The flap is here. Rob Bell’s book is out and based on what I hear and see, I don’t plan to waste valuable time reading it. There were plenty of warning bells sounded a few weeks ago when the teaser video came out, but many asked to give the book a chance. Well, when a MSNBC interviewer asks some straightforward questions and you fumble around in search of an answer, I am not impressed. Bell looks and sounds like he is searching for the “good sounding answer” that will make folks happy. When the host accuses Bell of “amending the gospel so that it is palatable,” Rob is just smiling and laughing. The problem is that Rob is trying to have it both ways and won’t even admit it. He says that “love will ultimately win in the end,” and when the host asks how that doesn’t make our decisions in the here and now essentially irrelevant, Bell says that “no, they really are relevant.” Watch the video and see an example of someone who doesn’t know what the Gospel is all about talking to someone who may not believe it but at least understands it. And yes, I do realize that Bahir’s first question is based on a false dichotomy, but that doesn’t seem to occur to Bell, which might be the most troubling thing of all.
One more piece on discernment that I will throw in as a bonus. Lifeway has discontinued their practice of offering “Read With Discernment” disclaimers on some of the objectionable material they have chosen to sell. I pray that their customers have better discernment of truth from fiction and fact from falsehood since Lifeway doesn’t want to bother with making such judgments.