Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Bad for Christianity?

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Megachurch pastor Rob Bell has been called a "rock star in the church world," but some say his controversial new book is rocking the foundation Christianity was built on.

Bell leads the 10,000-member Mars Hill Bible Church near Grand Rapids, Mich.

His new book, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, is set to release March 29.

A video introduction released by publisher HarperOne promotes the book as challenging what the Bible says about heaven, hell and the afterlife. Watch the video here.

"Will only a few select people make it into Heaven and will billions of people burn forever in hell?" Bell asks in the video. "And if that's the case, how do you become one of the few?"

"Is it what you believe or what you say? What you do or who you know?" he continued, eventually questioning if being "born again" will definitely get a person into heaven.

For more on Bell's book, CBN News spoke with Pastor Nate Atwood of Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, Va.  Click play for his comments on the debate surrounding 'Love Wins' and whether it's healthy for the church, following Efrem Graham's report.

CBN chaplain and Regent University theology professor Joel Palser says Bell's book compromises what's taught in the Bible.

"Apparently this is a pastor who has written a book who has grown uncomfortable contending for the faith," Palser argued. "He is no longer able to defend what the Bible says and has endeavored to make that more palatable to modern culture."

"It may be trendy and it might sell a lot of books, but in fact Jesus speaks very clearly about heaven and hell," Palser added.

The talk of Bell's book has sparked lots of debate on social networking sites like Twitter. In a matter of minutes, there were nearly three dozen additional tweets about the subject.

Popular pastor John Piper tweeted, "Farewell Rob Bell."

Another pastor posted, "There is nothing loving about preaching a false gospel."

But there are also Bell supporters, like one minister who said, "Rob boldly asks all the right questions."

On Youtube, another user urges people, "Don't jump to conclusions until you've read the book."

Bell doesn't give the conclusion of his book away, nor does the video provide answers to the controversial questions he's raising.

The debate, however, has motivated some pastors to speak out about the afterlife.

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