Saturday, March 19, 2011
Lifeway Selling Rob Bell's "Love Wins"? Not Here
Day 260 in my "Year In My Life Through Pictures" blog series
A few days ago in this series I talked about Lifeway and bad choices they are making. The choices? Selling "Christianzed" versions of worldly things I.E. "Resurrection Eggs" and "Jesus Promise Seeds". These items cause more damage than they do anything else, I see no good whatsoever in peddling these goods to people. I also mentioned Rob Bell and Lifeway carrying his books and videos and mentioned they would probably have his newest book "Love Wins" lining their shelves. So, today I stopped by the local Lifeway to check things out.
As I walked through the door I scanned the front most book shelf that holds the workers recommendations, not there. I then proceeded around to the "Christian Living" shelving units and there found 2 offerings from Bell, those pictured. That was it, not a glimpse of any other books in the store. That is a good thing, but still having his other books on the shelf is still a bad decision. I will give Lifeway props for not stocking this newest book of Rob Bell's, but mark an A down to a D since they still had his others for sale.
So, I guess the boycott is on hold for now, but a email campaign would probably be a good idea. Everyone should email or send a letter to the corporate offices and let them know we are thankful for them not selling Love Wins, but should also remind them that Bell's other books are just as heretical. It is time that Christians stood up and defended the faith and stopped cowering under the pressures of "You can't judge me" and "You're a Pharisee". Actually we can judge and calling out a false teacher and false teachings is not Pharisaical in the least, it is commanded. But we must do it out of love and not for the sake of proving a point or being argumentative. Us acting out in malice or pride is sinful and anti-Biblical to the core, it is a heart issue.
I pray that Lifeway is making some changes in how they choose the books they stock. For them to sell heretical merchandise is to partner in it and become just as guilty as Bell, McLaren and Pagitt. Hopefully the way Bell's "Love Wins" is being accepted (actually rejected) by the Christian community should be a sign that they need not partner with darkness. Just because someone speaks at a church, writes books and attaches the label of "Christian" to it all means nothing. Many will profess on Judgment Day that Jesus is Lord and be cast away into the Hell that Rob Bell denies existence of.
Pray for these deceived souls that God will ignite the Truth of scripture in them. Pray that they are genuinely converted and dismiss all the heresy they have spewed forth and repent. God still saves preachers just as much as He does druggies, alcoholics, liars and pornographers. I praise God through this because He has graced me enough to not be deceived by these wolves and allows me to pray for them. Deception is a very evil demon to overcome, but I know the One that can overcome any obstacle. I petition Him for their salvation and repentance and they they will be saved and start preaching the Word correctly.