Posted by Gary on April 18, 2011
Exodus 19:21-25 “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. “Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them.” Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.'” Then the LORD said to him, “Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, or He will break forth upon them.” So Moses went down to the people and told them.”
Exodus 33:5 “For the LORD had said to Moses, “Say to the sons of Israel, ‘You are an obstinate people; should I go up in your midst for one moment, I would destroy you. Now therefore, put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what I shall do with you.'”
1 Thessalonians 1:9 –10 “For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.”
Rob Bell, in the promotional video for his latest book, “Love Wins”, says the following:
And then there is the question behind the questions, the real question: What is God like? Because millions and millions of people were taught that the primary message—the center of the Gospel of Jesus—is that God is going to send you to hell, unless you believe in Jesus. And so, what gets, subtlety, sort of caught and taught is that Jesus rescues you from God. But what kind of God is that; that we would need to be rescued from this God? How could that God ever be good; how could that God ever be trusted? And how could that ever be good news.
Take note that Bell puts his parameters around God, God could only be good if he is the way Rob Bell thinks he must be. “What kind of God is that?” What Bell more than implies is that a God we must be rescued from could not be a good God and Bell has come to assure us that we don’t need to be rescued from God.
What does Rob Bell do with passages like those listed at the head of this post? A God who would break forth against sinners who come into His holy presence? A God who plainly says that if He were to be in close proximity to His rebellious people He would destroy them in a moment? We are waiting for God’s Son from heaven who rescues us from the wrath to come? Whose wrath? Isn’t it God’s wrath Jesus is saving us from? (See Revelation 14:19)