Is there a hell?
“There may be, but I think it’s empty.”
“Jesus was clear” in the Bible that after he was “raised up he will draw all people to himself.”
Okay, give up? Was it a Lutheran? Was it a significant Lutheran voice? Was it the leader of a Lutheran denomination? Was it a female leader of a Lutheran denomination? Still stumped? You need to get out a bit, read some denominational magazines, or peruse some web sites. It should have been easy. The person who said it was Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton. She is significant simply by virtue of her role as "top Lutheran bishop."
The problem? First of all, it is bad exegesis. Second, it betrays Luther and Lutherans after him. Luther would have never answered in this way and neither would any Lutheran of any prominence until modern times, at least. Finally, it speculates where Scripture is neither silent nor unclear. It brings us all back to the same uncertain ground of what somebody thinks instead of what the Word of the Lord says.
Frankly, I though Bp Eaton was wiser than this -- too smart by half to fall into this ridiculous trap. But she wasn't and that may be why the ELCA is shedding members like a long-haired dog in Spring. I did not learn much from the bishop but I did learn this -- those in the ELCA have not felt constrained by what Scripture did or did not say for some time. This only confirms the obvious. The ELCA is not your grandfather's church. FWIW, according to the Sun Tiimes, the ELCA has bled off another 100K members in its journey to squander its Lutheran identity and replace the efficacious Word of God with the words neither efficacious nor objective but subjective and not even factual. Why, it is a wonder the ELCA has not bled off more in the pursuit of everything but that which is true and powerful enough to deliver its own promise.