Someone recently quoted this and I was surprised I missed it the first time I browsed the site. It’s from the “About NOOMA” section on NOOMA.com, one of Rob Bell’s projects. See if you can figure out what the folks producing it care most about and are pursuing with all their heart, mind, and strength from what is written in the description of NOOMA. I’ll give you a hint: it’s not truth.
We can get anything we want, from anywhere in the world, whenever we want it. That’s how it is and that’s how we want it to be. Still, our lives aren’t any different than other generations before us. Our time is.
We want spiritual direction, but it has to be real for us and available when we need it. We want a new format for getting Christian perspectives.
NOOMA is the new format.
It’s short films with communicators that really speak to us. Compact, portable, and concise. Each NOOMA touches on issues that we care about, that we want to talk about,
and it comes in a way that fits our world. It’s a format that’s there for us when we need it, as we need it, how we need it.
To Bell and the rest of the Emergent movement, it’s all about what we want, we need, and we care about. It’s not about knowing the absolute truths about God and ourselves and then conforming our lives to what God wants. To Bell and those like him, it’s about redefining the truth about God to make it conform to what man wants.
Regardless, I plan on going to see Mr. Bell speak in Cleveland on December 1st. Not because I’m not already thoroughly convinced that what he teaches is contrary to Scripture in the utmost. It is firmly established in my mind that Mr. Bell is the dreaded h-word that so many Christians are afraid to utter, even in the face of clear evidence which justifies its use. But I digress. I will go because I have friends and loved ones who are being deceived by what this man is teaching to the flock. And to be credible to them, it would be profitable to hear what they are hearing (although we ought to strive to listen always in a discerning manner) and read what they are reading to know what is being said in order that we might respond point for point to the deception that has come and will no doubt abound all the more when Mr. Bell comes to town.
We must contend earnestly for the faith that was handed down once for all to the saints. And we must not be afraid to call out false teaching for what it is. We know that more is coming and that much is already here (Mike Bickle, Lou Engle, Rob Bell, Doug Pagitt, etc). Jesus Himself said in Matt 24 and Mark 13: “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance.”
Paul gives instructions to Timothy in 1 Tim 4:1-5 “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
My prayer is that we would be wise, filled with the knowledge of Truth, not being tossed about by every wind of doctrine, but holding fast to that which is sound, to that which is true. My prayer is that God would open our minds and hearts to the Truth first and foremost so that we might easily recognize the many counterfeits, discarding that which is bad and holding onto what is good.