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Apr
14
2011

The Doctrine of Justification is NOT the Gospel: Ya, I Said It!

A certain "coalition" of Calvinists (who will remain nameless) would like to convince American Christians that the doctrine of justification by grace through faith—particularly the Calvinist understanding of that doctrine—is synonymous with "The Gospel." They use the term interchangeably with the doctrine and prominent members of their club have explicitly written that the doctrine is in fact the Gospel.

So, let's go to the Scriptures, shall we?

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Mar
03
2011

Rob Bell - Love Wins

Saturday night (2/26), the name Rob Bell was trending on Twitter due to a large number of tweets and retweets reacting to a post on a popular conservative, Calvinist blog called The Gospel Coalition

Rob Bell is a best-selling author and senior pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He has written a new book called Love Wins. Blogger and publisher, Justin Taylor, posted that Bell is "teaching false doctrine" and that he is glad Bell

"has the integrity to lay his cards on the table about universalism."

Taylor goes on to base his conclusion about what Bell's metaphorical "cards" show on a video teaser promoting the upcoming book that lasts 2:57 (the full video can be viewed at: RobBell.com/lovewins). Taylor writes,

"It seems that this is not just optimism about the fate of those who haven’t heard the Good News, but (as it seems from [the video]) full-blown hell-is-empty-everyone-gets-saved universalism."

The video Taylor refers to makes no positive statements about what position the book will take, but instead lists several important questions the subject matter of the book raises. How a conclusion can be reached about the content of a book from the questions the book raises is beyond me.

Nevertheless, inspired by the reactions to the mere concept of Love Wins, Monday night's T2T meeting will explore some of the questions raised by Bell and their relationship to the nonviolent stance of the group.

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