It's been mentioned elsewhere here that on CARM it is lamented as the sad state of the Church in the USA that the figures of a poll indicate 50% of the people calling themselves Christian and 70% of Christian Ministers do not believe in "hell." I'm not sure what that means as far as the truth is concerned.
Who of all that are called "Christian" have the gift of the Spirit, and of them, how many have actually studied the topic in any depth? As far as an elite group of paid professionals with titles of honor from other men..well, put like that most should recognize there are significant problems for anyone expecting truth from that source. We really should be a bit slow to accept anything a professional preacher says, specially if they're sectarian, wanting us to not hear anything from another source. I could compliment some, particularly of bygone days, who were in the Scripturally unwarranted position of gentile authority over the people of God, who nonetheless walked in integrity and earnestly sought the Lord and were wondrously used of God. I just cringe at the Scripture that says, "...are you not aware that he who joins a prostitute is one body?" (1 Cor 6:16, CLV) Some, who I honor, have great manifestations of the Spirit in power who are almost the only performer in the meetings of the body of Christ gathered around them. For special occasions it is understandable; but, to be exclusively that way is just wrong. I lean on some today who know the original languages and study the history of interpretion of Scripture that God seems to have blessed to write commentaries.
Anyway, God's purpose is to make each of us uniquely an expression of Him. We can go only so far unless we change. Early in my walk I repeatedly told myself something that Finney said, "Adjust to increasing light as rapidly as possible."