Rob Bell Leaves No Doubt: He Is A Heretic And An Enemy Of God

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.  Matt. 18:6

Rob Bell is still causing great harm to many, and it would be good for him to heed the above passage.  After I listened to a recent interview on Premier Christian Radio (and all I needed really was to listen to the first minute) a few things came to mind.  First, what were they thinking when the leadership of the Church of the Nazarene came up with the “brilliant idea” of having Rob Bell as the main speaker at a pastor’s retreat at Point Loma Nazarene University?  See this post-retreat report on Bell’s visit, written by a PLNU alumnus.  You would think they had enough information about Mr. Bell and would have summarily rejected any thought of having him speak to Nazarene pastors.  Welcoming false teachers seems to be a continuing trend at Nazarene schools, as PLNU had Donald Miller for the pastor’s retreat this year (see slide show).

What good can a heretic bring to the table at a pastor’s seminar?  And why do some of Bell’s books turn up as resource materials in theology courses (1)?  Why is Rob Bell considered a good source within a denomination that says it believes in holiness?  What he teaches is far from holiness.  What is the attraction by  “mature” college theology teachers and church pastors to this man’s obvious heretical ramblings?

Rob Bell, who is no longer a pastor, has been a toxic influence for quite a few years now, in the Church of the Nazarene and in practically every evangelical denomination.  His error filled NOOMA video series has been popular with pastors who have used them for Sunday School classes, and during weekly “Bible studies.”  What gets into the minds of these leaders who are constantly turning to the most popular books and using them for “Bible study”, and setting aside the Bible, only to use an occasional reference to a scripture passage?  In any case, why do they continue to insist that Rob Bell is a good resource for Christians in learning how to grow and walk in the Lord?

Rob Bell, I suppose to his credit, is now openly declaring his affirmation of the gay lifestyle, that gay marriage is good, and in this interview, he even gets a bit hot about it and uses a cuss word to express his outrage against Christians who continue to hold the line and preach the word of God as it is written- not as Bell wants it to mean, or as Rob Bell seems to think that Scripture is no longer relevant in the area of homosexuality.  Have you noticed that some pastors dance around the issue and seem to be very afraid of stating their position on this, whether they are for or against gay marriage, or that they cannot answer a question as to whether homosexuality is a sin?  I urge you to ask your pastor where he stands on this matter of homosexuality, gay marriage and sin.  It may not be as obvious as you think.

According to Rob Bell, it is more important to stay attuned to the cultural shifts in society and go with the flow, rather than be a hardliner about what Holy Scripture speaks to us concerning human sexual relations and sin.  To Bell, the Bible is just no longer relevant in this day and age, and so he chooses to ignore its plain teaching in favor of what he prefers, what he feels seems right.

This is the same Rob Bell we have know for years believes the following also, so there is no excuse:

-       The Bible is a human product, not a product of divine fiat

-       Bell is really a universalist, who believes that eventually all will go to heaven

-       He rejects the doctrine of original sin

-       Rejects the notion of penal substitution

-       Rejects the idea that Scripture alone will answer all questions

-       Rejects Scriptural teaching of the reality of heaven for the saved, and hell as an eternal place of punishment for the unrepentant.

-       Questions the virgin birth

-       Bell also promotes contemplative spirituality

-       Bell endorses heretics such as Marcus Borg, who denies the atonement and the doctrine of the cross

Rob Bell misses so many points in the Bible that are so easily understood, it’s a wonder he was a pastor for so long.  Now he is trying to make his mark in Hollywood, and has charged $500 for small groups of people to meet with him for two days of … teaching and discussion.  But we already know what Rob Bell is teaching, and for $500 why would any reasonable Christian want to spend two days with Bell just to get error filled theology?  All he is preaching is the religion of man.

I feel sorry for Rob Bell, and he needs to come to repentance for what he is doing and teaching to countless many people.  I also feel sorry for those who are still using his materials, especially undiscerning pastors who have been deceived by all this emergent church garbage.  Rob Bell has probably caused more damage to the Nazarene and other denominations that we will ever know, and we know that God reserves a bit of extra judgment on those who are charged with the responsibility of teaching others.

Will Rob Bell continue to appear at pastor’s seminars?  Has the leadership in the Church of the Nazarene come to their senses yet?  What about other gay affirming emergent church heretics like Brian McLaren, whose books you will find in various theology course lists at Nazarene universities.  What about gay affirming chaplains in the Nazarene universities?  Why are they being enabled to preach this new concept of “homosexual Christians.”

