CNN and Rob Bell

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by John Ellis

I first became familiar with Rob Bell around 2007. During my first few years as a new Christian, I had heard several friends speak glowingly of books like Velvet Elvis and Blue Like Jazz; the tag “Emergent” was beginning to become more and more commonplace in friends’ vernacular. To keep up, I begin reading books written by pastors and authors within the Emergent Community, including both Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. Both books intrigued me, yet worried me, too.

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Jen Hatmaker

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by John Ellis

Several years ago, many (myself included) read Rob Bell’s book Love Wins and had our suspicions confirmed that he is a universalist among a host of other assorted errors and heresies. When many (myself included) sounded the warning, we were chided for our lack of charity and for trying to silence an interesting voice that challenges the evangelical status quo. Well, over the intervening years, the critics of Rob Bell have sadly been proven correct. Even more disheartening, on a personal level, many of those whom I know who defended Rob Bell have continued to follow him farther and farther down the path of apostasy. Jen Hatmaker may very well be the new Rob Bell, leading many people, including some that I know, down that same path of apostasy.

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