Lisa Miller at Newsweek magazine has this to say about the beliefs of Sarah Palin’s pastor:
“The senior pastor of that church, in sermons that circulated online before they were taken down last week, preaches hell for anyone who isn’t saved by Jesus. America does not know enough yet about what Palin personally believes, but her church backgroundâ€”she now worships at a nondenominational Bible churchâ€”puts her squarely in the tradition of the old-school religious right.”
What is fascinating here is that Miller treats this as a newsworthy itemâ€”that Christians believe that there is such thing as hell. It says a lot about where we are as a nation that such a thing would even be considered “news.” In any case, Albert Mohler has some commentary on Miller’s piece that is worth reading. He concludes:
“What this article in Newsweek represents is the absolute confidence that discovering people who believe that those who do not believe in Christ will go to hell is supposed to be shocking.
“So we find in Sarah Palin’s pastor an evangelical who believes in hell and preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only means of escaping hell.Â In other words, he is an evangelical preaching like an evangelical.Â Alert the media.”
Here’s the rest: