Without commenting either way on the whole “Is Rob Bell a universalist?” brouhaha, I would say it is rather interesting to read the endless defensive posturing of Bell’s admirers against the relentless offensive posturing of the (cue scare-quotes) “neo-Reformed.” John Piper says “Jump” and we say “How high?” We are lockstep with the Gospel Coalition. Calvinism is the Borg and we’ve been assimilated, no longer thinking for ourselves.
Does this happen? Undoubtedly. Yet a bit of self-reflection might have Bell’s many self-appointed PR managers wondering if they are doing the same. Four fingers pointing back at you and all that.*
What I mean is, it is interesting to read the accusations of mindless, lockstep fandom against some from the eager fandom of another. John Piper has “minions,” one of Rob Bell’s
minions defenders said.
Just ’cause you’re not “of Cephas” doesn’t mean you’re not “of Apollos,” is what I’m sayin’.
* We should all do this introspection.