By now most of you who read this blog have likely heard about Rob Bell’s latest book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. Whether you have or not, Tony Reinke over at C.J. Mahaney’s blog has posted a very helpful summary of the debate surrounding the book as well as some very helpful links to resources that deal with this essential issue.
To those who have been watching Bell as I have for the past ten years, his most recent departure from historic, orthodox Christianity is not surprising. In one sense, it is merely a repackaged form of classic Protestant Liberalism of the 19th and 20th centuries, freshly presented in a postmodern context. As such, H. Richard Niebuhr’s insightful description of mid 20th century Protestant Liberalism fits Rob Bell quite well:
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”
My strong encouragement is that if you are using ANY Rob Bell resources (including and especially his NOOMA) videos in your ministry, you stop doing so IMMEDIATELY. I do not think we want people being drawn in by his slick marketing and hipster presentation into his heretical footsteps.