Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:6-7, ESV)
Some Vindication From Our Generous And Merciful Lord
This short piece is the flip side of Rob Bell Your Fruit Is Showing. A letter like this one is such a blessing considering the hours and hours of research I put into studying the warped and toxic theology of Rob Bell. It’s also vindication for my wife Donna for the sacrifice she makes in assisting me into the wee hours after a tiresome day at work.
We praise the Lord for His using Apprising Ministries to open eyes and lead people out of the spiritual deception of the new cult of liberal theology in the Emergent Church. Below you will see how this former Navy officer was slowly led into this Emergent cult through the usual suspects such as Guru Brian McLaren. You’ll see that Andy would end up with Rob Bell at his usual haunt Mars Hill Bible Church.
The Lord be praised this precious brother in Christ didn’t come under the Spell of Bell:
Dear Pastor Silva,
This whole Emergent issue came to my attention about a year ago while reading a copy of my friend’s magazine, “Relevant.” At first it seemed like a very hip and current magazine that talked about issues related to Christianity in a fresh way. As I looked into it more closely, the warning bells started to go off. This magazine promoted authors like Brian McLaren and Donald Miller which I had never heard of. So, I started to take a look at what they had to say and realized that I would really need to do a critical study of their writings and see how it matched up with the Word. I still haven’t gotten to that yet, but thankfully there are people like you who are already stepping out in the arena.
A few months ago, I became friends with a young woman from Grand Rapids who I later found out attended Rob Bell’s church, Mar’s Hill. I had never heard of him, but went to a Sunday morning service with her. Rob talked about something called “Exodus Theology” which sounded very convoluted and contrived. I didn’t really get what he was saying but my alarm bells went up when he made a joke directed at Focus on the Family.
Recently my friend told me a little about Rob’s latest sermon and said I wouldn’t like it. So, I took a listen to the message series titled “Calling All Peacemakers.” As a former Navy officer and someone with a pretty good understanding of Islamic terrorism, I was shocked at Rob’s conclusion–he seemed to be advocating Christian involvement in the peace and anti-war movement. I don’t want to go into this debate right now, but the one thing that people advocating for “peace in our time” don’t understand is that human nature is sinful.
After hearing this sermon, I had to learn more about Rob Bell and so I found your website. It is definitely a Godsend. The other articles you had up about Rob’s sermons were unbelievable.
Some thoughts about Emergent. One of my attorney friends told me that instead of directly addressing a person’s argument, he likes to attack the underlying assumptions. Maybe this is where we start against the apostate teaching of Emergent–attack their underlying assumptions. I’m not exactly sure what those are: relativism, favoring the new over the old, tolerance?
Anyway, this is how I came across Emergent and Rob Bell. I think his heart is in the right place but he is just very much deceived. He seems to be talented but has been infected by ungodly influences.