Est. May 2008

17 February, 2015

Irrelevance

Well, according to Rob Bell, unless the Christian church accepts and embraces the abomination (God's word for it, not mine) of homosexuality and same-sex 'marriage', it risks becoming irrelevant to society:
I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.

The author of the article sums Mr. Bell up rather well with this sentence:
He has long been dubbed a heretic by other Christian leaders for moving away from the Gospel message of salvation in Jesus Christ and into pop-psychology.
His heresy is antinomianism, 'the teaching that Christians are under no obligation to obey the laws of ethics or morality.'   Yes, Christ died and rose again to save us from eternal punishment for our sins; no, that doesn't mean we go on sinning to our heart's content.

Even Mr. Bell's congregants at his previous church understood that – after losing membership after the publication of his anti-hell book Love Wins, the remaining members 'asked' him to leave the pastorate; he's now an ex-pastor.  He is also:
… no longer attending church and says he, his wife, and the group of friends they are "journeying with," are "churching" all the time in service to their surrounding communities.
That's code for 'making up his own religion', since he doesn't agree with the foundation of the Christian faith (those 'letters from 2,000 years ago' he so cavalierly dismisses as antiquated).

On the one hand, it's sad to see Christians fall prey to heresy; it's worse when they fall to heresy and work so hard to drag others down the same wide path.  On the other hand, this can be seen as a good thing for the Christian church in that it's a winnowing fork, separating the wheat from the chaff and purifying, bit by bit, the faith.

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