Pollock on Conditional Immortality: First Argument

We are now starting to get into the heart of Pastor Pollock’s arguments against the concept of Conditional Immortality. I don’t want to be accused of giving short shrift to his arguments so I am going to make posts out of short quotes of his for the near future. In this manner I can give each of his arguments the attention I think they deserve.

Annihilationists are themselves divided into two schools. One class believes the sinner is annihilated at death, never to be raised, the other asserts that the wicked dead will be raised, judged at the great white throne, cast into the lake of fire, and there burnt up, consumed or annihilated. The former class deny the resurrection of the wicked in spite of the plain language of Scripture.

Conditional Immortality is taught by both classes of Annihilationists, that is to say, they deny the continuous existence of the soul, teaching that life beyond the grave is conditional on accepting Christ in this life and thus procuring life in Him. They assert there is no life after death save in Christ. None, they say, will have continuous existence but believers on the Lord Jesus. [Emphasis added]

HADES and Eternal Punishment
A J Pollock
p. 21-22

The last two sentences of that quote are critical to the argument he is about to make. It is quite possible that some proponents of conditional immortality have used that definition. However, the only “flavor” of conditional immortality that I would consider valid is one that would have the destruction of life coming after the Great White Throne Judgment and the unbeliever being cast into the Lake of Fire. A definition that is consistent with my eschatology is:

They assert there is no life after [destruction in the Lake of Fire]. None, they say, will have continuous existence but believers on the Lord Jesus.

Many that hold to conditional immortality would accept that definition. I believe that this modified definition takes the punch out of the argument that follows.

The doctrine of this latter class lands its adherents into obvious absurdities. If there is no life beyond the grave but in Christ, then it follows the wicked dead when raised must have life in Christ. How could they be judged if they stood before the great white throne alive in Christ? How could that life be annihilated in the lake of fire? Impossible!

Further, they say life in Christ is immortality. How then could the wicked dead be raised in life in Christ, in other words in immortality and yet be annihilated? Surely words have no meaning if immortality can be so destroyed.

HADES and Eternal Punishment
A J Pollock
p. 22

If anyone who reads this post in the future believes that Pollock’s argument is still valid given the modified definition please let leave me a comment.

[Click on this link to see the next installment in this series: Pollock on Conditional Immortality: Second Argument]

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