When Chad Holtz lost his old belief in hell, he also lost his job.
The pastor of a rural United Methodist church in North Carolina wrote a note on his Facebook page supporting a new book by Rob Bell, a prominent young evangelical pastor and critic of the traditional view of hell as a place of eternal torment for billions of damned souls.
Two days later, Holtz was told complaints from church members prompted his dismissal from Marrow's Chapel in Henderson.
"I think justice comes and judgment will happen, but I don't think that means an eternity of torment," Holtz said. "But I can understand why people in my church aren't ready to leave that behind. It's something I'm still grappling with myself."
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I think the Baptist Church is strongly based on the idea of Hell, so if he preached against that notion, he preached against one of their strongest beliefs. That being the case, I suppose he lost his job honestly. Perhaps he should change his denomination to one that doesn't embrace the idea of hellfire and brimstone. I'm not sure what denominations don't have some belief in the existence of hell, but there must be some. . .
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