Recently, Rob Bell came out in support of Gay Marriage. He claimed that he “is for love and fidelity, whether that is man with man, man with woman, or woman with woman.”
Bell does not have the reputation of following Scripture, but this takes him even further out of classification as a Christian. While many people claim that “you cannot judge a person’s heart,” Bell is making it clear that he is not a member of the Christian faith.
The transition of the “progressive/emergent” Christian from being someone who wanted contemporary music in churches to, now, being a group of people who are willing to compromise clear biblical truths in order to be tolerant and accepting has been a frightening transition. Rob Bell’s fear of losing a Hollywood popularity contest has caused him to compromise on the truth of Scripture.
Here’s the thing: Love does win. As a matter of fact, Love has already won. Love won on the cross and love won when Jesus rose from the grave. But Love does not win when people like Rob Bell, Shaun King, and Carlos Whittaker allow people to remain in their sin and comfort them as being Christians. Those who genuinely struggle with homosexuality look at people like Rob Bell and hear that they do not have to repent for their sin in order to have a relationship with Christ and go to heaven.
This is a direct contradiction to scripture.
I plead with my Christian friends: do not compromise on the truth. If you are a Christian, that means that you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. Asking Christ to be your savior is easy, and this is what people like Bell, King, and Whittaker advocate. But asking Christ to be Lord is essential for salvation. And, if you are a Christian, this means that where you and the Bible disagree, the Bible is right and you are wrong. The Bible is God’s word. No matter how you feel about abortion or homosexual marriage, Jesus is against it.
If you claim to be a Christian, it means that you affirm God’s word above your own. I pray that we all examine how we daily rebel against God.
Disclaimer: there are not only two types of Christians. These are two distinct opposites that I noticed last week.
Category 1: Those who are infatuated with Christian celebrities. These are tweets from the live feed of Passion.
What this Christian celebrity feeds is the common theology of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, meaning that God is good and he loves us but he is not concerned with every facet of my life. He is there when I need him and his love is good and makes me feel good but the fact that Jesus laid down his life for my sin does not mean that I have to fully devote my life to the Kingdom of God.
There is NOTHING wrong with enjoying a specific pastor or speaker or worship band or worship style. Do not misunderstand me. But when your desire to attend a conference or church is based on WHO is there instead of the God who is being worshipped, you are being selfish.
I believe the heart of those who lead Passion and the heart of the majority who attend is to see the name of Jesus lifted high. It would be foolish to pretend that there are not those who attend only because of Chan/Lecrae/Piper/Crowder/Just because their friends are there.
Category 2: Those who seek to worship God in all situations
There are many people who take the Kingdom of God seriously enough that they can worship God in a small church with hymns and a little old lady who plays the organ and they can worship God in a megachurch with a band and 10,000 others and know that the Lord is being lifted high in your life. When people like this are on the mission field, they can find refuge in the Lord instead of relying on a person.
Too often I find myself in category one when I desire to be in category two. May all of us continue to find our foundation in the Lord and in the Cross of Christ rather than this season’s famous Christian Celebrity.
What if God had chosen to reject us after we rebelled?
As we approach the Christmas season, many Christians take time to remember the birth of Christ. Jesus came, humbled as a child, so that he may one day die for our sins. This is a direct result of the fact that God had a plan to redeem humankind since the beginning of time.
God chose to redeem us because he LOVED us.
1 John 4:19 – We love because God first loved us.
Being the glorious God that He is, God could have chosen to reject mankind and annihilate it completely – after all, we are his creation. But he did not.
If God had left man to his own demise, He would have destroyed everyone at the flood. He would have destroyed entire nations like he did in Genesis 19. And we would have deserved it.
I can only say that I am not deserving of God’s love – neither are you. We must not forget, especially in this Christmas season, that the birth of Christ is the result of the love of the Father.