This forthcoming book from Rob Bell is causing quite a stir around the interweb, with all sorts of people falling over themselves to condemn it as heresy before they’ve even had the opportunity to read it in full. It’s very strange how eager Christians are to condemn other people when they reach different conclusions. St Paul’s words in Sunday’s lectionary were very appropriate:
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
1 Cor. 4: 3-5