18 Now the birth of Jesus 1Christ was as follows: when His amother Mary had been 2betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was bfound to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned 1ato send her away secretly.

20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “aJoseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for 1the Child who has been 2conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 “She will bear a Son; and ayou shall call His name Jesus, for 1He bwill save His people from their sins.”

22 Now all this 1took place to fulfill what was aspoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “aBehold, the virgin shall be with bchild and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name 1Immanuel,” which translated means, “cGod with us.”

24 And Joseph 1awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,

25 1but kept her a virgin until she agave birth to a Son; and bhe called His name Jesus. -Matt 1:18-25 NASB

What would Christmas be like without the virgin Mary? I’m not speaking in Roman Catholic terms that uplift Mary to a status of worship, but rather I’m referring to her as the virgin mother of Christ. There are some who belittle the virgin birth as something that is not necessary for the Christian to believe. This rank heresy is floating around many churches today heralded by the ever-changing Seeker Sensitive Purpose Driven Church for the Carnal Nature of Mankind. Observe what Rob Bell has to say concerning the virgin birth.

“What if tomorrow someone digs up definitive proof that Jesus had a real, earthly, biological father named Larry, and archeologists find Larry’s tomb and do DNA samples and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the virgin birth was really just a bit of mythologizing the Gospel writers threw in to appeal to the followers of the Mithra and Dionysian religious cults that were hugely popular at the time of Jesus, whose gods had virgin births? But what if, as you study the origin of the word ‘virgin’ you discover that the word ‘virgin’ in the gospel of Matthew actually comes from the book of Isaiah, and then you find out that in the Hebrew language at that time, the word ‘virgin’ could mean several things. And what if you discover that in the first century being ‘born of a virgin’ also referred to a child whose mother became pregnant the first time she had intercourse? What if that spring were seriously questioned? Could a person keep on jumping? Could a person still love God? Could you still be a Christian? Is the way of Jesus still the best possible way to live? Or does the whole thing fall apart?…If the whole faith falls apart when we reexamine and rethink one spring, then it wasn’t that strong in the first place, was it?”

He asks a lot of “what ifs” in his statement as he proceeds to undermine the authority of the Holy Scriptures. Out of one mouth Rob Bell says he believes in the virgin birth, but out of his other mouth he says it’s not really that important. I want to examine, using the Scriptures, why Rob Bell is dead wrong.

The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our Christian faith. If Jesus was not conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit , then what makes Jesus any different than any other prophet or man?

The Bible clearly states that Mary was a virgin until after Jesus was born. Matthew 1:24-25

If we take Rob Bell’s advice and follow his wisdom, then our Christian faith is nothing more than a bunch of stories based upon myths to create an entertaining story of redemption that only serves to leave us to question everything about Christianity. We are left to sort out what is the truth and what is myth when we read the Bible. We are advised to question the very Word of God and come to our own conclusions about what God really meant to say in His Word.

If Mary was not a virgin and Jesus was conceived in the same manner as you and me, then we have a problem because we have no Messiah. No virgin birth means the following:

  • No salvation
  • No foundation
  • No hope
  • No Gospel
  • The Bible cannot be trusted fully.

If any pastor recommends or reads after Rob Bell, it is in your best interest to leave that church. The poison of Rob Bell and all those who teach/defend this heresy is toxic to all who are exposed to it. Any pastor who does not have the discernment to separate and warn the church about this heresy does not need to be in the pulpit/stage. Those in the ever-changing Emergent Church are all too silent about Rob Bell and his heresies.

If Rob Bell has his way, then the virgin birth is a matter of opinion based upon myths. If our Christian faith rests upon the interpretations of men like Rob Bell to judge what is truly God’s Word and what God really meant to say, then why should we trust the Bible at all? Why not just substitute Velvet Elvis:Repainting the Christian Faith for the Bible since Rob Bell is so enlightened?

We must stand up and call these heretics out by name and mark those who compromise the truth just to add numbers to the church. We must continue to follow 2 Timothy 4:1-3 and Acts 17:10-11

2 Peter 2:1-3 (New American Standard Bible)

The Rise of False Prophets
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.


1I.e. The Messiah

aMatt 12:46; Luke 1:27

2The first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night, more legal than an engagement

bLuke 1:35

1Or to divorce her

aDeut 22:20–24; 24:1–4; John 8:4, 5

aLuke 2:4

1Lit that which

2Lit begotten

aLuke 1:31; 2:21

1Lit He Himself

bLuke 2:11; John 1:29; Acts 4:12; 5:31; 13:23, 38, 39; Col 1:20–23

1Lit has happened

aLuke 24:44; Rom 1:2–4

aIs 7:14

bIs 9:6, 7

1Or Emmanuel

cIs 8:10

1Lit got up

1Lit and was not knowing her

aLuke 2:7

bMatt 1:21; Luke 2:21

Matt 1:18-25 NASB

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Comments
  1. marcusmaxis says:

    Truly Mary is blessed among women. This is true. I dont celebrate Chrismas anymore though. I think it is a doctrine of Devils. No commandment to celebrate Jesus’s birth anywhere in the Bible. It is what Jesus did for us that is important and to Celebrate every Passover. The Bible or God never celebrates birth anywhere in the Bible. What we become after birth is important. When your a baby you have done neither good nor evil, what joy is in this. NONE!
    Cheers

  2. Gerasimos says:

    David, right-on about the Virgin Birth! Marcus, why is celebrating the glorious Incarnation of God in Christ a “doctrine of devils”? You’ve gone off the deep end, man! Happy Birthday to you, too!

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