Est. May 2008

07 May, 2013

Bell-ian Theology Takes Some Heat

Rob Bell, former megachurch pastor and author of What We Talk About When We Talk About God was on the radio over in England recently for a discussion about the book with Christian British minister Andrew Wilson.

It didn’t go particularly well for Mr. Bell; the host, Justin Brierley, asked him:
"Do you believe that this is an area where actually God is ahead of the church, that affirming same-sex partnerships is actually a God thing and that we will eventually all get to see that in the course of time?"
Everything went downhill from there, with Mr. Bell dodging the questions as best he could:
"I would begin with, I am for monogamy, I am for fidelity, I am for commitment. I think the world needs more of that. I think that promiscuity is dangerous and promiscuity is destructive," said Bell. "Some people are gay and want to share their life with someone and they should be able to. That's how the world is and we should affirm that. We should affirm monogamy, fidelity and commitment – both gay and straight." He went on to add that he does not see same-sex relationships as "destructive or evil." (emphasis mine)
And eventually saying that everybody for the past 2000 years has gotten Paul’s point completely wrong:
"I think Paul didn't have that cultural framework or conception operating around him. I think he had men and boys. I think he had temples. I did not think he was talking about what we're talking about in 2013 which is two committed people in a same-sex relationship. So I would start there[.] (emphasis mine again)
Obviously, Mr. Bell has lost touch with 1 John 2:15 and 16 if he believes the church is supposed to embrace what society says; there’s also plenty of scholarship which indicates what Paul was talking about was homosexuality, not temple prostitution or some kind of dominance/submissiveness thing.

Mr. Bell’s frustration at how the discussion went is simply explained: his theology of sexuality isn’t biblical, and no matter how hard he tries twisting the Bible to make it work, it ain’t happening, folks. The same thing happened when Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived came out, wherein Mr. Bell went all universalist on us - once again, attempting (and generally failing) to get the Bible to fit Rob Bell-ian Theology.

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