Rob Bell, the man that the Chicago Sun Times has referred to as the “heir to Billy Graham” was interviewed for an article that appeared in the April 22, 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
Here are a few thoughts from the man who is influencing the post-modern mind though his pulpit ministry and his books. Rob Bell speaks:
“I practice miltant mysticism”
“I am really absolutely sure of some things that I don’t quite know.”
“My Dad is a U.S. Federal District Judge and gets lots of death threats. On Father’s Day a couple of years ago, there were bodyguards in our driveway at our house. And I am okay with that.”
“We are in this very unusual convergence of power and church and religion and Jesus, where a Christian pastor is saying a prayer at the [President’s] inauguration. I mean, what?”
Oh boy. And this man apparently has credibility in some quarters. As I was reading the CT interview, I wondered what is militant mysticism? If it is anything like miltant Islamists, militant feminists, militant right-wing extremists, militant homosexuals or essentially any other noun I can think of, modified by the term “militant,” I’m relatively certain I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I am not even sure that the term “militant Christian” would be all that flattering. In fact, I’ll correct that, it is NOT flattering.
The second quote sounds like it might have come from Alice in Wonderland or perhaps some confessional mantra from an eastern religion of enlightenment. As for the third, the context for this quote is his lamentation over the violence in our culture. So, am I to take it that he is okay with his father getting death threats, so long as there are bodyguards?
With respect to that forth quote, well, I think it speaks for itself. Here is a man who is pastor of a sort-of Christian church, yet he evidently is bewildered or perhaps even offended by a Christian praying at the inauguration of the President.
But if you think those were strange, here is Rob Bell’s summary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“I would say that history is headed somewhere. The thousands of little ways in which you are tempted to believe that hope might actually be a legitimate response to the insanity of the world actually can be trusted. And the Christian story is that a tomb is empty, and a movement has actually begun that has been present in a sense all along in creation. And all those times when your cynicism was at odds with an impulse within you that said that this little thing might be about something bigger—those tiny little slivers may in fact be connected to something really, really big.”
A summary of the gospel. Thus sayeth the “heir to Billy Graham.”
Welcome to the new and improved Christ-less Christianity,…Rob Bell Style. No perfect Creator, no disobedience by man, no judgment, no substitutionary atonement, no redemption, no regeneration, no eternity. No worries! Just tiny little slivers!
And my response…Come, Lord Jesus!