Rob Bell: Resurrection video

Just got back from our Easter evening service at Oasis Warrington. As part of the sermon there was featured this video of Rob Bell talking about the Resurrection:

All very right-brained, but nothing unorthodox as far as I can tell. It was followed by a very orthodox appeal for people to give their lives to Jesus, not to avoid going to hell but to enjoy the full benefits of the eternal life God has promised.

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  1. I made myself watch the entire video, but it only confirmed to me that Rob Bell’s presetation style is not my cup of tea. Nonetheless, he proclaimed Christ crucified and raised from the dead for our sakes, and I am therefore thrilled that his presentation style is attractive to so many people.

  2. Mike, that is very good comment. I suspect you are a left-brainer, but I am glad that you are prepared to accept as valid and useful presentation styles which are not your personal preference.

  3. If we align our beliefs with Rob Bell – that everyone is reconciled and receives eternal life through Christ – then I guess any appeal to receive “the full benefits of eternal life” must be somewhat limited in scope.

  4. Paul – Rob Bell doesn’t say that, does he? He says he longs for the ultimate reconciliation of all things. Don’t you long for that? Don’t you hope that in the end God will find a way to win even the worst of us? Don’t you believe that God in Christ crucified and risen might just make that possible?

    Go read what Rob says to Time magazine and please, if you must knock the guy, at least base it on something he actually says…

  5. Phil, your attitude is commendable in every way. Moreover, your hope is being fulfilled because everyone is going to heaven – and I do mean everyone – by the grace of Jesus Christ. (He “gave Himself as a ransom for all” 1 Tim 2:6)

  6. Phil, thank you for saying to Paul more or less what I would have said. Or perhaps Paul should listen to Rob Bell’s interview with Adrian. But he shouldn’t listen to the people who denounced Bell without even reading his book.

    Mike, yours is the logical implication of the Calvinist position that grace is irresistible. But my position is that humans can resist and reject God’s grace. Many do so at least to start with. How many carry through their rejection until it is too late is another question.

  7. Thank you, Mike. That’s an interesting take on Romans 6:7, but it isn’t exactly compatible with Hebrews 9:27. And what do you do with the “wrath” of Romans 1-2? Is it experienced only in this life?

  8. Yes, the wrath of God is experienced on this earth in this life. This is consistent with how it is portrayed not only in Romans 1-2, but also by Moses and all the prophets who established the meaning of the term (which is consistent with the curses outlined in Deuteronomy 28).

    Even though the wrath of God ends with death, there is a final judgment to which each of us is subject when we go to heaven (Hebrews 27; 2 Cor 5:10). This will include degrees of shame or honor depending on how well each of us did with the knowledge of God that each of us had on earth. Many who are first here will be last there, and vice versa. (Hebrews 10:31)

    The net outcome is that even though everyone is going to heaven, our individual morality before God matters very, very much. Jesus did not save us for licentiousness, but rather for righteousness. (2 Tim 2:19)

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