Where Is the Rock Star Prince Now, in the Afterlife?

I wrote this in response to someone who made the quippy statement that Prince is now in Hell because he did not know the Prince of Peace:

Were you there in the elevator, moments before Prince died? Do you believe that Prince knew the true Gospel message, whether he believed it or not? Do you believe that it is possible that he could have seen the light and believed the true Gospel moments before he died? Do you believe that deathbed or moment-of-death conversions are possible? Do you believe that God wants all men to be saved?

By his confession and religious affiliations, I would agree that he seemed to be an unsaved man, but can I say that Prince is in Hell with the authority and knowledge of God Himself? No.

When people make pronouncements like this, they seem not to have the graciousness or humility or kindness of Jesus, and you discredit the veracity, purity, and deep truth of the Christian message.

You can make the strong statement that if he did not believe in Jesus before he died then he is not saved. (Although many people in the Bible did not know the -Name- of Jesus and yet were saved and are in Heaven: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, many Israelites, and people from every tribe, nation, tongue and language (where the Gospel has never been preached), and infants, “for of such is the kingdom of God,” and retarded people, so even that is not a proper statement).

“He (or she) that “believeth” not shall be damned.” True. But all who cry out to God, “God have mercy on me” shall go down to their houses *justified* by the death and resurrection of Christ. Jesus Christ said so Himself. This is not universalism, and painfully I do believe that most people will go to Hell, because the Bible says that ~many~ go down the highway that leads to perdition.

So, you cannot conscionably make the statement that you know for sure that Prince or anyone else was unsaved, and to my knowledge, nowhere in Scripture does God command you to make such a statement about any specific individual, except Judas, who the Bible specifically says is in Hell.

Making such a statement makes you appear judgmental, graceless, arrogant, and as if you think you are God Himself.

A strong and absolute statement of the condition of salvation is fine.

A condemnation of a specific individual is not.

I think you are trying to say what the Bible says, and I used to make statements such as these myself, wanting to state things in clarity for everyone, but I think you should make a more modest statement such as: “If he believed what he said he believed, if he never believed the Gospel, if he never sought God’s forgiveness, then sadly Prince died an unsaved man who is now in Hell.”

-Curtis Smale



“Let Me Tell You About My Dad,” by C.S.


I now realize that my Dad is really a very adventurous guy compared to most people. It kind of ticks me off that people seem to ignore this huge fact about him. It is easy to see people in several different lights, to see them in the way you want to see them, but you get a wider view of people as you get older. One of the things about my Dad is that mountains, the ocean, grizzly bears, mountain goats, float planes, helicopters, glider planes, 747 airplanes, boats, trains, guns, bows and arrows, huge natural locales, distant cities, and sheer cliffs were never far way, and if they were far away–he went out to meet them. In some ways, my Dad, throughout his life, has been like Indiana Jones, definitely on a quest for adventure. Look at Harry Smale, he even looks a bit like Harrison Ford from a side angle, and he is only four years older and probably in better shape than Harry Ford, who is still playing Han Solo and Indy today. In a way, this poster is just a trailer for some of the stories I’m going to tell about the adventures I’ve had with my Dad.
–Curtis Harold Smale

Photo by Curtis Harold Smale