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Pastor Rob Bell: There Is No Hell

| April 29, 2011
Stealing your faith

The bible says this about people living in the end times, our time – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4.

That day, foreseen by the Lord and given to Paul to teach as a prophecy of the future apostasy of the church, has arrived. Who needs “sound teaching” anyway? You get a whole lot more people to fill the pews when you tell them what they want to hear, rather than what the revealed word of God clearly teaches. Pastors like Joel Osteen of the Lakewood Church in Texas have built up a weekly audience of over 15,000 people by telling them that God “wants you to be rich.”

Similiarly, Pastor Rob Bell of the Mars Hill church has gained an audience of over 7,000 a week by teaching them “another gospel”. He has just written a book called “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.” The theme of this runaway bestseller? That maybe there is no actual Hell, maybe the bible was only using it to scare us, and that in the end everyone, including Hitler, and pedophiles and Al Capone, all get “reconciled to God”, and no one actually spends eternity in Hell. SPOILER ALERT: If Rod Bell is correct then Jesus is a liar and the bible is a useless book not fit for much of anything.

The rich man didn’t think there was a real Hell, either

The bible is a funny Book, God gives you all the space you want to BELIEVE what He wrote, or to reinterpret His words to suit your own level of disbelief. It’s up to you. But the bible also says that because people refused to believe the Truth, that God would send them a “stong delusion” so that they might “believe a lie”. Jesus taught about the reality of Hell, and warned against it greatly. Listen to the fate of the rich man in Luke 16 who died believing in what Rob Bell teaches.

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” Luke 16.

Ok, so someone is lying about Hell then. Either the bible is deceiving you, or Rob Bell is. Which is it?

Jesus said repeatedly that Hell is real, Rob Bell says otherwise. Who do YOU believe?

Time magazine makes Rob Bell it’s cover story.
“The standard Christian view of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is summed up in the Gospel of John, which promises “eternal life” to “whosoever believeth in Him.” Traditionally, the key is the acknowledgment that Jesus is the Son of God, who, in the words of the ancient creed, “for us and for our salvation came down from heaven … and was made man.” In the Evangelical ethos, one either accepts this and goes to heaven or refuses and goes to hell. Bell, a tall, 40-year-old son of a Michigan federal judge, begs to differ.

The traditionalist reaction is understandable, for Bell’s arguments about heaven and hell raise doubts about the core of the Evangelical worldview, changing the common understanding of salvation so much that Christianity becomes more of an ethical habit of mind than a faith based on divine revelation.

“When you adopt universalism and erase the distinction between the church and the world,” says Mohler, “then you don’t need the church, and you don’t need Christ, and you don’t need the cross. This is the tragedy of nonjudgmental mainline liberalism, and it’s Rob Bell’s tragedy in this book too.”

Particularly galling to conservative Christian critics is that Love Wins is not an attack from outside the walls of the Evangelical city but a mutiny from within — a rebellion led by a charismatic, popular and savvy pastor with a following.

Is Bell’s Christianity — less judgmental, more fluid, open to questioning the most ancient of assumptions — on an inexorable rise? “I have long wondered if there is a massive shift coming in what it means to be a Christian,” Bell says. “Something new is in the air.” source – Time

Something new indeed

The Time magazine article ends with Pastor Bell, having dismissed the bible doctrine of Hell, smugly retorts that “something new is in the air”. Actually, Mr. Bell, it’s not something new, it’s something as old as the Devil himself. And you do his work when you teach lies and false doctrine, such as you have done with your book, “Love Wins”.

As we said at the start of this article, if Hell is not real, then Jesus is a bald-faced liar. Period. End of story. Now granted, you may not like the idea of a literal, burning Hell, Mr Bell. But your dislike of it does not remove it’s presence.

Indeed, there will be many in your church who, taught there is no Hell, will then rightly conclude on that basis that perhaps there is no literal Heaven, either. And having done that, Jesus Himself becomes a fairy tale. Why would a person like that ever feel the need to get saved? So they can be washed clean of their figurative sins?

No, Mr. Bell, when you remove the doctrine of Hell, you remove the doctrine of Heaven as well. Make no mistake, there will be Hell to pay for the lies you are teaching.

About the Author:

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he hosts a twice-weekly bible study and prophecy radio show on BlogTalk Radio, and oversees a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
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  1. Sam Binder says:

    My favorite story about hell goes like this: When you die, your soul take the form of your body, but with much longer arms that do not bend. You go to either heaven or hell, although you don’t know which at first. Both are set up as an eternal feast. Eventually, you grow hungry and, though you cannot die again, your hunger pains are infinitely more intense than they were when you were alive.
    Now, in hell, you can’t reach your mouth to ease your hunger pains. You’re taunted and tormented by the foods. However, in Heaven, you can reach your neighbor’s mouth, and he can reach yours, and so your pains subside.

