Christ Alone Part 3

“Like other theological liberals, [Rob] Bell reinterprets Scripture’s stern warnings about hell until they fit the modern idea of what a loving God must do, And so he produces an indulgent, nonjudgmental God who sounds exactly like the god of popular culture.

This is the Achilles’ heel of theological liberalism. The culture may be initially attracted to the liberal gospel of human reason and individual autonomy–finally we have a group of Christians who get it!–but soon enough, people realize that this weak-kneed version of Christianity is simply redundant. Most people think they are basically good–certainly good enough to earn their way into heaven, though they probably should try harder to love their neighbor. This is essentially the liberal message, with Jesus thrown in for morally good but not biblically sound measure.

Eventually the broader culture realizes that liberal churches are not saying anything that hasn’t already been said a hundred times on Oprah. So why bother telling the “Jesus story”? They logically ask, “If Jesus is nothing more than the way Christians talk about loving their neighbor, then why can’t we love our neighbor without the Jesus talk? And so liberal churches decline, for people won’t make the effort to get up and go to church when they can sleep in and hear the same moral and uplifting message on television.” (pp. 59-60)

“Jesus’ death on the cross is an act of love only if it actually accomplishes something.” (p.95)

“The Christian faith is primarily not about principles or general truths but about a person, Jesus Christ.” (p.106)

Wittmer, Michael, Christ Alone: An Evangelical Response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins, 2011

Without the gospel, hell, God’s wrath, Jesus’ substitutionary atonement, and the whole story, God’s love because sentimental, meaningless and unnecessary. We must proclaim Christ crucified for our sin, risen and coming again to judge. There will be no second chance. “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” Hebrews 9:27

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