LISTEN: The Eternality of Future Judgment, Part 1 (Theology of Eternal Damnation in Hell #3 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is about the negative side of eternal life. When it comes to what happens after death, people love to talk about Heaven and the wonderful benefits of eternity with God. However, there is less talk about the negative side of eternal life. This podcast will explore what the Bible says about Hell and the eternal damnation of those who die without Christ.

The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

The featured quote for this episode is from Billy Sunday. He said, “Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.”

Our topic for today is “The Eternality of Future Judgment (Part 1)” from the book, “Christian Theology” by Dr. Millard J. Erickson.

Not only is the future judgment of unbelievers irreversible, but their punishment is also eternal. We do not reject merely the idea that all will be saved; we also reject the contention that none will be eternally punished. The school of thought known as annihilationism, however, maintains that although not everyone will be saved, there is only one class of future existence. Those who are saved will have an unending life; those who are not saved will be eliminated or annihilated. They will simply cease to exist.

While granting that not everyone deserves to be saved, to receive everlasting bliss, this position maintains that no one deserves endless suffering. There are different forms of annihilationism. The form most deserving of the title sees the extinction of the evil person at death as a direct result of sin. Humans are by nature immortal and would have everlasting life but for the effects of sin.

There are two subtypes of annihilationism proper. The first sees annihilation as a natural result of sin. Sin is self-destruction. After a certain length of time, perhaps proportionate to the sinfulness of the individual, those who are not redeemed wear out, as it were. The other type of pure annihilationism is the idea that God cannot and will not allow the sinful person to have eternal life. Because punishment need not be infinite, God will, after a sufficient amount has been endured, simply destroy the individual self. It should be noted that in both subtypes of annihilationism proper, the soul or self would be immortal but for sin.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.