Rick Warren is a man whose teachings take a long time to unravel. This blog site is filled with a great deal of his apostasy. Many articles that highlight just a few of his heretical teachings can be found in the category – “Emerging Church.”
This article emphasizes the fact the Rick Warren disparages the Christian Fundamentalists, even comparing them to radical Muslim fundamentalists! Rick, by the way, envisions himself in charge of the “New Reformation,” which emphasizes deeds and not creeds. Even though most Christians sense that apocalyptic end time events are soon coming to our fallen world, Rick is going to implement his world P.E.A.C.E. plan. Never mentioned in his teachings, is the Rapture of the Church, Great Tribulation, Second Coming and Millenium. Brother Rick has a better idea. Those nasty Biblical doctrines like sin, repentance, and the atoning blood, all bother brother Rick, so he has found that the Purpose Driven Church/Life books, are much handier and easier to believe than those old fashioned and archaic Bibles. When he does quote the scriptures, he cherry picks only the non offensive passages, and uses whatever translation he can find, that would best convey his intended message. He blasts born again believers for following the entire list of fundamentals. According to Rick Warren, fundamentalists not only are legalistic and narrow minded but they are also one of the big enemies and are motivated by fear. The fundamentals that are very near and dear to me, and the bedrock of my faith, are despised by Rick Warren. Oh yes, here are the five fundamentals that Rick seems to think only legalistic Christians adhere to:
1)The Deity of Christ.
2)The Virgin Birth.
3)The Blood Atonement.
4)The Bodily Resurrection And Second Coming.
5)The Inerrancy of the Scriptures Themselves.
No, you are right – you cannot make this stuff up. By the time Rick Warren strips the Gospel of the above fundamentals, the teachings of eschatology, the need to repent, the heavy cost of sin, and the reality of hell, the only “gospel” left would be a generic, down sized one size fits all theology that would offend no one. The “Jesus” of Rick Warren can be found in any religion – Buddhism, Islam, Hindu, etc. Rick Warren is a universalist who does not believe in the narrow way.
Matthew 7:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Sometimes his real theology comes out when he makes statements in public, such as telling Muslims: “What is the matter? We both believe in the same God.” Yes, those Freudian Slips are momentary lapses when the truth comes out. Below are a couple of the many, many articles that highlight Rick Warren’s stance on Christian Fundamentalism. In His Service, Pastor Steve
SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012
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Rick Warren is a Southern Baptist pastor that has had a vast influence in Baptist churches. His Saddleback Church averages over 20,000 people a week. His book The Purpose Drive Life has sold over more than 30 million copies. Even John Piper has praised his theology. Rick Warren is not a leader that Baptist churches should be following. In this post we’ll just scratch the surface on the dangers of following Rick Warren.
Rick Warren has a great distaste for fundamentalists such as myself. Rick Warren says:
“Now the word “fundamentalist” actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity, and when I say there are very few fundamentalists, I mean in the sense that they are all actually called fundamentalist churches, and those would be quite small. There are no large ones.” (The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Event Transcript, Myths of the Modern Mega-Church, Monday, May 23, 2005)
So if you follow the Five Fundamentals of the Faith you are legalistic and narrow minded. Warren also predicts that fundamentalism, of all varieties, will be “one of the big enemies of the 21st century.” “Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism – they’re all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, The purpose-driven pastor, Paul Nussbaum, Jan. 08, 2006)
So according to Rick Warren fundamentalists not only are legalistic and narrow minded but they are also one of the big enemies and are motivated by fear. They are no different than Muslim fundamentalists according to Warren. Just so we understand who Rick is talking about let us look at the Five Fundamentals of the Faith.
I would say any born again believer would follow this entire list. So in essence Rick Warren is blasting born again believers which makes you wonder where he stands with God on a personal basis.
With Rick Warren’s poor grasp of the gospel it is of no surprise that he would sign the Yale Center for Faith and Culture covenant A Common Word Between Us and You. The document states things such as “That this common ground consists in love of God and of neighbor gives hope that deep cooperation between us can be a hallmark of the relations between our two communities.” Muslims don’t worship the same God as Christians (John 14:6). To them Jesus was just another prophet and to consider Jesus as God is blaspheme (Surah 4:171 and Surah 5:731). Another thing the document states is “That so much common ground exists – common ground in some of the fundamentals of faith – gives hope that undeniable differences and even the very real external pressures that bear down upon us can not overshadow the common ground upon which we stand together.” It is ironic that Warren blasts the true fundamentals of Christianity and instead signs on to something like this.
Rick Warren also is in the habit of letting wolves into his church (Matthew 7:15). In 2011 Warren brought in doctors like Mark Hymand and Mehmet Oz into church for his Daniel Plan. His Daniel Plan is to help with the health and wellness of people. If you look though at these doctors it certainly won’t help with the spiritual health and wellness of people.
One of the doctors Warren brought into his church, Mehmet Oz, was voted as one of the 500 most influential Muslims. Oz supports what is called integrative medicine which is combining conventional medial treatments with things like hypnosis and energy healing. His wife is a master of Reiki which is a form of energy healing. Another doctor, Mark Hyman, isn’t any better. He promotes new age medicine and false religious leaders such as the Dalai Lama.
As I said before this just scratches the surface of the dangers of following Rick Warren. We all need to prove all things and hold fast that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Like the Bereans we need to search the scriptures daily to see what we are being taught is true (Acts 17:11).
RICK WARREN SAYS CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM WILL BE ONE OF THE GREAT ENEMIES OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Rick Warren of Purpose Driven Life fame says that Christian fundamentalism will be “one of the big enemies of the 21st century.” He lumped Christian fundamentalism in with “Muslim fundamentalism” and “secular fundamentalism” (“The Purpose-Driven Pastor,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 8, 2006). Thus the Christian fundamentalist who merely seeks to take God’s Word seriously and to live it and to preach it faithfully before his Heavenly Master is as dangerous to this world as a Muslim terrorist or a radical atheist. Warren said that Christian fundamentalism is motivated by fear. One of the many great problems with this statement is that the Bible often speaks of fear in a positive manner. Paul was afraid that the devil would deceive the believers through false gospels, false christs, and false spirits (2 Cor. 11:1-4). We should therefore follow the apostle’s example and fear spiritual deception, both for ourselves and for others. The Bible says pastors who sin should be rebuked before all “that others also may fear” (1 Tim. 5:20). Would that Saddleback Church would take that verse seriously and rebuke their heresy-preaching pastor publicly! Noah is commended because he feared at God’s warning (Heb. 11:7). We are to pass this earthly sojourn with fear (1 Pet. 1:17). We are to save some by fear (Jude 23). May God’s men today fear God enough to obey His Word and to preach the whole counsel of God, to “reprove, rebuke, exhort,” to warn the people of false teachers like Rick Warren. Where, by the way, are the “staunch conservative” or “nearly fundamentalist” Southern Baptist leaders who are exposing their fellow Southern Baptist Rick Warren’s errors? They ridicule men like me for warning about errors within the Southern Baptist Convention, but they don’t lift a voice on their own. Well, I think I will just keep on warning!
APOSTATE PASTOR RICK WARREN AND ELTON JOHN HOLD HANDS IN CONGRESS, JOKE ABOUT KISSING EACH OTHER
Rick Warren and Elton John holding hands, joking that if they kissed, it would be the kiss heard around the world. Do you think Rick Warren warned one of the world’s most famous homosexuals about the sin of sodomy? No, that would be legalistic and judgmental. Rick does not approve of those nasty, narrow minded and bigoted Christian Fundamentalists. They were on a joint venture fighting AIDS together.