Originally Posted by cosmo20002
I'm not agreeing with the preacher in any way. My point in all this was simply to point out that this "hateful" preacher isn't much different than the "not hateful" ones.
His view on Catholics might be a bit extreme, but I am talking about his basic message: If you don't believe in Jesus as savior, etc., you are going to hell. This is mainstream, traditional Christian belief. But it generally isn't criticized unless someone is caught on tape or actually quoted as saying, "Jews are going to hell." Then, it becomes a mini-controversy. But in fact, it is essentially said every Sunday morning across the country.
I've seen a lot of preachers do their thing, and there is a way to do it without saying, "You're going to Hell." I was raised Independent Southern Baptist. It's Evangelical Fundamentalist Christian. I attended the Boulevard Baptist Church in Richmond, Virgina with my grandparents. Our pastor was James Bond, a retired pro boxer. He preached and taught from the Bible using his personal understanding of (what he considered) the Word of God. He was very much a "fire and brimstone" preacher and yet was about as humble a man as you would ever meet. It was his way to teach that from our understanding it could be assumed that an unsaved sinner would go to Hell, but that you and I could never actually know another man's heart, that judgement of a man's soul was for God and God alone.