Rob Bell is an incredibly gifted orator. His series of videos combine his great communication skills with creative, effective, artistry. He is considered a pastor, and indeed he is shepherding masses of people. I would be playing in to Rob Bell's hands to call him a heretic...he loves to depict people who make such accusations as narrow, judgmental, and nothing like the real Jesus.
So I won't call Rob Bell a heretic, although he is one. Heresy isn't Satanism outright. It looks and sounds like truth, but there's always a fundamental flaw that will condemn a person if they truly believe what it says. You know...it's like what the serpent did with Eve in the garden. He asks her if God really said what he said about not eating from that silly old tree. Then he gets her to second guess herself about what God actually said and eventually leads her to twist His Word. Well then, on second thought, what Rob Bell does is in fact pretty satanic. Just saying.
Here's Bell's latest serpentish creation-
Mr. Bell is right about one thing- what we believe about heaven and hell is incredibly important.
Reading Jesus' words in Matthew 7 we learn of the truth about hell (a wide road leads there) and heaven (a narrow way leads there). We also learn there are wolves who will deceive.
Matthew 7:13-20 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
It's ironic that Bell would have us believe the opposite of God's Word- He says the road to heaven is infinitely wide. It's not ironic, but rather incredibly divine, what God says about being wary of wolves in the very same passage that gives us the truth about heaven and hell.
What Rob Bell says is actually loud and clear for anyone who will truly listen- a person doesn't need to believe in Jesus or take Him at His word to be right with God (like Gandhi). Ultimately everyone will be in heaven because "love" (defined as "determined to win over no matter what" by Bell) wins...somehow. Rob Bell thinks everyone eventually gains heaven no matter what they believe or do. God can only be good if he ignores the violence done to His character by man's sin. Even if a person scoffs at God and spits upon the name of Christ- according to Bell- that person will gain heaven, even if it takes some time after they die to decide. Yes, Bell thinks people will get more chances to choose Christ (or be wooed by His love) after the die. It's hard to imagine any reason for any person to be cast in to hell in Rob Bell's universe. But here's the thing- ultimately, Bell doesn't believe there is any such thing as hell. Really, when followed to Bell's logical conclusions- he believes only that which he feels should be good and just.
Rob Bell is God according to Rob Bell. Anyone who challenges him on his universalistic notions of salvation will be the subject of his next video and cast as a judgmental, hell-fire pushing, hypocritical, intolerant, bigot who isn't like the real Jesus (who can only rightly be identified by Rob Bell). But thankfully...even us intolerant slobs will get to heaven...according to Rob Bell.
Wait a minute Rob- if there's no hell, how does Rob Bell know there's a heaven? You know what? When pressed I'm guessing Rob Bell doesn't believe in a real heaven either. If he does, on what basis? Oh yeah..that's right...on the basis of Rob Bell. Again, in the end, Rob Bell is God, according to Rob Bell.
A person listening to Rob Bell is left to trust in Rob Bell's God and Jesus. Please, let's not listen to serpentish depictions any longer...we know where that landed humanity the first time.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves..."