The False teaching of Gerard Beauchemin “Hope Beyond Hell”

To keep the reader on track I’ve color coded this blog:
Black – Scripture Blue – Bob Daly    Red – Gerard Beauchemin
I wrote an E-mail to Gerard Beauchermin after he rejected a comment I posted on his Youtube vid that promotes his teaching “Hope beyond Hell”  The Comment and this blog is dealing with his mis-understanding of Matthew 5:26.   There are many other twists he does to reduce hell to just a temporal place, but this blog will only be dealing with his twisting of Matthew 5:26.  In Context Jesus is speaking about Murder starting in Verse 21,  He then teaches how from God persective even if we call some one a “fool” we’ll recieve the same punishment as if we comimtted murder because its the anger in our heart that God is judging.  Then the focus shifts to living in peace with your brother (fellow believer) in verse 25 and 26. In Gerry’s video and book he teaches that the prison in verse 26 represents hell.  if your honest with the context it is clearly debtors prison.
Gerard Beauchemin
If you read in context what is being taught here, it’s about the fact that we are in no position to be unforgiven or to be unforgiving towards one another.
Matthew 5:21-26
Murder
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Since Man is created in the image of God, His likeness. The term brother or sister is used here Jesus is warning us not to insult fellow believers, forgiven by God in the same way we are forgiven.  It’s a wake up call, about how we are to treat each other. The mention of hell shows that from God’s perspective our angry towards another carries the same punishment as murder.  Hell is hell, it’s mentioned over and over by Jesus and viewed as a place to be avoided at all costs, to lighten up its negative effect is to run the risk of comforting the unrepentant sinner on his way to Hell, because you “Gerry” didn’t want to upset them.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
The concept is to seek reconciliation, over and above giving your gift to God, our peace with our brothers and sister is that important to God, we will be viewed by God as  hypocrites, seeking forgiveness from God, but then not living in peace with our Brothers and Sisters, because of pride.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court.
In this Parable, adversary is another person, not God, but Jesus uses this parable to illistrate God’s judgement on sinners, who think their in a position not to forgive.
Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Note: Could anyone earn pennies in Jail? No! Can anyone earn pennies in hell? No! Jesus (on the Cross) said it is finished, completed, is there any work of rightousness we can proform that would be excepted for our sin debt? No!  (Jesus not infrequently mentions the peril of judgment is a theme in Jesus’ teaching to stress the fact that these instructions are not optional for men and women who are citizens of the kingdom of heaven. To neglect or ignore what Jesus says has awful consequences as indicated by the emphatic phrase “you will not come out”.  In fact He uses the “double negative” (ou me) which strengthens the denial and says in essence, “no never”, “not at all”, “in no case”. These are strong words that all need to heed… preceptaustin.org )
Matthew 18:21-30
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.
The prison reference here is a debtor prison. Debtor imprisonment was common during this time, it was a system set up to collect debts.  In debtor prison, the prisoner was expected to remain in prison until someone pays his debt.  In prison, one cannot work a job an earn a paycheck to pay off his debt.  This means that the prisoner would remain in prison for the duration of his life, UNLESS someone were to pay his fine on his behalf.   The prisoner is completely dependent upon another.  In the same way, sinners are condemned to hell without a way to pay for their sins.   The unrepentant sinner will remain in hell until the his debt of sinning against an eternal holy God is paid.  This is impossible for the sinner.  The only way out is to have your debt paid for is by Jesus, who took God’s punishment for you.  The time of repentance is now, because in no way can false teachers, like Gerard Beauchemin reduce hell to a period of time.  To take our limited understanding of eternity and try to understand it with our concept of time may not even be applicable, since God created time along with matter and space in Genesis 1 . In other words time may not exist in the here after.
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27)
This statement leaves no room for appeal, no second chance, do not delay, forgive or your not forgiven.
In both Matthew 5:21-26 and Matthew 18:21-30 the context is clearly dealing with forgiving one another. Payment in both parables refer to money not time.
Gerry Please, in all the love from God I beg you not to console the unrepentant with this teaching of yours, it strikes too close to what the sinful man wants to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
Please be warned that I do this out of love for you and those who will be effected by your mishandling of scripture.
In Christ’s Love Bob Daly
Here is Gerry’s response:
Dear Bob,
You are a very kind man who seems to genuinely care for people as does
Christ. You have touched me with your kindness and gentle way.
I agree with you in Spirit. You are right that we should not console
the unrepentant. I strongly believe in judgment. You have not convinced
me that your interpretation of Matthew 5:26 is correct. You see Bob,
Hell is not forever and Christ makes that absolutely clear. To teach
that is to violate Scripture, the Spirit of God in Christ’s words, and
the still small voice of God which speaks in our conscience. That is not
to say that Hell is not to be feared. But God is greater than Hell and
will not be defeated. I pray that you will read my whole book
prayerfully. You can read it
free online at HopeBeyondHell.net.
May God Bless you dear brother.
Thank you for your genuine concern for me and for all men.
I respect you highly.
Richest Blessings to you,
Gerry
Gerry,
I just read my letter to you, it was a rough draft, I corrected it so it reads much better, sorry to have wasted your time before, could you please one more time reread this, becasue your book truly seems to undermind the gospel.  Peace Bob
Dear Bob,
Thank you again for your kind email. Can anyone earn pennies in jail you asked? That is not the point of the story at all. It is not pennies that the Lord is really referring to, that is only a metaphor to make the point that we are all accountable to God and we will pay for our sins if we are not forgiven them.  Jesus paid for all sin, and the demands of our  Holy God has been fully satisfied. John 1:29 reads, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  But God retains the right to apply that forgiveness on His own terms – when and where He so chooses. When Jesus died on the cross He died for every person on earth. So, Christ became sin for us, that we might all become the righteousness of God in Him. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God. And no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. At some point all will repent and accept CHrist. God is not limited to this life only to save anyone. Why have we put God in a box? Who are we to tell God he cannot save people after they die? What passage of Scripture tells us that? Hebrews 9:27, is not relevant as it does not define judgment at all. All God’s judgments have a good and remedial purpose, they are not forever. The Biblical evidence for Hope Beyond Hell is overwhelming for those whose eyes the Lord has opened. I pray that the Lord will open your eyes.  The point we must understand dear brother is that God’s judgments are not forever – that’s all. There is nothing in the Bible that teaches that when we understand the correct meaning of the Greek and Hebrew terms. Please read all of my book, from cover to cover, prayerfully.
After you have done that, I invite you to email me and we can set up a phone chat to discuss any questions you may have. May the Lord bless you as you seek to serve Him with all your heart. Thanks again for taking the time to help me understand your view point. Please understand, that I held your view point most of my Christian life, so I fully understand what you are trying to say.  You have no choice but to interpret Matthew 5:26 like you do, because your theology forces you to.
If you send me your address, I will be glad to mail you a copy of my book for free.Again, God bless you. Let’s not talk further until you have read my book, OK? This way, you will know what I truly believe and why from Scripture.
Blessings to you,
Gerry
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One thought on “The False teaching of Gerard Beauchemin “Hope Beyond Hell”

  1. Why would God send His Only begotten Son to die the horrible painfull death He did if there were another way for salvation . Good heavens man, how much more could God have done to show His love for mankind .

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