  2. Brwneydgrl69 says:

    Hell is real, but its not some constant burning place of fire, and torment. Hell is the GRAVE! also known as “Sheol”, then the other words that Jesus used were “Gehenna” and “Hades”. There is NO ETERNAL TORMENT…. JUST ANNIHILATION just like God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah… thats what the Lake of Fire will be like… NOT Eternal Torment as the Roman Catholic Church would like you to believe in their false doctrine.

    • admin says:

      So you are attempting to refute Roman Catholic doctrine by using Jehovah’s Witness doctrine? Please. Jesus says in Luke 16 that Hell is a real, literal, fiery place of torment. End of story.

    • Wayde says:

      @Brwneydgrl69…I think that you should do more research in God’s Word before you make such a statement.
      Scripture says,

      Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
      The beast, the false prophet, and them that worshipped his image are cast “ALIVE” (eternal damnation) into the lake of fire.

      Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever
      Tormented day and night forever and ever.(eternal damnation)
      The above verses do not back your statement.
      “There is NO ETERNAL TORMENT”
      Is not forever and ever the same as, from eternity to eternity?
      And just so you know this is not Roman Catholic Church Doctrine…”IT IS THE TRUE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD.”

      (KJVR) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever

      (LITV) And the Devil leading them astray was thrown into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were. And they were tormented day and night to the ages of the ages.

      (MKJV) And the Devil who deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were . And he will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

      (RV) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever

      (ESV) and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

      (GNB) Then the Devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had already been thrown; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

      (GW) The devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were also thrown. They will be tortured day and night forever and ever.

      (ISV) and the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were. They will be tortured day and night forever and ever.

      2Ti 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

      Be Blessed

    • Yahunathan says:

      I have followed this website long enough Brwneydgrl69 and apparently so have you. Some people just want to have their ears tickled instead of seeking the TRUTH (and the WAY and the LIFE) with their all.

      @admin: Perhaps you forgot that the Messiah spoke in PARABLES. If you cannot even see the link between the Lazarus in Luke 16 and the Lazarus in the Fourth Gospel attributed to John, you have a lot of scriptural studying and soul-searching to do. This website is not bearing the fruit it ought to, this much I am sure of.

  3. matt says:

    Uhhh…Don’t stop there admin. Jesus followed up with Mark 9:48 “where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.” We WILL live forever in Heaven, and those cast into the lake of fire will too! Why will it be forever? Because we are made in the image of GOD! We all have eternal souls. End of story.

  4. kristine says:

    Why take a chance? Isn’t there a bit of a seed of some kind of immortality in every thought we have? Jesus offers forever peace, Satan wants us to burn in total unquenchable fire forever with him. Misery loves company? We choose.

  5. Paul says:

    Hell is real because the fact is, demons are real. Please read
    http://certaintyofgodslove.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-choice-your-destiny.html

  6. Wayde says:

    Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

    I guess Mr.Bell missed this verse!

    Be Blessed

  7. John Boyle says:

    “May you be in heaven a half hour,
    before the devil knows your dead”

    Figures Time gives this man a soap box. Yes Mr. Bell something definetly is in the air, Christianity will have much to suffer, and much thanks will be given to people such as you by your peers. I just wish I could be present when you do your explaining to Jesus… I will pray for you.

  8. Kyle says:

    Well… not really all too surprising being that his dad is a member of the circus called the federal “justice” system, where the guilty go free, the innocent get jailed, and the only truth that matters is the fact of it being an orderly debate of whatever sounds best for each side.

  9. Paul says:

    Hell is real because the fact is, demons are real. Please read
    http://certaintyofgodslove.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-choice-your-destiny.html
    and be sure to read a related link: http://CertaintyOfWhatisComing.BlogSpot.com

  10. Chris says:

    See CNN’s synopsis of Rob Bell’s interview.

  11. Chris says:

    From CNN.com: “Bell reiterated to CNN that he very much believes in both heaven and hell.”

  12. Matt says:

    This is a VERY irresponsible article. For starters, Rob Bell says NO SUCH THING. That makes this article an act of misinformation at best, downright malice at worst. Don’t Christians have something better to do than take petty shots at each other? Especially when they’re making stunningly-inaccurate claims about the other to do it?

