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How could a loving God send people to hell? Will people have a chance after they die to believe in Jesus and go to heaven?
With a humble respect for God's Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They've asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don't want to believe in hell. But as they write, "We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue."
This is not a book about who is saying what. It's a book about what God says. It's not a book about impersonal theological issues. It's a book about people who God loves. It's not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right. It's a book about the character of God.
Erasing Hell will immerse you in the truth of Scripture as, together with the authors, you find not only the truth but the courage to live it out.
Erasing Hell is an extraordinarily important book. Francis Chan speaks with trembling and compassion. He recognizes this debate is about God, His nature and His authority. At stake is whether or not we will trust Him. Francis lays his heart on the table; I was not only informed, but moved. Its rare that a book mixes straight-from-the-heart talk with diligent citation of Scripture. Erasing Hell is highly readable yet goes deep and detailed exactly when it needs to. Preston Sprinkles research and Francis Chans presentation are a dynamic combination. This remarkable book embraces not what, in pride, we want to believe, but what, in humility, we must believe. My heartfelt thanks to Francis Chan for taking us to Gods Word in a Christlike spirit of grace and truth. And for calling on us not to apologize for God, but to apologize to God for presuming to be wiser and more loving than our Savior. - Randy Alcorn
Preston Sprinkle and his wife Christine have three daughters and a son. Before joining the staff as an Associate Professor at Eternity Bible College, Preston taught in the department of Biblical Studies at Cedarville University for two years.
EmmettHolland, MIAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A conversation that needs to be had.August 30, 2014EmmettHolland, MIAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5While no one likes the thought of loved ones going to Hell, this is a conversation that needs to happen, and be taken more seriously. This book provides the information and tools needed to have this conversation in a way that helps to see the importance of the material, without the Hellfire and brimestone type teaching that has scared so many from the church. Most importantly, this book looks at the eternal hope that can be found even in such a difficult subject. Very well thought out and written. A great tool, which I will be sure to use in the future.
WickTianjin, ChinaAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Not a Fun Topic, But an Important OneJanuary 1, 2013WickTianjin, ChinaAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It is my strong preference to read, talk, and think about Heaven, but it is essential that we also know about Hell. I want to have a proper understanding of Hell for a host of reasons. I read about it regularly in the Good Book, people often talk about it unbiblically, I teach about it occasionally, and Jesus has saved His people from it eternally. I want others to know what it means to call Jesus the Savior of the world therefore I need to learn about Hell. Erasing Hell helped with that.
Erasing Hell is the third Francis Chan book I have read. Like thousands of others, I have greatly benefited from reading his books as well as listening to his sermons. Francis Chan can make challenging topics more understandable, and he has a knack for getting people from both ends of the spectrum to listen. Preston Sprinkle is new to me, but I think he's alright since he rolls with Chan.
Erasing Hell did not get my juices flowin' like some of Chan's other books (Crazy Love and Forgotten God), but the book is solid. Erasing Hell came largely in response to Rob Bell's Love Wins, and Chan and Sprinkle respectfully refute some of Bell's unorthodox teachings. Regardless of whether you are a fan of Bell's teachings, Chan and Sprinkle provide a profitable book about a not so easy topic. You may not always agree with what Chan and Sprinkle say, but they speak humbly and in a manner that can appeal to both seasoned and beginning theologians. Below is how the book is organized.
Chapter 1: Does Everyone Go to Heaven?
Chapter 2: Has Hell Changed? Or Have We?
Chapter 3: What Jesus Actually Said about Hell
Chapter 4: What Jesus' Followers Said about Hell
Chapter 5: What Does This Have to Do with me?
Chapter 6: "What If God ...?"
Chapter 7: Don't Be Overwhelmed
Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions
About the Author
About the Coauthor
Sample Chapter from Forgotten God
PlesionGender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Taking the Bible "As Is"November 8, 2012PlesionGender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The book Love Wins by Rob Bell provoked this much better book on a neglected doctrine. Bell conforms to the secular culture, which has pretty much abandoned belief in any sort of afterlife, but most definitely does not believe in hell, since all this wonderful self-esteem training in our schools (the ones that can't teach math, science, and writing) has made people think they are so darn wonderful God jolly well BETTER welcome them to heaven. Some might call that "wishful thinking," but unfortunately, if hell is real, well, it might be a tad risky (to say the least) to deny it.
The authors write well, and they certainly do a better job at interpreting the Bible than Bell did. Actually, as they point out in the book, "interpretation" isn't really even a factor in the doctrine of hell, for Jesus most definitely did believe in it, as did his disciples. Liberals like to focus on what Jesus said about God's love - which is fine, except they choose to ignore his many pronouncements about sin, God's anger, and the Final Judgment. These aren't popular teachings today, but the author's point out that the Christian's duty is to study the Bible and learn the will of God, not to pick and choose doctrines that make us comfortable. The gospel has NEVER made people comfortable, and wasn't intended to. Essentially it's a rescue story, one that some people embrace but that most reject. As Jesus himself said, he came to call sinners, not to call those convinced of their own righteousness.
The authors point out that in Paul's one sermon to a non-Jewish audience (the people of Athens, Acts 17), he preaches on divine judgment - even though he's aware that most of the pagans listening to him don't share the Jews' belief in hell. Revealing, isn't it? Paul claimed to be "all things to all men" as he preached the gospel, and in Acts 17 we see him quoting a Greek poet to provide a nice "hook" for his pagan audience - but he still insists on sticking to the core of the gospel: repent, turn to God, for the day of judgment is coming.
I doubt this book would convince anyone who is already a committed universalist - i.e., one who parrots the familiar line "I don't like to think of God as wrathful and judgmental . . ." That kind of person will simply dismiss the authors' arguments in this book as "biased" (also "hate-filled" and "mean-spirited," those useful words that are used so well to shut down debate). However, if you or someone you know is "on the fence" regarding this doctrine, the book may well push you over to the pro-hell side - or, to put it more positively, make you appreciate God's mercy and forgiveness in providing a means for us to spend eternity in his presence, not separated from him.
As I was reading this, something struck me: the authors clearly believe in hell, yet they do not see God as cruel and malevolent, nor does believing in hell make a person cruel and malevolent. Some of the best Christians I've known believed firmly in both heaven and hell. Unbelievers and liberal Christians somehow just can't hold the two ideas in their minds at the same time - God of love and mercy, God of judgment. But there's no getting around the New Testament: Jesus and the apostles had no trouble seeing the same God as both just and merciful.
Mike CRhode IslandAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great read.September 10, 2012Mike CRhode IslandAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My Pastor recommended this book to me. He had not preached specifically on hell at all. After reading this book he realized how important it is to tell people, not only about the grace and mercy of God, but also about the judgement that awaits those who do not accept Christ. Erasing Hell provides Old and New Testament references and descriptions of Hell in a very interesting and comprehensive format. I believe all believers at any stage of their walk with Christ need to read this book. It will definitely stir you to be even more bold in your witness to see the lost come to salvation.
gto15 Stars Out Of 5Well researched view of what the Bible really saysJune 20, 2012gto1Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Erasing Hell is a solid, well grounded view of what hell is like and who will qualify to be there. It's a wake-up call for everyone to genuinely review how real your relationship and obedience to the Holy Spirit is going. Clearly, being a good person and going to church does not secure salvation. Very thought provoking.