|Southern Baptist Convention passes resolution against ‘heaven books’|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Thursday, 12 June 2014 04:49 PM America/New_York|
The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution at its June 10-11 convention in Baltimore criticizing so-called ‘heaven books,’ such as the best-selling Heaven Is for Real (Thomas Nelson), according to Religion News Service. The parent body of LifeWay Christian Stores stopped short of calling for such products to be pulled from the retail chain, however.
Delegates—known as messengers—to the Baptist body’s assembly focused on “the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife,” cautioning against putting books about personal heaven experiences on the same level as the Bible’s description of the hereafter.
“Many of these books and movies have sought to describe heaven from a subjective, experiential source, mainly via personal testimonies that cannot be corroborated,” the resolution stated.
One messenger offered a motion for Heaven Is for Real to be removed from LifeWay’s shelves, but that request was ruled out of order.