With all the buzz about Rob Bell’s new book, I thought I would come at this from another vantage point. I will not be buying the book and I don’t recommend it either. What Rob Bell has inadvertantly done is divide who believes in the Biblical doctrine of hell [or everlasting punishment because of His holiness] from who speculates what may or may not be. Rob Bell is clearly speculating, while those who expound upon the scriptures are simply proclaiming God’s truth, see Matthew 8:10-11, 22:11-14, 25:41-46, Mark 9:42-50, Revelation 14:11, 20:11-15 (and that’s just for starters).
Rob Bell is stirring up the godly and reigniting their passion for the scriptures. I myself feel emboldened to warn anyone who reads this blog of the very real lake of fire that all who do not receive forgiveness for their sins from a merciful God will experience for all eternity. Christ Himself paid for those sins, all that we need to do is repent and believe in His work, not trusting in ourselves. Those who will not receive Christ are condemned already. Their fate is already determined because they have not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. Rob Bell claims that He can’t understand how a God of love could sentence people to eternity in the lake of fire. I myself can’t understand how a God of holiness would come personally and die (suffer separated from the Father) for my sin. Does He really love me that much? But questions shouldn’t determine our doctrines.
I appreciate PJ Miller mentioning this recently by quoting JC Ryle, read about it here. But mainly TC Robinson at New Leaven has kept an unbiased handle on simply informing his readers of the developments. You really should watch this seven minute interview in which Martin Bashir cuts to the heart of the matter leaving Rob Bell squirming for a little wiggle room, fortunately none came exposing the scriptural weakness of his position. BTW, some of you may think it odd that Rob Bell denies that he is a universalist. But this is classic emergent language. No emergent will ever take a label, that’s just part of their modus operandi. They are supposedly emerging from labels. So to take the label of universalist would be to exchange one theological system for another, and no emergent can take a solid stand resulting in a theological system.
Watch the video here, and you too may wind up thanking Rob Bell.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman