When the Bell is Rung…

This interview is probably going to make the rounds very quickly, but I thought I would post it with little comment (since it speaks volumes in and of itself). I do wish that Rob Bell got to answer Bashir’s question about the relevance of believing in Jesus here and now. The more you let someone who is in error speak, the more rope they roll out upon which to hang themselves (as Greg Bahnsen used to say). It has become very clear throughout this little, temporary controversy (since he is really only teaching recycled and discarded error from the past) that, generally speaking, those in the emergent camp Rob Bell is a part of find vagueness and doubt commendable.

Bashir is right. Bell attempts to amend the gospel to fit modern cultural sensibilities which make it palatable and easy. What a shame. The eternal well-being of precious souls is at stake here, and when the existence of hell and of God’s wrath toward unrepentant sinners is lessened so as to be almost an abstraction, the gospel is denigrated. May Bell turn away from such folly.

Also, Kevin DeYoung does a good job reviewing the book Love Wins here. It is thorough, gracious, and pastoral. If you go here, Justin Taylor has some further comments and links on the situation that are helpful.

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About C. M. Granger

I'm a firm believer in God's sovereignty, man's responsibility, and a gracious orthodoxy. I love the Puritans and the Reformers, but I don't believe our understanding of theology reached it's zenith in the 16th and 17th centuries. I love the Reformed Creeds and Confessions, but I'm not a strict confessionalist. I'm Reformed in my soteriology (I'm a moderate Calvinist), but not in the historical sense of the term (I'm a Baptist). Some of my favorite theologians/commentators are Kevin Vanhoozer, John Frame, D.A. Carson, Thomas Schreiner, Andreas Kostenberger, Peter O'Brien, David Peterson, Douglas Moo, and GK Beale. The list of dead theologians/commentators would be too long to list here. I think it's important to read widely, to read primary sources for yourself, and to accurately represent the positions of those whom you oppose. I believe it's imperative to have a proper balance between systematic and bibilical theology. I try to never make a round verse fit into the square hole of a theological system.
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