Rob Bell: Universalist?

Justin Taylor cautiously posted an article for The Gospel Coalition entitled “Rob Bell: Universalist?” The reason this is a question is because of Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. You can read Justin Taylor’s entire article here.

Here is HarperCollins’s description of his next book, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Fans flock to his Facebook page, his NOOMA videos have been viewed by millions, and his Sunday sermons are attended by 10,000 parishioners—with a downloadable podcast reaching 50,000 more. An electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” Rob Bell is the most vibrant, central religious leader of the millennial generation. Now, in Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing that a loving God would never sentence human souls to eternal suffering. With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly optimistic—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

What is more concerning is Rob Bell’s own video for the new book. It shows that he is moving farther and farther away from anything resembling biblical Christianity:

Justin Taylor summarizes his article by saying, “It seems to me that the Apostle Paul’s words here are not irrelevant: “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds” (2 Cor. 11:14-15).

I post this not so that we can berate Rob Bell; rather, so that we can pray for him. If you have ever spent anytime with Rob you know that he is a very personable guy who cares deeply for people. Oh, that God might show him “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:16).


11 Responses to “Rob Bell: Universalist?”

  1. david sims Says:

    indeed, exactly… I was just having this conversation with a couple on Thursday night!

  2. Rob Bell + Universalism = Fireworks.

    Justin Taylor, knowingly or unknowingly, has ignited a full blown war with this blog post on Rob Bell. 😉

    Look out folks, it’s a “Reformed vs Emergent” battle within the Blogosphere, Facebook and Twitter for the next several days.

    Buckle your seat belt; it’s gonna get a little rocky…

  3. I don’t know Rob, but I do know that there is a biblical case for everyone going to heaven:

    Jesus Christ is Lord!

  4. kevinwilkening Says:

    Denny Burk has provided answer to the questions posed in Rob Bell’s promo video. I think they will be helpful to the discussion. Here is a link.

  5. An Open Letter to Justin Taylor Regarding His Condemnation of Rob Bell

  6. david sims Says:

    Friday’s thoughts from Kevin DeYoung… ——a good biblical parallel approach…

  7. david sims Says:

    some more reflections and further links…

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