March 19th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Rob Bell punches back against claims of heresy

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

New York (CNN) - For two weeks while controversy swirled around him, Pastor Rob Bell stayed silent. His critics said he was playing fast and loose with heaven and hell, salvation and damnation. The eternity of souls was on the line, they said.

All this was over Bell’s new book, “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.” Critics tore into it before the book even hit store shelves on Tuesday, some going so far as to label Bell a heretic. The controversy pushed the book into the third spot on Amazon’s sales ranking, virtually assuring the book a place on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

On Monday night, dressed in black and sporting his trademark black-rimmed glasses, Bell strolled quietly into the auditorium of the New York Ethical Culture Society. This was his chance to hit back.

“I never set out to be controversial,” Bell told CNN before the event. “I don’t think it’s a goal that God honors. I don’t think it’s a noble goal.

“What’s interesting to me is what’s true. And what’s interesting to me is what’s inspiring. And what’s interesting to me is where’s the life? Where’s the inspiration? That’s what I’m interested in. If that happens to stir things up, that was never my intent, but I’ll accept that.”

Bell said he was surprised by the controversy around his book. Critics said he was preaching universalism, a theology that suggests everyone goes to heaven and hell is empty.

“I’m not a universalist. So that’s just not true.” He reiterated that again in the event that evening where he expounded on that idea and said that he didn’t believe God reaches down and sweeps everyone to heaven.

'Good environment for dialogue'

After a budding career as a rock star was derailed by a freak illness, Bell set his sights on the seminary. Now, at 40, he has risen to become America’s hipster pastor and one of the most influential preachers in the country.

He is quick-witted, non-denominational, and he unabashedly loves Jesus. He preaches to 10,000 people at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, the church he founded. His first four books sold nearly a million copies combined, and his short film series, Nooma, has sold more than 2 million DVDs.

He will tell you he again and again he is a pastor, not a theologian or a biblical scholar.

But for a guy who dresses in black, Bell has made his mark examining the gray areas of Christianity. His questioning of traditional approaches without always giving answers has brought him fans and made his critics gnash their teeth.

“It’s very appealing because he brings lots of facts and lots of information into it and lots of historical context into whatever discussion he has,” said Kristi Berderon, a 25-year-old Bell fan who drove an hour from New Jersey for the event. “He leaves it open-ended. He lets you think and draw your own conclusions for yourself instead of spoon-feeding what he grew up hearing or what he was taught in seminary.”

She and her friend Tommy Hayes are a lot like the others in the crowd tonight: wearing skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses - and openly exploring their faith. Berderon’s parents are Southern Baptists; she was home schooled and raised in the church. Today she attends a non-denominational church and self-identifies as a “Christ follower” but bristles at being called a Christian.

Danielle Miller and Maryalice Spencer took a two-hour train ride from Walden, New York, to hear Bell speak. They walked 25 blocks and stood in line in the cold to get in. Miller uses Bell’s short films as a discussion starter in her church. “I think it’s always good to ask those hard questions, and I think that’s what he’s doing, and it creates a good environment for dialogue,” Miller said.

Bell was in New York City to sit down with Newsweek’s Lisa Miller for a conversation on stage and take questions from the 650 audience members and thousands more watching the event streaming live on the Web.

Bell and Miller on stage at the New York Ethical Culture Society auditorium.

Before the crowds arrived, a contemplative Bell settled into a pew to talk with CNN about the book and to answer his critics.

The book began, he said, five years ago. “As a pastor, you interact with so many people [that] some of the same questions keep coming up. And ultimately you keep bumping up against what people really think about God.”

In his church and around the country, he saw what he considered a misrepresentation of the Christian narrative in the Bible.

“At the heart of the Christian story is [the message that] God loves the world and sent his son Jesus to show the world this love. So that’s fundamentally first and foremost the story. God is love and God sent Jesus to show this love.

“In our culture Christians are known for a number of other things. … Rarely do you hear people say, ‘Oh yeah, those are the people who never stop talking about love. Oh a Christian church - that’s where you go if feel beaten down and kicked and someone has their boot on your neck. You go there because it’s a place of healing and a place of love.’

“I’m passionate about calling people back to [Christianity’s] roots,” Bell said.

'Theology of evacuation'

In his new book, Bell challenges the traditional notions of heaven and hell.

“For many people the fundamental story was one of escape - Jesus is how you get out of here. I think for many people in the modern world, the way they heard it was fundamentally, ‘This place is bad, and there is some other place, and Jesus - believe, accept, trust, confess, join, get baptized, whatever sort of language got put on it - Jesus is how you get to some other realm where things are good.’

