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Francis Chan on The Holy Spirit & Hell

Francis Chan‘s name blew up when his book Crazy Love sold well over 500,000 copies.  His second book, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, encourages Christians to live lives that cannot be explained without the Holy Spirit.

Points from Forgotten God:

1. We live in fear, scared that God doesn’t really know what He’s doing.  Chan puts it “The fear of God failing us leads us to cover for God.  This means we ask for less, expect less, and are satisfied with less because we are afraid to ask for or expect more.” Sometimes other Christians might actually squelch your passion, fire, and ambition for a specific cause.  Instead of encouraging one another to take risks and address urgent needs, we push others to live in fear of what might happen.

2. “While Jesus didn’t have to deal with emails, voice mails, or texts, He certainly understood what it means to have multitudes of people pursuing Him at once.”  Even so, He made rest a priority and focused his time doing life with and investing in 12 dudes.   It takes discipline to make the noise stop, but it is so necessary and oh so good!

3. “It is easy to use the phrase ‘God’s will for my life’ as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience.  It’s much less demanding to think about Gods’ will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes.”

4. “When the Holy Spirit truly moves, God is the one praised.  Jesus is the one lifted up.  When the Spirit moved at Pentecost, people knew there was a power present that came from God.  That’s why they didn’t leave saying, ‘John is amazing! He learned a new language in a matter of seconds!’ They knew it had to be God.  Let’s pray that God would empower us so radically that we would get no glory.  That people would see our works and glorify God.”

A Side Note On Hell:

I haven’t read Chan’s newest book Erasing Hell-one of the many responses to Rob Bell’s book Love WinsLove Wins advocates for Universalism, says that Hell may not be a real place, and says that no one will go to “Hell” in the end.  This goes along with some of what we see in the Emerging Church movement and focuses on our feelings of what God is while ignoring key points in scripture and the idea of absolute truth. Watch the clips below of Rob Bell discussing Hell and  Francis Chan encouraging us to be humble before God when understanding Hell.

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