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!
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 argue that denying 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’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, 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.
Anti-Hell False Teachers: What Christians Need to Know
There are many anti-Hell advocates (who affirm soul sleep, conditional immortality, or annihilationism) who will allege that they are perpetually misrepresented for rejecting the biblical doctrine of Hell—because they claim to believe in the doctrine of Hell—but simply reject that it is a place of “everlasting conscious torment” [ECT]. But these heretics fail to realize that once you reject ECT, you are rejecting the biblical doctrine of Hell, because the Bible explicitly teaches that Hell is a place of “everlasting conscious torment.”
In short, anti-Hell heretics (conditional immortality) affirm that all men without exception are not born with immortal souls, which is a notion that cannot be found in Scripture, and will pervert passages like 2 Timothy 1:10 to argue that only the elect are given immortality. These anti-Hell Bible twisters fail to realize that the word “immortality” is a mistranslation of the word in Greek. The word in Greek (aphtharsian) does not mean immortality, it means incorruptible. This text [2 Timothy 2:1:10] lends no support to the wishful thinking of anti-Hell advocates who think they have a hidden ace up their sleeve. Though the 17th century English rendering has the word immortality in 2 Timothy 1:10, the original has another term, incorruptible. Notice also that it is not immortality that is revealed as a light but the incorruptibility and inviolability of our redemption in Christ. From eternity God provided grace to His elect. Now, in time, Christ has shone and enlightened us about the incorruptible nature of eternal life that we are given. To suggest that the KJV by itself in this verse based on one word overturns centuries of theological scholarship ever before Christians spoke any Anglophone tongue, is as noted already, wishful thinking.
It is important to note that anti-Hell heretics are not just Arminian, Charismatic, or members of a cult. There are many who will vehemently claim to believe in the Doctrines of Grace and the imputed righteousness of Christ. But which Christ do they affirm? Is it the Christ who said that Hell is not a place of everlasting conscious torment? Is it the Christ who said that denying the everlasting conscious torment of Hell is not that big of a deal? Is it the Jesus who would tolerate their repeated twisting of Scripture of teaching that only the elect will have immortality, and not those who are consigned to Hell? Sorry anti-Hell heretics, that Jesus you affirm is not the Jesus of the Bible.
Anti-Hell heretics are subtle. I know many who will not come out in the open and say, “I don’t believe in the everlasting conscious torment of Hell,” or “I believe only the elect have immortal souls, not all without exception.” Instead, they will leach on Christians who will listen to their heresy, and will argue that denying ECT is not a gospel issue. Therefore, if you know of someone who affirms the anti-Hell heresy, challenge them to be bold and let the world know what they believe. Many of them will not! They know that they will be ostracized for their heresy, which is why they will cling to ill-advised pastors, or biblically illiterate professing Christians who will tolerate their bad theology that most cults affirm.
To the compromisers who defend these internet anti-Hell heretics, you should consider it a gospel issue when men repeatedly twist voluminous Bible verses to deny the everlasting conscious torment of Hell, or try to pervert Scripture to argue that all men without exception do not have immortal souls, or lie about passages like 2 Timothy 1:10 to maintain that only the elect have immortality, etc.
Sadly, there are even sovereign grace Christians who ardently believe in the Doctrines of Grace, and claim to believe in the whole counsel of Scripture, but will defend men who not only affirm, but will publicly teach their anti-Hell heresy of conditional immortality. I am perplexed how any sovereign grace believer could defend Bible twisting, anti-Hell heretics, and then maintain that it is not a gospel issue. This is not biblical integrity; it is blissful ignorance.
Let’s see if the anti-Hell heretics I mentioned, especially those who claim to believe in the Doctrines of Grace, will accept my challenge. Be transparent about your convictions, and let the world see that you (1) deny the everlasting conscious torment of Hell; and (2) that you affirm the notion that only the elect will have immortality, not those who are consigned to Hell. Post that on your Facebook wall for all to see.
 The Bible explicitly teaches about everlasting conscious torment [viz. hell]—where the wicked will be cast into hell, and God’s retributive justice will render to them “everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2), “unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12), “damnation” (Matthew 23:33), “eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:41), and “everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:9). It is important to note that the Master (Christ) taught on hell more than anyone in the Bible.