All of the posts in this series:
- How Did Rob Bell Become So Arrogant?
- How Rob Bell contradicts the Bible in “Love Wins” & where that led
- Rob Bell offers a Bibleless Jesus and Bibleless Christianity
- How my support of civil unions is 100% different than Rob Bell’s support of gay marriage
Thank you to my brother Patrick for pointing out that I’m starting to beat a dead horse with my Rob Bell posts and while I’m not intending to, am starting to sound like those theologians who just beat up on other theologians, just for the sport of it.
Every Christian blogger/theologian/pastor/author needs someone like Patrick in their life. 1. Someone who will never think you are a rock star. Ever. 2. Someone willing to honestly confront you when you screw up and/or are almost ready to screw up. 3. Someone wise enough to see things you’re communicating that you’re not intending to.
This is real love. So thank you for that Patrick.
Speaking of love, I love Rob Bell. Everyone needs to hear that. My previous posts were not meant to bash him or villianize him or pick on him. I wanted to write a response because of the gravity of the subject, which is the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. Rob just happened to be talking about it and he’s a very prominent voice, so it felt needed to give the other side of things, because people’s ears are already tuned in.
It was only meant to be 1 post, but I have zero gifting when it comes to brevity so 1 post got too long… I broke it into 2…which got too long and turned into 4……..
And I’ve discovered people really like to read about and talk about Rob Bell.
My blog hits went through the roof.
There’s a great temptation as a blogger (who wants traffic) to just keep blogging over and over about Rob Bell because this key word brings traffic.
I hope to never be like the news media who “shows the news people want to see”, which in other words means “shows the news that gets ratings / brings us $”…or as Switchfoot sings in their song “Selling the News“…
See, money speaks volumes louder than words
And virtues with wings, maybe not quite at first
But salaries are paid by the ads not the verbs
We’re selling the news
The topic of the inerrancy and authority of Scripture is a very important one; because if we leave that, what do we have? The Bible is a very very sticky book, and the Church needs to be more honest about its stickiness. But if we leave it, if we walk away from the Bible, what do we have left to stand on?
I’d much rather stand before God on my Judgement Day with the Bible, in all of its stickiness, stuck firmly to my hand and say to God, “This is what you gave me, and I based my life on it.” As opposed to saying to him that my thoughts or feelings or opinion or a cool speaker or cool author or a religion that began with a vision in a cave to one person (Islam), or a religion that began with a vision in a cornfield to one person (Mormonism), swayed me to believe something other than the Bible.
Let’s be honest with the Bible.
Let’s use solid hermeneutics.
And be honest about what those hermeneutics tell us.
And be humble about what those hermeneutics don’t tell us.
Or what they give us multiple options on. Which we disagree on.
But let’s not tell the Bible what it says.
Let’s listen to what it says.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
There are things we’ll never know. There are also things we know because God revealed them to us (The Bible being the primary source of this). Let’s stick to what he has told us the best we can, and humbly let God be God and us be us.
I said I’d blog about how Rob Bell’s views on gay marriage are 100% different than my support of civil unions. I’m going to skip that post, as I think I’ve said enough. If you’re interested, you can read my previous post on the gay marriage and on homosexuality (“Gay Christian”) and figure out what I was going to say.
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