Originally Posted by Hotdiggity11
Why did you say there are no qualifications and then say it is "by grace" which according to the Bible is through faith. Is that not clearly a qualification?
I'm just referring to those who say you have to "earn" your way to heaven. Yes, faith is obviously required, lol.
Originally Posted by LadyCroft
Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're saying. I thought you said that anyone claiming to be Christian that believes in hell really isn't a Christian.
Ohhhh no no, we're at a misunderstanding. I'm saying that those who rely
on scare tactics as many radical/firebrand preachers/churches do, they're not Christians. And maybe saying they're not Christians is a little off, but if nothing else, they are horribly misguided. No one should be pushing fear. It doesn't encourage faith. It encourages submission. And I'm not talking the original definition of submission, as talked about in the Bible and referring to simple obedience. Rather, I'm talking about submission as in the modern, Americanized version which has a negative connotation to it.
Some churches have their members living their whole lives in fear. I just can't agree with that.