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3/18/11

Rob Bell and Institutional Heresy

Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in ExileSome of you are aware of the Rob Bell heresy controversy.

The Wheaton College educated, and the trendy founder of a megachurch in Michigan  is dressed in indie-hipster overtones. His recent book tour is drawing interviews from all over. Wrought of the evangelical community, and now, its biggest, though controversial star, Bell is publishing a new book that is about...

Does it matter what his book is about? Does it matter that he is accused of heresy by some, and applauded as a living saint by others?

Already, I see on blogs grand discussions by people defending him or arguing against him. Both sides, or more, have already missed the point.

Bell has created an incredible brand-name, one of the next in the new institution. The fact that you know his name, can talk about his concerns, know already about the controversies, his strong ties to the evangelical subculture shouts irony. His name is bigger than his message.

I won't read his books. I'm not entering dialogues about whether his message matters. And I won't pretend I'm wiser, cynical or hipper for rejecting to read the hippest Christian presently doing the book promotion circuit.

Buy his books. Read them. Or don't read them. That's OK too. My point is not about Bell, the books, or the content.

Whatever you do, don't get caught up in the Rob Bell institution. We have enough cult of personalities in the Protestant Church, particularly among evangelicals. Dwell instead on truth.
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