Timothy Rogers, a popular Arkansas evangelist and singer, is coming under fire after he recently declared at a funeral that Hell is a “fairytale” no different than Santa Claus.
Rogers, 38, who leads the Prince of Peace church in Blytheville, made his comments during a more than hour-long presentation at the funeral of a young man he said he did not know but was of the same generation.
“‘Is he (the young man who passed) going to Hell? Did he accept Jesus as his …?’ See, y’all have been sold a lie. You’ve been bamboozled. All that stuff is a fairytale. To believe in Hell means you have to believe in Santa Claus. I don’t care how you cut [it]. Hell is an imaginary place. And I was told that if anything that does not have an explanation must be imagination,” Rogers declared.
“So that’s why you can talk about a Hell that you don’t know nobody went to. For a billion years ain’t nobody ever came back and told you that they were hot. For a billion years, ain’t nobody ever came back and told you that they up in yonder singing around in a choir. I didn’t come for you to agree with me. I know how to lay it out to y’all salted but I don’t care. I didn’t come for you to agree with me,” Rogers said to approving hoots and shouts from the people who had packed the church to mourn.
In his sermon, Rogers explained that life is a gift freely given to man by God to “do whatever you want to do with your life.”
He described the Bible as a manual on how to live life successfully. The choices made by individuals in their personal lives, he said, will determine whether they experienced heaven or hell.
“Hell is what you create,” he said to shouts of “c’mon pastor.”
“That’s why when you read the Old Testament, Hell wasn’t under the earth. When you read the Old Testament, Hell was on the earth. When you read the Old Testament, Heaven wasn’t beyond the sky, when you read the Old Testament, Heaven was in the Garden of Eden. Heaven was Canaan,” he said. “What I came to tell you is you’re waiting to go to Hell and you went and turned your life into a living hell. Why? Because you have become a worshiper of death.”
Robert Matthews, senior pastor at Kingdom Vision International Church in Mississippi, was among many critics to quickly slam a 3-minute clip from Rogers’ message in which the controversial preacher also declared that “when you’re dead, you’re done.”
Editor: This is outright heresy, but it is not too dissimilar to many others, who deny the truth without directly coming out and saying it