Nijay Gupta on Rob Bell

My buddy Nijay Gupta (Seattle Pacific University) has a nine page review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. He gives a good appraisal of the good, bad, and ugly in Bell’s book. Quite rightly, Gupta points out that Bell ignores God’s use of the church as the means by which his salvation reaches the world.

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  • Tom1st

    I think it’s a really fair and engaging piece. Thanks for sharing it.

    He raises some good questions about Bell’s Rich Man and Lazarus reading that I hadn’t thought of.

    One of his concerns I DISAGREE with, however, is that he suggests that if post-mortem conversion is reality, then that conversion happens APART from the church. On one hand I see what he’s saying since the church is God’s ordained mouthpiece for salvation. BUT, while Bell doesn’t address this concern, I think CS Lewis does an adequate job in The Great Divorce where it is actually the saints (not Jesus, himself) who meet the people coming up out of Hell and call them to repentance. So I see no reason why the church can’t be God’s mouthpiece even AFTER death, if we were to take that route.

  • Tom1st

    I think it’s a really fair and engaging piece. Thanks for sharing it.

    He raises some good questions about Bell’s Rich Man and Lazarus reading that I hadn’t thought of.

    One of his concerns I DISAGREE with, however, is that he suggests that if post-mortem conversion is reality, then that conversion happens APART from the church. On one hand I see what he’s saying since the church is God’s ordained mouthpiece for salvation. BUT, while Bell doesn’t address this concern, I think CS Lewis does an adequate job in The Great Divorce where it is actually the saints (not Jesus, himself) who meet the people coming up out of Hell and call them to repentance. So I see no reason why the church can’t be God’s mouthpiece even AFTER death, if we were to take that route.