>The Dinging Bell is Nothing New

>Rob Bell and his “insights” (read – dances) into the subject of hell is already fading into the woodwork (though not quickly enough)…but the controversy generated is nothing new…witness this from C. S. Lewis:

“I know that many wiser and better Christians than I in these days do not like to http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0060653205&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrmention heaven and Hell even in a pulpit. I know, too, that nearly all the references to this subject in the New Testament come from a single source. But then that source is Our Lord Himself… These overwhelming doctrines…are not really removable from the teaching of Christ or of His Church. If we do not believe them our presence in this church is great tomfoolery. If we do, we must sometime overcome our spiritual prudery and mention them.”

C.S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

>Being Formed, or Forming God?

>What’s bigger? God…or our theology? Am I being conformed (however slowly) to His image, or am I http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1434768511&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrstriving to conform Him to my idea of who He is and what He should do?

I would absolutely love to have the opportunity to sit down with Frances Chan one-on-one for a day or two..I think if you look up “humble” in an accurate dictionary his face would be there. (if you are not familiar with him, buy the book Crazy Love by clicking on the link to the left…buy it, read it, if you don’t like it contact me and I’ll reimburse you)

And this is perhaps the most important clip I’ve seen/read by him. I urge you to invest 8 minutes:

>Where In Hell is the Devil?

>Sort-of-sorry for the title, but these words from J. C. Ryle, a century or so old, have never been more contemporary:

Does anyone foolishly suppose that the devil is asleep, or dead, or less mischievous now than in the past? Nothing of the kind! He is still “walking about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” He is still “going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it” (1 Peter 5:8; Job 1:7).

  • It is he who goes among heathen nations and persuades them to shed oceans of blood in the worship of idols or murderous wars.
  • It is he who goes to and fro among fallen Churches, persuading them to throw aside­ the Bible, and satisfy people with ‘formal worship’ or groveling superstitions.
  • It is he who walks up and down in Protestant countries, and stirs up party spirit and bitter political strife, setting class against class, and subjects against rulers, in order to distract people’s minds from better things.
  • It is he who is continually going to the ears of intellectual and highly educated people, persuading them that the old Bible is not true, and advising them to be content with Atheism, Agnosticism, Secularism, and a general contempt for the world to come.
  • It is he, above all, who persuades foolish people that there is no such person as a devil, no future judgment after death, and no hell.

In all this fearful list of things I firmly believe that the devil lies at the bottom, and is the true root, reason, and cause. Can we suppose for a moment that he will let true Christians go quietly to heaven, and not tempt them along the way?
Away with the silly thought! We have need to pray against the devil, as well as against the world and the flesh. In the great trinity of enemies which the believer should daily remember, the devil perhaps is the greatest because he is the least seen.

>What the "heck"?

>Unless you’ve been in an isolation cell, you are aware of the huge controversy surrounding Rob Bell and his new book. (For a lengthy review of the book, CLICK HERE)

I used to think homosexuality as sin was going to be the huge dividing line, but now I am convinced the dividing line between professing Christians is the exclusiveness of the Gospel and the reality of separation from God in a place that Jesus referred to as “hell.” (although it intrigues me that the majority who side with Bell also dance on the issue of homosexuality)

Yet here is what the President of the world’s largest Protestant seminary has written:

The real hellacious argument is between “generous orthodoxy and stingy orthodoxy. There are stingy people who just want to consign many others to hell and only a few to heaven and take delight in the idea. But Rob Bell allows for a lot of mystery in how Jesus reaches people.”

Two observations:

1) “a lot of mystery” sounds suspiciously like the “gospel” according to Oprah who declares it is ridiculous to say there is only one way to heaven when “in fact there are many ways to whatever you consider god.”

2) Like God, none who believe in “hell” should take any joy in the fact that people are going there. God “takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.” I can’t “consign” anyone to hell (or heaven). As far as the word “few” is concerned, “wide is the road that leads to destruction and narrow the path that leads to eternal life and few there are that find it.”