Following the release of Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins” back in 2011, pastor and theologian John Piper apparently foresaw the spiritual downward spiral that the popular pastor was about to undertake.
At the time, to the surprise of some, Piper tweeted this phrase: “Farewell, Rob Bell.”
Two years later we realize that perhaps Piper prophesied, or at least made a very well-educated guess with respect to Bell’s future.
Bell made the talk show rounds denying all accusations of universalism (the doctrine claiming that all people will eventually end up in heaven), despite the questions and statements he made in his book. But everything he has done since then shows that he believes in this false doctrine.
What happened to Bell in these past two years is a sad testimony to his fall. He went from the pinnacle, that is the TIME magazine cover proclaiming him one of the most popular pastors in America, to loosing his Mars Hill pastorship (he claims he left at his own initiative) and toward failed attempts at putting together a TV show in Los Angeles.
But more sad is the fact that his true colors, perhaps rainbow colors, became evident this week. He now fully affirms the love between homosexual couples and supports gay marriage.
Said Bell: “Yes, I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think that the church needs to just … this is the world that we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”
Taken in the context of “other ways of knowing God” described in his YouTube ad for his brand new book, we now have a totally different gospel, and likely a totally different religion than Christianity.
Rob Bell had time to repent and come to the cross and affirm Christ as the only possible means to the Father and to eternal life. He chose instead to spiral further into heresy. I still hope he comes to the cross and receives Jesus as Lord of his life, and recognizes Jesus as the only Mediator between man and God.
Until then… Farewell, Rob Bell…