New Push to Universalism

 

The Reformed blogosphere has had much to say in the last few days about a new book by one of  America’s most popular ‘pastors’  (Rob Bell) in which he denies the reality of  hell.   On one post a man quoted our esteemed friend, Mr. Ryle.  His words, as is so often the case, are powerful:

“Beware of new and strange doctrines about hell and the eternity of punishment. Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just; a God who is all love, but not holy; a God who has a heaven for everybody, but a hell for none.”

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6 responses to “New Push to Universalism

  • MarieP

    I just ran across this cartoon yesterday… (you should be able to see it without being on Facebook)

    http://www.facebook.com/dougwils#!/photo.php?fbid=506840995530&set=a.506840990540.2022980.110901771&theater

  • Benjamin James

    This is very sad. What exactly does Rob Bell believe happens to those who are not in Christ? The scriptures are clear about the reality of hell, Jesus frequently spoke about it: Matthew 13:42, Matthew 25:41, Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16:24, Revelation 20:13-15, Revelation 21:8 are some examples that come to mind. Sola Scriptura!

  • RBC

    Ben,
    You can read a bit more about the subject on Kevin DeYoung’s website, as well as Justin Taylor’s.
    Here is the link to DeYoung: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/02/26/to-hell-with-hell/

  • Robbie

    who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
    and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
    speak to us smooth things,
    prophesy illusions,
    leave the way, turn aside from the path,
    let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 30:10

    To a lost world and sadly even a segment of Christendom with” itchy ears”, the God they have shaped for themselves is one who exists only to serve them, one who simply sweeps their “mistakes” under some celestial rug. When it comes to our Lord there are only two options, He must either be our Savior or our Judge. For almost 2,000 years the church has preached the necessity of God’s judgment of the wicked and now we’re told the church got it wrong? Mr. Ryle also wrote these judicious words, “The saddest road to hell is the one that runs under the pulpit, past the Bible, and through the middle of warnings and invitations.

  • Dallas Goebel

    Bell’s assault on the doctrine of eternal punishment is certainly nothing new. It’s amazing, however, how quickly I have seen some “evangelicals” run to his defense.

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