Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Judgment houses: have we misunderstood hell?


Amy Hall over at the Stand To Reason blog shares a few reasons from Russell Moore as to why judgment houses (or hell houses, haunted-house-type attractions created by churches, depicting sin and judgment for the purpose of evangelism) "often miss the mark."

What I find curious about the trend is not what it says about those who attend these judgment houses. Rather, I find these sorts of "Christian haunted houses" revealing regarding the churches' own misunderstandings about God's judgment, our guilt, and hell itself. Here are a couple of the points:
  1. They abstract judgment from the love of God
  2. They abstract judgment from the glory of God
  3. It's hard to cry at a judgment house

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