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Farewell Rob Bell

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Rob Bell has announced he is  leaving the  mega church he founded 12 years ago. Why? He desires to pursue a broader platform.

Heresy on a grander scale. All I can say is,” How Long Oh Lord?

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 “Feeling the call from God to pursue a growing number of strategic opportunities, our founding pastor Rob Bell, has decided to leave Mars Hill in order to devote his full energy to sharing the message of God’s love with a broader audience.

It is with deeply mixed emotions that we announce this transition to you. We have always understood, encouraged, and appreciated the variety of avenues in which Rob’s voice and the message of God’s tremendous love has traveled over the past 12 years. And we are happy and hopeful that as Rob and Kristen venture ahead, they will find increasing opportunity to extend the heartbeat of that message to our world in new and creative ways.”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/septemberweb-only/rob-bell-leaves-mars-hill.html

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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in counterfeit

 

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Conversational Curse?

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

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Dr Al Mohler cogently articulates  what is at stake in his masterful response to Brian McClarens “to weak for the task” attempt to defend Rob Bell. The contrast is clear according to Mohlers polemic. This isn’t a third tier gray area. Somebody stands under the Pauline anathema for preaching a “counterfeit gospel”. Finally!

Mohlers summary:

“We are talking about two rival understandings of the Gospel here — two very different understandings of theology, Gospel, Bible, doctrine, and the totality of the Christian faith. Both sides in this controversy understand what is at stake.”

http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/03/23/a-theological-conversation-worth-having-a-response-to-brian-mclaren/

 

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in anathema, counterfeit, doctrine, quotes

 

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Will God Apologize To Satan?

Carlton Pearson was a national charismatic leader when he publicly advocated the heresy of “Universalism” aka “Ultimate Reconciliation”. He  eventually allied himself with practicing homosexuals and declared  his support for abortion.

These extracts from a 2006 news report are worth a few minutes of your time. Why? It’s about the  “servant of satan” [2 Corinthians s 11:13] defending Rob Bell in the video below. One masquerader defending another. Priceless!

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“…..Mr. Pearson still has an unshakable conviction in his controversial “gospel of inclusion” — the belief that everyone will go to heaven, regardless of his or her actions on earth. The high-profile pastor lost followers, his church building, money and prestige — especially among conservatives — after he started preaching a few years ago that the gates of heaven are open to everyone, even, theoretically, to Satan.

One prominent Pentecostal pastor, Clifford L. Frazier of St. Louis, summed up his reaction thusly: “He’s crazy.”

Unbowed by such rejection, Mr. Pearson maintains that he’s on the leading edge of what will eventually become mainstream theology.

“Within the next five years, everyone will be preaching inclusion,” he said after a recent service in borrowed space at an Episcopal church in Tulsa

In a 2000 interview with The Dallas Morning News, he said he no longer adhered to the “holiness or hell” credo that is a bedrock teaching of the Church of God In Christ and other black Pentecostal groups. He said he’d been having second thoughts for years about whether one needed to accept Jesus in order to be saved. He added that he could support abortion in “extreme situations” and that homosexuality should be “tolerated but not celebrated.”

Three years later, in another interview with The News, he went further. He said it was reasonable to believe that Satan could go to heaven if he would simply repent and tell God, “‘I competed with you, but I was wrong. I’m sorry.’

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/13829/the-fall-and-rise-of-carlton-pearson

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in counterfeit, error, GOOOFY, heresy, Uncategorized

 

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Rob Bell Interview

Rob Bell

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Listen to Rob Bell as he is hit with hard probing questions, stumbles to make a point but unable to do so, responds to  a straight forward question by contradicting the writings in his new book , articulates ambiguity while trying to appear to be certain, implies Truth is actually un-true while absolutes are absolutely unknowable, eternity is important but clear answers are simply reduced to a confusing conversation without clarity of conclusion. 

