Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Oh oh oh, Love Wins Alright!
"My name is Rob and I live in Grand Rapids MI. And I'm a Christian. And I believe in Jesus. And I believe Jesus is the way. And I BELIEVE in HEAVEN. And I BELIEVE in HELL. And I believe the Bible is God's word. I am not a universalist, because I believe God's love is SO great God lets you decide. I believe in the communion of the Saints. I believe the CHURCH is the fullness. I believe in a new heaven and a new earth. I believe in healing. I believe in miracles. I believe in salvation. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe God is ALIVE and WORKING. I believe there has been a r e s u r r e c t i o n and there is a whole new creation bursting forth in the midst of this one right here . . . . . .and I also believe it's best to only discuss books you've actually read." I was brought to tears this morning by the first seven minutes of Rob's sermon from Sunday. I'm have the utmost respect for his congregation and elders, as I can only imagine the turmoil they have faced over the last weeks has been heart wrenching. I'm glad I didn't say much about this subject until Rob had a chance to, because I couldn't have stated it any better. A Response From Rob Himself So just for the record. . .I love Rob Bell. I love Rob because he loves Jesus. I love Rob because he teaches the Bible as the word of God, and teaches from it in a way that in order to learn I need to open it up myself. I love Rob because he preaches love, forgiveness, and grace like no one I have ever heard. I love him because he leads me to ask hard questions, and search to find the answers. I love him because he never speaks ill of those who speak ill of him, and that must take AMAZING Spirit given restraint given the things spoke of him. If THIS man is the definition of a heretic, tell me where to sign up because I'm pretty sure Jesus wishes we were all so heretical.