“So essentially it’s a theology of evacuation. And my understanding is the Bible is first and foremost a story of restoration. It’s a story of renewal.”

“The fundamental story arc of the Bible,” he said “is God is passionate about rescuing this world, restoring it renewing it. So discussions about heaven and hell … for many people are irrelevant and esoteric. … But what happens is, what you believe about heaven and hell deeply shapes how you engage this world now.”

Bell said if a believer has their eyes on heaven, they can miss the opportunities to bring people a taste of heaven here on Earth - and they can miss seeing the hell around them.

“Greed, injustice, the sex trade in Far East Asia, we see hell all around us, whenever people reject what is good and human and right and peaceful and all that,” he said.

“I begin with this world right now and the observation that we are free to choose. It’s the nature of love. So then when you die, I would assume [given] the nature of love you can continue to make these types of choices.”

For Bell the here and now is just as important as any possible life to come. “I think it’s very very important to point out … [that] we are speculating about after you die,” he said.

“In the Jewish context in which [Jesus] lived and moved, you didn’t have that articulated belief system about when you die. It was very rooted in this life - dirt and wine and banquets, family and fishing. [In] his stories, it’s all a very visceral – this world is our home, this world that God loves, that God is redeeming - so that’s the starting point.

“I think for many people they were taught you’re either in or out. But Jesus invites us to a journey that’s a fundamentally different way to think about it, and that frees you up from a lot of things that I think haunt people, bind them up and make them miserable. Then it creates all sorts of space for wonder and awe and mystery and the unexpected,” Bell said.

His perspective does not line up with many of the traditional views about heaven and hell, of separate spaces and places with streets of gold or lakes of fire.

For Christians who see salvation and heaven as crucial elements to their faith, Bell’s message can be abrasive - which in part led to so many people pouncing on his book before it was released.

What stirred many critics was a promotional video in which Bell asks whether Mohandas Gandhi, India’s non-violent leader, was in heaven. Bell’s answer offers a good insight into his view of salvation.

Bell would not be surprised if he saw Gandhi in heaven. “Jesus was very clear. Heaven is full of surprises. That’s central to Jesus teaching.”

Bell insists there is room for mystery in salvation and that Christianity is open to discussion.

“The historical orthodox Christian faith is extremely wide and diverse,” Bell said. “No one has the last word other than God. I am taking part in a discussion that’s been going on for thousands of years. Everyone can play a part in that discussion.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Devil

soundoff (1,308 Responses)
  1. LNFAD

    If no one goes to Hell, then Christians aren't so special, and that's the rub. In fact, some Christians say that if no one goes to Hell, there's no reason to be a Christian.

    March 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • airwx

      I find your last point interesting. As a Christian I want to go to Heaven; Hell has no power over me. Your claim that some Christians would change their belief is a non-sequitor. Do you believe that Christians want anyone to go to hell?

      March 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  2. blake

    When your theology conflicts with the clear teachings of Scripture, that is heresy. Jesus spoke more about hell than any other person in the Bible. His comments were clear and conflict significantly with what makes sense to you, and what you espouse in your book. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. Sorry, Mr. Bell, but your "what makes sense to me when I consider the love off God" and obcession with connecting to pop culture have turned you into a heretic.

    March 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Jasmine

      Agreed. This is the worst case of "wolf in sheep's clothing" I have seen in a while.
      Why do some here bash Christians without ever having cracked open the New Testament. If you are a Christian, then you believe there IS a Heaven and Hell, and there is only ONE WAY IN, and that is Jesus. That is the core of Christianity (see John 14:6). Any other teaching purporting to be Christianity is heresy.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I never heard him or read his book. I thought he was teaching Jesus' truth, not man made lies. Oh, well, at least Jesus' truth can be told on this blog and what a sickness, not to mention sin to sell out souls today with all these false preachers teaching the ways of their own ego, stroking the egos of the masses that does NOT save souls.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      So... do you advocate that he be stoned to death or burned at the stake?

      March 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  3. Daniel

    @ Tom why do you think I'm full of hate ? I'm not , I'm on a whole different level of thinking than most people .
    You subscribe to the mass doctrine , The bible . Try walking without this influence , you'll still walk , you might stumble but you'll still walk .

