| March 5, 2017 | no comments
What have Christians believed through history about the ultimate fate of non-Christians? What about those who died before hearing about Jesus? What do Roman Catholics believe about purgatory and where does this belief come from? How would our theology about the deceased lost change if we understood 1 Peter 3-4 the way the Early Church did?
This article is on the after-life, and how Evangelical theology has limited the range of scriptures in which the after-life may be discussed and understood. This was compounded by the mis-translation in the King James Bible of “sheol” and “hades” into “Hell.” This article highlights a group of Victorian Anglican scholars, headed by F. W. Farrar, who saw in the scriptures and in the writings of the Early Church, that there was more mercy for the unbeliever than popularly preached. One does not have to embrace Universalism to believe that everyone who does not make an altar call goes to hell. Millennials are ready for this.
Image: Roxanne Desgagnés
Category: Biblical Studies, Winter 2017
About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include, Quenching the Spirit (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), and Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He and his wife Carolyn continue in their healing, teaching and writing ministries. He is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook AnglicalPentecostal.blogspot.com