My point is rather that I can’t, and shouldn’t, feel offended by someone telling me that I won’t be saved because I don’t have the right religious beliefs.
Most religions in the monotheistic tradition think they are right and others are wrong. That’s normal. It isn’t a reason to consider those who hold other beliefs to be bigots.
What’s more, someone who believes I am going to hell because I am not a Christian or the right kind of Christian doesn’t think I am necessarily morally bad. To the contrary, the believer thinks I will go to hell even if I am wholly righteous — because salvation requires specific faith in Christ.
Noah Feldman gets it – salvation is not by works but by grace through faith.
I agree with Ed Stetzer here.
But it would make more sense in our current context to do less gathering and more scattering. We are beyond the place where saying “Everyone come!” will bring unbelievers to a gathering. Churches need to have more of a “Let’s go!” mentality. To be successful, leaders need to empower people. Church members need to be released as witnesses in their everyday lives—to be the “church scattered.”
Any guesses as to where? The answer may surprise you.
Every now and then Sweden surprises you.
It seems everyone is expecting Kilauea to go boom soon.