Pastor Rob Bell: There Is No Hell

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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.

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 has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.


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April 29, 2011 11:08 am

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… Read more »

April 29, 2011 11:31 am


April 29, 2011 11:53 am

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.

May 4, 2011 5:20 am

@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… Read more »

October 5, 2012 7:46 pm

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.

April 29, 2011 12:43 pm

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.

April 29, 2011 1:05 pm

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.

April 29, 2011 1:51 pm

Hell is real because the fact is, demons are real. Please read

April 29, 2011 2:56 pm

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

April 29, 2011 5:42 pm

“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.

April 30, 2011 12:45 pm

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.

May 3, 2011 2:04 pm

Hell is real because the fact is, demons are real. Please read
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