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Theological Liberalism as measured by your doctrine of Hell1 min read

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Al Mohler has suggested that we can use a church or individual’s theology of hell as a measure of their theological liberalism.  He also mentions that there is a characteristic ‘slide’ from the orthodox (read ‘biblical’) view of hell to the liberal view that abhors the idea as cruel and unjust (odium theologium).   Here you go.

  1. Orthodox Belief: You believe in and preach the doctrine of Hell
  2. Silence: You stop mentioning it because you find it offensive
  3. Reduction to Consequentialism: A doctrine is revised and retained in reduced form – something like consequentialism, as opposed to retributionism (God is actively punishing evil)
  4. Positivism: Essentially, don’t worry about it, we’re not even sure if hell is real or what it means.  Just be as positive as possible – focus on being a good person and hell will take care of itself.
  5. Liberalization of the Doctrine:  Changing the doctrine from eternal to denying that hell is everlasting, arguing for a form of annihilationism, or conditional immortality.
  6. Denial of Biblical Accuracy:  Basically, yes the Bible teaches eternal Hell, but the Bible is wrong.