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Without Faith there is no salvation – the fatal flaw of universalism
Rob Bell, “If the gospel isn't good news for everybody, then it isn't good news
(Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith). The qualification is that it
needs to be presented for people to hear. Its good news to all those who accept
it not to those who reject it.
Does Bell believe all are predestined for heaven? Faith is the missing component
in Bells philosophical reasoning of God’s love.
The gospel is not that Jesus died for you, but that he rose from the dead and
you must make a decision on this.
This decision involves trust, believing in the message (1 Cor.15:1-4), FAITH.
The whole Scripture teaches about having faith, Jesus said to believe in him for
eternal life. He never said everyone receives eternal life because of what he
did WITHOUT believing.
Is Bell being intentionally negligent in presenting truth? In his book
“Love Wins,” Bell explains his position that everyone ends up going to heaven
because of God’s love. Clearly Bell has no clue what the love of God is and what
it was demonstrated by. The bible says
Rom 5:8-10:“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by
His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies
we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
The question is how is justified, one reconciled, brought into the grace of God.
Notice it says while we were sinners; when we were enemies (past tense) Paul is
saying something changed because we were justified. Bell has the concept that
one can still be an enemy and be justified by Christ. This is because nothing is
required of you now, faith is unnecessary for receiving.
Jn.3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” V.17 “For God
did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world
through him.” Now if we left this by itself as most progressive teachers do we
would have no idea what God really thinks. After all, the days of being a bible
thumper, or a fundamentalists, even a evangelical are closing.
V. 18: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe
stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one
and only Son.” And later V. 36: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.”
Saying God loves you is a partial message, God wants us to be active in loving
I Jn 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:
hereby know we that we are in him.”
I Jn 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous.”
“That the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe”
(Gal. 3:22). “But these things are written that you may believe that Jesus is
the Christ the Son of God and that believing you may have life in his name” (Jn.
In his book “Love Wins”, Bell is taking the position that everyone ends up going
to heaven because of God’s love. Clearly Bell has no clue what the love of God
is and what it was demonstrated by.
Gal 3:8-9 “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by
faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the
nations shall be blessed." So then those who are of faith are blessed with
Rom 3:25: “whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to
demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over
the sins that were previously committed.”
Rom 3:30: “since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and
the uncircumcised through faith.”
Rom 4:5 “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the
ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.”
Rom 4:16 “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace.”
There is no love of God without the justice of God. God punishes those who do
evil and loves those who do what is righteous. To believe is righteousness. Its
not that bad people go to hell and the good go to heaven. The Scripture says
there is none that are good, no not one (Rom.3); we are all going to hell.
Scripture says we are all condemned even though God has loved us (Jn.3) The only
way one escapes their punishment for sin and rebellion toward God is by
believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, knowing the God who loves them. The
fact is Hell is avoidable for everyone.
We are not saved by love itself but by believing in the death of Christ, the
substitute for our sins and punishment that was initiated by God’s love. Bell is
touting another gospel by teaching faith in Christ’s work on the cross is not
necessary for all, but some. Universalist views contain a willing rejection of
receiving the grace of God by faith. It is a False religion that believes one
receives without faith the same promise that is given in Christ by FAITH alone,
in Christ alone. Eph. 2:8-10 tells us that it is by grace through faith we are
saved. This is the means used. Everyone is NOT saved by Jesus because of what He
did without believing in Him, trusting in Him. We are saved by grace through
faith, not without it.
Rom 5:1-2 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into
this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
In Christ or not
Rom. 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height,
nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Notice where it resides- in Christ. Which means only those in Christ can receive
this. How does one reside in Christ?
The question is how is one brought into the grace of God? If one does not have
Christ (the Spirit) in them they will not have eternal life.
Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Rom. 8:1-2: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ
Jesus, For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from
the law of sin and death.”
2 Cor. 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old
things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” One must be in
Christ to be a new creation.
2 Cor. 13:5: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test
yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-- unless
indeed you are disqualified.”
If one is not in Christ and Christ in not in them then there is no reason to
insist on a the gospel being given with a response
2 Cor. 5:19-20: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not
imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of
reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were
pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.”
The universalist proposes “God loves you so much, but if you don't believe his
way you're going to suffer eternal torment” – is this a contradiction? Is this
coercion? Hardly, except for the illogical liberal who is unable to rightly
divide the word of truth and accept the obvious answer. It’s like this …I go to
a doctor and he tells me I’m very sick – lets say I have got the disease called
sin- mitosos. It’s fatal, but the doctor tells me that there is a cure, only one
cure and I must take it the way it is instructed otherwise I will certainly die.
