Popular “Emergent” author/Pastor Rob Bell has written a new book entitled Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. If one watches the promotional video, it quickly becomes very apparent that one of two things are happening:
1. Bell is teaching a form of Universalism, a belief that rejects the Scriptural truth about Hell and teaches that all are “saved,” no matter what one believes.
2. Bell is deliberately toeing the line of ambiguity, purposefully using misleading questions and phrasing, so as to stir up controversy and draw attention to his new book.
I can’t find a third possibility. I hope it’s #2, but either way, it’s bad. Kevin DeYoung has written an excellent post about Bell’s promotional book trailer, public & private criticism, and the power of rhetorical questions. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever heard of Rob Bell (and even those who haven’t). You can read DeYoung’s post here.
UPDATE 3.10.11: Tim Challies has written a review of Bell’s book.
A Few Thoughts on Rob Bell « Johannes Weslianus
Can the Van Tillian and Scholastic Puritans keep this nonsense at bay? Methinks not. They hold to the same rudimentary fallacy that Bell holds to, namely, that truth is not propositional but relational. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r…IKkvmSNUCY
Bell says at 2:40-2:50 “The Bible is not the point, the point is knowing Jesus Christ and the power of his ressurection.”
Right out of the mouth of an early 20th century liberal and quite frankly indistinguishable from the nonsense that comes out of the mouth of very well read puritanical folk that I speak with often when we are discussing Dr Clark and his assertion that all truth is propositional. Go ahead Van Tillians and Scholastics, keep searing your conscience from the truth and keep watching the factions and the heresies spread like wildfire!
I don’t care much for this fellow either. My bible study and I watched a video by him and I immediately found one of his “facts” through which he made a case to be false. The falsehood centered around the theological similarities between Christianity and Mithraism. In any event, he says some potentially dangerous things.