Rob Bell, Love Wins, And The Body Of This Death!

 Rom 7: 24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

The explanation of “the body of this death” by Greek NT expositor and scholar, Marvin Vincent, is absolutely brilliant.

The body serving as the seat of the death into which the soul is sunk through the power of sin. The body is the literal body, regarded as the principal instrument which sin uses to enslave and destroy the soul. In explaining this much-disputed phrase, it must be noted:

1. That Paul associates the dominion and energy of sin prominently with the body, though not as if sin were inherent in and inseparable from the body.

2. That he represents the service of sin through the body as associated with, identified with, tending to, resulting in, death. And therefore,

3. That he may properly speak of the literal body as a body of death – this death, which is the certain issue of the abject captivity to sin.

4. That Paul is not expressing a desire to escape from the body, and therefore for death. Meyer paraphrases correctly: “Who shall deliver me out of bondage under the law of sin into moral freedom, in which my body shall no longer serve as the seat of this shameful death?”

5. Ignatius, in his letter to the Smyrnaeans, speaks of one who denies Christ’s humanity, as “Nekroophoros” one who carries a corpse.

Nekroo is a corpse. Phero is to bear something.

Bible expositor John Gill says this about body of this death.  “And is to him like that punishment Mezentius inflicted on criminals, by fastening a living body to a putrid carcass.”

The evil tyrant Mezentius forced a criminal to be tied face to face to a copse  (nekroo) until such man died from the effects of bearing and contacting the putrefying body.

Paul compares the sinful nature of mankind without Christ to the body of this death.

In fact, every human being without Christ carts a face to face chained “body of this death” . The rotting body of sin incessantly whispers sinful pleasures and habits to this one  until he goes to the grave.

Only Christ and His work on the cross  can unchain a loved one from this horror.

Rob Bell erroneously says in his book “Love Wins”, that because God is love, ultimately no one will go to, or stay in hell.

My apologia to Pastor Bell is that heaven or hell is not just an issue of love winning.

Could or would God allow people who are bearing a putrid corpse of the sinful nature chained face to face to them into His heaven? Heaven indeed would be a funny place.

Everybody alive at the etching of these words has opportunity to be freed of this corpse through Christ.  Why should God do it later in hell for them?  Or do I want to risk my eternity on Mr. Bell’s presupposition?

5 thoughts on “Rob Bell, Love Wins, And The Body Of This Death!

  1. I’ve only briefly skimmed Bell’s book. I would love to see the quote where he says that because God is love no one will go to hell or stay in hell. That doesn’t sound like the Bell that I have heard before but if that’s what he says then so be it. Any chance you could pull that quote out and share it? Thanks!


    • I have not read his book. He is a complicated man to fully understand. I might stand corrected about no one going to hell, but from his videos and the expose in his books he says that God will pull people out of eternal hell.Also if I am corrct does he not talk about universal salavation for all? Blessings. Would you mind sharing what you have learned from his book? Thanks


    • Jackson, Thank you for your comments. The validity of Bells questions take a second place to the description of hell and the lake of fire as a physical place where many will go to. Jesus spoke much more about hell than about heaven. I had a vivid vision of hell, where I do not want my worst enemy to go to. I am not critical of Bell’s questioning of it. He has all the right. But when he is teaching thousands of others contrary to the Word of God, that is where his sin comes in. I am not the judge of man. Bu those who know about hell and know how not to go there should be applying the proper remedy, which is Christ Jesus. Bell can believe what he wants to. However he does not have the right to teach others what is contrary to God’s words. This is why scripture tells us that teachers will be doubly accountable. In a way I feel scared for Bell and the course which he is presently on.


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