21 March 2013

Rob Bell on Affirming People in Their Sin and Supporting Gay 'Marriage'

In an interview appearing at Odyssey Networks, Rob Bell offers further explanation for his support of gay 'marriage.' As was previously reported, Bell came out this past weekend in support of marriage equality while speaking at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, saying,
I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs -- I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are. (Source)
In this latest interview with Odyssey, Bell states that God is "inviting us to see things in new ways."
In this context, these things to which he refers, of course, are the sin of homosexuality and the God-ordained institution of marriage as between one man and one woman. Says Bell,
You cannot stay cocooned off from how the world actually is.

And what happens when you are all suddenly exposed to thousands of different viewpoints is it can call your own into question and it can have this refining fire sort of dimension to it when you realize, “Wow, I’ve been living with a bunch of views and perspectives that don’t actually work and don’t actually bring life. So I need to be honest about that.” And that can be painful, but it’s also liberating. It’s where the life is.

(Source)
Perhaps the former pastor has forgotten that it is Jesus Christ Who brings life (John 14:6; 17:3), not sin and affirmation of that sin. Yet it seems that Bell would desire that Christians would look at the fallen, sinful and depraved world around them, and affirm that world in its immorality. For Rob Bell and others who share his viewpoint, this is the epitome of loving others. Bell demonstrates this attitude as he says,
What we’re seeing right now in this day, I believe God pulling us ahead into greater and greater affirmation and acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters and pastors and friends and neighbors and co-workers. And we’re realizing that God made some of us one way and some of us another. And it can be a beautiful thing. And so instead of throwing stones and causing more pain and suffering in the world by excluding some and writing off others and speaking incredibly unkindly about some, we embrace that we’re all on a journey and all of us together, whatever our particular perspective is, let’s work together on the real problems we have ahead of us.

A lot of people when they say, by God ahead (sic), do you mean like same-sex marriage and – yes. And we live in a world where we have friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, people we’ve journeyed with for years who are gay. And we need to love, affirm and all of us together work on the real problems we have in the world.

(Source)
Bell here sets up a typical straw-man argument that all those who speak against the sin of homosexuality do so by "writing off" those who are gay or by "speaking incredibly unkindly" about them. Yet the Christian who loves and fears his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, also fears for the souls of those who are lost and in bondage to any sin, even that of homosexuality. That Christian preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unregenerate man. He shares that, though man never can repay God for his sins and though every man deserves the righteous wrath of God to be unleashed upon him, there is a means of salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Christian whose heart aches for the lost will share that Jesus Christ lived the perfect life that man cannot achieve, that He died as the perfect, atoning sacrifice for the sins of men, and that He rose again victorious on the third day. To call men to repent and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ is the commanded duty of every believer (Luke 24:47, Matt. 28:19). Is it unkind to declare such good news to sinners? No, to proclaim the Gospel to sinners is to demonstrate love, and to tell of the ultimate display of love as carried out by Christ Jesus.

The postmodern mindset of Rob Bell would like to see all men join together to "work on the real problems we have in the world." Yet, the only problem that Christians are commanded to address is that of sin, and of calling sinners to repent and turn to Christ for salvation. This world is passing away, and while men ought to be good stewards of it while here, it nevertheless is the Kingdom of God which ought to be at the forefront of the Christian's priorities.

Rob Bell and others who criticize Christians for speaking against sin are the pied pipers of their day. Affirm men in their sin and they will follow, no doubt, but they will follow their leader straight to an eternity of condemnation and wrath. Remaining silent in the face of sin may appear loving in this life, but it will not appear so loving from within the flames of Hell. The true Christian loves others by exposing sin and then bringing the sinner to the foot of the cross, where the greatest act of love was wrought by the Savior.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:7–8)
*This article originally appeared here at Christian Research Network. 

Further Reading
Rob Bell: Against Hell, for Gay 'Marriage'
Rob Bell Releases New Trailer for Upcoming Book, Compares God to Oldsmobile
To Those Who Would Undermine the Headship of Christ: Fall on Your Faces

5 comments:

  1. Poor Mr. Bell. He continues to try to define God's love according to his own needs and wants and what he deems to be culturally relevant. Unfortunately, God's demand for holiness and righteousness cannot allow for sin. Especially intentional sin. Who are we to think that we can redefine sin so we can feel better about ourselves, our friends, and even God's character? God's love for us has nothing to with our sin. Sin is not the deal breaker with God's love. Sin IS the deal breaker in our separation from God, which breaks His heart, and should break ours as well. Rob is a teacher, and he will be held accountable for this false teaching. God protect the church.

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  2. P.S. In addition to my above comment, I'm wondering who put "cultural relevance" on such a pedestal. Of course the father of lies wants us to not only doubt God's Word, but to disregard it if "it's just not working for me, or you". I do believe our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was crucified (by His own people) because He was (and is) "culturally irrelevant"!!! May He find us faithful to seek His righteousness no matter what the cost!

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  3. You claim that Rob Bell said: "I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love..."

    Well... That is exactly what Jesus said. Seems to me that Rob Bell has a very good grasp of the desires and instructions from our Lord and Savior.

    You, on the other hand, I'm not so sure you have any grasp of Jesus commands at all. But don't feel too bad about your lack of understanding. After all, the Jewish leaders of Jesus' time didn't get it either. Neither did the Romans or Judas. You have a lot of company in your ignorance of Jesus Christ and his message. But I recommend caution with your lack of understanding for the Bible says that it would be better for you to have a stone tied to your neck and you thrown into the sea than to deceive others. Its probably better for you to just keep your mouth closed and read your bible until you understand the truth. Jesus never mentioned homosexuals. Not even once. Anyone who Claims that Jesus is against homosexuals is himself going straight to hell. You have been warned.

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    1. Jesus never mentioned using a computer so does that mean being a computer hacker is alright? A Virus creator? He did talk about stealing and bearing false witness but that was in the real world not the virtual world so I guess Jesus is for Anonymous and cyber crimes. So when Jesus talks about marriage and man/woman and the whole Ephesians 5 thing about the Church being the Bride that doesn't matter.

      BTW, If Rob Bell is right then Love Wins and there is no hell.

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  4. Oh, let's see. Jesus is God; He and the Father are one (see WCF 2). The Bible is God's Word -- it is all given by inspiration of God. So when God gave the law through Moses, and when Paul wrote Romans 1 under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, who was saying that?

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