Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries has spent a good amount of time exposing the goings on behind the growth of the Emergent Church, namely, Rob Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Ken was one of my sources when I first started to read up on Richard Foster.
On his site is some very important information and videos revealing the true “faith” of Rob Bell as expressed in his new book, Love Wins. I know these vids are practically viral, but it is an important point to make.
Here’s one –
A few years ago, while my husband and I were still attending the local Vineyard church, Bell’s video series “Nooma“ was quite hot. We were urged to join the group the next time around because it was so good. And, ‘OH, M’Kayla, you are in leadership…’.
Nooma, is what I can only describe as the dumbed down word for what should be “Pnuema”.
The third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son
sometimes referred to in a way which emphasizes his personality and character (the \Holy\ Spirit)
sometimes referred to in a way which emphasizes his work and power (the Spirit of \Truth\)
never referred to as a depersonalised force
That name “Nooma” all by itself should have sent out warning signals all the way to the top dog. It didn’t. So, once a week we gathered together in a cozy living room with other members of the newly formed “life group”. We watched the vids and looked around at each other with stupefied looks on our faces. Rob has mastered the talent of “spin”. He is cool, he is intelligent, he is convincing. And in a teaching environment where there are no open bibles – well, you know where that leads. We knew something was off but we could not put even one of our malnourished spiritual fingers on exactly what it was. No wonder, we were starving for real bread, and no one was as much as even buying the flour.
So, with Bell’s revelation in that there is no hell – lately waxing universalism – in that we will all go to heaven one day, I am wondering what in the world the Vineyard people think of him now.
What is it that you have laid your eyes upon, lent your ears to that has sent off the same warning signals?
Heed the warning.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.