Here is the link to read it yourself…
In this Phil takes one statement in which Brian says in his book a Generous Orthodoxy page 112. And twists it to mean something else...Then rationalizes that not being missional is right. I guess the alternative is to preach hell and select for ourselve who will get in? Now that sounds a little ungenerous and unorthodox let alone un-biblical and heretical.
“But what about heaven and hell? You ask, is everyone in?
My reply: Why do you consider me qualified to make this pronouncement? Isn’t this God’s business? Isn’t it clear that I do not believe this is the right question for a missional Christian to ask? Can’t we talk of a while about God’s will being done on earth as in heaven instead of jumping to how to escape the earth and get to heaven as quickly as possible? Can’t we talk a while about overthrowing and undermining every hell is stronghold in our lives and in our world?”
Can’t one see that the Great Commission is greater than just getting people out of hell… how ever one defines hell?
Here is some scripture to back this up… I will only give the reference as you can go and search this out yourselves as I think my readers can think for themselves… if they set to apply themselves.
- Romans 2 (the whole chapter)
- John 3:16 and surrounding passages
- 2 Peter 3: 9-10
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
- Acts 4:12
- Luke 1:69 corresponding with 2 Samuel 22:3
- Mark 16:15 Note it says preach the “Good News!” Not that you don’t go to hell… which is part of the good news… But the good news is
8. Acts 5:42. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (Emphasis is mine of course)
This is not an exhaustive list by far, yet enough to see that God is more interested in us not perishing and growing in the Grace and Knowledge of Christ, than keeping us just from going to hell… in fact, getting out of going to hell is just a byproduct of our salvation…