Emerging church/mysticism promoter Rob Bell is making the circuit in American media to promote his newest book, Love Wins. The book is receiving a lot of publicity, largely because of a pre-release video (see bottom of this post) by Bell where he suggests that in the end everyone will go to Heaven, regardless of beliefs. In our February 28th posting titled Rob Bell Puts God on Trial – “Hath God Really Said?” researcher Steve Blackwell states:
In the sixties we were bombarded with “love,” and we have seen what that experiment has produced; a whole generation of babies murdered in the womb. Today, love is in the air once again, and Rob Bell has captured the essence of this love fest by making scandalous claims against God. He has put words into the mouth of God that are pure and simple lies; Rob has made God a liar.
Lighthouse Trails has been tracking the spirituality of Rob Bell for several years now, shocked to see that many Christian junior high, high schools, colleges, and seminaries have students watch Bell’s hip Nooma films and read his book, Velvet Elvis. And even though much of Bell’s anti-biblical beliefs have been exposed, he is still being invited to speak to evangelical college student bodies (an example that we documented in February was a speaking engagement at Point Loma Nazarene University.) Typically, schools that are big into contemplative spirituality embrace figures such as Rob Bell because the universalistic nature of contemplative fits well with Bell’s “theology.”
Lighthouse Trails receives countless reports about kids from Christian homes who enter Christian colleges, and within a term of being exposed to contemplative, their Christian faith is turned upside down, and often they come out four years later as deluded, unbelieving, and confused about what the Christian faith even is. Just a couple weeks ago, we were told a story about a pastor’s son who sat for four years under Dallas Willard and graduated as an atheist! Parents, you better find out what is happening at your child’s school before it is too late. Try this test – find out if the school has ever shown a Nooma film. If the answer is yes, then at best the people running that school have no discernment; at worst, they know what they are doing, and it is called deception. Unfortunately, your children are the victims.
Regarding Rob Bell’s spirituality proclivities, one example that should convince any discerning believer can be found in Velvet Elvis, where Rob Bell tells young readers to study New Ager/tantric sex advocate Ken Wilber for three months for a “mind-blowing” experience. Take a brief look at Wilber’s site. This is all the evidence you should need. http://www.kenwilber.com/personal/ILP/MyILP.html.
Bell’s new book, Love Wins, is not a big surprise to Lighthouse Trails. The “natural” course for those involved in mysticism is to ultimately become panentheistic (God is in all), universalistic (all are saved), and interspiritual (all paths lead to God); these are all characteristics that negate biblical Christianity and the atoning sacrifice by Jesus Christ for our sins through His shed blood on the Cross. Emerging leaders says that a loving God would never cause His Son to die on the Cross as a substitute for the sins of others. They say they believe that Jesus died on the Cross but explain that He died to be an example of true “servant-leadership,” NOT as a payment to God for sin. Some of the things they have said about the Cross are: it is a vile doctrine (Alan Jones); it is false advertising for God (Brian McLaren); and, such a God does not exist (Brennan Manning).
If Bell, McLaren, Manning, and Jones are correct, then God made a terrible horrific mistake in sending His son to die – it wouldn’t have been necessary. What a mockery to God such a belief is! In a book review on Bell’s book Drops Like Stars, it states:
[Bell’s] view of the cross brings God to our level. While Jesus Christ became a man and bore our sins upon Himself, it wasn’t simply to feel what we feel, but to break the power of sin and death in order that we might have eternal life in Him. It is through his suffering, death AND resurrection that we are now united in Christ. Tragically, Bell has not given his readers the whole truth. . . .
In a recent interview Bell said: “The most powerful thing is when somebody joins us in our suffering … In some ways the gospel, or the story of Jesus, is like a cosmic act of solidarity.”–http://www.christianweek.org/stories.php?id=597
Did God send His Son so that we could stand together in the solidarity of our sufferings? No. Not our sufferings … Those in Christ Jesus find fellowship in and around HIS sufferings: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10).
Jesus Christ conquered the power of sin and death, but has yet to return and put an end to suffering. There are only two choices for all of humanity–eternal life in Christ in heaven, or eternity without Him in Hell. Of these two realities, Bell gives no warning or makes no distinction.
That book review was written in 2009. In 2011, it appears that Rob Bell is now making his distinctions clear; and he has fallen on the side of apostasy; tragically, many will believe him.
Below: PRE-RELEASE VIDEO BY ROB BELL
Lighthouse Trails Research on Rob Bell: