North Carolina Pastor loses job over his (non)belief in hell and eternal damnation

Are churches starting to hold Pastors accountable for their doctrine?

The United Methodist Church reports that a North Carolina Church’s members have asked their pastor, Chad Holtz to leave and he agreed to do so. From the United Methodist website:

A Facebook post questioning the existence of an eternal hell (plus some other liberal views he penned) proved to be a point of no return for a United Methodist student pastor and his rural North Carolina congregation.

However, there is more to the story than what has been widely reported about Chad Holtz’s departure from Marrow’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Henderson, N.C.

Holtz was reported to have lost his pulpit at Marrow’s Chapel after he posted a long Facebook note about losing belief in hell. He later also posted “What I Lost Losing Hell” on his personal blog.

In the March 2 post, he discussed how his shift in belief changed him. He also indicated support for a new book by the Rev. Rob Bell, an evangelical megachurch pastor in Grand Rapids, Mich., and critic of the traditional view that hell is a place of eternal torment for condemned souls.

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(‘Radical’ author) David Platt on Rob Bell and the church – „Intellectual universalism is dangerous” but „functional universalism is worse.”

Dr. David Platt in India.

(source of quote in title here)

For those at Brook Hills (or beyond) who may not be familiar with recent debate concerning Rob Bell and universalism, there is much discussion at present among professing Christians concerning whether or not those without Christ will really experience eternal damnation when they die. I offer some thoughts here from India. Yes, let’s fight universalism with our words. But let’s also fight universalism with our lives.

David Platt on his journey through India (March 18 update)

Overwhelming lostness. These are the only words that come to my mind when I consider what we witnessed at the Ganges River. According to Hinduism, the Ganges is the most sacred of all rivers. The “holiest” cities of Hinduism rest along its banks. Every year, scores of Hindus travel to the Ganges to wash themselves in its water. By simply washing in the Ganges, they believe that they can be cleansed of all evil and receive passage into heaven. Last year, in one month alone, during the festival of Kumbha Mela, over 50 million Hindus traveled near to the place where I am standing in this video below to bathe in the Ganges. Ironically, this river is considered by others to be one of the dirtiest rivers of the world. A recent article in The Economist called the Ganges River a “brown soup of excrement and industrial effluents.”

All of this to say…it was overwhelming to come to this site and to see masses of people—from all over India and around the world—flocking to filthy water that they hope will cleanse them from all their sin and sickness. As I looked across the river, I was gripped by the grace of Christ, whose blood alone can wash away sin, and I was overwhelmed by the need of those whose minds have been so blinded from seeing the salvation that only comes from Him.

We were not able to stay at the Ganges long, for we were on the way to catch a plane to another city. We have now arrived at this other city in eastern India, and we are about to go into a very poor, rural here to gather together with about 400-500 villagers. As you go to bed this evening, we will be going out to preach the gospel in this village. Amidst overwhelming lostness, please pray that God will show His power in the gospel by cleansing people of all their sin through the blood of Christ today.

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:4-5

Watch David Platt sermon ‘The cost of following Jesus‘ at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He Drank Your Hell – Paul Washer preaching at a Fatty Burgers in San Antonio

This is the sermon that Washer mentioned in his Twitter account where he preached at Fatty’s Burger in San Antonio (just to clarify, it is not a bar).(posted 2009 I’ll be honest.com)

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He Drank Your Hell – Paul Washer, posted with vodpod

Brutal Persecution in Romania, Iosif Ton

From a conference Iosif Ton attended with Leonard Ravenhill,  and Manley Beasley, and Andrew Murray. (Iosif Ton grew up reading Andrew Murray).

Predica Iosif Ton – Ce inseamna sa-ti aduci aminte de Domnul Isus?

Din predica:

Ce frumusete pe crucea aceia, ce uritenie aici (in mine). Stai putin. „De ce esti Tu pe crucea aceia?”       „Pavele, Eu sint pe crucea aceasta pentru ca vreau sa te omor. Cind mor Eu, sa mori si tu. …Eu vreau ca egoistul din tine sa moara. De asta sint Eu pe cruce.”

Eu sint pe crucea asta pentru ca vreau sa transform oameni egoisti in oameni care in primul rind zic: „Doamne daca ai stat in locul meu acolo,m-ai cumparat…Tu ai murit pentru mine ca eu sa incetez sa traiesc pentru mine, si sa incep sa traiesc pentru Tine.

De ce a murit Hristos? A murit sa desfinteze egoisuml. Iata scopul cel mai profund al mortii Domnului Isus.Sa ucida pe toti egoistii.

„Doamne de-acum inainte spune-mi tu pentru ce sa traiesc, spune-mi tu ce fel de om sa fiu.”

Cind ii spun aceasta El zice: „Fii atent, sint oameni flaminzi, sint oameni saraci, sint oameni necajiti, ori de cite ori le faci tu ceva, Mie Mi le faci, pentru ca Eu sint in toti ceilalti.

Cind spui: „Vreau sa traiesc pentru  Isus,”  El zice „Atunci traieste pentru cei din jur. Cind faci ceva rau acestor micuti,Mie imi faci. Cind faci ceva bun, Mie imi faci”.

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