    I just discovered how reputable this website is.

  13. I spoke with someone the other day who is normally a very private person. I had asked him if he was a motorcycle rider, and he asked me why I asked that.. I told him that I just had a feeling that he might be. He told me that he once was, but not any more.. He then looked me in the eye and told me the following. ” When I rode my bike, I was a bad dude, I wouldn’t have had a second thought about putting a gun in your mouth and pulling the trigger for no reason at all”. I was shocked and said, “You are joking, right”? He assured me he wasn’t. I then asked him “what made you change? He looked back at me and said. ” I died, and I don’t ever want to go to hell again”. If he was shown Hell in the period that he was lifeless, and it was so terrible that he not only changed his ways, but even made him give up his motorcycle, a symbol of his rebelliousness, then it only reinforces my faith that ALL in the Bible is true.. Bible=Truth. Hell is real, and it’s a terrible place. Repent, and ask for Salvation from Jesus, the only way to the Father and Heaven.

  14. T.S.Malone says:

    In the article by NTEB, the quote “The Time magazine article ends with Pastor Bell, having dismissed the bible doctrine of Hell, smugly retorts that “something new is IN THE AIR”…. brought to my mind this scripture…Ephesians 2: 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

  15. Tom Cohoon says:

    There is NO Hell says the JWs? Jesus preached on HELL 23 times more than twice as much as he did on heaven but you JWs dont believe JESUS? If you ever get saved you would BELIEVE all of Gods word. I pray you will come to KNOW Jesus as your savior soon!

  16. http://www.shema.com/marticles/marticles-015.php

    AS SURE AS HELL!!!!

    This guy is TOTALLY DECEIVED…… (2 Thess.2:10-12) and even worse he is DECEIVING who knows how many people with satan’s lies!!!

    “…..PLEASED TO MEET YOU…HOPE YOU GUESSED MY NAME….BUT WHAT IS PUZZLING YOU IS…THE NATURE OF MY GAME…..”

    From SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL, by the Rolling Stones….

    This “PASTOR” obviously does NOT have an even “elementary” — biblically speaking – on what who satan is and what his agenda is in this world, especially now at the end of the age….and many more will be deceived and follow the antichrist….and not realize their tragic error until it is eternally too late…..

    Most people alive on this earth, now, and in every age., have and are playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette with ETERNITY….one that they will lose – forever!!!

    HELL — ETERNITY WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE!!!

    This guy needs to get saved and see the movie THE PASSION OF CHRIST if he REALLY thinks there is no hell. God did NOT send His Son to die in vain…or for Religion!!!

    WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD, THERE IS NO REMISSION…..

    “NO CROSS? NO BLOOD? NO HEAVEN – ANY QUESTIONS?”

    GAL. 1:7-10
    ROMANS 3:4
    1 COR. 1:18
    JOHN 18:37
    MATT. 7:13,14, 21…..

  17. Mr R Bell. Back up your claim with a blank piece of Paper! From which HELL and the Savior. HYHY are from the Same Pieces, HYH HHY HY YY

  18. philip says:

    I do not know whats wrong with this guy, either he is a Anti Christ or he has demons in him because Jesus said their is hell. I am sorry for this person because for what he had done, so much people will think that it is true theres no hell. But i know there is know hell and we have to try our best not to go there God Bless You All

  19. I would Ask Bob Who?

    Strange Coincidence. HELL reveals the 3 Persons of the Godhead !

    DEMONSTRABLE. http://truth-revealed.name> without writing.

  20. Juni says:

    Is Rob Bell what you would call an apostate because he doesnt teach the true, but his own misguided version of ‘universalism’ because if he is then no christian who belives in the bible should listen to him. What dd Jesus die to save us from if it wasnt from our sin and hell. He has turned away from the truth and believed a lie and who is the father of lies, the devil, so his teaching is from the very pit he chooses not to believe in, ironical isnt it.

  21. Dennis says:

    Once you start seeing The Love of God, Hell Won’t Make Sense ~Dr. Michel W. Jones

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAjWynaTUW0

    Hell Is No More Than A Myth, No Less Than A Lie!!

    It’s Time to Move Forward – michael w. jones

    • suez says:

      Who is this demon possessed person? He is as creepy as he looks!!! Why would anyone listen to him, and believe what he says…Yikes A prime example of those who are deceived, and are worse yet, deceiving others!!!

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  23. MikeBurch says:

    Here is a simple, logical proof that there is no hell in the Bible:

    http://www.thehypertexts.com/no%20hell%20in%20the%20bible.htm

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