Alex Chediak, a friend of mine and now professor at California Baptist University (my alma mater), shared an article today on his blog about the fallout in Rob Bell's life and church over his book Love Wins. You can access the article here and Alex's blog here.
The commitment to rightly dividing and preaching the Word is SO important. I pray that we will read this story as a cautionary tale because any church that compromises the place of the Word in the life of the church is bound to stray from the Lord to one degree or another. There's no other option, really, when we plug our ears and refuse to listen to the clear speech of our Father in the name of creativity or new expressions of the faith or tradition or whatever.
Oh that we might return to that simple, child-like faith that clings to our Father and to the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3) by saturating our minds with His word and inflaming our hearts in prayer. In the effort to reach people with the love of Christ, we must remain faithful to the message of Christ. So please read this article and join me in praying for our own hearts and ministries and churches, praying for Rob Bell and his family, and praying for Mars Hill Church in Michigan. May the Lord use this whole situation for the glory of His name and the upbuilding of His church.
(For a brief treatment on how Rob Bell came to be a church planter and how his sending church feels about that decision now, see the brief article on my friend Marty's blog here.)
"Take care, brothers and sisters, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called 'today,' that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, 'Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion'" (Hebrews 3:12-15).