Christianity, Religion, Thoughts/Ideas

Thank You, Rob Bell

A few weeks or months ago I never thought I would have said those words. I thought Rob Bell’s book Love Wins was going to push people toward a heretical doctrine, and it might still, but I see it has done something good also. Among the church I am seeing outrage at Rob Bell’s teachings (if you can call it teaching, he asks a lot of questions and kind of points you in the direction of universalism, but I could not find a concrete answer for much of anything). Books are being written and sermons are being taught about the realities of hell. I have re-learned what hell is and it’s scary. It has sparked a hunger in me for the truth, not just about hell but about all things about God. I wish I could say it was Rob Bell’s intention to wake up the church, but only he knows his intentions.

For further reading on Heaven and Hell I would recommend Erasing Hell by Francis Chan.

4 Comments

  1. I have met Rob Bell and I can say you are correct. His intention was indeed to wake up the church. You have good perception.

    peace to you

  2. I’ve read Erasing Hell & Love Wins. Erasing Hell was absolutely brutal. I like Chan but it felt inauthentic and like he didn’t really believe what he was writing. I think he was still working through the doctrine and should have waited to write the book. I like Bell. I disagree with a few places that he landed but am thankful for his courage to stand up for what he believes in. And to be honest, he is far closer to the Scriptural truth than most Christians when it comes to eternal punishment.

    http://www.whatthehellbook.com

    1. I thought Erasing Hell was well written and very informative. Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle use logic, and scripture interpreting scripture to explain the reality of a literal eternal Hell. One of my biggest complaints about Love Wins is that Rob Bell doesn’t give you anything concrete to stand on, you’re expected come to your own conclusion after he has alluded to hell not being eternal and/or everyone coming to salvation at some point. He does the same thing in interviews I’ve read, he won’t directly answer the question is there a literal eternal hell.

  3. To quote from above: “I wish I could say it was Rob Bell’s intention to wake up the church, but only he knows his intentions.” How charitable! I wish I could say it’s not your intention to beat your wife, but only you know your intention. How does that sit?

    I happened to like Bell’s book, though I didn’t agree with all of it, and frankly I’d like to have seen more scriptural support for his contentions (it’s out there, I’ve seen it in other books), but overall it is a great wake up call for a church that seems irrelevant to many people today.

    What’s sad is the criticism that’s poured out after the book’s release (and in some cases before it’s release), is more about Bell and his character than his theology. If Bell’s book fell a little short of argument for his main theology, the criticism makes Bell’s book look like a scholarly tome on systematic theology. In other words, “you’re just a heretic who wants to sell books” does not, by any stretch of the imagination, an argument make. And if the raving Mark Driscoll is the embodiment of modern day Christianity, the church is in worse shape than I previously suspected.

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