Rob Bell Comes Out

Rob Bell has moved in some pretty drastic ways away from the Evangelical church. With his book Love Wins last year he questioned the existence of hell, to a “tweet heard ’round the world” from John Piper saying, “Farewell, Rob Bell.” Rob has made quite a name for himself, started by planting a successful church (in terms of numbers) in Grand Rapids, MI. He has since stepped away from the church and moved to LA where he is apparently working on a TV show about his life. In a more recent move, Rob Bell has now come out in support of same sex marriage saying, “Yes, I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think that the church needs to just … this is the world that we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”

This shouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone. As soon as one questions the authority of Scripture the rest of their theology will come crashing down around them. This also happened to Brian McLaren, who in September of last year married his son to his son’s boyfriend.

I continue to be grateful for the Evangelical Free Church in dealing with some of these very important and timely issues. I live blogged their most recent theology conference titled ‘Sex Matters’ and you can now listen to every message here. A more appropriate view, in both the biblical and historical sense, is found in Wesley Hill’s book Washed and Waitingwhich I encourage anyone interested in this issue to read. This issue isn’t going to disappear anytime soon and Christians need to continue to be willing to take a stand that many people view to be unpopular and passe. Christians will regularly need to be counter cultural and pray for the strength to stay strong no matter what those around us are saying.

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  1. Mike, I appreciate you taking a stand on this as too few Christians do these days. Those of us who still believe in the truthfulness of Scripture against a relativistic culture need to speak up in a way that communicates both truth and love. Thanks for doing this.

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  2. I’m not disagreeing with the foundation of your blog…just pointing out some holes. You say that “Christians will regularly need to be counter cultural.” What does that look like? And what culture are you specifically talking about – cultural of society or the culture of the church? Does it look like Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church or the recent embrace by many denominations of the homosexual lifestyle? With that in mind, what does “counter cultural” look like?

    I have lived through 2 christian “counter cultural” movements, and there have been numerous “counter cultural” movements throughout history (i.e. The Reformation, Counter-Reformation, The Great Awakening, The Jesus Movement, etc). Today, people hear and see and praise the extremes of being “counter cultural,” but rarely are they shown biblical truth. What does biblical truth look like in today’s society?

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