As much a household name as anyone on this list, Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Author of the best selling ‘Purpose Driven Church’ and ‘Purpose Driven Life’, Warren is recognized the world over as a leading light of charismatic, feel-good, self-esteem based Christianity.
He is also an ecumenist of the highest order. Embracing Islam, in 2008, Warren, along with “138 leading Muslim scholars, clerics, and intellectuals from around the world”, signed a letter from Yale University called ““A Common Word” Christian Response”, found on the Yale university website (see below), which is a statement of faith and the coming together of Islam with Christianity under the worship of the same God, the God of Abraham. That Allah is a stone idol representing the moon and was worshiped by Mohammed’s family before he threw over 300 competing idols into the Kaaba and declared Allah the only God, is somewhere missing in this rather sweeping apologetic issued by the ivy-encrusted university, seat of knowledge that it is. Warren signed this blasphemy in which is stated, ‘Before we “shake your hand” in responding to your letter, we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One and of the Muslim community around the world.’
The moon god Allah worshiped by Muslims is also known as the ‘All-Merciful One’, this is NOT one of the names of God, Yahweh, as we know him.
As a point of fact, the phrase Allahu Akbar does not mean ‘Praise God’ but ‘Allah is the only God’.
On this topic, Warren has popularized a most heinous syncretization in the history of the faith, the marriage of Christianity and Islam under the title ‘Chrislam’. Chrislam is being embraced by luminaries of many leading Christian denominations. Robert Schuller (see entry above) was another who signed on to this. Chrislam has been celebrated in the National Cathedral and many other houses of worship across the nation.
Warren has also been caught dissembling about his stance on gay marriage regarding the infamous Proposition 8 in California. He is quoted as having supported the passage of this bill into law, later denying he said this.
Evidence of his appeal to the masses is provided by two leading sources of news, the Times of London and Time Magazine: The London Times “ Business and political leaders across America are turning to Rick Warren for guidance.”; Time Magazine “Movie stars and political leaders aren’t the only ones turning to Rick Warren for spiritual guidance. Millions of people – from NFL and LPGA players to corporate executives to high school students to prison inmates – meet regularly to discuss The Purpose Driven Life.”
Somehow I fail to see God in this, as a matter of fact, God ISN’T in this. John 15;19 “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
1 John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
We can turn to quotes from Warren’s own works to further drive home the point of his apostasy:
“Let me be clear: If you’re losing the battle against a persistent bad habit, an addiction, or a temptation, and you’re stuck in a repeating cycle of good intention-failure-guilt, you will not get better on your own! You need the help of other people.” The Purpose Driven Life, page 212
Jesus had a different take on this; John 8:34 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Warren continues to indict himself:
“I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.” Rick Warren, Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion: Religion and Leadership.”
“…You may be Catholic or Protestant or Buddhist or Baptist or Muslim or Mormon or Jewish or Jain, or you have no religion at all. I’m not interested in your religious background. Because God did not create the universe for us to have religion. He came for us to have a relationship with him.” Rick Warren, United Nations, Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, September 2005
Warren’s ecumenism is never in doubt, especially when he says those of other faiths together with “Christians” “serve the same Lord”. Christianity Today as quoted by Lighthouse Trails Research
Sean Hannity interviewed Warren on how to get to heaven and Warren said this was God’s answer: “Give as much of yourself as you understand to as much as you understand about me and then keep growing in it.”
In an interview with inter-faith website “beliefnet” :
Q: “So why wouldn’t he [God] if we get to the gates of heaven and say “I didn’t believe in you. Boy do I have egg on my face,” as it were. “It was a horrible mistake.” Why wouldn’t he forgive that too?”
A: “I think that it’s not just a matter of knowledge. I think God’s gonna take care of a matter of… I don’t know about people who don’t know. I really don’t know. I know that the Bible says that Jesus is the way to heaven. I do, I do know that.”
“I do accept the Bible as a standard of authority and I judge my experience by it not vice versa.”
“But going back to this thing about heaven and getting into a perfect place. Let’s say we got a scale of 1 to 100. Let’s put Hitler at zero and Mother Teresa at 100 OK. And Steve you’re at 85 and Larry’s at 65 and I’m at 45. The truth is, some people are better than others, there’s no doubt about it. Some people are more moral than others, they’re nicer, they’re less selfish, less self-centered, things like that. But the truth is, nobody makes [it] to perfection… And so somebody’s got to make up that difference. And that’s the gift I believe Jesus came to – to make up the difference between my zero and my 100 or my 45 and 100 — somebody’s got to make up that difference. “
I humbly submit that Jesus is not a spiritual wedge, keeping the distance between my soul and heaven from encountering a draft. Jesus was Man perfected who died for me because I am imperfect in all my ways and can never on my own hope to come close in any way to acceptance. Indeed, God turns his back on sin and will only show His countenance to me when it is washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb. I can donate to the poor, wash orphans, feed the hungry, cloth the naked and heal the sick and unless I profess an abiding faith in Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, I will be condemned to Hell for eternity. That is the inconvenient truth that Rick Warren, et al, are burying under their layers of revisionist, luciferian, ecumenist nonsense.
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