    March 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Tom

      You stated you wanted to outlaw the Bible. Is it threatening to you? Or do you have an issue with people who believe in it? I have no problems walking. I am a man of science. Very well educated in science and a highly degreed chemical engineer. After seeing major issues with science (especially 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics), I have decided to "walk with the Bible", not against it. Don't really understand your walking comment. Please explain. Also, please tell me why you don't believe?

      March 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Also a Che


      Maybe you should have paid a little more attention in those science classes. The fact that you have a problem with the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics yet no problem with biblical inconsistencies speaks volumes.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Daniel, I can tell you are young and buy into the propaganda to wipe Jesus' truth out of your world. You loose however, Christian are on the winning side of Jesus. Only Jesus saves souls. Satan's lies take you with him to the eternal flames, poof, erased for eternity. Read the Bible, comprehend Jesus' spiritual teachings, apply them to your life and you live spiritually while on this earth in human form as well as in spiritual form when your body goes back to dust and your spirit goes back to God, who made you to reside with Him for eternity.

      Erase God out of your life while here on earth and he will ERASE you out permanently.

      Your choice (free will).

      Choose wisely.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  4. b4bigbang

    The Son of Man hath nowhere to lay his head (turned his back on wealth).
    Nevertheless, he is priceless!

    March 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  5. Charles Darwin

    He's sold a lot of books and DVD's. I wonder what his net worth is. WWJBW (What would Jesus be worth?) This is about selling product and making money. That's all any of these mega-church preachers are about.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Lee

      I couldn't agree more. The fact that he wanted to be a rock star speaks volumes to me. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, but he's obviously somoene who seeks the limelight. Couldn't be a rock star and dazzle people with your music, then how about become a preacher and sell books and DVD's and still get that high of dazzling audiences. Hmmmm. Sorry, I just have an inherent mistrust of people who seem to have great intentions but also make a lot of money at it. I could be wrong, does he donate what he makes to charities???? Someone help me out on this.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  6. JW

    Well, he is definitely a heretic to many. The more important question is, is he closer to the truth than what the many are?

    March 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The only way the "many" can know what to do, is read Jesus' truth (the Bible) for themselves. Comprehend what He teaches and apply His spiritual Truth to their lives to produce His righteous thoughts/beliefs, writings and outcomes.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  7. b4bigbang

    There has always been a remnant of people who have passed the knowledge of God down through the generations.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  8. Grumpy

    Ok. Say we get to Heaven and find out that such folk as Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and even Hitler are there. What should we do? Turn around and go the other way? Who is there among us that is truly qualified to sit in jugdement? Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone. The fact remains. When I die, I will stand before my Creator and not a jury of my peers. I delight in this for the simple reason that I will stand a far better chance standing before my Creator than I ever would standing before a jury of my peers.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Grumpy, everyone goes to paradise when they leave the body and their soul goes back to God, who created us. The question is, what side of the divide do you want to see these folks?


      March 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Grumpy

      HeavenSent, it must be marvelous knowing all the answers. It isn't who we want to see in Paradise. That is between God and every individual. Remember the old WWJD bracelets? Here's a new twist: Who Would Jesus Damn? And if he would damn anyone, then what good, pray tell, is the cross? Just a thought. Everyone have a wonderful Sunday!!!!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Some of this is quite similar to concepts in the C.S. Lewis book "The Great Divorce" ... the main theme being that Heaven/Hell is present here and now rather than being some nebulous place we end up after we die. But fundamentalists haven't really attacked Lewis as a heretic for expressing those same concepts ... instead he has been put on a pedestal for his contributions to modern Christian thought and apologetics.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  10. Rick A Carlstrom

    Thank God, finally a preacher with some sense. Hell exists purely as our own selfish thoughts. Almighty God is everlasting, eternal Love absolutely free of ugly notions such as punishment, pain suffering and retribution. These ideas are the inventions of a humanity that has lost it's memory of its divine origin.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • She

      Beautifully written comment, Rick. And, at least for me, spot-on.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The eternal flames are not man made! Which side of the divide did you want to be is the question. This life (the 2nd earth age after God destroyed the 1st earth age) is your 2nd chance to love and follow Jesus (truth) or love and follow satan (lies).

      Your choice (free will).

      Choose wisely.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  11. Daniel

    Jesus Christ : The ultimate martyr in the ultimate empire (Roman) at the ultimate time .
    bing bang boom , heres Johnny

    March 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Tom

      BTW, this is what I mean by hate.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Daniel, if you spent half the time reading the Bible that teaches Jesus' truth instead of the rag propaganda sites you spend your time on and believing those lies, you'd be able to use the brain God gave you to write something constructive and righteous.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  12. montyross

    jim jones managed to deceive and cause physical death, yet many today are deceiving people and causing spiritual death......

