Rob Bell: Dispensationalists the Real Anti-Christs?


In his latest book, God Wants to Save Christians, Rob writes:

Imagine how dangerous it would be if there were Christians who skipped over the first-century meaning of John’s letter and focused only on whatever it might be saying about future events, years and years away. There is always the chance that in missing the point, they may in the process be participating in and supporting and funding the various kinds of systems that the letter warns against participating in, supporting, and funding. That wouldn’t be what Jesus had in mind. That would be anti-Jesus. That would be anti-Christ. Were the people in John’s church reading his letter for the first time, with Roman soldiers right outside their door, thinking, “This is going to be really helpful for people two thousand years from now who don’t want to get left behind”? It’s a letter written to a real group of people, in a real place, at a real time, enduring excruciatingly difficult times. Christians were being killed by the empire because they would not participate. John comforts them, challenges them, warns them, teaches them, inspires them—don’t take the mark of the beast.

So dispensationalists are the ones that are especially susceptible to become anti-Jesus? How about historic pre-millennialists? I suppose they are well on their way to becoming anti-christ too?

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  1. #1 by Dr. Mike on December 8, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    He needs a course in basic Hermeneutics.

  2. #2 by mikeyames on February 18, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    Dave, your back!

    I thought you had decided to turn this off?

  3. #3 by clearly on February 18, 2009 - 1:07 pm

    What can I say? I need a place to write and lined notebook paper wasn’t doing it for me…

  4. #4 by mikeyames on February 18, 2009 - 7:32 pm

    Well where is you post that says you were leaving?

    You can’t edit out that post!
    The story arch is all messed up if you leave that aspect of the character development out. This screenplay is not as good without that post!!

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