The reviews are starting to come in....
Kevin DeYoung has written a 20 page "tour-de-force" that can be accessed here:
“The theology is heterodox. The history is inaccurate. The impact on souls is devastating. And the use of Scripture is indefensible. Worst of all, Love Wins demeans the cross and misrepresents God’s character.”
Denny Burk has himself written an 11 page review that deals with book on a chapter by chapter basis. You can find it here:
“Bell has launched out into a heterodox, unbiblical accounting of sin and judgment, the cross and salvation, heaven and hell. He pictures a God without wrath who would never create a place of eternal conscious punishment for the wicked. No one needs salvation from God’s wrath; they only need to be rescued from themselves. No one needs to have conscious faith in Jesus Christ in this life to find salvation in the next.”
Tim Challies of course got the ball rolling with this review a few days back:
“That is what we know as universalism. And it is cause for mourning. Christians do not need more confusion. They need clarity. They need teachers who are willing to deal honestly with what the Bible says, no matter how hard that truth is. And let’s be honest—many truths are very, very hard to swallow. Love does win, but not the kind of love that Bell talks about in this book.”
No doubt this will end up being a best seller as bad press along good press sells. And sells big time. However, after reading the above, why would one even waste their time and money on this latest hermeneutical train-wreck by Rob Bell?
Mark Galli from Christianity Today has also posted a review online - check it out! And keep in mind this same magazine was all bent-out-of-shape when Justin Taylor fired the first shot not so long ago.