A final word for Rob Bell and all others in his camp, including pastors who are affirming that homosexuality is okay, and who are having fellowship with sinners as if they were not sinners, and who are not preaching the whole counsel of God on this matter.  Take warning:

“Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:2-3

Additional Resources:

Review of Love Wins, by Matt Slick

 

Video: Rob Bell Promotes Homosexual Marriage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLC-EdQvSgo

 

Rob Bell and His “Christian Universalism”

 

 

(1) Northwest Nazarene University
PRTH6980 Topics in Spiritual Formation  (MDivSF, MASF)

  • Bell, Rob.  *Velvet Elvis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005. (ISBN 978-0310263456)
  • Chalke, Steve. *The Lost Message of Jesus.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. (ISBN 978-0310248828)
  • McLaren, Brian D. *A Generous Orthodoxy:  Why I Am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative . . . Unfinished Christian.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. (ISBN 978-0310257479)
  • Miller, Donald. *A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009. (ISBN 978-0785213062)
  • Willard, Dallas. *The Divine Conspiracy.  San Francisco: HarperOne, 1998. (ISBN 978-0060693336)

    Also: Nazarene Theological Seminary

    Bell, Rob.  *Velvet Elvis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005. (ISBN 978-0310263456)

 

 

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One response to “Rob Bell Leaves No Doubt: He Is A Heretic And An Enemy Of God

  1. Manny; I apologize for this being a little long.

    I initially wrote this for your previous post “Compromise with the Radical Homosexual Agenda By Pastors.” I suspect that Rob Bell and others who endorse him have been an influence upon our church, and certainly not a good one.

    From what I‘ve read, Athena Horton at ENC, submitted the proposal for a LGBT club and upon approval believes the school is moving in a positive direction. She further stated; “being a part of a Christian community whose denominational stance is that ‘Homosexuality is one means by which human sexuality is perverted … and subject to the wrath of God’ (as stated in the Church of the Nazarene Manual ’09-’13) is even more difficult.”

    What is dangerous in all this is the fact that the LGBT group or Rob Bell does not see themselves as doing anything spiritually wrong indicated by their response to the school providing counseling and obviously takes issue with the Churches position. It appears the push is for the church to accept their lifestyle as an affirmed legitimate orientation without consequences.

    There is just one thing wrong with their position, they cannot be a part of the Christian community as some believe themselves and continue in their lifestyle. They do not, nor the church if they should give in to their demands, have the final word. The church cannot compromise its teaching against homosexuality the Bible is very clear upon the subject. I refer to the OT and its teaching regarding Gods chosen people. It clearly teaches who is in and who is out. What is ironic this same principle is applicable to the NT seen in those saved and those who reject Christ.

    In Ex 12:48 and Nu 9:14, The Lord spoke to Moses these words; “And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it.” Nu 9:14 “And if a stranger dwells among you, and would keep the LORD’S Passover, he must do so according to the rite of the Passover and according to its ceremony; you shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger and the native of the land.” Moreover, in Ex 12:49 and Nu 15:16 Moses said; “One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.” Nu 15:16 “One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.”

    God made a covenant with the children of Israel, and the sign of His covenant was the timely circumcision of all Jewish males. Any stranger who wanted to become a part of the Hebrew community must submit to the same covenant sign. Upon circumcision, the stranger was entering into a covenant relationship embracing the Hebrew God Jehovah, forever pledging to live according to His ordinances and keep His ceremonies in obedience to the Hebrew God. This meant that the stranger freely denounced his heathen gods and surrendered his pagan practices.

    This same teaching is relevant today when one comes to Christ. As the strangers in the OT had to do, we must separate our self from the world and its sinful pleasures, denounce our gods, cease our pagan sinful practices and embrace the things of God in Christ. For the LGBT group and those who support their effort, remember that Moses also wrote that there was “one law shall be for the native born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”

    God does not have dual citizenship in the Christian community, you cannot have it both ways. You can’t embrace the homosexual lifestyle and be a Christian at the same time. God’s word trumphs man’s liberal views such as Rob Bells. Having said this, my prayer is that the church will always stay true to God’s word, so that those who hear the truth, taught with compassion will eventually repent and come to Christ.

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