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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Who is going to hell?

Who is going to hell, of course, is a very difficult question and one that has never been resolved by Christians. This article , prompted by a discussion with Texas Governor Rick Perry, gives a brief overview of the different denominational positions. For me, the most inadvertently hilarious quote is from the Dean of the Perkins School of Theology at SMU, William Lawrence. When asked about the Methodist doctrine of hell, he replied, "We are far less interested in making the kinds of doctrinal claims that the governor seems to want to assert." This, of course, is a large part of the problem of the leaders of the Methodist Church -- an unwillingness to take a stand on an important doctrinal question, probably for a fear of offending someone. Notice that each of the other denominations takes a stand, some of them more nuanced than others, but at least they take a stand. To be fair, as the article points out there are multiple positions found in official Methodist doctrine (positions which I am sure that Lawrence is aware of), but this quote seems much more revealing than anything found in official Methodist teaching.

So who do Methodists think are going to hell? You won't believe it until you read the answer here. Always good to know that they are willing to take a stand on some important issues.

(and I always thought it was called "Taco Hell" because of what it did to my digestive tract)