I say to him this is outrageous, there as all kinds of different cures for other
ailments why not for this one. What kind of doctor will tell me there is only
one cure and not many, and I have to take it a certain way. Who is he to say
what’s right. I won’t accept the doctor’s advice because this does not seem
right to me.
Now lets bring this into reality-- that doctor is Jesus, he made the cure but
you have to take it otherwise you will be left to your own choice. Reality
God doesn't want anyone to go to hell and has done all that He can to keep
people from going there by offering them the cure. It is they that have
exercised the choice not to listen and obey.
Heb. 5:9: “He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”
1 Pet. 4:17 “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God;
and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey
the gospel of God?
Paul answers this in 2 Thess. 1:8 “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who
do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Those who go there choose to because they rejected God and His gospel, thus they
were in rejection of God's love. One can receive mercy as a pardon for what they
have done or refuse it and get the punishment they deserve.
God's love demands a hell. He allows you to have the freedom of choice, heaven
or hell. This love is also perfect in justice, and God is longsuffering in His
love, patient, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to
repentance. So he gives the opportunity to repent, the choice is ours to make.
It's an eternal choice which we cannot change once we die. If there is no heaven
to gain or hell to shun, justice would not prevail in the universe. If there is
no final judgment there is no Hell. The Bible teaches the dead will be raised to
give an account and then punished. So there has to be a final separation for
wickedness. We find evil is unable to be contained, it's easily spread. This
cannot be said for godliness, which is not easily spread.
Since sin is offence against an eternal God and sin's effects are also eternal,
the punishment therefore must have eternal consequences. Hell is part of God's
justice which is just as important as God's love. And to understand God's
justice we first need to understand that a law without any consequences is just
good advice. If there is a moral standard that God sets it's for a reason. It is
then an absolute standard because it relates to His character and His being as
being holy, and it's from His very nature that this standard flows.
Bell has been on the universalist highway for some time. “So this reality, this
forgiveness, this reconciliation, is true for everybody. Paul insisted that when
Jesus died on the cross he was reconciling ‘all things, in heaven and on earth,
to God. This reality then isn’t something we make true about ourselves by doing
something. It is already true. Our choice is to live in this new reality or
cling to a reality of our own making.” (Velvet Elvis p. 146)
Is Jesus saving everybody automatically?
Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
This is telling us that by his name ONLY one is saved. This is not passive
activity, we are told to call upon him; it is the same declaration as believe on
him to be saved.
Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.'
Acts 10:43 “through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of
There is the Bibles qualification – Believe.
Bell and his emergent comrades are taking advantage of the current vacuum of
Rob Bell makes the argument that Jesus can save through Islam, Hinduism or any
other faith he is denying the biblical view of faith in Christ alone.
“As soon as the door is opened to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Baptists from
Cleveland, many Christians become very uneasy, saying that then Jesus doesn’t
matter anymore, the cross is irrelevant, it doesn’t matter what you believe, and
so forth. Not true.” (p.155).
Jesus does save those who are Muslim, Hindus and Buddhists but they are called
out of their religion and into the body of Christ. Again the emergent church
view of Leonard Sweet is apropos to resolve this, he teaches
“It will take a decolonized theology for Christians to appreciate the
genuineness of others’ faiths, and to see and celebrate what is good, beautiful,
and true in their beliefs without any illusions that down deep we all are
believers in the same thing” (pp.130-131 Quantum Spirituality by Leonard Sweet)
Sweet: ”One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the
flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or Kali, or Krishna. (p.130
underline mine). The emergent church (more accurately the new age movement
inside the church) speaks in unity on the new narrative of universalism and
multi-faith subject matter.
Jesus said you search the Scriptures in them you think you have eternal life but
they testify of me” (v.39). But they won’t come to him.
Bell shows his disdain for the Bible when he writes: “…some stories are better
than others. Telling a story in which billions of people spend forever somewhere
in the universe trapped in a black hole of endless torment and misery with no
way out isn’t a very good story. Telling a story about a God who inflicts
unrelenting punishment on people because they didn’t do or say or believe the
correct things in a brief window of time called life isn’t a very good story.”
Bell clearly is a Bible thumper. He literally takes the words of the Bible and
gives them a thumping. These men’s teaching are a train wreck, or in new
nomenclature, burned circuit boards.
