Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Is Rob Bell A False Teacher Or Are Evangelicals Judging Hypocrites?

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

I have not read Rob Bell's new book. But, in all likely-hood, neither have the Evangelicals that are hurling insults at him in various forms across the web. I intend to read, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, I just haven't yet had the chance. In fact, I am excited to read it. I actually enjoyed his previous book, Love Wins. I did not agree with everything he had to say but I do believe he made some important points–points that are often lost within the modern evangelical world.

This background, of having read Love Wins and finding most of the accusations against him to be unfounded and uncalled for, has caused strong feelings to arise within me about the controversy surrounding his new book. In fact, I was tempted to write a blog post a week ago about judging your neighbor before calling in to account your own sins–tempted, that is, until I realized I was guilty of the same thing. All the while I thought I was maintaining a healthy, middle of the road "do not judge" attitude when, in actuality, I was judging those who judge Rob Bell because they were judging Rob Bell.

Satan is a slippery one alright. Just when you think you've overcome a certain sin is when you're failing blindly. And that's the thing. I can't judge anyone's heart except my own–and I know my heart is wicked. I must pray, and work towards, healing in my own life and I must be extremely careful before I try to pick apart the lives of others. And when reprimanding is in order, it must be done in humility–and that's where I feel the internet is actually harmful to the witness of the Christian world. It's easy to make accusations against someone when sitting in the safety of your own home behind the mask of supposed anonymity. But we never do anything anonymously–the Bible tells us this! God always knows. He knows what is done, how it is done, and the motive behind it.

It's funny to me how the world sees this easier than us, Christians. The world tells us that Christians are a hateful bunch–and I really don't believe they say this because we have a different set of moral standards. I believe they say this because, a lot of the time, it is true. Lord, help us. Now I'm not going to comment on Bell's recent statement about homosexuality. Do I believe homosexuals are going to hell because they are homosexuals? No. Do I believe that we should love them regardless of their sexual orientation? Yes.

I realize this may sound like a fragmented blog post–and I'm not writing to reprimand anyone except myself. If this helps you, to God be glory. I just felt as though I needed to write this–almost like a confession. I confess that, while pridefully feeling as though I had arisen above judging (by not judging Rob Bell) I actually fell into another one of Satan's traps–judging those who make defaming comments about Bell.

Lord, forgive me. 

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  1. Ben,

    I stumbled across your blog site through a Facebook group that you and I are part of. I wrote a post several months back just after finishing Bell's book, Love Wins. I pretty much arrived at the same conclusion you did. While I certainly am not a universalist (and I am not sure the Bell is either)I was taken aback at the severity of criticism leveled a him. Much of what he has to say in the book resonates with me. I actually sat under some of his teaching while I was attending Willow Creek Church just outside of Chicago. At that time he had been a regular guest speaker. I learned a great deal from him.

    If you would care to read the blog post I made you can check it out at:

    Please don't take this as subliminal attempt to get you to join my business opportunity. I am simply interested in connecting with some fellow bloggers who share similar ideas.

    Thanks again for your post,

    Bob Yeazel

  2. Bob,

    Thank you for your comment. I will check out the site you included.

  3. "And when reprimanding is in order, it must be done in humility–and that's where I feel the internet is actually harmful to the witness of the Christian world."

    This is a great statement.

    In your own realization that you are guilty of judging the judgmental, you've convicted me of something that I am quick to write off as "righteous frustration" because I'm obviously on God's side...

    Lord, that I may be healed of this...

    Thanks brother

    (my writings are at

    1. Thank you for you comment, John. May the Lord be with you.