Reporter exposes Pastor Rob Bell’s lack of answers

I haven’t read Pastor Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins (a book about salvation, Heaven, and Hell) so I reserve judgment on the book, but I saw the interview with MSNBC’s Martin Bashir and came away impressed.

With Martin Bashir.

There is nothing more frustrating than the shallow double-speak that comes from many pastors these days. Well, Bashir would have none of it. Bashir constantly forced Bell to answer the questions he asked. When Bell would not answer, Bashir would ask the question again and demand an answer. Some have said Bell was squirming, I’m not sure it was that bad, but it was clear he was very uncomfortable.

Here is a few of the questions Bashir asked:

“This book you’ve written has been stirring some controversy because the implication is, as you put it, “God’s love will eventually melt hearts,” that’s what you say in the book. So are you a universalist who believes that everyone can go to heaven regardless of how they respond to Christ on earth?”

“So is it irrelevant and is it immaterial about how one responds to Christ in this life in terms of determining one’s eternal destiny? Is that immaterial?”

“But you’ve just indicated one of the problems with the book, which is in a sense you’re creating a Christian message that’s warm, kind and popular, for contemporary culture but it’s, frankly – according to this critic – unbiblical and historically unreliable. That’s true, isn’t it?”

“What you’ve done is you’re amending the Gospel, the Christian message, so that it’s palatable to contemporary people who find, for example, the idea of hell and heaven very difficult to stomach. So here comes Rob Bell, he’s made a Christian gospel for you and it’s perfectly palatable, it’s much easy to swallow. That’s why you’ve done, isn’t it?”

Though Bell still did not answer the questions with clarity, at least he was confronted by someone who was ready to discuss the issues in an intelligent way.

And that might be the biggest frustration about the interview. Here is someone willing to engage in the issues and to truly understand what is being said and it is the Christian guy who refuses to be clear.

I would like to say this is rare, but I see it all the time. When the world has real questions so many Christians get offended, scared, uncomfortable, or silent. Or worse, they engage in a bunch of double-speak that sounds good until it comes under closer scrutiny. It makes the world believe that when it comes down to it, we do not have any real answers.

Check out the interview here and let me know what you think:


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