Friday, November 16, 2007
Many of you may have not heard of Rob Bell, but I know of some of you who have. He is one of the leaders of the emergent movement who is seeking to redefine Christianity. I'll admit, in fact, I applaud the notion that there are certain things that should be changed from certain people's perceptions such as the notion that T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen somehow represent evangelicalism, but there is a difference between changing certain elements of what is considered Christianity to make it conform more to true Christianity and changing certain elements to make it anything but Christianity. Here is a clip of one of his videos called "Bullhorn Guy" in which he makes a caricature of God and the people who believe in, well, what the Bible says about Him. After hearing him say that "God loves everyone just they way they are" multiple times, I wonder what he does with Psalms 5. Well, that's not really true. I don't really wonder what he does with it. He ignores it like he does other parts of the Bible that aren't compatible with narcissim.
Don't judge this video by appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. (John 7:24)
So now you've seen the caricature. Someone on Youtube saw it, too, and realized how ludicrous Bell's "presentation of the Gospel" is. They decided to make a response to it. This time, though, without the caricature, but rather with... "The Bullwhip Guy".
UPDATE: Over at GalatiansC4V16, concerning Rob Bell, Christian Research Net contributor Tony Rose writes:
One of the contributors of pulpit.com (Pulpit Magazine), attended Rob Bell’s The Gods are Not Angry tour stop in Hollywood. His review is pretty interesting. Here are some excerpts:
"I am convinced that the emerging church is largely early 20th century liberalism, with cooler hair…The entire night was an illustration of style-over substance… But Bell went from there into what can only be described as careful and planned ambiguity. It was obvious that he is a smart person…"
"So when he ended the night without explaining why the sacrifice of Christ appeased God’s anger, without explaining atonement, without even touching substitution, I can’t help but note the effort that took. He spoke for over 90 minutes on the sacrifice of Christ without explaining sin, or the resurrection—which is the same as not speaking about the sacrifice of Christ…"
"[Bell] did not tell them ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.’ Instead he said, ‘The gods are not angry anymore.’”
"And this is the fundamental problem with Bell’s message. The Bible says that the wrath of God is continually being revealed against ungodliness. In other words, God is still angry. And Bell did an enormous disservice because the people did not hear the gospel, and they were not told to flee the wrath to come."
HT: Apprising Ministries