In The Progressive Resurrection Of Rob Bell here at Apprising Ministries I discussed his spoken word presentation in the recent video Resurrection. The truth is, I’ve long been covering the drift of Rob Bell, the rock star Elvis of the Emerging Church, and its new version of Progressive Christianity aka Emergence Christianity. And in pieces like Through Rob Bell “The Great Enlightened Ones” Tell Us Man Has Divine Greatness and Rob Bell And Shane Hipps Teaching Mysticism I’ve clearly documented his fall into a new type of Gnosticism through his open embrace of corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM).
So even though Bell and his new co-teaching pastor Shane Hipps are considered evangelical, they are certainly not all in line with evangelicalism. And Resurrection is another case in point; I shared that one of the reasons why Bell never puts “the” in front of the word resurrection is because of his effort to placate his friends e.g. Living Spiritual Teacher and Progessive Christian Dr. Marcus Borg who don’t believe in the Bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Remember now, everyone claiming to be Christian has got to be able to fit under the “big tent” Christianity which the upgraded Emergent Church 2.0 is now advancing.
Below apologist Chris Rosebrough, host of Fighting for the Faith (FftF) on Pirate Christian Radio, thoroughly dismantles and deconstructs Bell’s sermon 4/4/10 Resurrection. In fact, at last check it’s actually leading the voting for the FftF contest Vote For The Worst Easter Sermon of 2010; I know it got my vote. That fact is, Rob Bell is notoriously slippery as to what he actually believes. I’ve been studying Bell’s teachings, books, sermons, etc. for five plus years now and there’s no doubt that Bell has been adversely affected by his practice of Contemplative/Centering Prayer i.e. transcendental meditation.
As far as his beliefs surrounding the cardinal Christian doctrine of the Bodily Resurrection of Christ; as near as I can tell, Rob Bell would fall somewhere between Jurgen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg. Moltmann’s basic view is that the Apostles did see a “risen” Jesus and this also has ramifications for the future, but the historicity of the event can’t be verified; for Panneberg resurrection is metaphorical as well as historical fact. And as you’ll hear Bell himself say, for him it was a Jesus resurrected with an incorporeal spiritual body; and that’s really not too much unlike that taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses.