Yesterday I started reading Galatians. Paul looks at the Galatian chruch and defends his ministry. He clearly makes a plea that it wasn’t any man like Peter, James, or John but God who gave him his apostleship. As establishing his authority under God Paul defends the gospel Galatians 1:6-9
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
We know that others were preaching another gospel. Peter, possibly James (as certain men came from James 2:12), and Barnabas were swayed by some who crept in. They were Judaizers who were trying to bring them under circumcision. It was another gospel apart from grace. I mention this because it seems that there are some who have snuck in the church and are swaying some from the truth.
Rob Bell in a video about his new book Love Wins questions God’s word about whether Gandhi is in hell. Specifically he mentions a note that was placed on art commemoration Gandhi which said he’s in hell. Then Rob questions that note? If any man preaches another gospel let him be accursed. To deny that man needs to repent of sin is to deny an essential part of the gospel. Rob Bell is clearly preaching another gospel and questions the doctrine of hell. Some talk about the book suggests that he is a universalist. Yet if you look a little deeper you will find that that you don’t need that book to know that he is a universalist.
The doctrine of hell comes from the Bible.
- Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.
- Revelations 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
- Luke 12:5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
- Luke 12:8, 9 Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
Let us rejoice in the truth and not question it. I pray that God will save Rob Bell. There is a good book covering false teachers and the battle that rages for the truth called Truth Wars by John MacArthur. I would encourage you to read and get a good view on the defending the truth of God’s word.