Sjolander Road Fellowship

Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

A Minimalist Gospel

A basic problem with the futurist approach to eschatology is its almost exclusive focus on the hereafter. A religion which makes the present life irrelevant is not going to foster any meaningful transformation in people’s actions, thoughts, politics, or make any significant contribution to a better world.  If the world is largely contaminated as a consequence of man’s malfeasance and ultimately destined to be destroyed, most likely very soon, then concern about the here and now and planet earth is entirely misplaced.


If physical life is merely a test to see who gains heaven in the hereafter, then all that matters in society is maximizing and maintaining the number of believers. Exactly how that is done is not nearly as important as doing it by whatever means possible.


Societal transformation through the power of the Gospel is not expected and therefore not even on the “Christian’s” radar screen. To anticipate any societal improvement through the effect of God’s marvelous redemptive process is to deny what the Bible supposedly teaches about the final outcome, so who wants to be labeled a “heretic”.


Futurism is defeatism and a classic example of the “self fulfilling prophecy’. If we don’t think it can happen then it won’t because we are largely the creators of humanity’s future.


No faith in tomorrow is a denial in the very essence of the Gospel message, namely abundant life and all things made new. The abundant life of which Jesus spoke is not some future existence after a physical body resurrection which is merely the prelude to the afterlife in heaven. Abundant living was and is God’s promise for today. Futurists, by stressing the continued decline of society and an ever impending physical destruction, blatantly deny the significance and intent of God in Christ and make life on planet earth some kind of continuing trial by fire to cull mankind and extract the most worthy. This paints a sad and pathetic picture.