Late last week I received my first copies of Christ Alone, and today is the first day that I’m blogging about it. Some of you have asked about Kindle and Nook versions, and I’m told that they will be available on Amazon by the end of the week.
I hope that readers of Christ Alone will recognize that I like and respect Rob Bell. Indeed, I think that taking a month out of my life to write a book in response to his book is the ultimate sign of respect. I have other projects that I was planning to work on, and now that this is done, I am excited to get back to them.
I also hope that Rob doesn’t really believe everything he wrote in Love Wins. I know that at one time he believed differently, and it’s possible that he hasn’t thought through all of the implications of what he is now saying. That would be great, for him and his church, but it wouldn’t change the content of what he has written. Love Wins is communicating a distinct message—a message which is clear enough to most readers—and it’s this message that I strongly oppose.
I think it’s worth putting my disagreement in print for the sake of Jesus and the many people who may now be confused about who Jesus is and what he came to do. I once told Rob that what bothered me most about Brian McLaren’s books is that they didn’t contain enough gospel to keep someone from going to hell. I think the same is true of Love Wins. This book changes the meaning of the gospel, and though I’m sure this was never Rob’s intent, it consequently puts many readers at risk.
So both Love Wins and Christ Alone are deeply personal. Not personal in regard to the authors—ultimately it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about us—but personal in that real lives and everlasting destinies are at stake. I’ll be blogging about what these issues are, and I invite you to visit the Christ Alone website, read excerpts from the book, purchase it if you’re interested, and most importantly search the Scriptures for yourself. Your everlasting destiny is too important to take mine or Rob’s word for it. I hope that our conversation will motivate you to read what God says about “heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived.”