Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pastor Fired for Not Believeing In Hell.

Pastor Chad Holtz ministered to a congregation in Oxford, North Carolina until he stated that he no longer believed in hell in a blog post to the church website. Holtz told his story to the AP. video below.

Sorry, but I'm not feeling a lot of sympathy for this guy. I'm just gonna be blunt here: good riddance.

When you  as a "pastor" choose to abandon clear Bible doctrines, you are not longer fit to be shepherding peoples' souls. All preachers, especially pastors, are called to be "watchmen on the wall". The day that the watchman decides that the threat of God's judgment isn't really a threat, he does a grave, and possibly eternally grave disservice to those he is supposed to be ministering to.

Note the words of God in Ezekiel chapter 3:
17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

It was interesting that I ran across this article while preparing to do one on Rob Bell and his denial-by-stealth of the doctrine of hell. That article will be coming up very shortly. Clearly it seems the Devil is busy trying to undermine the doctrine of hell. In the voices of these false prophets you can almost hear the serpent-like hiss of Genesis chapter 3 as he denied God's warning of death as a consequence of disobedience:
"hath God [really] said....?
Then further...
"You shall not die"... "but shall be as God!"
(Paraphrasing from Gen 3:1, 4.5)

Now, we have Lucifers's 21st century version, as he denies God's warning of hell/the lake of fire, which the Bible calls "the second death" (Rev 20:14):
"hath God and the Bible really said there is a hell?"

I see this increase in the denial of the doctrine of hell as just another stepping stone of this creeping but steadily rising apostasy that is attempting to overwhelm the Body of Christ.  Remember Bishop Carlton Pearson began with denial of hell, which led to his becoming a crusader for the Gospel of Inclusion, his acceptance and virtual embracing of gay theology, his becoming the pastor of a New Thought church, and more recently his embrace of "New Christianity" (which is essentially a pseudo-"Christian" front for Satan's one world religion).  Doctrine does matter. Doctrine has consequences. As we can see from Carlton Pearson's example, once you decide to abandon a key doctrine as the doctrine of eternal punishment, there's just no telling how far into apostasy you'll end up drifting!

My dear readers, watch for this denial-of-hell phenomenon to be a bigger issue facing the church world in the months and years to come. Watch very closely.

I'll be back with a follow-up article on this very soon. Peace and blessings be upon all of you .


Anonymous said...

No Hell? How is he going to keep his parishoners attending Church?

Richard said...

Can I just say- no sympathy is one thing, but the way you put it dosn't seem like it is in love. Yes, he shold be fired- but aught it not to be so that it shows him the sin of falsedoctrine, and the need to repent? Or is the man too far gone?

Observer said...

Richard, I dont think John the Baptist had a lack of love when he harshly criticized the Pharisees of his day; nor was Jesus lacking in love when he did the same. Thus "love" is not the issue when it comes to dealing with those who are spreading damnable heresies.

I'm not at all saying the man is too far gone. Thats not for me to say. But the whole point of me saying "no sympathy" in this case is that the video/news-report seemed to be trying to portray this man in a somewhat sympathetic light, as if he was being victimized and put upon by these unforgiviing, intolerant church members. To the contrary, I applaud the church members for putting him out. He's trying to bring in a damnamble doctrine that can have eternal consequences to the souls of his hearers. I applaud them for their boldness and taking a stand. Lord knows there are many churches that need to do the same thing.

Anonymous said...

If the 'idol' of OUR 'heart' is eternal torment [HELL], then that is what we will see in scripture.Dont be led astraw by the false doctrines of satan.God is a God of Love,not a God of torture.

ALL IS OF GOD,that is why he uses a 'two' edged sword, for 'good' and 'evil'.After all, who do you think created evil?

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Eze 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
Eze 14:2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
Eze 14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh [unto him];

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.