Bestselling author Rob Bell, the former megachurch pastor who became notorious for his book arguing that there’s no such thing as hell, is at it again … this time taking aim at biblical marriage while promoting same-sex “marriage” via the new book he touted on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday program.
Poised to make more money from attacking another biblical principle, Bell, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church, told Oprah Winfrey that the American Church is just “moments away” from supporting “gay marriage,” proclaiming that the transformation is “inevitable.”
Bell promoted his next major title, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage, on Oprah’s show, using a secular humanistic argument to try and override the ages-old tried-and-proven Bible teaching that God blesses marriage only between one man and one woman.
Bell’s wife, Kristen, joined him to tell Oprah that they are fully on board with the LGBT community concerning same-sex marriage, which is now legalized in 37 states … and counting.
"Marriage, gay and straight, is a gift to the world because the world needs more — not less — love, fidelity, commitment, devotion and sacrifice," Kristen Bell told Oprah and her millions of viewers.
In Oprah’s corner
Pleased that the Bells are on her side of the same-sex marriage debate in their book, Oprah inquired what it was that made them support homosexuality in the sacred institution.
"One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness," Rob Bell responded to Oprah, one of the wealthiest entertainers on earth. "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."
Ecstatic over Bell’s reply, Oprah posed another question regarding Christians embracing the controversial union.
"When is the church going to get that?" Oprah asked.
"We're close," the controversial author said before his wife chirped in, "I think it's evolving."
The former pastor then articulated on where he thought the Church was going on the issue.
"Lots of people are already there,” insisted Bell, who publicly “arrived” at his new stance on marriage back in 2013. “We think it's inevitable and we're moments away from the Church accepting it."
Full frontal to God, the Bible and the Church
Bell then went out on a limb and argued that the Church will virtually disappear as a pillar in American society if it doesn’t give in to the LGBT agenda and keeps on fighting for biblical marriage.
"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," asserted Bell, whose New York Times Bestseller Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived came out in 2011, arguing against the Bible that hell is not a real place.
Bell’s wife then chimed in, as if to warn Bible-believing churches that standing up for God’s Word is stunting their growth and even making them backward.
"There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle," Kristen Bell said.
Shame on you, Mr. Bell
Line of Fire host and nationally syndicated columnist Michael L. Brown had to double-take the former megachurch pastor’s stance on marriage.
“So, according to Rob Bell, the Church of Jesus should follow worldly culture and deny the plain teaching of God's Word in order to be ‘relevant.,’" Brown mused. “And according to Bell, human feelings trump God's Word, which can easily be dismissed as outdated — 2,000 years outdated, it appears.”
Brown tried to put a foot on Bell’s new line of “reasoning.”
“I guess what's trending on Twitter trumps the timeless wisdom of the living Word of the living God,” Brown pondered over Bell’s line of thinking. “I guess an emotional appeal carries far more weight than transcendent Truth.”
The FIRE School of Ministry president and founder then interpreted Bell’s worldview by expressing sentiments to reveal the former pastor’s true heart.
“How antiquated! How backwards! How embarrassing!,” Brown exclaimed, attempting to assume Bell’s voice. “How dare these churches entrench themselves against the onslaught of worldly culture … How dare they continue to resist the redefining of marriage and the rewriting of the sacred Scriptures … How dare they hold fast to their position that God's ways are best … How dare they not get with the program of liberal progressivism.”
Pick a side … the right side
Brown succinctly addresses the issue at hand: Bell telling Christians that they must succumb to the pressures of society and surrender their biblical values anchored in the God’s Word.
“The bad news is that many professing Christians are capitulating to culture and abandoning the holy and wholesome ways of the Lord,” Brown concedes.
However, Brown understands that he’s solidly planted on the winning side of the issue.
“The good news is that the Word of God stands forever (Isaiah 40:7-8; Matthew 24:35), and one day, Oprah Winfrey, with all her massive influence, and Rob and Kristen Bell, with their substantial influence as well, will be mere footnotes in this age of compromise and apostasy, marked as eternally irrelevant by the only One whose opinion matters,” Brown declares. “That's why I pray for their repentance today.”