Following a previous post I have discovered Evangelicals in dialogue over Conditional Immortality: This is their website with forum – ‘Rethinking Hell: Exploring Evangelical Conditionalism‘. Evangelicals have a ‘Re-Thinking Hell’ Conference July 11-12 2014 Houston.
The main Guest speaker is Edward Fudge: “Fudge was fired from his publishing job when he refused to recant his views on hell, but has found opportunities to minister in Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Adventist, Episcopal and nondenominational churches as well as in Independent Christian Churches and numerous varieties of Churches of Christ. He is a near forty-year member and former regional officer of the Evangelical Theological Society.”
Allied to ‘Rethinking Hell’ is a Conditionalist sympathiser with his own collection of Conditionalist Resources. Also associated with ‘Rethinking Hell’ is the ‘Important Forgotten History: The Roots of Opposition to Conditionalism’
Says James Kenneth Brandyberry, “Innate immortality and acquired immortality have been engaged in a protracted struggle for dominance throughout most of the Christian centuries. At virtually no time has this been so true as it is in the present hour.”
Tracing the immortal soul doctrine from its beginnings down to John Calvin, the author says, “For personal and historical reasons, then, Luther and Tyndale’s influence was not determinative. Expressly, Calvin more than any one man “put the Protestant stamp of approval on the traditional understanding of souls and hell.””
But, Brandyberry concludes, “Conditionalism’s hermeneutical strength and historical support are rapidly being perceived and this trend is nowhere near cresting. The day of small things has become much bigger.
“Is a theological reformation at hand? Will the names of such worthies as Froom and Fudge someday be heralded as 20th-century reformers by a future evangelical consensus? We must wait and see. But, to be sure, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.””
Church Fathers Who Were Conditionalists – Video
Hopefully, in all the discussion what must be kept in view is that salvation and eternal life comes to us free through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). As He has been gracious to us we can afford to be gracious in dialogue in discovering what God has to say to us through His Word as we wait for the day for what the Bible calls “the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). Joining the Apostle Paul in this longing for Christ’s Second Coming is what it means to be an Adventist! (2 Timothy 4;7-8).