“On Banishing the Lake of Fire,” Chapter 13 of THE GAGGING OF GOD: CHRISTIANITY CONFRONTS PLURALISM, by D. A. Carson

Published on January 12, 2021 by Benjamin J. Montoya

Zondervan, 1996 | 640 pages

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The doctrine of final judgment is disputed among some professing evangelicals. Some people, for example, espouse annihilationism, which is a teaching that the wicked will not suffer everlasting torment but instead will be annihilated at the final judgment or at some point thereafter. Annihilationists appeal especially to God’s love and to the biblical language which promises the destruction of the wicked. Yet multiple biblical passages are problematic for the annihilationist. The teaching of the Old and New Testaments strongly supports the unending punishment of the wicked in hell.




Chapter 13: On Banishing the Lake of Fire

The final judgment should be addressed for at least three reasons. First, there are self-confessed evangelicals who advocate some form of annihilationism. Second, a form of annihilationism is sometimes connected to other issues, such as the final state of those who have never heard the gospel or to the possibility of postmortem evangelism. Third, some evangelicals see forms of annihilationism as a departure from Scripture and a weakening of the Bible’s authority.

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