An interview on MSNBC April 4, 2011 caught my attention because it came up the
same time Bell was on TV Helping out God’s image of being too vindictive and
Ghosh: The thing to keep in mind that`s very important here is that the Koran to
Muslims, it is not — it is not the same as the Bible to Christians.
The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is
written by men. Its the story of Jesus.
Ghosh: But the Koran, if you are a believer, if you’re a Muslim, the Koran is
directly the word of God, not written by man. It is transcribed, is directly the
word of God.”
What Christian would agree that the Bible is written by men and Not God? Well
Brian McLaren and Rob Bell do. Bell states “Is the Bible the best that God can
do? With God being so massive and awe-inspiring and full of truth, why is his
book capable of so much confusion?” (Velvet Elvis) On page 46 of Bell’s book,
his position is that the Bible is an open-ended book. The confusion lies with
people like Bell who lack biblical understanding. Its as Jesus sai.d 'Hearing
you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not
perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of
hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and
turn, so that I should heal them.' (Matt 13:14-15)
Brian McLaren does not use the Bible for his conclusions either; in his
interview with Christianity Today:
I don’t think WE’VE GOT THE GOSPEL RIGHT YET. What does it mean to be ‘saved’?
When I read the Bible, I don’t see it meaning, ‘I’m going to heaven after I
die.’ Before modern evangelicalism nobody accepted Jesus Christ as their
personal Savior, or walked down an aisle, or said the sinner’s prayer. I don’t
think the liberals have it right. But I don’t think we have it right either.
None of us has arrived at orthodoxy” (“The Emergent Mystique,” Christianity
Today, Nov. 2004, p. 40).
That is his own personal opinion and he’s wrong; Jesus said in both Mt. 28:19-
and Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature” (Mark 16:15). Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature”. Did he not teach them what to preach? Mary said she rejoiced “in God
my Savior” (Luke 1:47). Did not Peter call the 3,000 that repented on Pentecost
to come to be individually baptized, proclaiming publicly Jesus is their savior.
All this time and none had it right, except to say we are all wrong. Rediculous!
This anti-evangelism of the [e]mergent church can be seen as liberals attacking
orthodoxy. Those who side with them will reveal their animosity toward the
[The Bible is a] “human product...rather than the product of divine fiat”
(Velvet Elvis) “Everybody’s interpretation is essentially his or her own
Then what excludes Bell in this statement, then his interpretation is no more or
less than anyone’s elses, even the cults. For us to accept his opinion as
correct means no one is taught by the spirit of truth. All are equally valid not
matter how ridiculous they sound - no one can be sure they have arrived at the
truth, even though Jesus had it written, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is
useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2
Timothy 3:16). The Bible Was Written By God though Men Whom He picked and Guided
Personally in the content.
“The Bible is still in the center for us,” Bell says, “but it’s a different
kind of center. We want to embrace mystery, rather than conquer it.”
What Bell possibly means by this is that it’s a mystery to him. If by conquering
it he means to grasp and understand it, then we should all be guilty. There are
several mysteries in the Bible but Jesus’ words and the writers of the New
Testament wrote to make it plain. It’s the parables that hid the truth from
those who had no spiritual understanding. Bell wants to put the whole Bible into
the parable category as if tits the words fault. No Jesus said the same word
falls on different soils, only those who have understanding are fruitful. It may
be a mystery to Bell but not to us who have studied and shown ourselves approved
Emergent church leader Dan Kimball writes, 'So, the emerging church is about a
re-imagining: re-imagining our preaching, our evangelism, and our worship
services. A re-imagining of new types of churches and an opportunity to be
rethinking all we do because we recognize that the next generation is at stake
if we don't.” (underline mine)
That is what you are left with when you reject the truth – imagination, to
rethink it all and have your own opinions.
Bell writes in his mischievous manner, “The goal is not to be a 'New Testament
church'. That makes the New Testament church the authority. The authority is God
who is acting in and through those people at that time and now these people at
this time. The point is to ask, what is God up to here, now?”(Rob Bell, Velvet
Elvis, p. 65)
The Bible says the church that preaches the Bible is the pillar and ground of
truth. According to Bell God can give the church new doctrines, new ways and
change the original. While he sides with the Mormons on this point, the Bible
has the exact opposite view.
