The sad fact is that mainstream evangelicalism embraced the sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church aka the Emerging Church—with its  its “big tent” Progressive Christianity aka Emergence Christianity—and e.g. began using warped and toxic teachings of EC leaders like Emerging Church rock star pastor Rob Bell, and has been poisoning its own young.

So Apprising Ministries has been giving you peeks at its bleak future of division and compromise of God’s Word; and for nearly six years now, in articles like Is Rob Bell Evangelical? and Rob Bell Is Definitely Not Like Jesus, I’ve been warning you that Bell’s doctrine is not at all in line with the historic orthodox Christian faith. Take for example Rob Bell On His Practice Of “Militant Mysticism”.

Mysticism was not taught or practiced by Jesus of And His Apostles, which is why we don’t find it in the Bible. Here I’m going to point you to another review of Bell’s new book; this one by heretical Open Theist Greg Boyd, who not surprisingly is supportive of Bell’s latest work. And this gets me to my serious questions concerning Rob Bell.

Boyd tells us:

I have actually read the book (I received an advanced copy)… Rob is first and foremost a poet/artist/dramatist who has a fantastic gift for communicating… Putting his formidable communicating skills to full use… As I interpret Rob’s work,… I know many readers will want my opinion on whether or not Rob is in fact a Universalist.  I’m tempted to say — and probably should say —” I’m not sure;…

 I strongly doubt Rob would describe himself as a “Universalist.”…even if one ends up disagreeing with some of Rob’s conclusions (which, as I said, are at most alluded to rather than dogmatically defended)… I would argue that Rob cannot hold to Universalism as a doctrine: he cannot be, in the classic sense of the word, a Universalist. Then again, I could be wrong… (Online source, emphasis his)

Here’s my first question: If Rob Bell has such “a fantastic gift for communicating, with “formidable communicating skills,” then why is it even people who are friends and supporters of Bell’s like Greg Boyd are “not sure” and “could be wrong” about what he believes, teaches, and confesses? For six years now I’ve talked with thousands of Rob Bell disciples and even they disagree about what Bell believes.

If you really want to see someone with formidable communicating skills pick up e.g. a copy of The Kingdom of the Cults by the actual Bible Answer Man, the late Dr. Walter Martin; I’ll guarantee that you’ll have no trouble figuring out what he believed about what he so often referred to as “the historic orthodox Christian faith.” This is how it should be; the Christian is to declare the Word of God as Jesus did, not raise questions about it.

According to Jesus His pastors are commissioned to:

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching… He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (2 Timothy 2:23; 4:2; Titus 1:9

Which brings me to my other question: How do the nebulous teachings of Rob Bell fit that instruction?

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