14th Jan 2014
Question: Do you believe all people were reconciled to God and none are lost whether they believe they are reconciled or not?
Answer: No, I do not accept the “universalistic” view of soteriology. I believe that Christ did die for all men (1 John 2:1-2), but, do not believe that all men will accept by faith, that reconciling work. I have written a good deal on this in my book The Elements Shall Melt With Fervent Heat.
Is there a literal place called hell where people go that do not believe Jesus saved them?
Response: I am quite unsettled on this, as my concepts and understanding of the word “hell” (Grk Gehenna), has been challenged through a careful study of the word. As of this moment, I cannot say that I have a firm position on this topic, and I do not consider it a matter of “faith.” I do believe, unequivocally, that there is condemnation for the wicked, and that is depicted in Revelation, after the presentation of “the end.” I am perfectly willing to leave the nature of that condemnation and punishment in the hands of the just and merciful God. Anyway you want to look at it, that condemnation is to be avoided!