Controversial Christian author and former pastor Rob Bell spoke at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral yesterday where he openly endorsed gay marriage.
Bell was the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church, but lost his pulpit over his New York Times bestseller, 'Love Wins: For Teens,' in which he questioned the existence of hell.
According to HuffingtonPost.com, Bell was speaking at the Cathedral's Grace Forum in an appearance presented by his publisher, HarperCollins, to promote his new book 'What We Talk About When We Talk About God.'
"I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs, I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are," said Bell in response to a question regarding gay marriage.
"I think we are witnessing the death of a particular subculture that doesn't work. I think there is a very narrow, politically intertwined, culturally ghettoized, Evangelical subculture that was told 'we're gonna change the thing' and they haven't. And they actually have turned away lots of people. And i think that when you're in a part of a subculture that is dying, you make a lot more noise because it's very painful."
"You sort of die or you adapt. And if you adapt, it means you have to come face to face with some of the ways we've talked about God, which don't actually shape people into more loving, compassionate people. And we have supported policies and ways of viewing the world that are actually destructive. And we've done it in the name of God and we need to repent," added Bell.
Sources: HuffingtonPost.com and GraceCathedral.org