Rob Bell, very wrong while being right!

Posted by Tom Crouse on with 5 Comments

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,

Pastor Tom

Tags: bell homosexuality, gay, marriage

Comments

Anonymous Feb 19, 2015 8:13pm

The GLBT community has done an excellent job at promoting their "cause". For a portion of society that consists of 1 or 2 percent of that society to become the focus of so much of the focus in media is astounding. We as Christians need to accept the individual, but not the behavior. Chastisement and ridicule have never caused anyone to think about choices.

diane Feb 20, 2015 9:34am

We have to stand on HIS word & show CHRISTS love,mercy & grace & that HE alone gives. And to those in darkness & we need to be a light which shows HIS truth.But it is sad what some feel is okay in churches that dont proclaim the gospel truth.

Pastor Tom Feb 20, 2015 1:48pm

Anonymous I think you bring up a great point concerning the attention such a small minority gains and how skilled they truly are in promoting their "cause". i do believe there is a difference between accepting and loving, as I can love someone and not accept their worldview or behavior. It might seem like splitting hairs but words do matter. And i agree that ridicule is always wrong but chastisement if from Gods Word is a good thing for us all, but if a gratuitous shot at someone always wrong. Thanks for engaging the subject!

Anonymous Apr 26, 2015 2:26pm

Is chastisement from God's word really a good thing for us ALL? 1 Corinthians 5 would lead me to believe that reproof and chastisement are only to be carried out inside the church body. I think that a great deal of harm has been done by many in trying to correct those who have not yet come to a saving knowledge of Jesus. His Word is definitely clear on the sinfulness of sexual immortality, but it is not the job of the church to judge the world - that's God's job. If we, as a global church body, truly want to reach lost people with the Gospel message of our Savior, Jesus Christ, then we need to follow the Holy Spirit's prompting and love them. I am not at all trying to say that we should in any way compromise the truth of God's Word or the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, but we cannot expect a change in behavior until there is salvation. After all, it's the Holy Spirit's job to convict us of our sin. How do we reach this group of people if we don't let them into our doors?

Jennifer Feb 3, 2016 4:03am

If the entire council of the bible is to be preached in season and out of season, then chastisement of all sin would be preached to both jew and gentile, rich and poor, we are all sinners. When the bible is preached in an expository form..homosexuality, as well all all sin will be spoken about. If it is in the bible, it should be preached. We have no idea as to whom God is saving...we just preach truth. Not watered down truth, but all of God's word should be preached. Period. God miraculously does the saving, we do not. We are accountable to share His word...all of it, period.

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