1. Miles

    Hi Mr Waren what do you make of the book 23 minutes in Hell? I hope its not true. I’ve never read it but my sister has she believes it

    • Dirk Waren

      Greetings Miles.

      Nice to meet you.

      While evangelization and genuine repentance are always good, these people who have supernatural experiences about Sheol/Hades (not Gehenna/the Lake of Fire) beg the question: Why did the LORD wait almost 2000 years after the biblical canon was completed to reveal these horrifying details about the nature of Sheol? If their visions (or experiences) are to be believed, why aren’t there similar such descriptions of Sheol in the Bible, the Word of God?

      Everything God wants us to know about Sheol has already been revealed in the Holy Scriptures. This is in line with the apostle Paul’s doctrinal rule: “Do not go beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6), which explains why this book — SHEOL KNOW — focuses exclusively on what God’s Word says on the subject from Genesis to Revelation and not the dubious testimonies of people who claim to have visions or experiences that just so happen to wholly disagree with what God’s Word plainly teaches.

      I call this tendency to formulate vital doctrine based on dubious visions/experiences the “Eliphaz syndrome.” If you’re not familiar with Eliphaz, he was one of Job’s three “friends” whom the LORD accused of folly in what they said to their suffering friend (Job 42:7-8). Eliphaz was the one who made claims based on mysterious visions/experiences (Job 4:12-21). We can extend mercy to Eliphaz since there wasn’t much, if any, Scripture for him to rely on back then. But modern-day believers have ready access to the entire canon of God’s Word for the purpose of determining proper doctrine and correcting false doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So we have no excuse.

      Bill Wiese’ book and similar ones are commented on in SHEOL KNOW in this chapter, just scroll down to the section titled What about People who Claim to have Visited Sheol Literally or in a Vision? (it’s a long chapter and this section is located near the end; you can’t miss it since the cover of 23 Minutes in Hell is featured in it).

      God Bless You!

    • Dirk Waren

      Hi Rankos.

      Nice to meet you.

      Here are a few relevant passages from God’s Word that will help:

      “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
      John 3:16

      “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
      John 3:36

      If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
      Romans 10:9-10

      That last passage promises that “you will be saved” if you do this.

      For important details on receiving eternal salvation see this article. For info on growing spiritually from there, see this article.

      Don’t hesitate to contact me at dawaren@msn.com if you need further assistance.

      God Bless You!

  2. Grace Receiver

    I continue to be impressed by your articles! I wish more people could see how clear this doctrine is.
    Can you please elaborate on your comment about the devil and his angels accepting the gift of unconditional immortality?

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