Thinking Out Loud

May 24, 2011

Francis Chan on Erasing Hell

The hot topic of the spring of 2011 will forever be recorded as “Heaven, Hell and the Hereafter,” but probably the response of Francis Chan will be noted as one of the more heavyweight contributions, given the huge ongoing popularity of his first book Crazy Love.   The ten minute video clip below initiates that response and also serves to promote the July 5 release of Erasing Hell: What God said about Eternity and the Things We Made Up from David C. Cook.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

But first let me pause and point out a serious liability of the whole video upload thing.  Unlike a blog, where I have control of whose comments are posted, it would appear that YouTube selects “featured comments,” in this case choosing one for which I’m sure the uploader would not approve.  So let me encourage you to watch the video here, and to link your friends back here, not because I need the stats, but just to avoid a lot of nonsense.

I think what’s going to happen with this book is that a lot of people who are down on Rob Bell are going to say, “Finally, here’s a book to stop Love Wins in its tracks.”

And in case you miss it, I think what Francis Chan is saying is that we’re fighting over doctrine and missing the point that this is about the souls of real people some of whom we interact with on a daily basis; and saying basically, how dare you trivialize this or reduce this to a doctrinal debate.


  1. Question of the day: Will Chan catch flak for daring to touch “God’s anointed” by implying that maybe, just maybe, some of the methodology they employed (against Bell’s stance) was less than perfect?

    Comment by Brendt Waters — May 24, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    • But Chan is also “God’s anointed.” In other words, I think pastors are allowed to criticize each other, it’s just the rest of us that can’t!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 24, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      • You raise a good point. ;-)

        But I’d consider Randy Alcorn to be “God’s anointed”. And he’s the last big name (that I remember) to question “God’s anointed”. And he caught it, big-time.

        Comment by Brendt Waters — May 24, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

      • I’m afraid I’ll have to disagree with you on “the rest of us” being unable to critique or even question what pastors preach. As christians, we are supposed to test everything we hear against the truth of the gospel, including what we hear preached in churches or touted in books. If what we hear matches what we read in the bible in our own quiet time, then we know it’s truth. If it doesn’t match, then it’s heresay.

        Comment by truth seeker — August 4, 2011 @ 9:04 am

      • Truth seeker: You are absolutely right. We all have the responsibility to search the scriptures and challenge anything that doesn’t add up. However I was referring specifically to what falls within the “Touch not God’s anointed” remark. In other words, if you believe, as some do, that we are not to challenge what any pastor says, would that apply to one pastor (presumably also anointed) criticizing the writing/preaching of another? The “Touch not…” thing is a pretty big issue in some circles, though as far as I am concerned, you and I would agree.

        Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — August 4, 2011 @ 9:20 am

  2. this reminded me of the evidence of God’s grace of even being aware of this type of discussion, to consider perhaps, humility… in all things… wow… stunned by the gospel. Thank you for sharing!

    Comment by Derek Iannelli-Smith — May 30, 2011 @ 11:34 am

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