New Interview: ‘Why Rob Bell Supports Gay Marriage’

In an interview with Odyssey Networks, Rob Bell continued to speak out about his support for gay marriage, and why he believes it’s important to look at the “real problems” we are facing. The former pastor and author of new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God, found himself in the middle of the debate last week when he voiced his support for gay marriage during a discussion at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. His statements have been at the center of a recent controversy, drawing both criticism and support from conservative and progressive Christian leaders …

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Fred Hudson

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Fred Hudson commented…

Oddly enough these passages were in my reading the day this interview was posted. Mr. Bell, I think I'm going to side with Paul on this one.

Galatians 1:6-10 - "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."

2 Timothy 4:3-5 - "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."

Christopher May

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Christopher May replied to Wes's comment

Is incest ok? If we are to take the the Biblical account of Genesis literally, how did Adam and Eve along with their children avoid this? Did God make concessions for this particular sin then?

There are places in the Bible that also speaks against inter-racial marriage (Deut 7:3-4) do we still hold to these teachings?

The Bible permits what would be considered pedophilia (Num 31:1-18; Ex 21:2-10). Should we continue to view this as sinful, or are those who take it up living a more accurate biblical marriage?

Though some have argued here that polygamy is unbiblical, I challenge some one to make a strong biblical argument that prohibits it. The Old Testament clearly supports polygamy, and the there is no where in the New Testament where it is explicitly defined as a sin.

The Bible has much more to say about divorce, yet the divorce rate in the church is equal to the national average... this can't be said for the number of homosexuals in our churches vs. in our community (There's some major plank-eye going on here). Furthermore, Mark 10:11-12 states that all who marry after divorce live in adultery as long as they are married to another after divorce.
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The point I'm trying to make by asking these questions is that this issue is not as black & white as Christians today make it. If you are one who takes a literal, inerrant perspective of scripture you can not pick and choose what is sinful and what is a cultural or social more.

These issues become more clear when instead of cherry picking (proof texting) scripture, we look at the tenor, or whole of scripture, the Gospel message and the teachings of Jesus. Most of the arguments I have heard made against homosexual relationships/marriage appeal to 2 or 3 verses and are boarder line proof texting... In my opinion I have yet to hear a strong biblically holistic theological that prohibits monogamous homosexual marriage.

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Fred Hudson

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Fred Hudson commented…

Oddly enough these passages were in my reading the day this interview was posted. Mr. Bell, I think I'm going to side with Paul on this one.

Galatians 1:6-10 - "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."

2 Timothy 4:3-5 - "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."

Esther Aspling

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Esther Aspling commented…

While I may not agree with all of his views, his message of love is spot on.

http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com/

Brandon Caples

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Brandon Caples commented…

While I wholeheartedly agree with Rob's message of love, I think there's a separate issue here. Yes, we are called to love and support each other, but does that mean that we must accept the sin? What is sin anymore? It seems like the church these days has grown too timid to rebuke sin for fear of offending someone. Come as you are, but don't stay that way. Let me reiterate: all of this is done with love. Disapproval and Love don't have to be mutually exclusive. The common mistake is to assume that disagreeing with a person, especially regarding this topic, must mean that you're a bigoted, hateful animal. That's just not true.

It hurts to see Christians at each other's throats over this issue. As Christ-followers, we should follow the example modeled by Christ. He spent his time with the poor and the "sinners" of this world, the people no one of societal or religious significance would be seen with. I put sinners in quotes because, while we are all hopelessly sinful, there have always been groups of people who are considered the least among us (a distinction which should be atrocious to any self-proclaiming Christian). My church class had an open discussion last night on this very issue. I'm very proud that my Church of Christ, a denomination stereotypically associated with close-mindedness, is bold enough to address the real issues. But this is more than just an issue; it's about people. Regardless of how you think on this topic, ask yourself, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

Kevin

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Kevin commented…

I think God is calling us to embrace a couple other things that I would just add to Rob Bell's point: materialism and porn. It seems clear to me that our culture has accepted both of those things now, and we can't keep pretending like laying all this guilt on people and hurting them by saying they're both sinful is helpful (gotta step outside our ignorant tribe on this one). I mean, come on. Both can be incredibly fun and pleasurable. Sure the church has stood united against both of those things for 2000 years, but God is calling us forward now. How do I know this? Because God called Hollywood forward first. And then the media and scientists and politicians and all those other groups. As always, the church is behind the times and Jesus rarely, if ever, calls us forward through his church. We all know he works through unbelievers first, cause that's how this works. Time for the church to take a back seat. In fact, God is calling the church to take a back seat. Let the culture define love, family values, sexual orientation, gender roles, sin, etc and we'll get on board when things get mainstream enough to alert everyone's favorite hipster pastor to God's great call for us to move forward.

Tim Jackson

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Tim Jackson commented…

Sex within God's boundaries of marriage (which, according to Jesus AND HIS Father, should be between 1 man and 1 woman) is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, our churches, schools, books, media and music are now bombarding us with messages of 'acceptance'...and if you don't accept what the world now deems 'normal', you are 'hateful'. The great thing about Jesus is that He was never afraid to look sin in the face and call it what it was. God doesn't change. He knew the end from the beginning. He knew there would come a day when those who called themselves 'believers' would not want to listen to sound doctrine (the true word of God)...because God's word IS life and it commands that we change. With God's love, we can ALL be new creations. But some refuse to submit and expect that the rest of the world should accept their sin. The one little problem with this homosexual issue is that SEX does not equal LOVE. Sex is sex. Love is love. Two different things for two different purposes. I love my mother...I don't have sex with her....I love my son...I don't have sex with him. I love my friends...I don't have sex with them. Why? Because there are limits and boundaries and a moral law which, whether we believe in it's author or not, cannot be broken without consequence. Please, if you love these people, tell them the truth. Love them enough NOT to lie. And if you are believing this lie that anyone should be able to marry anyone else based on a 'feeling' or 'attraction', look at your child and ask if it would be okay if a 40 year old child molester should be able to marry that child based on a feeling of 'love'. If you accept gay marriage, prepare to accept ANYTHING.

Courtney

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Courtney replied to Tim Jackson's comment

Your wrong that if you accept gay marriage you accept everything. You aren't the one getting married and everyone is accountable to their own sin. If they weren't married, they would still be gay. The reason they want to be married is they want benefits and recognition like a married couple. Mankind isn't being affected here like other Christian issues with world decisions. The church should accept everyone regardless of orientation whether they are against it or not.

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