Death is not eternal life
To the editor:
Too many devout Christians have been falsely accused of heresy for proclaiming truths their accusers didn’t understand. Here is an example of that:
Herbert W. Armstrong was a preacher for more than 50 years. He considered the Bible to be divinely inspired and factual but he rejected church doctrines that contradicted Biblical teachings.
Armstrong did not believe that unsaved sinners would be tortured in hell and that their suffering would never end. Neither did Luther, but few people know that. Those two men, born 410 years par (Luther in 1483 and Armstrong in 1893), did not believe God is that cruel.
After Herbert W. Armstrong died at the age of 93 in 1986 (Luther died 440 years earlier, in 1546), an evangelist said publicly that Armstrong will wake up in the hell he didn’t believe exists.
Like all true Christians, Herbert W. Armstrong believed in salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The evangelist who condemned him ignored that fact. He was sure that Armstrong would be tortured forever in hell for believing in a merciful God.
Those who reject salvation and refuse to repent will be destroyed in the lake of fire. That is the second death (Rev. 20:14-15). Death is not life, especially not eternal life in hell.