This month, in honor of the Reformations 500th Anniversary, I’ve been discussing books to stay away from on Thursday’s. Taking down every high and lofty thought that sets itself up against the Truth is just as needed today as it was 500 years ago.
I had a history teacher in Junior year that insisted on teaching through Forest Gump. Everyday before he would hit play on the movie he would play ‘we didn’t start the fire’ by Billy Joel. After a month or two the words will never leave my brain, I don’t remember anything else from that class but by golly I remember that song.
“We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the worlds been turning. We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.”
When we learn about the Reformation we realize that Luther, Knox, and Calvin didn’t begin the fight against false doctrine, they continued the work of previous generations. In fact, if you spend some time learning about ancient heresies you’ll see that the same fires they faught to put out in the 1500’s were around in the second century, and are still here today, although they often have their names changed.
Universalism is no different, Satan never comes up with anything new he just regurgitates what worked with previous generations. It may seem like I’ve picked Universalism this month on purpose, but actually it just seems like these are the most popular heretical, blasphemous books around today. Like ‘Love Wins’ by Rob Bell. This book was a best seller a few years ago, and we’re just now starting to see the fruit of the heresies he’s selling. Which is why it’s as important as ever that we warn our brothers and sisters about this wolf in sheeps clothing.
Below is a few videos going into greater detail as to why this book is so dangerous. One of the reasons our fathers in the faith were so successful during the Reformation is because they were ready to give a defense for the faith they had. Beloved, we’re not going to win awards, no ones going to cheer for us, we’ll never have statues build in our honor, for warning about popular books and famous teachers. That’s ok. The things of this world will pass away. What use is acclaim, if my brothers and sisters are being led astray? Let us be bold in our love for one another, and our desire to see each grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are many lost who read, and adore, these books as well. Our stand against these unbiblical heresies are not only for our brethren, but also for those living in darkness. This is why we must continue to exercise discernment, many grevious wolves have entered the flock! Beloved friends, be good Berean’s therefore, and study to show yourselves approved.
In case you’d like to read a very clear, and accurate rebuttal of this book Pastor Jim did an excellent job here… https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/critique-of-rob-bells-theological-method-behind-his-soteriology/