As I read Acts 15 last night, and as I stumbled across a recent blog post by an annihilationist friend of mine just today, I felt it necessary to say a few things in passing about where I stand on annihilationism.
1. I believe that annihilationism is heresy that entails some very bad conclusions regarding the person and work of Christ, the nature of salvation, and the nature of God’s Law.
2. However, I don’t believe that a person is not a Christian because he adheres to annihilationism.
3. To require that one believe the orthodox doctrine of hell in order to be savedwould be a damnable heresy, for it would be adding to the Gospel.
4. I don’t reject annihilationists as my brothers in Christ.
5. However, I cannot in good conscience say that they are teaching sound doctrine, nor can I in good conscience refrain from identifying what they believe as heresy.
6. I use the word “heretic” in two senses: (a.) an adherent to a heretical teaching, or (b.)an unrepentant teacher of a heresy.
7. I do not use the words “heresy” and “heretic” as pejoratives.
8. My intention in using them is to make it clear where I stand, and to warn the unsuspecting of the dangerous nature of the teaching and teachers so identified.
I hope that I have not given the false impression that I believe one must believe in the orthodox doctrine of hell in order to be saved. That is not, nor has it ever been, my position.
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, not an airtight eschatology.
I am truly sorry for any misunderstanding my words may have caused.