Wednesday, April 20, 2011

John MacArthur Takes on Rob Bell

Today, I am linking you to one of Dr. John MacArthur's posts on the Rob Bell and Hell controversy. You'll need to click on the other links at the bottom of each post at the Grace to You blog to read the entire series thus far, but this is a good place to start. In this particular post (and the previous one) Dr. MacArthur dissects Bell's statements in his recent book and comments accordingly.

I've been interested to note Bell's subsequent statements pleading for "civility" and — as has become typical with Emergent-types — saying that his critics misunderstand him. He also professes a degree of mystification at the controversy, which I find a bit disingenuous. You attack an orthodox doctrine of the church and cast doubt on it, and you're surprised that there's a dust-up? Oh, please. Of course orthodox theologians and Bible scholars are going to take issue with you!

One more reason the Lord's brother James warned . . . Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment (James 3:1).

Addendum: Also review this commentary by Dr. Al Mohler.

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