You may have seen the news lately about Rob Bell, former pastor of Mars Hill in Grandville, MI, affirming homosexuality.
This past Sunday Bell, author of Love Wins that questions the reality of hell, said, “I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs — I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”
This ought not to surprise us. This is a logical step on the road of his post-modern (we can’t really know what truth is) thinking. In his ‘no reality of truth’ mindset Bell asks, “How can a loving God send sinners to hell?” If there is no hell and judgment of God on sin, there is no motivation to live the life of the antithesis. No antithesis? Anything is acceptable now, including homosexuality.
Bell also said:
I think we are witnessing the death of a particular subculture that doesn’t work. I think there is a very narrow, politically intertwined, culturally ghettoized, Evangelical subculture that was told “we’re gonna change the thing” and they haven’t. And they actually have turned away lots of people [the gospel IS offensive, Bell does not think this is the way it should be]. And I think that when you’re in a part of a subculture that is dying, you make a lot more noise because it’s very painful. You sort of die or you adapt. And if you adapt, it means you have to come face to face with some of the ways we’ve talked about God, which don’t actually shape people into more loving, compassionate people. And we have supported policies [against homosexuality] and ways of viewing the world that are actually destructive. And we’ve done it in the name of God and we need to repent.
Rob Bell contends that we ought to repent for our stance against homosexuality and that we have wrongly taken this stance “in the name of God.” We have taken a stance against homosexuality in the name of God, the God who clearly condemns homosexuality. This is the God who commands us to live the life of the antithesis. This is the God who hates sin. He is our God and he commands us to live in purity. He is the God of marriage between one man and one woman. He is not a God of homosexual unions.