I have just finished writing WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE GOSPEL? I am having difficulty securing endorsements (which publishers want in order to help sell the book) for this one. Some of my closest friends don’t want to touch it – unless they can give a qualified endorsement. On most of my books I welcome a qualified endorsement. But not this one. This book will probably be my legacy, that is what people who have read it are saying. Some of my friends just want me to tone it down – especially when it comes to criticizing certain heretical views. I won’t go into them all now, but will mention three: (1) I speak against “kingdom theology” which is championed by a pastor in California whose emphasis is on healing: (2) my criticism of the views of a famous British scholar who denies justification by faith alone; (3) annihilation. Almost certainly the overwhelming majority of British church leaders believe in annihilation vis-a-vis eternal Hell.
Annihilation is the view that denies conscious eternal punishment in Hell. The idea is that (either at death or the judgment) the person is annihilated – that is, he or she no longer exists. This teaching is a valiant attempt, either consciously or unconsciously, to destigmatize God. They want to make God “look good” and Hell does not make God look good. But God does not need a public relations person. My job is not to make Him look good but to proclaim Him as He is.
I am tempted to write more in this blog, but my book deals with that more thoroughly and carefully. Please pray that my book will have sufficient endorsements that will help the book spread far and wide. One thing I am certain of: I have chosen the right title for a book to honor the teaching of Martin Luther! One more thing: Luther himself would love it!