Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 23:1-2
God has given pastors a charge, and a great responsibility, to lead their flock according to God’s word, to instruct them in right living, as well as to protect their flock from false teaching. This charge cannot be taken lightly, yet many of them do. They have allowed evil and foolish teachings to come into the church. Somehow many see no difference between the holy and the profane (Ezek. 22:36). This can be seen most often lately when discussing the topic of homosexuality.
Now like falling dominoes, pastors and other church leaders are leading their sheep into compromise with secular society and the pressure to get along with everyone. Apostate “pastor” Rob Bell is one of those who many pastors are enthralled with, even using his books for “Bible” study. They entertain his books in all seriousness, claiming to get some good out of his writings, while often using disclaimers such as “I don’t agree with everything he says, but you can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” As an example is this conversation between several Nazarene pastors discussing Rob Bell’s new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God. It is the blind leading the blind. Equally sad are the sheep who sit in the pews, listening to and tolerating anything, bearing with false teachers and false doctrines.
In 2011, Rob Bell was the featured speaker at a Pastor’s Day event at Point Loma Nazarene University. Back then, I was wondering what in the world was the Nazarene church doing allowing this man to speak to Christian pastors? Rob Bell is a heretic. He is an apostate. He is a false teacher. He is an enemy of God, a puppet of satan. He uses pastors as tools to cause immature Christians to stumble. He by no means represents orthodox Christian beliefs, with his promotion of Eastern meditation, his rejection of the full authority of Scripture, his twisted NOOMA messages, and his recent acceptance of homosexuality and Christianity as being compatible.
Rob Bell’s books also are spiritual resources for students, or part of required reading at some Nazarene universities, such as Northwest Nazarene University. Do you think it’s time these “Christian” universities cleaned up their act and remove his books from their curriculum and resource libraries, not to mention the other false teachers they have used as “good” resources?
Last year, Bell finally stated clearly to us in this interview of his affirmation of homosexuality, describing unrepentant homosexuals as passionate disciples of Jesus Christ. Well, it’s 2013, and I would like you to read some comments by Rob Bell from a new interview, which is available in this article from Christiannews.net.
The Bible says: Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9-10
Rob Bell says: “I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man,” he said. “I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs — I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”
“I think we are witnessing the death of a particular subculture that doesn’t work.” I think there is a very narrow, politically intertwined, culturally ghettoized, evangelical subculture that was told ‘we’re gonna change the thing’ and they haven’t. And they actually have turned away lots of people.”
“And I think that when you’re in a part of a subculture that is dying, you make a lot more noise because it’s very painful. You sort of die or you adapt,” Bell continued. “And if you adapt, it means you have to come face to face with some of the ways we’ve talked about God, which don’t actually shape people into more loving, compassionate people. And we have supported policies and ways of viewing the world that are actually destructive. And we’ve done it in the name of God and we need to repent.”
I think…. I think…. I think. There you go, the entire underpinning of the emergent and mysticism crowd expressed in two words… I think. This is the disease that infects our church today, whether Nazarene, Baptist, or any other denomination. The “I think” philosophy overrules God’s written and clear words. The difference between me and Rob Bell, when I say I think Rob Bell is dead wrong, is that I can then support what I think with the actual authoritative and final words of Holy Scripture! Rob Bell cannot, because like all the other apostates today, it’s all about what he thinks!
Wake up church! This type of false teaching that clearly runs contradictory to Holy Scripture should be a no-brainer. New born again Christians have recognized the errors of this man’s teachings; why is that that the leaders of the church have shut their mouths and have failed to lead the people? Yes, I mean the leaders of the church: the General Superintendents, the district superintendents, the local pastors. Yes, I know pastors and some district superintendents who have spoken openly and bravely against such heretics, and who have worked hard to keep the heresy out of their local congregation. But they are few and far between. The majority either are supporting this kind of heresy, or are quiet, perhaps in fear of losing their jobs.
The admonitions in Scripture are clear for pastors, and they bear a great responsibility to keep the sheep protected from the wolves. Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, and all those who enable these “teachers” to bring their false anti-christ doctrines into the churches and universities, to poison our young people and lead many astray, are in danger of some serious judgment from the Lord for causing so many to stumble.
Further Reading: The Pastor’s Authority and The Church Member’s Responsibility