Following the recent discussions about Rob Bell’s orthodoxy and his view of hell and salvation, it is worth repeating an illustration that Rob once used in one of his sermons on Philippians a couple of years ago. A lot of the discussion is surrounding who is right and who is wrong – what is sound theology and what is heresy. Good theology is important, but here is a warning about getting our priorities right when it comes to faith and doctrine.
The entrance to heaven is not like that. We do not simply recite the right answers to be granted safe passage into the afterlife. Peter is not standing at the pearly gates giving us a pop quiz. It is about how we live and who we live for. Simple head knowledge is not enough.
Some relevant passages which illustrate the believing and doing aspect of faith:
- Matt 7:21-23 – True Disciples
- Matt 25:31-end – The Sheep and the Goats
- Luke 23:39-43 – The penitent thief
- James 2:14-2nd – Faith and Deeds
And while we’re about it, here’s a sermon I preached a year or so ago on that James passage.