“There’s nothing wrong with talking and singing about how the ‘Blood will never lose its power’ and ‘Nothing but the blood will save us,’” Bell writes. “Those are powerful metaphors. But we don’t live any longer in a culture in which people offer animal sacrifices to the gods.
The Rob Bell debate shows that if we had a thermometer for the evangelical movement, we'd find a raging fever. But some evangelicals are responding to the fever in unhelpful and pastorally-damaging ways.
Current controversies raise this issue anew among American Christians and even among some evangelicals. Nevertheless, there is no way to deny the Bible’s teaching on hell and remain genuinely evangelical. No doctrine stands alone.
The doctrine of hell has recently come under vicious attack, both from secularists and even from some evangelicals. In Part One, we considered how a radically altered view of God has been one reason, but other issues have played a part as well.