The Gorilla in the Room: God’s Judgment in a Non-Judgmental Culture


In church culture, the doctrine of God’s judgment is like an 800lb gorilla in the room: We all know it’s a problem, but none of us wants to touch it. Five years after Rob Bell’s popular, controversial book Love Wins, people inside and outside the Church still question hell, sin, God’s justice, love, and the reliability of Scripture. The problem remains: Forever is a long time; do we believe God will punish the wicked in hell forever? In this session, we’ll deal with this gorilla by naming the assumptions and weighing the arguments that lead toward various views. We’ll see what Scripture teach about hell, before considering practical ways a biblical view of God’s judgment will impact one’s ministry.