Litmus Test

My wife and I have had the privilege to raise four youngsters in our day, and we are jealous that they would commit themselves to the Lord, regardless of what direction their respective lives take. As the spiritual head of our family, and privy to the nefarious actions of Satan to sow false doctrine in the church, I warned them years ago of what I perceived to be false teachings that were boldly coming into the Protestant Church. The leader of this movement led in Obama’s inaugural prayer. He has been called America’s pastor because of his acclaim and popularity. Ironically, he serves in Orange County, California, in the same area that John MacArthur has been for an entire generation. MacArthur is the finest living theologian that I have ever heard/read during my entire life. This pastor I am referring to is devoid of an in depth solid Bible doctrine and a sound understanding of theology and soteriology, yet he is full of methodology on how to change the world in ways that are often diametrically opposed to the Bible (if that matters anymore). You are probably aware now that I am referring to Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in southern California. His latest bold proclamation and plan is called “King’s Way,” and this could succinctly be summed up as an idea of rejecting truth for the sake of unity. As of this writing you can simply Google “onenewsnow Rick Warren,” and read all about it. One of his precepts expressed in this attempt to break the 1400 year divide between Islam and Christianity is that “we all worship the same God.” Whoa! Say what? Rick has no understanding of the Great Commission and winning these people to Christ, who is THE Author of salvation, the ONLY WAY TO SALVATION and the ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER. He is obviously a universalist and believes that all roads lead to Rome. True Christians desire to share the Good News of the Gospel with lost hell bound Muslims but Pastor Rick wants us to forget our differences. You should know that Muslims do not believe in the deity of Christ but claim that the scriptures lie and He is a mere prophet. I am going to let the Bible do the talking now because that is all we need and says it better than I ever could:
1)John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
2)Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name written under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
3)I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”
4)I John 2:22-23 “Who is the liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son, Whosoever DENIETH THE SON, THE SAME HATH NOT THE FATHER: [but] HE THAT ACKNOWLEDGETH THE SON HATH THE FATHER ALSO.”
We could go on and on and on with scriptures like this which are replete throughout the entire Word of God! Jesus also said: “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” He said furthermore: “I and the Father are one.” You should realize that Allah is not God at all since Muslims do not believe in the only way to the Father which is through the Son! What Rick believes and what he is doing is scary. Rick Warren appeared to receive classic and fundamentally sound training for the ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After settling in California, however, he claimed Robert Schuller, the well known universalist of the Crystal Cathedral as his mentor. You can read all about this relationship on the internet as well. Yes indeed, I have warned our youngsters long ago and many other young adults that I believe Rick Warren is a litmus test. This latest plan of his called “King’s Way,” tells me that he does not think Christians believe in the Bible any more and/or he thinks we are very naive. Jack Van Impe, in his recent teachings, has featured a DVD called Chrislam, that likewise exposes the attempts of many to blend these two faiths together. Rick Warren is referred to often in this expose as well. A related entry on this blog site is dated 12/8/2011 and is entitled “Is it all right for a Christian to point out and specify trouble makers and false prophets in the church?” Blessings, Pastor Steve

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