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MADISON, Wisc., September 2, 2017 / 4 Winds Christian Athletics/ — In a recent ESPN interview, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he no longer believes the Bible on some major doctrinal issues. He credits Rob Bell for the transformation.
Rodgers grew up in Chico, California and attended the University of California-Berekley. As a boy, he attended a nondenominational church, but questioned the beliefs of the church.
“I remember asking a question as a young person about somebody in a remote rainforest,” Rodgers says in the ESPN interview. “Because the words that I got were: ‘If you don’t confess your sins, then you’re going to hell.’ And I said, ‘What about the people who don’t have a Bible readily accessible?'”
Over time, he studied theology to try to answer those questions. In 2008, Rob Bell did a chapel service for the Green Bay Packers. Bell, who does not believe in a literal hell, sent Rodgers his books on various subjects. Plus, Bell leans toward universalism, a belief that all people will be saved.
Rodgers eventually questioned the existence of a literal hell. “It wasn’t a fiery pit idea – that [concept] was handed down in the 1700s by the Puritans and influenced Western culture,” he says.
Rodgers admitted he does not affiliate as a Christian anymore.
“As a great football player, Aaron Rodgers has tremendous influence, filtering down to the young people of America,” states 4 Winds Christian Athletics President Steve McConkey. “His beliefs are nowhere to be found in the Bible. Rob Bell is a false teacher who sadly has influenced one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.
“There is a literal hell. Many like to blot this belief out of existence but the Bible is very clear. The reason there is a hell is that men and women reject the Lord’s work on the cross, His dying for our sins. After rejecting salvation, there is no hope.”
Steve McConkey is the founder and president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics (4 WINDS), a ministry that stands up for Christian athletes. Steve regularly appears on worldwide radio and is frequently quoted in articles throughout the world. He has a Master of Public Health from Western Kentucky University with honors. Steve and his wife started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981 and expanded to all sports in 2014. Steve was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but moved to NW Wisconsin after the sixth grade. He became a Christian after reading the Bible as an undergraduate. 4 WINDS produces the news site BigPlanetWatch.com.
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