Rob Bell book gets pastor fired

Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins undermines the biblical truth about hell. That has gotten a lot of people fired up.

Now, it’s gotten someone fired.

The Associated Press reports:

The pastor of a rural United Methodist church in North Carolina wrote a note on his Facebook page supporting a new book by Rob Bell, a prominent young evangelical pastor and critic of the traditional view of hell as a place of eternal torment for billions of damned souls.

Two days later, Holtz was told complaints from church members prompted his dismissal from Marrow’s Chapel in Henderson.

You can read the rest of the article here.

This whole controversy has reminded me of the importance of theology. What you believe about God shapes your entire life. I’m freshly appreciative about another book that came out in the last year or so. In Dug Down Deep, author Joshua Harris makes a compelling case about why right doctrine is critical to the believer. And he does so in a style that is very compelling to the young people who are the primary target audience of Rob Bell’s controversial book. I blogged about one chapter titled “God with a bellybutton” in a recent post.

Have you read Dug Down Deep? What did you think of the book?


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