    March 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      That's because they listen and are appeased to man's words "love the sinner, hate the sin" which is NOT written in scriptures, but, they all buy into it because they are too listless and sleepy to read Jesus' truth in the letter He sent ALL of us to read (the Bible).

      Man does not save souls.

      Only Jesus saves souls.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  13. airwx

    Dear Jenny, You have just described Gnosticism. The Gospel of Thomas is not a Christian docu-ment, nor is there a Gnostic-Christian connection. In the time after Jesus' death the Gnostics attempted to co-opt Jesus and his life to inject something new into their declining religion.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Isn't this the worshiping of the Phallic? LOL aka EGO!

      March 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  14. Mahlkut

    Reading through some of the comments, I'm reminded of a quote from a friend: "Some people are so heavenly bound, they're no earthly good."

    March 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Gandhi

      I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      All the spiritually dead, dry bones insist their comments be known. Tell your comments to Jesus when you meet Him, I'm sure He'll laugh when He decides what to do with you.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  15. sweet smile

    OMG! you people. The Bible is all late Roman psycho-babble. The writers were rarefied scholarly men heavily influenced by the neo-Platonists philosophers, who themselves were struggling with their own issues around the connection of mind, body, spirit. The neo-Platonists were already denigrating the body, believing the spirit was better off without one, ie that transcending the body was the way to a higher spiritual connection or god, if you will.

    As for Mr. Bell. He sounds kind, sane and thoughtful. I appreciate anyone in the Christian faith who's message is not full of vitriol and hate. Hard for me to want to dis him. Perhaps I'll read one of his books and see if he is all that.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Dan


      March 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • airwx

      Your point has one falicy....neo-platonics and Plato himself post-date the Old Testament where the precepts for Christianinty are derived. Could it be that Plato was originally influenced by Judeism?

      March 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      sweet smile, those men scribed the scriptures through Divine Inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God is the author.

      Argue and complain all you want with your babble nonsense, His truth that has been revealed to all as follows:

      Genesis 2:7: "And the Lord God formed man of the DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul." Surely, you don't take Genesis 2:7 seriously? Do you?

      Psalm 8:8: ". . . whatsoever passeth through the PATHS OF THE SEAS." How did David (the writer of Psalms) know, over 2,000 years ago, there were "paths in the seas"? David probably never even saw an ocean!

      Ecclesiastes 1:7: "All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again." How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the water cycle of condensation and evaporation in 1000 B.C.?

      Job 38:19: "Where is THE WAY where light dwelleth?" How come Job didn't say where is THE PLACE where light dwelleth? Because light is always moving. How did Job know something in 1500 B.C. ?

      Ecclesiastes 1:6: "The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again ACCORDING TO HIS CIRCUITS." How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the wind traveled within circuits? How did he know with their so-called limited knowledge thousands of years ago?

      Leviticus 17:11: For the life of the flesh is in the blood. What Moses wrote in 1490 B.C. written thousands of years ago, by men with such limited knowledge?


      March 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • H. E. Vincent

      Good for you and very well said! These folks should remember some of the other "heretics"; you know Martin Luther and his ilk!

      March 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  16. montyross

    love is sending missionaries around the world to tell the lost about Jesus like the baptist have been doing for years...when you do the right thing you are disliked ,old fashioned etc...last days, seducing spirits teaching doctrines of devils only Jesus died for our sins suffering for us and buddha

    March 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes, it's time these preachers/teachers/pastors/priests start opening the Bible, starting with Genesis, finishing with Revelation and READ Jesus' truth and stop this nonsense of preaching the ways of man that won't save anyone's souls, pass the plate please mantras. Time for the lazies in this country to open the Bible and READ the letter Jesus sent all of us to be the best that He wants us to be. Perfect, like Him. Yes, we all fall short of His Truth, but we are suppose to try. That's all He asks, read His letter he sent us (the Bible), comprehend what He teaches, and apply His wisdom to your lives so that His righteousness is your outcome.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • H. E. Vincent

      "love is sending missionaries around the world " Love- like charity should begin at home. Missionaries have a built-in excuse for failure because of "cultural" differences. Have the courage of your own stated convictions. Start here if you have the courage; if not, then go live "around the world" yourself and be a guiding light, not a mouthy, gutless wonder leading children into darkness by ignoring those in peril here.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  17. Faith

    He is a Universalist.....Ghandi in Heaven?.....Buddha in Heaven?........I don't think so. It is sad to see someone like this who wants to be so politcally correct and wants eveyone to go to Heaven. If God loved everyone......why are there folks in Hell? It is simply not true. Hell will be filled with good people...good people who did not know Jesus Christ as their savior. John 14:6 – "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

    March 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Dan

      How do you know there are people in Hell?
      I'm not sure, so show me the proof.

