Saying Yes

One of the reasons all the uproar over the inclusivism implied in Rob Bell’s book Love Wins is so maddening, is that what he says there hardly makes him a wild-eyed extremist.  Those who share his views on that subject (and who in fact state them more directly) include folks like C.S. Lewis, John Wesley and Billy Graham.  I can’t find the stat now, but I read that a substantial majority of seminary professors and graduates are inclusivists or universalists.  Deeply studying the nature and character of God seems to draw one to that conclusion.Over the next few days I’ll offer a few quotes from some evangelical heavyweights that show that if Rob Bell is an inclusivist, he is not alone.  Consider this one:

“I used to play God but I can’t do that any more. I used to believe that pagans in far-off countries were lost and were going to hell if they did not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them. I no longer believe that.  I believe that there are other ways of recognizing the existence of God—through nature, for instance—and plenty of other opportunities, therefore, of saying ’yes’ to God.”

Billy Graham

Love Wins