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THE CONTROVERSIAL RICK WARREN AND JESUS

By August 14, 2016 9 Comments

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of the 26,000 strong Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, authored the best-seller The Purpose Driven Life and is affectionately known as “America’s Pastor”.

Thousands of people, including Michael Phelps attribute their faith in Jesus to Warren’s ministry. Warren is controversial. Ironically, many non-Christians think he’s “just like Jesus” while Christian influencers say not at all like Jesus.

Here’s why.

RICK WARREN is yoked with unbelievers in helping the poor, needy and sick.

This of course is not Biblical. Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan advocates giving out condoms in Africa to fight AIDS, not just preaching the gospel.

He and his wife, Kaye, hosted a conference on mental health after their son committed suicide in 2013. Presenters strongly advocated for depression and other forms of mental illness to be treated with medication, not just prayer.

There is absolutely NO biblical support for Christians to offer any sort of practical help to those in need. *Cough* Galatians 2:10 *Cough.* Excuse me…

9/16/13 Kay Warren's Office, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca Photographer: Adam Rose Piers Morgan interviews Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay Warren.

RICK WARREN is too respectful of people from other religions, especially Muslims.

Warren recently told CBS This Morning “I can work with an atheist, I can work with a Mormon, Muslim or Buddhist.”  The book, “Chrislam” shows Warren’s respect for those who follow Islam or other religions. He unashamedly met with Muslim leaders and broke a Ramadan fast at a mosque.

And anyone who says “You can never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends” is clearly a sell out.

While affirming salvation by Jesus alone he works with other religions on humanitarian projects and is respectful towards them. Aren’t Christians called to argue how right they are and how wrong others are? There is clearly NO biblical basis for being respectful toward people of other faiths. Acts 17:22-34

RICK WARREN is accepting of LGBTQ at Saddleback.

Warren’s careless, thoughtless and clueless behavior in not being offensive to the LGBTQ community is a clear giveaway of his betrayal.

“I have many, many gay friends, and have worked around the world with them in gay organizations to try to stop AIDS. My wife and I have given millions of dollars to help people with HIV/AIDS and have worked with gay organizations on that.”

While technically his theology is orthodox that doesn’t mean his words aren’t watered-down, right? The religious establishment took exception with Jesus suggesting they were “children of hell” for making it hard for seekers to experience the grace of God. Matthew 23:15

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RICK WARREN is too chummy with celebrities like Larry King, Elton John and Piers Morgan.

Non-Christians, instead of hating him, respect him. This is a clear indication that something is wrong.

A believer’s Christianity can be measured directly by how much they are opposed by non-Christians. There is no biblical context for Christians being respected by non-Christians. Acts 2:46-47, 5:13

Consequently there is no other verdict than to find Rick Warren guilty of being clearly unlike the prejudiced, bigoted, self-righteous and hateful segments of Christendom.

APPLICATION: Jesus used hyperbole and sacrasm to make a point (camels, needles eyes and wooden beams). This is my attempt to be like Jesus.

If you missed it, please read this post again. I highly respect Rick Warren and his devotion to Jesus, the Bible and the Church. He has graciously endured years of false accusations and attack from graceless Christians. May his tribe increase. What do you think? Please leave a comment below. Thank you (sincerely).


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  • Carole Schlachta says:

    In reading this presentation, has brought my remembrance to the first encounter I had with Rick Warren and his book The Purpose Driven Life.
    We study this as a bible lesson. I really dont have the words to express my feelings and understanding, except that I was angry. I knew my heart belonged to Jesus, my Saviour. I didnt agree with Rick Warren’s instructions on who, where, why and how to live my life for God. (I will refrain from expressing my annoyances and disagreements. I ask the question “cough” Acts 17: 28 “cough” – to borrow a sort of quote from the writer. But when the Warren”s lost their son to suicide, I followed their lives with sympathy in my heart for them.
    His ministry as a pastor expounded to Teacher, Minister, Shepherd, Missionary. ?.. Hey did I say “missionary”.!
    I thought “isn’t that what God wants us to be?”
    Another cough coming “cough” Matt. 5:14 “cough”.
    Am I a light for Jesus?

  • Gary Myers says:

    Thank you for this, Bob. I have been defending Rick Warren online for years, and now this gives me some ammunition to continue. I think some Christians today believe they are like Christ, but rather than being like the humble Jesus of 2000 years ago, some are more like the Christ on the judgment seat. Jesus did not judge anyone other than hypocritical religious men. He met the needs of all who were in need and gave up on no-one because of their past sins. That is Love manifest, and Rick Warren is one of the best examples of that in the world today.

  • bob jones says:

    Well said, Gary. Please feel free to share this as much as you want. Hope it helps. I tried a different style to communicate better. I appreciate everytime you comment.

  • bob jones says:

    Love your comment! Glad you’ve eventually found Pastor Rick to be a blessing and a help. All of our hearts broke when the Warren’s son died. We still ache for them.

  • Gary Horsman says:

    I had to do a double-take while first reading this post, but soon understood the satirical tone as I went on. Good thing you cleared it up near the end, just in case not everyone got it right away.

    As a modern evangelical, I appreciate that we are seeing leaders in the evangelical movement like Warren or Campolo embrace progressive values while maintaining that these are perfectly in line with scripture. It is people like these who will rescue the church from going extinct under its own irrelevance. However, it must be recognized that change is difficult, most especially for conservatives and we all need to allow our fellow believers the time to process how the world is changing.

    But being a person of faith should never be about politics. It really is about being members of the body of Christ, reaching out to a suffering world and to be a healing force. We are called to be among all people in every corner of the world, no matter their situation, and not simply to remain cloistered among our own.

    And when we reach out to others, that’s when their hearts can be fully open to the good news of God’s grace through his son Jesus and accept the gift of eternal salvation.

  • bob jones says:

    I am glad you made it to the end. You did EXACTLY what I hoped readers would do. Be taken back but continue reading. Great to hear from you Gary. Love your heart.

  • Gary Myers says:

    I like it! Very effective! It only had me worried for a minute.

  • Gary Myers says:

    Can’t find the “Like” button for this comment, but I like it a lot. One area I’m not sure about is whether time will improve the attitudes of our Christian brothers and sisters. I suspect it may just continue to deteriorate as that seems to be the current direction.

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    Rick Warren has proven his walk with the Lord through love, teaching, counseling and grief which he has shared and helped many many people.
    May the Lord continue to use Rick to the glory of his Lord and Saviour.
    when people criticize with pointing a figure at others there is always three fingers pointing back at them.

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