There are currently two armies in America right now. One is run by the military and the other is run by Rob Bell's groupies. The defenders of Rob Bell is a legion of anonymous emergent cyber warriors (yes true heroes) who continuallly defend Rob Bell from all those horrible people out there who practice biblical discernment and understand the real Gospel. To think that there are people out there who would dare criticize Rob Bell for any of his numerous heresies is staggering. In fairness to Rob Bell, I think they are a renegade army who operate on their own initiative rather than under the command of their emergent guru.
Well it seems that I am one of those enemies from outside the emergent camp that decided to poke my stick into their hornet's nest . . .
The deadly lie that the postmodern crowd seem to be selling quite successfully is a redefining of humility from a low view of self to a low view of truth. Thus it becomes "arrogant" to speak Scripture with authority and have a child like trust in the many explicit things God has spoken in His Word. But to teach that God has faith in us is portrayed as nuanced new revelation.
I have never been subject to a barrage of repetitive criticisms like this. I don't want to plead immunity from criticism. It is rather the continual failure to biblically examine the truthfulness of my claims all the while making the absolute claim that it is wrong to criticize. It is becoming like a scratched record, the same tired old biblically illiterate grievances, continual aspersions on my motives, pretending to know how much time I spend sharing the Gospel (the assumption is almost always that I don't use any time witnessing), and an almost (a very small handful are the exception) complete refusal to engage the biblical text.
Man up you oversensitive emergents. Scripture not only allows for the testing of false teaching, it demands that we do it (Rom 16:17 for one). If Rob Bell's teaching is so biblically solid then it will stand up to biblical scrutiny. I'll let John Macarthur do the talking on that point:
In a time like this of tolerance, listen, false teaching will always cry intolerance. It will always say you are being divisive, you are being unloving, you are being ungracious, because it can only survive when it doesn't get scrutinized. So it cries against any intolerance. It cries against any examination, any scrutiny—just let's embrace each other; let's love each other; let's put all that behind us. False doctrine cries the loudest about unity. Listen carefully when you hear the cry for unity, because it may be the cover of false doctrine encroaching. If ever we should follow 1 Thessalonians 5, and examine everything carefully, it's when somebody is crying unity, love, and acceptance (Online Source).
I have biblically critiqued the content of Rob Bell's message without casting aspersions on his personal character or motives. It would be nice if the "love wins" followers of Rob Bell could afford me the same courtesy.
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