Rob Bell is the pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan and has a history of saying some pretty outrageous things about the Bible. He isn’t new to controversy, but his most recent remarks on the Valentine’s Day version of Oprah’s Show about how the church should accept same-sex marriage may have taken the cake:
“I think the culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.
“Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It’s central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with.”
We don’t know if Mr. Bell is trying to stir up controversy to sell more books, or if he really believes what he says. While loneliness among people is on the rise in our more isolated, modern society; the Bible clearly says that homosexual behavior is a sin. The Bible is the book that almost all Christian churches rely on for worship and teaching.
If a so-called “church” or its leaders don’t believe what the Bible says, then for all intents and purposes they have a cult. That’s what it looks like Rob Bell has started or is trying to start.
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