CHR Comment: Chick’s work was creative but also offensive and given to a “fire insurance” approach to outreach: commit to Christ now or face hellfire and brimstone. In his day printed tracts were the rage but digital has made that medium a less compelling outreach tool.
CHR Comment: An extensive article describing traditional, annihilationist, and universalist views that are discussed in British and American Evangelicalism. The traditional view is associated with Augustine, the annihilationist view with Irenaeus, and the universalist view with Origen. The article likewise cites polling about the declining popularity of the doctrine of hell.
Source: The Campaign to Eliminate Hell
This article describes some aspects of Christian belief about Christ’s descent into hell, which is of course in creeds widely recited in Christian worship. An aspect missing in the article is that although some Christians teach that Jesus descended into hell to suffer, others teach that Jesus descended into hell triumphantly to proclaim His victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil.
1 Peter 3:18-20
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison . . .
The biblical teaching that there is a hell still matters to Christians today as Bishop Carlton Pearson learned when he denied the doctrine. A basic question to ask: if we’re going to spend eternity together, what would God do with those who reject His will and lash out at others? Hell is the Bible’s answer for that question.