First Review Calls Bell a Universalist

Tim Challies has written the first major review of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. Based on his reading of the entire book, he concludes that Bell is a kind of “Christian Universalist” and that he denies the doctrine of Hell as a place of eternal, conscious punishment.

Something tells me this conversation is just getting started.

7 Responses to First Review Calls Bell a Universalist

  1. Jason March 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    He needs to wait to read the book before…..oh, wait, nevermind.

    So, you’re telling me “it is what we thought it was”?

  2. Robert Slowley March 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Colour me entirely unsurprised.

    Prediction: None of the people who took Justin Taylor to pieces for analysing what Bell had already said will apologise at all.

  3. John Mark Harris March 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Jude 7 “Sodom and Gomorrah… serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”

    Let me reiterare “eternal fire”

  4. Michael March 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    @Slowley

    My thoughts also. In fact, I suspect the loudest critics of Bell’s critics will quiet some.

  5. Chase March 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Ps. 5:5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; you hate all workers of iniquity.

    Ps. 11:5 The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.

    Pr. 3:32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, but His secret counsel is with the upright.

    Pr. 16:4 The LORD has made all for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

    Ro. 9:13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

    Ro. 9:21-22 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,

    Yep, God just loves everybody.

  6. Alice March 10, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    And just because Challies says it is so, that’s final? There were other (and earlier) “major” reviews that came to different conclusions. Come on, boys, stop congratulating yourselves & think on your own.

  7. D.J. Williams March 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    @Jason…

    “and we let’ em off the hook!!!”

    Anyone?

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