Bell hides behind being a  pastor as why has no real answers all the while assuring us that  grace gives people room to work through “atrocities of life!” on their own but “clearly” wants us to  trust him  because he “absolutely” believes that  love wins. Even though he can’t actually tell us from what and is clearly unable and unwilling to articulate anything akin to Paul’s glorious gospel.

Rob nuances his way through the reality that he is bankrupt of concrete answers to real life issues but wants to assure us that he  is a man who can ask lots of questions. 

I think I  have heard his voice from somewhere in the ancient past. Yes, it has the same  hissing whisper that  loudly  asked the first undermining question, “HATH GOD SAID?”

Thats it, Bell is really Beel-zebub!

CHECK PLEASE!

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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We Should Raise “Hell”

Fallen angels in Hell

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 A year ago I did a post on the subject of Hell.  It included a list of articles from a rich  diversity of ministers who had various reasons  for tackling the subject. The articles are below.

My purpose for the post was to raise “Hell” to its biblical place of priority. However, it seems that the universalist and annihilationalist are doing their best to keep the subject in their biblical mythology casket.

Al Mohler has a couple of recent posts addressing the “hellish” topic.  He is a true “antagonizer”of the faith. I chose to “cut to the center of his article” since it began  with a question. Unlike Rob Bell and more like the Apostle Paul, Dr. Mohler asks and gives concrete answers. How refreshing!

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“What happened to evangelical convictions about hell?

The first issue is a changed view of God. The biblical vision of God has been rejected by the culture as too restrictive of human freedom and offensive to human sensibilities. God’s love has been redefined so that it is no longer holy. God’s sovereignty has been reconceived so that human autonomy is undisturbed. In recent years, even God’s omniscience has been redefined to mean that God perfectly knows all that He can perfectly know, but He cannot possibly know a future based on free human decisions.

Evangelical revisionists promote an understanding of divine love that is never coercive and would disallow any thought that God would send impenitent sinners to eternal punishment in the fires of hell. They are seeking to rescue God from the bad reputation He picked up by associating with theologians who for centuries taught the traditional doctrine. God is just not like that, they reassure. He would never sentence anyone — however guilty — to eternal torment and anguish.”

http://www.albertmohler.com/2011/03/08/doing-away-with-hell-part-one/

 

>Al Mohler….How can a God of love send anyone to Hell                                             http://www.albertmohler.com/2009/08/31/how-can-a-god-of-love-send-anyone-to-hell/#

>John Piper….How willingly do people go to Hell?    

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/how-willingly-do-people-go-to-hell

>N.T. Wright: What is Hell like?                                          http://www.outofur.com/archives/2010/01/ur_video_nt_wri_1.html

>J.I.Packer…..Annihilation and Hell                                                                   http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2009/11/packer-on-hell.php

>R.T. Kendall…Raising Hell                                                                      http://www.ministrytodaymag.com/index.php/evangelical-essentials/17076-raising-hell

>D.A. Carson…. The Terror of Hell and Preach Hell                     http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2009/11/09/the-existence-of-god-the-reality-of-evil-and-the-terror-of-hill/

http://trevinwax.com/2010/02/08/preach-hell/

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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I Am A Convinced Universalist!

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Teaching through the book of Romans involves unpacking Paul’s portrayal of the Majesty,Mystery and  Antinomy associated with God’s Sovereign Election throughout chapters 9-11. I submitted  the following observation with the flock regarding those who struggle to  join in with Paul’s doxology at the ineffability of God [romans 11:33]. 

 Many succomb to the temptation of one of the following experiences:

>A Crisis of personal faith: when Jesus shared the mystery of his flesh and blood in John 6, many of his disciples defected and followed him no more because of the mysterious difficulty of his teaching.

>A Perversion of The faith: in order to soften or deny the reality of God’s revealed character and attributes, they resort to extra biblical doctrines like universalism, annihilationalism, or open theism. 

