the Serpent. This tactic is echoed by anti-Hell heretics and they sow doubt upon unsuspecting Christians concerning the biblical teaching on Hell [ECT]. Do you not believe in the inerrancy of Scripture? Well, if you believe anti-Hell heretics, who argue that Hell is not “everlasting conscious torment,” you are sending a message that you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture about as much as anti-Hell heretics do. If these so called Christians would spend less time defending anti-Hell heretics who deny the biblical doctrine of Hell [ECT], and more time reading their Bibles which affirm it, they would understand why denying Hell is a Gospel issue.

Furthermore, denying Hell [ECT] is a Gospel issue because the everlasting God will render everlasting salvation for His elect, and everlasting damnation for His enemies. This is constituted in His word. Therefore, denying this doctrine is tantamount to saying that it is irrelevant that Christ preached on Hell more than anyone in Scripture, declaring that His word is wrong, and robbing God of the glory that He receives from rendering "everlasting conscious torment" on His enemies. The moment you think that denying Hell [ECT] is not a Gospel issue, you will receive a big “amen” from cults, because that is what they believe. Anti-Hell heretics, who deny Hell [ECT], are nothing new. What world religions deny everlasting conscious torment? Cults (Jehovah Witnesses, SDA, etc.), popular heretics (Rob Bell), Unitarian Universalists, and professing atheists are a few examples.

Lastly, anti-Hell heretics are desperate to find benighted pastors that will defend them, and professing Christians that will spend more time listening to them, and less time reading their Bibles. Of course, don’t forget that anti-Hell heretics love to leech on benighted pastors that will defend them. That is why you will see hireling preachers cry on social media that men who call out anti-Hell heretics are bullies, arrogant, and mean spirited Pharisees who add to the finished work of Christ, which is basically the same argument that anti-Hell heretics will broach. By their cowardly comments on FB, you will know them...

[1] Our plan is to write periodic articles that will address the passages of Scripture that anti-Hell heretics will twist. Visit and click on “blog” to review future articles on this topic.

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