There was a portion of Rob Bell’s quote in my post yesterday that may have rubbed a few people the wrong way. He made a comment that some Christians “need to be saved.” Some may have taken this to mean that Bell was calling into question the salvation of his critics. I mentioned that without the proper context it would be understandable for his words to be interpreted this way. However, I don’t believe that to be his intent.
In 2006 Bell did a six-week series of teaching that he titled “Jesus Wants to Save Christians.” Throughout this series he argued that God was trying to save Christians from various things that were keeping them from being the “light of the world” that God desires us to be. It wasn’t so much about “salvation” in terms of Heaven and Hell, born-again, etc. – the types of things you or I typically think of when we hear talk of being “saved.”
This is what I believe Bell was getting at with his comment. As I said in my previous comment, I wouldn’t be surprised if his use of this phrase was intentional and calculated. Leaking phrasing from his next book? New tour?
This is the first message in that series. It isn’t quite the all-encompassing introduction I was hoping it would be, but it does paint a pretty good picture of what direction he took the series. You can order the complete series on the Mars Hill site.
Rob Bell – Jesus Wants to Save Christians (Part 1 of 6)