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Book review: Love Wins by Rob Bell – Mocking Truth: Rob Bell’s False Hope, Worldly Heaven, and Earth-Based Hell
For almost 2000 years, human civilizations have had opportunities to grow “progressively” in generosity, forgiveness, etc. The fact that today’s culture is no closer to perfection suggests that [Rob] Bell’s utopian vision is merely an illusion based in man’s lofty imagination. - Berit Kjos
by Berit Kjos
“Mocking Truth: Rob Bell’s False Hope, Worldly Heaven, and Earth-Based Hell”
Popular emergent Pastor Rob Bell  has a unique ability to make God’s Truth sound dubious as well as detestable. Then, having raised doubts about our holy God, he offers comforting counterfeits that fit today’s quest for unity and community.
Mocking the true Church as narrow and offensive, he promotes alternatives that resemble the vision of the sixties. His popular heresies are fast luring seekers away from God’s Truth to a new kind of “gospel.”
This is spiritual warfare! And we need to be prepared for the rising spiritual war on God’s Word. Remember this warning:
“…we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…” Ephesians 6:12-13
In the Preface of his new book, Love Wins, Pastor Bell describes the current clash between biblical Christianity and today’s postmodern, pluralistic values. Guess which side he has chosen:
“I’ve written this book for all those, everywhere, who have heard some version of the Jesus story that caused their pulse rate to rise, their stomach to churn, and their heart to utter those resolute words, ‘I would never be a part of that.’
“You are not alone. There are millions of us.
“…A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better…. This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’ message of love, peace, forgiveness, and joy…” [Preface]
How dare this “pastor” rage against the words and ways of the sovereign King of the universe? Bell’s arrogance reminds me of the tempter’s seductive message in Genesis 3. There we see Satan in the form of a serpent whose main purpose is to block God’s plan, twist His Truth, and deceive His people. Notice how deviously he twisted God’s guidelines:
“Now the serpent…said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?
“And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
“Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. ” Genesis 3:1-6
Might Pastor Bell have been blinded by similar lies? He seems to pick from the Bible whatever fits his values, then blends the truths with heresies that sound reasonable to those who don’t know God’s Word. The result is a corrupted message that feels right to a world that’s fast trading God’s absolutes for an evolving social gospel.
As Bell said, “there are millions of us.” Click here to continue reading and for endnotes.
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Today is World AIDS Day – I Am Free From Homosexuality While Homosexual Activists Continue To Glorify The Sin That is Leading Cause of AIDS in U. S.
by James Hartline
The James Hartline Report
Today is World AIDS Day – I have been fighting a twelve year battle with the AIDS virus, a disease that I acquired in my former life of promiscuity, drug abuse and homosexuality. For ten years now, I have been making my stand for the Lord Jesus Christ to declare to America that there is a way out of the destruction of homosexuality and its many diabolical consequences.
On this World AIDS Day, I announce once again, the power of God to heal, deliver and correct the soul bound up in sin and sickness. I am living proof that God’s word is true and His power to transform the most wicked prisoner of sin is still available to all who will humble themselves and receive Jesus Christ as Messiah, Savior, Deliverer and Healer.
As the world is reminded of the millions of men, women, children and babies who have died of AIDS, gay activists will be using the December 1, 2009 World AIDS Day to glorify homosexuality and the gay lifestyle which is still, by a wide margin, the leading cause of HIV transmissions in the United States. The Center for Disease Control recently released a report that shows men who have sex with other men is the only group in America that shows a rise in the rate of HIV transmissions. Promiscuity, fueled by self-destructive lusts, perpetuates the catastrophic spread of AIDS in homosexual communities throughout America, Canada and Europe. In America, 46% of all black male homosexuals living in urban areas are infected with the AIDS virus. Often, without telling their wives or girlfriends, black men living on the “down low” will be engaging in secret risky homosexual behavior and become infected with HIV. They then spread the disease to their unsuspecting female partners. Click here to continue reading …
Special Note From Lighthouse Trails
We believe God loves every single human being. We do not believe any person should be treated with hateful or cruel behavior.
The Responsibility of the Believer
We also believe the homosexual lifestyle is wrong and that God makes that very clear in His Word. It is our responsibility as Christians to speak the truth in love, understanding that sin separates us from God, but the moment someone repents and makes Jesus Christ his or her Lord, fellowship and relationship with God can take place.
As Christians, we cannot say to the world that homosexuality is acceptable, but we can say to the homosexual, we love you and care about you. We believe God, through Jesus Christ, can help you come out of the homosexual lifestyle, as He has promised to give strength when He is called upon. That does not mean you will never have a moment of weakness and perhaps even fall, but freedom and peace are always just that sincere prayer of repentance away.
The Responsibility of the Believer Who Struggles with Homosexuality
We have all sinned and fallen short of His glory, but we must always attempt to deny our fleshly lusts, renounce them and then trust His grace to help us. If you are a born-again believer who is struggling to find victory against the homosexual lifestyle, please do not give in to the pull that says, “It’s ok to continue in that lifestyle and still consider yourself a practicing Christian.” While anyone of us can cave in to temptations, we cannot minimize the importance of “putting on the full armour of God” that we might find victory. And then, by His grace and His strength, so walk. Our sin separates us from our Creator … it is only through Jesus Christ that we can receive forgiveness, and that is a free gift. But we must “take up our cross and follow Him.”
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13