      March 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Faith, we all go to paradise. It's just what side are souls going to be on when they get there? That's why folks need to sew their garments of Heaven down on earth by reading, comprehending and apply Jesus spiritual truth to their lives ... or they are going to walk around butt naked and on the wrong side of the divide.


      March 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Ceri

      You'd better get busy then. As Rob says in the book, so you're doomed to Hell if the missionary's truck gets a flat tire and you don't get to hear the message, through no fault of your own? The God I know is not like that.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Tommas

      Everyone is going to someone else's he ll

      March 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Is that true, Heaven Sent? Then I definitely want to go butt naked side side ! Yeah ! Let the religious kooks and bores stay on their side while I hang out on the butt naked side with Scarlett Johansen and Keira Knightley !

      March 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  18. snugglebunny

    @ stubbycat......Oh come on now. Do you really think your "omnious self" even holds a candle to the God of creation and holiness? I am amazed at how often the big human ego keeps people from humbling themselves enough to realize that they are in need of a saviour. It's sad really.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  19. b4bigbang

    Actually, when Jesus said "the kingdom of heaven is within', he was referring to himself. "Within" was a way of saying "in your midst" (see 'kingdom of heaven' in wikipedia. No, Jesus will not share his glory with any man or philosophy.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • ljcjec

      Did He tell you what He meant Himself? Wow, you must feel special.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • tr33house

      i'm not really concerned about debating where the kingdom of heaven lies (although, i'd rather believe it lies in all of us, cause that seems like the warm and fuzzy way) - but what concerns me more, is using wikipedia as a source of evidence to make an argument. eeeek.

      March 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The Kingdom of Heaven is where Jesus is. Right now we can't see His realm because we are still in human form. When our body dies, goes back in the earth, our soul goes back to God who created us. When Jesus comes back to earth, we all get to see His kingdom. Just hope you worked at being on the side of the divide of paradise where He is for eternity.


      March 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Huh

      You realize the story of Jesus was taken from Persian sun-god Mithra, a story dating back to about 1400 BC, talks about a hero born of a virgin in a stable on the winter solstice. He was attended by shepherds who brought gifts. He was said to have taken a last supper with his followers before returning to his father, the god of all. Mithra was believed not to have died, but ascended directly to heaven. Followers believed he would return at the end of time to raise the dead in a physical resurrection, for a final judgment. At that time, the world would be destroyed by fire. And yes, followers of Mithra were granted immortal life following baptism.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  20. Khadijah

    He is the first in a long time to challenge the mindless leaders in Christianity, and for me it is a breath of fresh air. The modern bizarre western christianity has lacked healthy debate for many centuries. Perhaps this will help them once again find the true path.

    March 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sounds like the man is SALTY. Thank God for SALTY Christians that refuse to fluff up Jesus' truth. We have to many fluffers out there, not spreading Jesus truth, but man made scenarios that put everyone to sleep and doesn't save souls.


      March 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Forgiven and Loved

      "Mindless leaders"? Please do not speak in a flippant way. You do not want to become what you accuse others of being. Like many people in different beliefs, some of the world's greatest minds and heroes have been followers of the straight(true) path into the Kingdom of God. That path is marked by the innocent sinless blood of Jesus shed for the whole world if they believe. There has been more internal/external debate about Jesus Christ(God in flesh) and Christianity than any other religion out there. This is a proven by the number of books, articles, radio/tv programs, internet forums, conferences, open debates, university classes(secular included), and other outlets over the last 2,000 plus years. BTW, it is really a relationship and not a religion...I pray you will understand that in the near future. Many blessings to you and your family!

      March 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I never heard this guy or read his book. I thought he was teaching Jesus' truth, not another fool that teaches man made lies. Oh, well, at least Jesus' truth can be told on this blog and what a sickness, not to mention sin to sell out souls today with all these false preachers teaching the ways of their own ego, stroking the egos of the masses that will never save souls.


      March 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
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