Rob Bell and his wife, Kristen, are making headlines again, this time about gay marriage and the church. Before we start, just a point to our emergent friends: When it comes to heretical teachers like Bell, we are NOT to "eat the meat and spit out the bones (advice found nowhere in Scripture), but instead we are to follow the command to mark and avoid false teachers.
(Romans 16:17-18) "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."
Here's an excerpt from the show that aired Sunday, Feb. 15. reported what Bell said on Super Soul Sunday, airing on Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel:
"One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness," Rob Bell said. "Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with."
That statement prompted a question from Oprah: "When is the church going to get that?"
"We're moments away," Rob Bell said. "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."
Said Kristen Bell: "There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle." (SOURCE)
Bell recently started a broadcast group called "The Liturgists," and promotes "mother God" and a deep mystical New Age mediation called"apophatic prayer." Remember that Bell is part of the Emergent Church:
The Emergent Church movement is a progressive Christian movement that attempts to reduce or eliminate Christian doctrine in favor of experience and feelings. Most do not believe man can know what is absolute truth, and believe God must be experienced outside of traditional biblical doctrines.
It’s important to note that there are the well-known emergent leaders we’ve tracked: Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Rob Bell and Rick Warren (whom many of these leaders point to as their inspiration for the Emergent Movement). Then there is the next generation; the up-and-coming rookies who now are the prolific young voices at leadership conferences (like Catalyst and many others), that you can’t easily research because they don’t have anything questionable yet attached to their bios. But make no mistake: The leaders of old have not gone away, nor has the movement died. Instead it is shifting into a new or neo mode, making the Neo-Emergent movement even more insidious, confusion and (worst of all) appealing to a whole new audience of young Christians. It’s the same old “Hath God said” lie repackaged into a slick media marketing formula with programs helping many pastors “plug and play” with sermon topics and programs in their own churches to perpetuate the movement. Most don’t even know they’re doing it.