Hello, Soapbox fans. Today we are going to look at the book, “God Wins” written by Mark Galli the Senior Managing Editor for Christianity Today. In his book, Mark answers many of the questions raised by Rob Bell’s book, “Love Wins.” First and foremost, I have to applaud Mark for his maturity, and propriety in handling the heresies of Rob Bell. I tried to read Bell’s book without getting angry and could not. It made me furious with him every time. The slick, used car salesman, shysterly, manipulative, methods he employed to convince people of heresy seemed to me, to slip supplely, from this silver tongued devil’s mouth. So, bravo Mark! You are a better man than I, and I mean that. Furthermore, I admire Mark’s maturity when dealing with this book. Mark even explains his reasons for doing so in Appendix 3.
I am Lutheresque in my polemics at times. I tend to attack, without considering the effect I’ll have on the followers of the false teacher. Instead of seeing the correction and accepting it, they see me slaughtering their golden calf. When I read a work like this, I can see how it is better for the sheep. In dealing with the sheep we must be gentle. If this book were for Rob Bell alone, I would expect a more belligerent approach.
Mark takes a very thoughtful and thorough approach addressing the major issues of heresy in Bell’s book. It is almost impossible to talk about Mark’s book without mentioning Bell’s book, since it is an antithetical response to Bell’s. As Galli draws out, isolates, and entertains, the questions Bell asks, he offers orthodox answers and corrections that are easily understood. He explains doctrines that the Church has affirmed for over two thousand years. Don’t think that Galli is using kid gloves. He deals with the false gospel, and universalism of Bell. He even explains and contrasts the differences.
I encourage all of you who have read Bell’s book, have family who are fans of Bell, or plan on reading Bell’s book, to read, “God Wins.” For those of you with Bell fans in the family, after you have finished reading, “God Wins” give it to them as a gift, and pray for them to accept godly correction with humble repentance, and godly sorrow.