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Horton's Review of Bell's New Book (Complete in Nine Parts)

Here's Horton's review of Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins

Here's part one:  Bell's Hell (part one)

Here's part two:  Bell's Hell (part two)

Here's part three:  Bell's Hell (part three)

Here's part four:  Bell's Hell (part four)

Here's part five:  Bell's Hell (part five)

Here's part six:  Bell's Hell (part six)

Here's part seven:  Bell's Hell (part seven)

Here's part eight:  Bell's Hell (part eight)

Here's part nine:  Bell's Hell (part nine)

Reader Comments (12)

Thanks again, Mike, for being on the money!!
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Davilla
That was a fantastic book review by Dr. Horton. I'd love for Bell to read it. He'd have no defense.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
P.S. There are many more parts coming--he is only half way done!
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Chappell
Thank you, Dr. Horton, for having the patience to read Rob Bell's book chapter by chapter and your scholarly analysis of the error found therein. It appears Bell never spent much time studying Calvin's " Institutes of the Christian Religion" or he might have a better understanding of the traditional reformed point of view of hell and sola fide.
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel James
Rob Bell should feel embarrassed considering he's educated (Fuller) and thoroughly mishandled the Text and historical sources.

Actually, Martin Bashir's explanation on what may be behind Bell's work is insightful:

I suspect Mr. Bell is being disingenuous on PURPOSE.

Can you spell S.A.L.E.S?

Mr. Bell, truly you have your reward.
March 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobin
When all is said and done can you folks post one link to Mike's entire review, so we can read it all in one sitting and refer others to it? I would really appreciate it - and I know many others would! Thanks!
March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill
I agree with Will. In addition, it is great that MH reads books like this and Joel Osteen's stuff for us, so that we don't have to spend our hard earned currency of this present age on a wolf. TYVM, Dr. Horton!
March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMerlin
Dr. Riddlebarger, do you think you could ask Dr. Horton to clean up part 3 a bit? It's in drastic need of editing.
March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAaron
Why does Horton bother to debunk Bell ? The two camps do not cross polinate - those who repsect Bell probably do not know who Horton is, or do not care, and those who follow Horton are certainly aware of Bell's heresies.

Is Horton trying to capture some of Bell's media thunder ?
March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZechariah
Zeharia - I think there are a couple of reasons for Horton to respond to what Bell is saying. The "two camps" you refer to may not cross polinate, but the issues raised in Bell's book are of vital importance to all Christians because they deal with core truths. Bell has a huge following among young evangelicals. I'm pushing 50, so his approach doesn't appeal to me that much, but knowing the truth, proclaiming the truth, and being sure that young people aren't led astray appeal to me enormously. Also, the "two camps" DO cross polinate occasionally. I grew up in an Evangelical environment where I was constantly told to do more for Jesus - read the bible more, pray more, try harder, be better. I was driving in my car one night when I heard Rod Rosenbladt talk about how Jesus died for the sins of Christians too. I had never heard it put that way in the Evangelical Churches I attended. Who knows...maybe a young Evangelical searching the web will stumble across Mike's review of Bell's book and be drawn into a much richer understanding of scripture and a dscovery of the great doctrines of the Reformation.
March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill
I am so grateful for this critique; it gives me a fuller understanding of what the book contains, and I know I could not have stomached the book myself (I wanted to throw up after reading part 6 of the review on the chapter Dying to Live).

Re cross-pollination: I have personally been shocked to see some favorable comments about the book posted on Facebook by some people I know from the college fellowship I was part of a few years ago. It's possible that our emergent friends might have as much respect for us to likewise read the comments, or visit the links we share that expose the fatal flaws behind the honeyed words of the emergent leaders.
April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
The only thing different between Tolle and Bell is the wrapper. Neither is Christian, but Bell is far more dangerous because he pretends to play church.
April 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMerlin

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