Who Really Goes to Hell?

You should read this book:

Who Real­ly Goes to Hell? The Gospel You’ve Nev­er Heard

After liv­ing alongside–and being friends with–Shammah for about fif­teen years now, David Rudel’s book feel very famil­iar. Not that I’ve heard it all before, but just in the way that he writes, and how he’s so good at bring­ing sim­ple clar­i­ty to things most peo­ple either don’t think of, or just turn a blind eye to.

The book deals with the top­ic of what the gospel real­ly is, accord­ing to the scrip­tures, and espe­cial­ly the top­ic of the Judge­ment. I think you’ll be sur­prised. You see, most of us have been giv­en a frame­work of a gospel that’s been defined for us by mod­ern Chris­tian­i­ty. David sim­ply points out the appalling lack of scrip­tur­al sup­port for some very fun­da­men­tal mod­ern Chris­tian­i­ty beliefs:

Ini­tial­ly, I found dif­fer­ences between Jesus’ teach­ings… and the inter­pre­ta­tion we draw from Paul’s let­ters. This got me explor­ing what, exact­ly, Jesus teach­es as the gospel before His death. Through most of His min­istry, peo­ple think of Him as a rab­bi or a prophet, and no one, not even His dis­ci­ples, knows He is going to die. So what mes­sage is Jesus spread­ing? If you take away Jesus as Mes­si­ah, Jesus as Sac­ri­fice, and Jesus as Lord, what do you have left to tell peo­ple as the gospel? When Jesus says repent and believe the gospel what gospel does He mean?”

You can down­load the entire book for free, or you can find a paper­back ver­sion (which I find eas­i­er to read) for sale online at the site.


  1. Start­ed read­ing today on your rec­om­men­da­tion (it being free helped too). Very much enjoy­ing his writ­ing style. Favorite foot­note so far is: ‘4By “most Chris­tians” I mean “the major­i­ty of the small num­ber who read the Bible at all.’

  2. He’s very thor­ough, so much so that there’s been a few places where my head­’s almost implod­ed… but that’s like lis­ten­ing to Shammah some­times, too. 🙂

  3. I found almost noth­ing new in the book except his incred­i­ble abil­i­ty to make things clear. With­out much in the way of new teach­ing to learn from the book, I spent most of my read­ing tak­ing furi­ous men­tal notes on how to teach.

    His meth­ods aren’t perfect–none are–and there are slow spots, but his abil­i­ty to paint chill­ing­ly clear pic­tures of the dif­fer­ence between the main­line Evan­gel­i­cal Gospel and apos­tolic preach­ing is … hmm … let’s use “unique.”

    Such clar­i­ty is rarely duplicated.

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