Here’s an excerpt from the show that aired Sunday, Feb. 15. reported what Bell said on Super Soul Sunday, airing on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel:
“One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness,” Rob Bell said. “Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It’s central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with.”
That statement prompted a question from Oprah: “When is the church going to get that?”
“We’re moments away,” Rob Bell said. “I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.”
Said Kristen Bell: “There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle.” (SOURCE)
Bell recently started a broadcast group called “The Liturgists,” and promotes “mother God” and a deep mystical New Age mediation called “apophatic prayer.” Remember that Bell is part of the Emergent Church:
The Emergent Church movement is a progressive Christian movement that I believe attempts to reduce or eliminate Christian doctrine in favor of experience and feelings. Most do not believe man can know what is absolute truth, and believe God must be experienced outside of traditional biblical doctrines.
It’s important to note that there are the well-known emergent leaders we’ve tracked on past shows and posts: Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Rob Bell. Then there is the next generation; the up-and-coming rookies who now are the prolific young voices at leadership conferences (like Catalyst and many others), that you can’t easily research because they don’t have anything questionable yet attached to their bios. But make no mistake: The leaders of old have not gone away, nor has the movement died. Instead it is shifting into a new or neo mode, making the Neo-Emergent movement even more confusing and appealing to a whole new audience of young believers. It’s the same old “Hath God said” lie repackaged into a media marketing formula with programs helping many pastors “plug and play” with sermon topics and programs in their own churches to perpetuate the movement.