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Panel Discussion — Rob Bell and Love Wins

A conversation on Rob Bell’s new and controversial book, Love Wins, and why it’s important to have a biblical understanding on the doctrine of hell.

Why did I just say that?

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: … A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7)

I can think of so many times when I should have kept silent, but I just had to speak.

On more than one occasion I have said something, and the moment it left my lips, I thought, Why did I just say that?

And I have found myself instantly wishing I could have those words back.

What to Preach to Yourself Everyday

Then I came to the shattering realization that this isn’t what the Bible teaches, and it isn’t the gospel. What the Bible teaches is that we mature as we come to a greater realization of what we already have in Christ. The gospel, in fact, transforms us precisely because it’s not itself a message about our internal transformation, but Christ’s external substitution. We desperately need an Advocate, Mediator, and Friend. But what we need most is a Substitute. Someone who has done for us and secured for us what we could never do and secure for ourselves.