A well-known pastor from Arkansas has come under fierce criticism after suggesting that the notion of hell was nothing more than a "fairy tale." Timothy Rogers, an evangelist and singer, made the remark during an hour-long funeral of a young man he said he did not know.
"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 fairy tale. 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 applause from the congregation.
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