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“FAREWELL, ROB BELL”: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO LOVE WINS (BOOK AVAILABLE SOON ON AMAZON.COM)

16 May

In several days I hope to have my short book entitled

“Farewell, Rob Bell”:  A Biblical Response to Love Wins

available on Amazon.com.  As much as I appreciate you Christian publishers out there (I’ve written for about five of you), I’ve decided to make my work available through Amazon’s “Create Space” medium.

This is a print-on-demand work and I’ll do my best to keep the cost low. You will be able to order a paperback copy at a modest price.

Some Christian workers may not have the time to read Love Wins, so my book is intended to provide brief, biblical responses to some of the key issues he raises.

Here’s a sample from the first page:



 

“Please do not panic — but you must remain in your seats!  We are in control of this aircraft now and no one will get hurt if you do exactly as you are told.  This plane is being hijacked!”

Imagine how you would react if you were a passenger on that airplane.  How much worse would you feel if you realized you were one of the hijackers?  A hijacker puts the lives of others in grave danger, attempting to take control of that which does not belong to him.

According to Rob Bell in Love Wins:  A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived (HarperOne, 2011), if you are an Evangelical Christian, you are a theological hijacker of the Jesus story.  And all Evangelicals are guilty of replacing that story with one that consigns the majority of the human race to hell.  Bell believes that the very idea that billions will suffer eternally isn’t a very good story, minimizes the greatness of God, and is, well, to use his word, toxic.  So, Mr. or Mrs. Toxic Evangelical Hijacker, how do you feel?

 

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2 responses to ““FAREWELL, ROB BELL”: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO LOVE WINS (BOOK AVAILABLE SOON ON AMAZON.COM)

  1. Nathan T

    May 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Isn’t this like the pot calling the kettle black? Didn’t you call upon Rob Bell to repent of his heresy? You obviously think that Bell has hijacked the Christian message. He thinks that you have hijacked the Christian message. The battle shouldn’t be about the imagery – it should be about the substance.

    Bell makes many very good points. As I’ve been re-reading Scripture in light of his book, I’ve come across many, many statements that I had previously just passed over that suggest that there is much more to “salvation” than the traditional message than I was taught growing up as a Southern Baptist.

    Romans pretty clearly teaches (in multiple passages) that those outside of the law are not condemned by the law. God in his forbearance left sins commited prior to Christ unpunished. (3:25, 2:12,4:15)

    The Bible pretty clearly teaches that reliance on anything but Jesus for salvation is heresy. It isn’t clear (at all) to me that Bell advocates that Salvation comes apart from Christ. He just advocates that Christ’s salvation may extend beyond this created world. That’s a genuine hope.

    How can I possibly spread the “good news” of the gospel to those that have lost children and loves ones who never knew? It isn’t good news at all – it is a nightmare! What do I tell my friend who lost his 2-year old a few years back. “Hey – great news. Your son is in Hell – but it isn’t too late for you!” You think that Bell’s tone is mocking – but that is a VERY SERIOUS question that I’ve struggled with for years – and I suspect that many other Christians have as well. Bell’s view (and CS Lewis’s view) gives some measure of hope that God’s grace extends beyond the reaches of our physical world.

     
  2. chuck

    August 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Great response Nathan T I totally agree with you. It’s not that I don’ have some questions/disagreement with some of Bell’s ideas but he raised some GREAT questions and possibilities! thanks for sharing! (nothing against you Larry)

     

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