Doctrine which is from the word of God does not change, it comes from God; its
eternal, just as God does not change. Its men who want to fudge on eternal
matters that reshape it to their own liking. In other words, either what is said
is absolute or it is not. This where we find the promotion of relative truth by
his comrades in confluence and confusion.
The [e]mergent’s must question the church beliefs to reshape it, because they
are not orthodox. The [e]mergent church has an ongoing campaign trying to
convince us that the world is different, and that the bible needs adjustments.
That evangelicals, Pentecostals, fundamentalists, are all in the minority; It’s
not true, they are (see Jude 1:12). Paul speaks of being delivered “from
unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.”
(II Thess. 3:2). Universalism is a reheated up meal that has been dumped in the
garbage heap of history. It has been a staple diet of spiritless men who have no
desire to give the good news to others
Bell sides with Roman Catholicism as he argues against the Scripture “...it
wasn't until the 300s that what we know as the sixty-six books of the Bible were
actually agreed upon as the ‘Bible'. This is part of the problem with
continually insisting that one of the absolutes of the Christian faith must be a
belief that “Scripture alone” is our guide. It sounds nice, but it is not true.
In reaction to abuses by the church, a group of believers during a time called
the Reformation claimed that we only need the authority of the Bible. But the
problem is that we got the Bible from the church voting on what the Bible even
is. So when I affirm the Bible as God's word, in the same breath I have to
affirm that when those people voted, God was somehow present, guiding them to do
what they did. When people say that all we need is the Bible, it is simply not
true. In affirming the Bible as inspired, I also have to affirm the Spirit who I
believe was inspiring those people to choose those books” (Rob Bell, Velvet
The Spirit is there to lead us into the truth and Jesus said my word is truth.
The spirit is the one who inspired the men to be writers. And they were living
by the Bible long before a church took a vote on it, (like some 200 years). By
the way this is the same church that votes on a Pope, maybe Bell thinks that was
guided by God as well. Besides this silly argument, all one has to do is look at
past history. The dark ages came when the Bible was kept from the masses (much
like Bell and his comrades want to do by their confusing interpretations). Did
the spirit lead them then? Bells point is fallacious.
Yet Bell says, “It has brought a littler, deeper, richer understanding to the
mysterious being who is God. . . .Our words are not absolutes. Only God is
absolute... The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions,
we are no longer dealing with God. We are dealing with somebody we made up. (Rob
Bell. Velvet Elvis, p. 25)
So to Bell, God and His words are all incomprehensible, so what is the sense of
the Bible being written if we cannot understand it. God has communicated to man
who He is and how we are to think of him. If what He said is not accurate and is
subject to change than he has not communicated truth and there is nothing we can
stand on as solid ground.
Yet Bell contradicts himself on this by stating, “God has spoken, and everything
else is commentary.” (Rob Bell “Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith”)
what good is it if one cannot come to the truth he spoke? This would include his
opinions as well, would it not?
Rob Bell of Mars Hill church states, “I affirm the historic Christian faith,
which includes the virgin birth and the Trinity and the inspiration of the Bible
and much more” (Mars Hill Constitution and Statement of Faith, p. 14.)
Is Bell serious? like a liberal in his true nature he speaks with
doublespeak. Rob Bell also writes, “What if tomorrow someone digs up definitive
proof that Jesus had a real, earthly, biological father named Larry, and
archaeologists find Larry's tomb and do DNA samples and prove beyond a shadow of
a doubt that the virgin birth was really just a bit of mythologizing the Gospel
writers threw in to appeal to the followers of the Mithra and Dionysian
religious cults that were hugely popular at the time of Jesus, whose gods had
virgin births? But what if as you study the origin of the word virgin, you
discover that the word virgin in the gospel of Matthew actually comes from the
book of Isaiah, and then you find out that in the Hebrew language at that time,
the word virgin could mean several things. And what if you discover that in the
first century being “born of a virgin” also referred to a child whose mother
became pregnant the first time she had intercourse?” (Rob Bell. Velvet Elvis, p.
Bell, like McLaren, loves to bring into question what the words of Scripture
actually mean. Their pseudo intellectualism is redactive and ameliorate. They
say they believe in the core doctrines and then question them; so do they really
The virgin birth of Jesus, according to the Bible or Rob Bell. Absolute truth
an essential doctrine of the Christian faith, or not? The Bible teaches, “Now
the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to
Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit”
(Mt. 1:18). The angel does declares, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to
take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy
Spirit (Mt. 1:20). Without this virgin birth there is NO Son of God, therefore
it cannot mean what Bell does by his fallen human reasoning. Liberals will
almost always deny this tenet of the faith.
