Ministry of B. D. Hales Vol. 92 page 265 (Philadephia, 16 October 2009)
The Bible and Gospel Trust claims copyright of the above extract.E.D—n. I might be certain I'm saved, but how do we stop the doubts?
B.D.H. The doubts? Well, I've never had any doubts, so I can't really help you. I always thought I was saved. When I was younger, I had such a fear of hell. I remember I used to get sick. I think the Lord passed me through things. I used to get these terrible high fevers, and we never went to doctors. My mother used to give me homeopathic medicine, and they sure bring your fever down, and you'd finish up with about a gallon of sweat. Dreadful experience, but at least your fever came down. Very strong homeopathics, and you felt like you were losing every bit of fluid you had. But you woke up in the middle of the night in a sweat and you'd be thinking about hell. I suppose it was the preachings of my father, I don't know. He made it always life and death. And I used to think, as a young person, when I was very young, I could think of a thousand years and ten thousand years and a hundred thousand years. Then you'd say, well, I could count up to a million. Yes, count up to a million. But eternity, eternity was endless. And I remember having a total and utter fear of the possibility of going into an endless eternity in hell. I know that's pretty basic, but that, that saves you. That gets you, that gets you on the right side pretty quick.
It seems that this total and utter fear of hell was possibly induced in the young BDH by the preaching of his father, John S. Hales. BDH sees a positive value in this fear, and says, “that saves you.” Others would disagree, and describe this kind of induced fear as emotional or psychological child abuse. Besides, there are very strong indications that Hell in the New Testament is a figurative concept, so the doctrine of a literal place of eternal torment is highly suspect to begin with, even before you ask what kind of God would keep people in existence forever merely to punish them.
Have other readers been indoctrinated with a fear of Hell, or suffered such terrors during the night?
As well as the ministry being wrong about Hell, it is wrong about homeopathy too. If there were such a thing as “very strong homeopathics” they would have been demonstrated by now. The evidence for homeopathy ever having anything more than a placebo effect is extremely poor.