This is my Editorial from the latest “From Death to Life” Magazine. I have received quite a few comments about it and am putting it up as a blog post for those who haven’t downloaded the mag yet.
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While reading on the internet the other day, I stumbled across the concept of “Hell Houses”. A Hell House is apparently the “Christian” equivalent of a haunted house where tourists are taken from room to room to view various horrific scenes designed to create terror and revulsion at the consequences of sin, including an eternity of conscious torment in Hell. At the end of the tour visitors are often asked to accept salvation by repenting of their sins and trusting Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
It has been suggested that some hell houses are purposely made to resemble conventional “haunted house” attractions and that the customer only realizes that they have a religious twist after they have bought their ticket and gone part of the way through the house.
After a little more investigation I discovered that New Creation Evangelism, Inc (of Clearwater FL) sells a “Judgment House kit.”1 I kid you not. You can purchase, ready to use, “an 8-scene drama that makes people aware of the reality of heaven and hell.” It shows “them the joy of having a relationship in heaven with Jesus.” It also shows them hell, “the ultimate haunted house, which is where they will spend eternity if they do not accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour…” A Judgment House Promo Pack and other benefits are sent to churches who join in a “Single Year Covenant Partnership” for US$599.
Trying to scare young people into “accepting Jesus” is wrong. Trying to scare them into “accepting Jesus” by using scenes of graphic violence including “abortions” where fetuses are ripped out by crazed abortion doctors, and “rape” scenes where women are killed (I am not even going to give you the website where these things were discussed), is terribly, terribly wrong.
Suggesting that God would inflict such a punishment as eternal conscious torment on any of his creatures – a punishment that would make any of the atrocities depicted above pale into insignificance – is also terribly wrong. It should be an offence to any right thinking Christian. We should speak out against such distortions of God’s truth.
That is what this organization – The Conditional Immortality Association – is about. Thank you for your part in standing with us to promote God’s truth against the Devil’s lie.
1Check it out for yourself at: http://www.judgementhouse.org
Further information on “Hell Houses”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_house