By the time Bell has deconstructed the scripture, bringing into question the
virgin birth or anything else the wickedness of his heart desires we arrive at a
new Christianity. Where anybody can still be part of a Christian faith community
without entering by Christ since they have redefined what the faith requires.
Sophism is seen in t his statement: “I can't find one place in the
teachings of Jesus, or the Bible for that matter, where we are to identify
ourselves first and foremost as sinners. Now this doesn't mean we don't sin;
that's obvious. In the book of James it's written like this: 'We all stumble in
many ways.' Once again, the greatest truth of the story of Adam and Eve isn't
that it happened, but that it happens” (Bell, Velvet Elvis, p. 139).
Just like Robert Schuller, Bell is unable to grasp the true story. Let me
help in the discovery…
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1: 15), and Christ
Himself said that He came to call “sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). Rom 5:6,
8 “in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” V.8 “But God demonstrates His own
love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 Cor. 15:3: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures”
Sin is falling short of perfection, of doing God’s law or commandments. The
whole Bible is about man being redeemed from beginning to end. Without seeing
oneself as a sinner one cannot have a need for a savior, that’s what he came to
save us from. Jesus said He would send the Helper (who is the Holy Spirit of
God)“ And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:7-8).
Does Bell understand the Gospel? Or is this predictable confusion from a liberal
Bell says “Salvation is the entire universe being brought back into harmony with
its maker.” (Rob Bell Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith)
Bell’s viewpoint seems to have been influenced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
(the father of the new age movement) of which Sweet and others find influence as
If Bell does not have the requirement of faith for salvation for others why
would he have it personally?
Bells church is called Mars Hill. After hearing what he believes I have to ask
is He the Mars Hill that Paul preached to, or is He Paul going to Mars hill to
refute them with the truth. Is his church named this because Paul preached, the
resurrection and judgment to the gathering of philosophers in Greece or because
they entertain the newest view to discuss as the philosophers did on Mars Hill?
Bell is offering his interpretation as valid as any other of the Bible. It is an
abdication of divine authority that is in the Bible. This becomes a substitute
Gospel that has no intention to convince sinners to repent or the Gospel that
must be believed to be saved. Bells church attendance may increase, it may
double as he attracts people to the new tolerant God at Mars Hill.
Apostasy comes with the introduction of new standards that replace the original,
new ways of worship and teaching. Bell like others before him are preaching
inclusivism, the belief that Christ is saving mankind including other religions
through what Christ did without the biblical requirement of faith of the
individual involved. Jesus becomes the way for all whether they know it or not,
whether they accept it or not.
Rob Bell needs to hear the gong, it just depends how close he will be to it when
it is rung.
Bell says “Who does Peter lose faith in? Not Jesus; he is doing fine. Peter
loses faith in himself. Peter loses faith that he can do what his rabbi is
doing. If the rabbi calls you to be his disciple, then he believes that you can
actually be like him. As we read the stories of Jesus’ life with his talmidim,
his disciples, what do we find frustrates him to no end? When his disciples lose
faith in themselves..... Notice how many places in the accounts of Jesus’ life
he gets frustrated with his disciples. Because they are incapable? No, because
of how capable they are. He sees what they could be and could do, and when they
fall short it provokes him to no end. It isn’t their failure that’s the problem,
it’s their greatness. They don’t realize what they are capable of....God has an
amazingly high view of people. God believes that people are capable of amazing
things. I’ve been told I need to believe in Jesus. Which is a good thing. But
what I’m learning is that Jesus believes in me....God has faith in me.” (Velvet
Elvis, pp. 133-134)
A new age motivator could not have said it better. God does not have faith.
Faith means to trust in one that is greater. Jesus said have faith IN GOD. Jesus
never said God believes in us (I challenge anyone to find such teaching). We are
told to trust in God, to surrender to him, to have him be our master in life;
for He alone is the greater. Jesus said “for without Me you can do nothing”
(John 15:5), we can do no spiritual good. Bell is changing the whole intent of
The Bible specifically tells us not to put our trust in people or ourselves. It
would advantageous fro Bell to pay heed.
Proverbs 3:5-8: “ Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your
own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your
paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It
will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” And we are warned
--Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his
strength, whose heart departs from the LORD” (Jer. 17:5).