Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Is God Using Rob Bell for God's Greater Glory

There has been much written and said about Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins. A link to Bell's own introduction is included here https://www.robbell.com/lovewins/ Many will agree with Bell's comments. He leads a 10, 000 member church and by the world's standards is considered a success. Orthodox writers have panned the book as heretical. Bell likes to pose questions to his audience setting them up for a non-offensive and palatible answer. Let us not forget that the crafty serpent set Adam and Eve up for the Fall with a question, "Did God really say..."  But I would like to ask a question myself: Is God using Rob Bell for God's own greater glory? Let's be clear. I disagree with Bell's teaching. I find them to be universalist in nature and his use of Scripture smacks of modernism. But God neither slumbers nor sleeps. Can God be using false teachers for His greater glory in the redemption of the world? Why do people flock to preachers of all kinds whose teachings twist Scripture? The answer may be that these teachers are raised up as a judgment upon people who desire a 'gospel' that fits a self-centered ideal rather than a Christ-centered truth. The bible warns that false teachers and false prophets will arise. This is no surprise to God! Jesus proclaims, "And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will will be saved." (Mt. 24:1-13) Note the word, "will". It's going to happen and is happening. It's part of God's plan and we cannot stop it. And the one who endures will be saved. Only those who endure will be saved! So, like the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Paradise, it's there and we will be judged by our consumption. We will also be judged by God's Word, that commanded, "Don't eat!" Those who endure will be saved!

St. Paul warns Timothy that "the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. And will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." (2 Tim. 4:3,4) Note the word, "will". False prophets and false teachers are here for our judgement. We do not have to eat of their fruit (Mt. 7:15-20)

Listen to evangelist Paul Washer remind us why we seek out false teachers. Repentance means turning away from our own passions and turning to God and His help through Jesus Christ. For love to win, the truth must be preached!