The Heavens Declare the Glory of God, the Firmament the Work of His Hand

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God, the Firmament the Work of His Hand

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

My friend Berit Kjos, on her website writes:

'Popular emergent Pastor Rob Bell has a unique ability to make God's Truth sound dubious as well as detestable. Then, having raised doubts about our holy God, he offers comforting counterfeits that fit today's quest for unity and community.

In the Preface of his new book, Love Wins, Pastor Bell describes the current clash between Biblical Christianity and today's postmodern, pluralistic values. Guess which side he has chosen:

"I’ve written this book for all those, everywhere, who have heard some version of the Jesus story that caused their pulse rate to rise, their stomach to churn, and their heart to utter those resolute words, 'I would never be a part of that.'

You are not alone. There are millions of us...A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better.... This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus' message of love, peace, forgiveness, and joy..." [Preface]

Bell's arrogance reminds me of the tempter's seductive message in Genesis 3. There we see Satan in the form of a serpent whose main purpose is to block God's plan, twist His Truth, and deceive His people. Notice how deviously he twisted God's guidelines:

"Now the serpent...said to the woman, Has God indeed said..."

Mocking the true Church as narrow and offensive, Bell promotes alternatives that resemble the vision of the sixties. His popular heresies are fast luring seekers away from God's Truth to a new kind of "gospel."

"...there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies... and will bring the way of truth into disrepute." 2 Peter 2:1-9

Bell seems to pick from the Bible whatever fits his values, then blends the truths with heresies that sound reasonable to those who don't know God's Word. The result is a corrupted message that feels right to a world that's fast trading God's absolutes for an evolving social gospel.

This is spiritual warfare! And we need to be prepared for the rising spiritual war on God's Word.

Remember this warning:

"...we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day..." Ephesians 6:12-13

2 comments:

  1. Yes, the spiritual warfare is on! I have 5 children and pray daily that God will give me wisdom and discernment so that I can teach them truth in order that they will have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

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  2. Thy Word is TRUTH. Teach them the Word and they will know the Truth.

    I join you in praying for your children.

    Blessings in our Messiah.

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