Rob Bell And His “Christian Universalism”

“Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds” (2 Cor. 11:14-15)

My friends, do not stay silent, do not compromise the truth in any way, not even for the sake of family and friends.  We continue to expose all the elements of the APOSTASY MOVEMENT* and its’ false ‘angels of light’ who are deceiving our youth, many long time Christians, and even pastors and leaders.  It is obvious some are heeding the warnings, others are not.  Our duty as Christians is to warn, and to continue exposing these false teachers uncompromisingly, and let God work in people’s lives.  Do not be discouraged.  Do not back down down one bit on such serious matters.  We have to call out these people for what they are!

So here is Rob Bell for the third time in two weeks, following right on the heels of his ill-advised visit to Point Loma Nazarene University to “minister” to Nazarene pastors, many who nodded approvingly at his words.  This three minute video promoting Bell’s new book, Love Wins, comes via a post on Lighthouse Trails Research, which was alerted by Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries.    One of the main techniques of these modern day false teachers is that they will often ‘suggest’ something might be true, or cast doubt on a truth statement by “asking questions”, causing confusion and doubt in the minds of many Christians. Certainly his slickly packaged videos and “cool way” of talking are a magnet for young people.  That’s why he is so dangerous.  Yet when I saw this video, there were so many areas where my biblical red flags went up and told me, this man right now is a servant of satan!  Again and again. Yet I marvel at how pastors and Christian college leaders with much more Bible knowledge than many of us let this wolf into the midst of the sheep pen unguarded!

I’m curious as to how those who brought Rob Bell to Point Loma last week will defend this latest piece of “wisdom” from a supposed Christian pastor who last week “ministered to” who knows how many Nazarene pastors.  Who is responsible?  Will the President of PLNU, or the theology department, or the pastor who hosted Bell at his church, now see what kind of teaching this man brings?  You have the opportunity to say something and do something, but what will it be? Will other Nazarene schools wake up to this now, or will they now get on the bandwagon and sign up Rob Bell so more ears can be tickled?

For those of you trying to keep this false teacher from indoctrinating your youth, file this one as an example of this dangerous man’s deception.  Yet, although we must not hesitate to refute his false teaching at every turn, we must pray for Rob Bell to repent, renounce man’s religion, and proclaim the name of Jesus boldly as the only way to God.  If he does not repent, he must be exposed as the false teacher that he is, and I guarantee that you will not be popular for doing so.  But expose him and the others that are poisoning the minds of our youth, we must.  We have no choice if we wish to obey God.

A brother in Christ, Tim Martin, says it well here:

Rob Bell has been taken captive by the adversary.  He comes across as a nice guy and critical thinker, but do not be fooled by the twisted perverted pseudo gospel of these enemies of the cross of Jesus Christ. Bell is one of several that are continuously creating doubts and straw man type questions about the plain teaching and understanding of the Word of God.  Bell, like others, have embraced a long standing mandate issued by the powers of darkness to attack the Words of God that began long ago with Eve and the serpent in the garden.  God and Jesus Christ are being seriously misrepresented by “Bell” to multitudes of people, and this kind of deception always leads to destruction and death.

Somebody needs to remind “Bell” that GOD IS HOLY AND JUST ALSO!!!!!  According to Bell, the standard and means of getting into heaven is open for discussion among men and then determined and presented in the context of universal liberty and access to heaven. Bell has been crafting a pseudo gospel message in a very deceitful way that leads others to believe it comes from the Bible, yet he presents it in ways foreign and contrary to what God has CLEARLY communicated to mankind.  Bell and others like him are dangerous to those that celebrate their evil works.

3 minute video by Rob Bell: LOVE WINS

Rob Bell Comes Out of the Closet for Universalism – Yet Speaks at Nazarene University

February 25th, 2011 | Author: Lighthouse Trails Editors

Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries has alerted Lighthouse Trails to a promotional video clip of Rob Bell’s upcoming book, Love Wins (March 29th, HarperOne). Silva states:

[W]e are seeing within mainstream evangelicalism a reimagined version of just about every piece of antibiblical theology i.e. doctrines of demons that seducing spirits have ever attempted to bring with them as they slither into the Christian Church. One that is being openly promoted now is so-called Christian Universalism.(source)

Silva adds: “Rob Bell embraces a form of universalism. For the person willing to be objective, the video promo below for his new book dispels any doubt that Bell is teaching this heresy” (source).

