Hip and with-it former Michigan mega-pastor Rob Bell was asked by Oprah Winfrey how soon American churches will accept homosexual marriage. The pastor who swayed an entire generation replied:
“We’re moments away, I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.” [citation]
Bell, once considered the next “Billy Graham”, has renounced the existence of Hell, no longer attends church, approves of homosexual marriage, believes that everyone goes to Heaven, doubts the virgin birth of Jesus, and rejects original sin.
The quotation cited above from Bell is most remarkable because it is a blatant example we increasingly hear from charismatics and emergents: the Bible is an old book that doesn’t speak to our current world. We need new revelations, more messages from God, something up-t0-date, something relevant.
Either the Bible is the Word of God or it isn’t. It is either our sole foundation for faith and practice or man’s opinions are. We can not tell the world: “This Book is God’s Word” and then cherry-pick a few verses and speak our own minds or explain that we have an inspired prophetic revelation in addition.
People will say this isn’t a big deal. Replacing God’s Word with modern revelations isn’t serious. When we don’t consider slander of God’s self-testimony to be important, we’ve entered a world where everyone does that which is right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).
Rather than needing new prophetic messages, visions, dreams, and experiences, the Apostle Paul warned of the dangers as the age draws to an end. His call was not to relevance, compromise, accommodation, or giving people what is popular, but the written Word of God.
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the Word! (2 Timothy 4:1, 2).