*Francis Chan, the bestselling author of Crazy Love, will address the topics of hell and eternity in a new book to be released this summer.
The former pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., studied the Bible intensely to find out what it had to say on the topic, which attracted astounding amount of media attention this year because of Rob Bell’s controversial book, Love Wins.
Chan’s third book is entitled Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and the Things We Make Up.
“I’ve been concerned as I’ve been listening to some of the discussions on hell and read some of the things that have been written,” said Chan in the promotional video released on Friday. “The tone in which we use, we’ve got to be careful here. We have to guard ourselves against a heartlessness.
“Do you understand what we are talking about? We are talking about real people here,” he reminded. “We can’t just have these theological discussions about a doctrine when we are talking about people’s eternal destiny here.”
Bell caused uproar earlier this year with the release of his book, where he casts doubt on the traditional Christian understanding of hell and the fate of non-Christians. In the book, Bell calls the dominant Christian story that only a few Christians will be called to heaven while the rest spends forever in punishment in hell “misguided and toxic.” He criticizes churches that singularly preach that those who don’t believe in Jesus will go to hell and questions the belief that salvation comes simply through confession, repentance and accepting Jesus.
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