The trailer for “The Heretic,” a film about former Mars Hill Bible megachurch pastor Rob Bell, who stirred major controversy in evangelical circles over his beliefs on Heaven and Hell, was recently released. In it, Bell declares that Jesus would be “mortified” at Christianity and that “the religions have failed.”
Bell explained in a Facebook post last week, which also showed the trailer for the film, that he and his wife, Kristen, were approached years ago by filmmaker Andrew Morgan about making a documentary about his life and the controversy of his books, such as Love Wins.
“We have great respect for Andrew so we said yes and he began filming tours and RobCasts and events and interviews — I can’t imagine just how much footage he captured. The result is a new film that he is preparing to release. It’s called ‘The Heretic,'” Bell announced.
The trailer features various snippets of the author criticizing modern day religion, juxtapositioned with conservative preachers, including Billy Graham Evangelistic Association CEO and President Franklin Graham, suggesting that Bell is a “heretic.”
Bell says in the trailer that following Jesus has taken him “beyond religion,” and into “what it looks like to be human.”
“Jesus would be absolutely mortified that someone started a religion in his name,” the former pastor who is touring the nation declares.
“If you think about the religion that has arisen in Jesus’ Name, it is anti-what Jesus was talking about.”
In other snippets, Bell says that “pretentious, legalistic and small-minded religiosity” stands against Jesus’ prophetic teachings.
“The religions have failed. So we are going through a revolution because these great traditions have to be expanded,” he says.
“Women’s rights, LGBT, minorities, love of our Muslim neighbors — if those aren’t all basics, we’re done.”
When Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived was released in 2011, it was denounced for what many called a universalist message. Bell called the dominant Christian story that only a few Christians will be called to Heaven while the rest spends forever in punishment in hell “misguided and toxic.” He criticized churches that singularly preach that those who don’t believe in Jesus will go to Hell and questioned the belief that salvation comes simply through confession, repentance and accepting Jesus.
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SOURCE: Christian Post