It is Bishop Spong’s opinion that hell is an invention of the church to control people. If the bishop is in the service of the Lord Jesus, it would be a strange anomaly to say the least. Jesus Christ revealed His end time plans to the exiled disciple John on the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:1,9). In Revelation 20:11-15 there is a picture where men were assembled before the throne of God and the books were opened. The book of Life was also opened. The books had the records of the deeds of men. If their names were not found in the book of life, they were thrown into the lake of fire.
This means: we can either accept Jesus’ words as true, or those of the bishop.
- If the bishop is not talking the truth, it means he is breaking Jesus’ command in Revelation 22:19 - ‘If anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.’
- Paul has a word about the preaching of another gospel also: ‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel to you other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned’ (Galatians 1:8). What gospel did Paul preach? That of Jesus who said that at the end of time there will be a separation between people: some will be with Him, while some will join the devil in hell (Matthew 25:31-46).
- It is written in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: ‘For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.’
The question is one that each of us should answer for him/herself: do I believe the pure perfect Word of God, or the words of the bishop?
God designed a clear and narrow road for us, through Jesus (Matthew 7:13). Faith in Him will determine the eventual destination of a man. By preaching that there is no hell, it implies that there is no judgement after death with no eternal reward or punishment. That means that there is no necessity for the Gospel, or the church, or trying to please God, or trying to live in a relationship with Jesus; there is no reason to avoid a sinful life. What then about a person who innocently believed the bishop’s words, and then lands in hell because of wrong living and sin? People must be warned that Bishop Spong is not God’s bishop and you believe him at your own peril.