I am convinced that  Rob Bell, Billy Graham, Carlton Pearson and Joel Osteen are  proponents of  christian universalism [aka Ultimate Reconciliation] because  they reject hisorical doctrines rooted in God’s character enscripturated.

This shouldn’t be surprising. Here are  a few more notables who embraced and promoted the heretical doctrine of universalism over God’s communicable attributes of wrath, hate and vengeance. As you can see, it is an ancient heresy being repackaged more plausibly by the likes of Rob Bell.

1. William Barclay, the famed “Prince of Expositors” nearly the end of his life came to the conclusion that in the end all mankind would be saved…Near the end of his life, William Barclay, famous for many writings, but especially for his Commentary, believed in Universal Salvation. In his autobiography, he states,”But in one thing, I would go beyond strict orthodoxy – I am a convinced universalist. I believe that in the end all men will be gathered into the love of God.”

2. In the early days,  Origen was the great name connected with universalism. Origen believed that after death there were many who would need prolonged instruction, the sternest discipline, even the severest punishment before they were fit for the presence of God. Origen did not eliminate hell; he believed that some people would have to go to heaven via hell. He believed that even at the end of the day there would be some on whom the scars remained. He did not believe in eternal punishment, but he did see the possibility of eternal penalty. And so the choice is whether we accept God’s offer and invitation willingly, or take the long and terrible way round through ages of purification.

3.Gregory of Nyssa offered three reasons why he believed in universalism. First, he believed in it because of the character of God. “Being good, God entertains pity for fallen man; being wise, he is not ignorant of the means for his recovery.” Second, he believed in it because of the nature of evil. Evil must in the end be moved out of existence, “so that the absolutely non-existent should cease to be at all.” Evil is essentially negative and doomed to non-existence. Third, he believed in it because of the purpose of punishment. The purpose of punishment is always remedial. Its aim is “to get the good separated from the evil and to attract it into the communion of blessedness.” Punishment will hurt, but it is like the fire which separates the alloy from the gold; it is like the surgery which removes the diseased thing; it is like the cautery which burns out that which cannot be removed any other way.

*William Barclay: A Spiritual Autobiography,” William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., copyright 1975, p. 65

*http://www.tentmaker.org/biographies/barclay.htm

*http://www.christiancourier.com/articles/681-the-enigmatic-william-barclay

*http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=5635&forum=48&9

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The “Wider Mercy Doctrine ” In Universalism

Seems Rob Bells recent advocacy of the damnable doctrine of Universalism has created quite the buzz. For many of us, the guilty verdict concerning  Bell came in a long time ago.  Check out  Harper Collins promo of Bell’s new book .

…..in Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing that a loving God would never sentence human souls to eternal suffering. With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly optimistic—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/02/26/rob-bell-universalist/

Many evangelicals are absolutely unaware that christian Universalism teaches that Christ death atoned for everyone so that  every person,every where will ultimately be saved. They need not hear the gospel. they  may even rebelliously reject  the the Christ of the Gospel and do so without fear  of punishment since the Christ event once and for all reconciled them to God. Hell and the Lake of fire are simply  figaments of  biblical imagination.

The so called “wider mercy doctrine” is simply unprincipled mercy  carried to it’s “universalistic salvific” conclusion. Surely God wouldn’t literally keep his word of wrathful-eternal torment upon  unrepentant sinners. much less the  anti-christ cults or false religions such as Islam,Buddhism,Hinduism and Mormonism.

How could a merciful God do such a thing? Why that would be against his loving character. Doesn’t the bible teach  the humanistic ” fainess doctrine?”.

All this  is  the new mantra of “pseudo ministers” and their compromised compassionates who buy into their heresy. The great Billy Graham was advocating  the wider mercy doctrine of universalism many years ago. Listen for yourself. There is a brief intro before the interview and then hear the “good news that there is no bad news.”

When you read about Bell and finish watching the video, kindly whisper  Paul’s double anathema. Amen!

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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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