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Once in a while there comes a salesman with a silk tongue selling snake oil with the charisma of an art dealer. For a while you believe what he has is authentic until you discover the trail of victims left in the sand dunes of time. Such rogue tradesmen are usually hard to tell apart from the real deal. They masquerade between shades of grey and white as social enigmas. But wait, there is another kind of tradesman:
The pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rob Bell has authored a book called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, which ignited a firestorm of controversy over the weekend, weeks before it arrives in bookstores.
On Saturday, in a blog post on the popular Christian website The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor blasted Bell’s new book, out March 29, for teaching “false doctrine”:
“I’m glad that Rob Bell has the integrity to be lay his cards on the table about universalism. It seems that this is not just optimism about the fate of those who haven’t heard the Good News, but (as it seems from below) full-blown hell-is-empty-everyone-gets-saved universalism.” ~CNN
Suave Rob Bell has decided to make it easy for the average Christian to discern where he lies regarding Orthodox Christianity. I like him because he is not pretending to be a what he is not. He is not a shepherd but a hireling. He has openly stood in the proverbial village square with a napkin reading “heretic” dangling over chest and is screaming at the top of his voice “please throw me under the bus!”
Why hesitate then? Should genuine Christians even be debating whether they will be buying this so called heavenly book that is nothing but snake oil? Let alone should pandering prophets like Rob and his ilk still be let loose to pastor churches?
I wouldn’t even trust this guy with a pair of scissors.