Rob Bell, very wrong while being right!
It has been predictable and sad to watch Rob Bells outing as one who embraces heresy in the name of cultural relevance and acceptance. What has been even more disheartening is those who claim Christ as Savior who for years defended Bell. Well the time for that has passed and even the most ardent Bell supporters who want to hold to any sort of biblical orthodoxy has had to admit he teaches heresy. But what is noteworthy about Bell is not the question of who he is any longer but a statement made on an Oprah program recently.
Bell and his wife were promoting a book they wrote together and Oprah congratulated them for including gay couples in their book. Bell responded with the statement that the church will be even more irrelevant if it continues to hold to some letter written two thousand years ago as a reason to oppose gay marriage, or homosexuality. While this should not surprise any who have any knowledge of Bell, it is a telling statement not only of what he thinks of the Word of God but also in his spot on assessment of the church. As another part of his statement was that the church is moments away from embracing gay marriage. And I believe for many churches he is exactly right.
As the pressure from culture mounts I believe more and more churches will succumb to the embracing or at a minimum tolerating gay marriage in the church. It will only be those churches more concerned with the glory of God and fidelity to His Word that will stand the test. A church will need to be willing to be frowned upon, mocked, disdained and even lose some of its people to stand for God and His Word. A church will need to know and truly believe the most loving thing for all is to preach and teach the whole counsel of God and not give into the pressure culture will bring. A church will simply have to believe that all who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted and be willing to undergo the crucible standing against gay marriage will bring. And for those at Cornerstone we need to be such a church. Loving the Lord and people enough to speak the truth, yes in love. Not so in love with ourselves that we will say anything in order for people to like us and not get upset with us.
I pray that this is the church we are, and will be until the Lord returns, a light in the darkness for all to see!
For His Glory,