Rob Bell on the Hot Seat

This week, Bell has been making the national television circuit, being interviewed about his controversial new book, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived (2011, HarperOne). He appeared on Good Morning America, where he was thrown a couple of softballs by George Stephanopolous, but I just watched the YouTube video of his MSNBC interview with Martin Bashir, where he is given a good, tough interview in which many hard questions were asked. Justin Taylor (the one who started all this online controversy) posted the Bashir interview and one of the commenters informs us that Bashir is a member of Redeemer Pres in New York, pastored by Tim Keller. Knowing that, it all makes sense.

Thanks for the smart, tough journalism, Martin Bashir!

Here’s GMA’s puff piece:

And here’s the good interview by Martin Bashir on MSNBC:


6 responses

  1. Hey Cap’n,
    I saw that Bashir interview…wow. It’s sad that a newsman knows the issues better then the pastor. Would to God that someone in his church leadership would do the same but with a Holy reverance for the awesome justice of our God who is a consuming fire!

    I heard a sermon on this text-(NAS) Matt 25:41- “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”
    The sermon was the saddest and most POWERFUL sermon I have ever heard, and I listen to sermons daily. The sermon was titled..something like this, it may not be verbatim but close..
    “Hell is a place and a condition of constant, endless, suffering, misery, torment and woe.” By Al Martin the former pastor of Trinity Baptist in Monteville NJ. It’s really hard to listen to, but extremely powerful exposition of God’s justice in Matt 25.

    Anyway thanks bro for allowing me to bloviate,


    1. Who just happens to be watching MSNBC? ūüėČ

      With a cult of personality figure like Bell, it would be a surprising turn of providence for a member of any leadership council to which Bell answers to actually hold him to biblical standards at this point. The rotten apple spoils the whole barrel everytime, barring divine intervention. I’ve been thinking that the current outcry from the evangelical community (or is it just us Reformed folks?)is about as close as Rob will come to experiencing real church discipline.

      I remember that sermon and Martin. Eric gave me a big box full of his old tapes after he digitized them. I’ve probably got a couple of copies of that sermon in it.

      Mi comments thread es su comments thread (hope I spelled that correctly). Bloviate any time!

  2. Wow… his ideas combined with his personality is really scary. Because I know that a lot of people will listen to him and believe what he says because it’s what they want to hear and he’s a pastor. I have a friend who has been struggling with the issue of heaven and hell and basically believes the same thing Bell does. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for the Driscoll link.

  3. Yes, it is easy to see how folks can get sucked into his teaching who aren’t aware of the nature of the past century and more of mainline liberal theology. He’s just repackaging many of those old theories in postmodernist hipster angst.

    Everyone should read Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism (Published 1923; 2nd Edition June 2009, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.). Information like that in Machen’s book can innoculate Bible believing Christians from Bell’s and the rest of the Emergent movement’s brand of unbelief.

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