Originally Posted by Mr. B
Yeah, I see where some are getting on him about that. I'm not saying throw out doctorine or anything, but sometime it's nice to see a guy who seemingly speaks to people as they are, and where they are. I don't know for sure that Rob Bell is that person. I don't know enough about him to say. There's plenty of Christians with less notoriety that already do this though.
It makes me think of when the bible talks about how all the Jewish did was follow the law, and the law wouldn't save them. Well it's similar today. All the doctorine (though it has it's place) won't save anyone either.
Rob Bell is reacting against cold, dead, ritualistic Christianity (which so am I), but I think his approach is not biblical. The pendulum has swung from a burdensome legalism to the other extreme of post-modern relativism and cultural sensitivity. In an effort to appeal to the world, the church adapts its methods to market itself effectively to the world, bypassing hard teachings and doctrines that are offensive and that don't "sell". They seek to please man rather than God.
Of course only God's grace saves a person, but I don't think a regenerated believer will stay long in a church where the truth's of God's word are toned down,redefined, or eliminated in order to be appealing to the culture.
We have clear warnings about such things:
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.