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Rob Bell Controversial Quotes: 8 Hot-Button Statements From Christian Evangelist

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 09:03 AM

Controversial evangelical leader and former pastor of the Mars Hill Bible Church, Rob Hill, is never shy when speaking his mind. The author of 13 books on spiritualism and Christianity left the Mars Hill community in 2011 because of what he wrote in his book "Love Wins."

Since leaving the church, Bell hosts conferences and workshops at his new home in Laguna Beach, Calif.

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Bell has found a wide audience for his views, both as a pastor and since leaving the Michigan community he helped build to one of the biggest in the United States. Oprah Winfrey has been seen as a friend and he shares a stage with her at events on her cable network.

Throughout his time in the spotlight, Bell has made many controversial statements, here are a few hot-button statements:

1. Writing on his Tumblr blog about gay marriage and its place in society Bell says, "It is extremely important that we acknowledge gay marriage as a reflection of the natural, normal, healthy human desire to spend your life with someone."

2. Evangelist Bell questions what happens when people die in his book "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived," saying "When we get to what happens when we die, we don't have any video footage, so let's at least be honest that we are speculating, because we are."

3. In an interview with The New Yorker, Bell tells Kelefa Sannah that he avoids churches as much as possible. "I don't know where I'm anathema and where I'm considered to be on the good team. The landscape is so confusing, in churchyworld, that I just gave up trying to navigate it."

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4. In the same interview with The New Yorker, Bell takes a swipe at conservative churches. "A conservative Bible megachurch, if it's really true to the Jesus that's in its Bible, it has the seeds of its own destruction within itself."

5. In an interview recorded for Odyssey Networks, Bell claims God accepts gay people. "I believe God is pulling us ahead into greater acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters."

6. Continuing in the same interview, Bell talks being gay as being decided by God. "We're realizing God made some of us one way and some of us another and it can be a beautiful thing."

7. Bell tells the Christian churches to accept same-sex partnerships on a May 2013 Premier Christian Radio interview. "I think it is time for the church to accept that we have brothers and sisters who are gay and want to share their lives with someone."

8. In that same Premier Christian Radio interview, Bell questions the Bible's view on homosexuality. "There are scriptures that speak to this, but I don't think you can make an overwhelming case against it."

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Controversial evangelical leader and former pastor of the Mars Hill Bible Church, Rob Hill, is never shy when speaking his mind. The author of 13 books on spiritualism and Christianity left the Mars Hill community in 2011 because of what he wrote in his book "Love Wins."
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