In the promotional video, Bell tells viewers that a loving God would not send billions to hell. He suggests that God would not place a criteria (even being born again, Bell says) on people to bring them to Heaven.

Bell clearly showed his resonance with the New Age in his book Velvet Elvis,where he tells readers to study a book by New Ager, tantric sex advocate Ken Wilber for three months for a “mind-blowing” experience (p. 192).

You may be thinking that what Rob Bell believes and teaches has nothing to do with you or your church, but what about your children and grandchildren? What about their youth groups, Christian high schools,  colleges, and seminaries? Bell may be there, either with his Nooma films or Velvet Elvis. And now Love Wins? Or he may have even spoken at their schools. For instance, a week ago, Bell spoke at Point Loma Nazarene University at their annual Pastor’s Day event. This isn’t too much of a surprise to Lighthouse Trails though. Nazarene universities have become a playing field for the emerging church. One year ago, we reported that a Buddhist/universalist sympathizing speaker addressed students at a Nazarene university in Idaho (“Buddhist/Universalist Sympathizer Woos Nazarene Students at NNU”) .

Once you watch this promotional video below, we hope you realize the implications of this. Mainstream evangelical Christianity is going universalistic! Right before our very eyes.

Is Rob Bell right that being born-again is unnecessary to enter the kingdom of God? The Bible says a resounding no to that: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Can we enter Heaven through any door at all? Once again, the Bible gives the answer:

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  John 10: 7-11

But in the mindset of Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, and other emerging spirituality leaders, there are no “thieves and robbers,” and every door is a door to God. All paths lead to God. If that were the case, then it would have been God’s biggest mistake to send His Son to die on the Cross for the atonement of man’s sins. But Scripture is clear on this also. A sacrifice had to be made for sin: “[W]ithout shedding of blood is no remission [of sins]” (Hebrews 9:22).

If emerging figures would stop and think about it, the Bible is a complete antithesis of what they teach. Jesus Christ of the Bible would definitely not fit into the emerging definition of “Jesus.” The Jesus of the Bible shed His blood and suffered, taking our place, so we could be saved if we believe on Him and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

[Jesus Christ] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3:25-26)

[Jesus said] And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. ( Matthew 10:14)

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. (Acts 10:43)

LOVE WINS. from Rob Bell on Vimeo.

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*APOSTASY MOVEMENT : emergent church, mysticism, ecumenism, social justice gospel, environmental gospel, word of faith, New Apostolic Reformation, …

3 responses to “Rob Bell And His “Christian Universalism”

  1. Manny said, “My friends, do not stay silent, do not compromise the truth in any way, not even for the sake of family and friends. We continue to expose all the elements of the APOSTASY MOVEMENT* and its’ false ‘angels of light’ who are deceiving our youth, many long time Christians, and even pastors and leaders.”

    Manny, I am more convinced as I read opposition responses to your posts that many people do not have a clue to what the Bible says or what the issues are.

    We, and that includes me, need to read the Bible to see what Jesus actually said daily. It’s about reading to understand Jesus’ words not about the battle of the two Johns (Wesley vs Calvin). I know this statement makes me “disloyal” to my Nazarene heritage but what about our loyalty to Jesus? Doesn’t anyone just want to figure out what Jesus thinks of these things?

    We have got to open the Bible and read it. I don’t know how we got here as American Christians but we are here so lets open the Word of God and start to read it as our primary source document. Let’s just read it!!!

    Deuteronomy 27:3
    Write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed over to enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.

    Deuteronomy 28:58
    If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the LORD your God.

    Deuteronomy 29:29
    The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

    Jeremiah 35:13
    “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the LORD.

    Luke 8:11
    “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.

    Luke 8:21
    He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”

    Luke 11:28
    He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

    Don’t we want to be the blessed doers of God’s word who obey when it’s hard? It starts with reading the Word before you can do it.

  2. Amen, Pam! We should never hold no any special allegiance to John Wesley or any other fallible human being, or to my own denomination also. Only God is perfect, and His word is perfect- therefore, let’s first and foremost look at what His word says!

  3. Bell’s controversy made the front page of The – a predominantly political online news source. What is happening spiritually is parallel politically and vice versa.

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