Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a “search for a more forgiving faith.”
Bell told The New Yorker that the book caused attendance at Mars Hill to plummet by 3,000 people. According to the New Yorker:
“The book put pressure on the people around Bell, who found themselves having to defend statements they might never have heard, let alone approved,” The New Yorker writes.
“Congregants reported that friends and family members were asking why they were allowing themselves to be led by a false teacher,” the magazine continues.
Wife of the megachurch pastor, Kristen Bell, remembers staying home from service for some weeks because she could not stand the criticism her husband was receiving for his book.
“There was a cost,” Bell told The New Yorker.
“And part of the cost was, we couldn’t keep doing what we were doing at Mars Hill,” she added.
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