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.