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David Burge is the pastor of the Takanini Church of Christ in Auckland, New Zealand. He also leads the Advent Christian Conference of New Zealand and the Conditional Immortality Association of New Zealand (www.afterlife.co.nz). He has researched, written, and spoken extensively on the topic of conditional immortality (the belief that dead people are asleep until the resurrection at the return of Christ).
Conditional immortality has already been discussed in these previous shows:
- The Truth about Heaven with Steve Taylor
- The Truth about Hell with John Cortright
- The History of Hell with John Roller
- Resurrection with Joe Martin
In this episode, rather than asking David to present a positive case for this doctrine, I pummeled him with difficult verses for him to explain. Amazingly, time after time, he was able to show where the misunderstanding was, and how to interpret each sensibly. Verses discussed include:
- Luke 16.19-31
- Luke 23.43
- 2 Corinthians 5.8
- Philippians 1.23
- Revelation 6.9-11
- Revelation 14.11
- Revelation 20.10
Also, as of right now David is fighting for his life against acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Please pray for him, his wife, and their eight children. Updates about him can be found here.