|Pastor Bell, in light of what you have hinted at in your previous writing (Velvet Elvis), and have now made quite clear in your present work (Love Wins), you have joined a long-standing heretical movement called universalism. You profess that you and your church hold to Evangelical
Orthodoxy, but the facts are otherwise. Your challenges to the wider Evangelical population to care about lost people encourage us to stand strong for the gospel, but you have departed from the faith once-for-all-delivered-to-the-saints (Jude 3).
I appeal to you and to the spiritual leadership of Mars Hill Church to abandon the heresy of universalism and make your repentance public.
Paul’s warning to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20 speaks of “savage wolves” who “will not spare the flock.” He further says, “even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”
It seems clear that you have embraced a kind of “Evangelical” universalism advocated by false teachers like Philip Gulley, Thomas Talbott, Carlton Pearson, Gregory MacDonald (pseudonym of one of the leaders of the
“Evangelical universalists”), and apparently my friend of 40 years ago, Brian McLaren.
Please sincerely consider this challenge to repent and turn away from your error. There are many Evangelicals who are praying that you will do just that.
Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions