News by emailDonate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

steve-chalke-main-1_article_image.png
UK News

Steve Chalke claims heaven not just for Christians

In the latest in a series of controversial statements, the author and church leader has suggested heaven isn't just for Christians.

In a video on the Open Church website, Chalke claims that the common belief that only self-professing believers can be saved is merely a "geographical lottery".

"What if the good residents of Kent had been raised instead in Kurdistan, or those born in Bournemouth had found themselves starting life in Bagdad instead?" he asks. "Are not many of us who are Western Christians, Christians only because we are Western? Surely, if the most devout Christians had been raised in an Islamic context they would be, very likely, devout Muslims?"

He also suggests theologians John Stott and Karl Barth had leaned towards his way of thinking.

The video forms part of Chalke's new series marking the 500th anniversary since Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

Week by week he's looking at ninety-five controversial questions about the way the Church operates.

He has received some criticism from evangelical quarters through the series.

Writing on the Premier Christianity blog earlier this year, Free Church of Scotland minister David Robertson accused Chalke of being 'anti-christ'.

Addressing Chalke's view that the Bible shouldn't be taken literally, he said: "His teaching that the Bible is just a mishmash of different opinions and views is not the teaching of the Bible. Nor is it the teaching of the Church. Nor is it the teaching of Jesus."

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate