Recently we went to Mars Hill Bible Church in Granville, Michigan near Grand Forks, where we were commanded not to teach in Jesus’ name. The video below shows some our interaction with the Leader AJ Sherrill and Mars Hill security.
What brings us to Mars Hill? In early September, my wife, five children and I embarked on a missionary journey across the United States of America. The primary objectives are to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and conduct video interviews for upcoming documentary films. Thus far we have preached at university campuses in Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan.
Now a converted shopping mall, Mars Hill was established in 1999 by the Emerging Church leader Rob Bell. But Rob Bell forsook his flock to pursue a career in Hollywood. From Rob Bell’s official site:
Rob Bell is The New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk about God, The Zimzum of Love and his most recent book How To Be Here. iTunes named his podcast, The RobCast, Best of 2015. He’s been profiled in The New Yorker, he’s toured with Oprah on her Life You Want Tour, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. He has a regular show at Largo, the legendary music and comedy club in West Hollywood and is currently touring his How To Be Here Experience around the world.
As you are probably already aware, Rob Bell is also a leader in the Emerging Church movement which is founded upon a postmodern worldview. At the end of our meeting with the new Mars Hill Leader AJ Sherrill, I gave him a copy of my book Hath God Said? Emergent Church Theology in which I demonstrate how postmodernism is incompatible with a biblical worldview of absolute truth and the authority of the Scriptures on various topics including feminism, homosexuality, hell, mysticism, eschatology, Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
A Christian brother named Jaime Rivera and I attended Mars Hill in order to pass out tracts, have conversations with those who were interested in the Gospel and leave them with the DVDs Church of Tares and Real Roots of the Emergent Church. The tract we were handing our is called “The Teachings of Jesus Christ” which is pure Scripture about the Gospel message and what Jesus taught.
We did not disrupt the service in any way, though I was considering doing so when the Mars Hill security apprehended us and brought us into the lobby. There were at least three security guards present. Jaime decided to capture a video on his phone of what took place. The video begins with a view of the sanctuary. Jaime proceeds into the lobby where I am having a discussion with one of the security guards. I was trying to get him to see the parallel of how Mars Hill resembled the Jewish Synagogues which withstood the preaching of the Gospel. I don’t claim to liken myself to an apostle in any way, but we were persecuted in the same way as the apostles were by the religious leaders simply for sharing the Gospel.