“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
Review of Love Wins, by Matt Slick
Video: Rob Bell Promotes Homosexual Marriage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLC-EdQvSgo
(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)