“Ye must be born again.” John 3:7
“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13
The new birth does not come through human descent (“not of blood”), nor does it come through human desire (“the will of the flesh”), nor does it come through human determination (“nor of the will of man”). The issue is, have you put your faith in Christ? Have you been born of God: have you been born from above? Apart from this you will never enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Believe on Christ now, tomorrow may be too late. -W. Ross Rainey
Children of men, attend to the word, so solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord; And let not this message to you be in vain, “Ye must be born again.” -William T. Sleeper
Let us contrast the beautiful aforementioned summary of true salvation with that of Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California. The following quotation is taken from page 220 of the Purpose Driven Church: “Anybody can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his or her heart.”
Sorry Rick, as it states prior to your man centered apostate statement, salvation does NOT come through human desire or determination. It comes from ABOVE, and you and I are not big enough to find keys to anyone’s heart. Do not be deceived- Salvation has everything to do with becoming born from above. It has NOTHING to do with finding keys to people’s hearts.
Are you a Berean or a Laodicean? Do you believe the Bible or Rick Warren? Rick Warren is a litmus test and a referendum of Biblical illiteracy. Unfortunately he is plum out of line with how one becomes saved – the most important issue that anyone will ever face this side of eternity. In the following video, John MacArthur succinctly and thoroughly exegetes the scriptures, comparing the impotence of Rick Warren’s “Gospel,” with the true and Biblical Gospel that saves. Warren totally ignores the doctrine of repentance, without which one cannot be saved. [Luke 13:3,5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”] In a mere three minutes, the following video beautifully summarizes what true salvation is, and what it is not:
These lengthly videos record many of Rick Warren’s false teachings, including Chrislam, his worldwide P.E.A.C.E. Plan, Catholicism, allegiance with the Pope, Mariolatry, universalism, promotion of the New World Order (NWO), his disparagement of Christian Fundamentalists, easy believism, no repentance required and all inclusive salvation, no mention of sin or condemnation, and much more. Among the authors on these videos are John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, James Sundquist, Gary Gilley and Jack Van Impe. Rick Warren is a litmus test. Are you a Berean or a Laodicean?
In Christ, Pastor Steve
Beware Of The False Gospel Of Rick Warren
In a day of heresy and watered down Gospel, it is great to know there still are handful of sentinels on the wall. John MacArthur stands firmly on the Bible (sola scriptura) in the first video. He does not mince words. He whisks off liberal and apostate theologians by simply standing on the Word of God. In the second video, John MacArthur reveals the true terrorists in America- the United States Supreme Court. They sanctioned the murder of millions of unborn babies since Roe vs. Wade, and recently unleashed a travesty upon our nation that has never existed in mans’ history! So called “Gay,” same sex marriage. Rarely is the truth espoused so plainly today anywhere in the public arena. If you truly love the Lord and His Word, then like me you would realize that MacArthur’s Bible is a sword and not a butter knife. The true barometer of a man’s spiritual metal is where he stands with the volatile, hot button issues of the day.
These articles go on and on and on. When a Christian pastor, leader and teacher endorses a “World P.E.A.C.E. Plan,” yet never speaks on Bible prophecy and disparages the teaching of Bible prophecy, it should send up a red flag. I believe Jesus Christ, and not Rick Warren, will bring in the millennium. When a Protestant pastor has liaisons with the Pope, Elton John, prominent American and international Muslim leaders, global communities such as the Council Of Foreign Relations, the African Summit, and the United Nations, all focused on the New World Order, etc., etc., etc., and endorses plans to “coexist,” yet does not share the Gospel, I need no other information. When an author claims he is bringing on a New Reformation like Martin Luther, I think he is deranged and deluded. When a Protestant preacher refers to the “Prophet Isa” (the Muslim’s apostate view of Jesus Christ) at President Barack Hussein Obama’s first inaugural, I need no further information. When a man is mentored by universalist Robert Schuller, I believe he has left “Christ alone.” When a Protestant pastor endorses Chrislam, I believe that once again he has left “Christ alone.” When a man holds hands with a worldly famous sodomite, and says “If they kissed, it would be the kiss heard around the world,” I smell something very rotten in Denmark. (He fought AIDES with Elton John, yet failed to warn him that he was heading for a Christless etenity). When a man writes books including the theme of salvation, using nearly twenty translations of the Bible, yet fails to expound on sin, the dire need to repent, and fails to mention the reality of hell and the Lord’s soon coming judgment, this is a false Gospel.
Having attended four prophecy conferences in the last decade, I found it fascinating that about twenty speakers at each conference, all who represented different Protestant denominations, and none who worked intimately with, or even knew each other, all found major flaws in the theology of Rick Warren. Warren is not the subject of a witch hunt of sorts. These erudite scholars live totally separate lives from one another, yet all come up with the same conclusions. One can easily observe this, as his critics each cover different concerns in his convoluted theology. Where there is smoke there is fire.
American Christians today are Biblically illiterate. 95% of professing Christians would not know how to properly respond to a Jehovah Witness or a Mormon if they came to their door. (That is why they keep coming to our doors. The cults can perceive when they encounter a theological vacuum and they become emboldened…and that is what our culture has become- a Biblically anemic people). They know not the Word of God. Many of my peers and colleagues support Rick Warren only because he is a Southern Baptist megachurch pastor. In some cases their relative or friend served on his staff at Saddleback. Rick is worldly popular, and vacillates on the so called “gay lifestyle,” depending upon to whom he is speaking. He is brilliant, clever, witty and smart, and he is not a straight Gospel preacher. This is to his advantage in a day of Biblical illiteracy. Rick Warren is a litmus test.
Are you a noble Berean?
Acts 17:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 The Bereans were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Is your Bible a sword or a butter knife?
Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Blessings, Pastor Steve
“The doctrinal ignorance of the evangelical church is shocking. Matched only by its’ cowardice I fear.”
Spoken in a message concerning the apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church, and the desire of many evangelical leaders to compromise with Catholicism, trampling on the blood of the fearless martyrs throughout the church age- Hus, Tyndale, Luther, Wycliffe, etc., etc.
The Grim Reality Of The Last Days
Nearly all Christians will tell you that they believe the next apocalyptic event on God’s calendar is the Rapture of the Church and the coming of Jesus Christ for His Bride. This was believed in the early church, and they greeted each other with the phrase “Maranatha,” meaning the Lord is coming! In fact, the believers in Thessalonica believed in it so strongly that they thought they missed it! Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote Thessalonians I and II in order to set them straight. Thessalonians is all about a Pre Great Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Lost people will believe peace and safety will prevail and sudden destruction will come upon them. This time period, however, will not catch the discerning Christian by surprise.
Revelation 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
I believe the Bible gives strong credence to ONLY a Pre Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Why? For one thing, the Lord never judged the just (those saved by faith) with the unjust at Noah’s Flood, at Sodom and Gomorrah, or even in Jericho. In each case, believers were taken out and protected from God’s universal judgment. God says about Himself: “I am the Lord, I change not.” The hermeneutical first mention principle tells us that God will totally exonerate believers from the worst “one of a kind” judgment to ever strike planet earth. Christians erroneously tell me that since we must endure trials and tribulations, this proves we must endure at least part of the Great Tribulation. This is convoluted logic. The tribulations we endure in our daily walk have absolutely NOTHING to do with a just and holy God treading the wine press and unleashing His fury on a Christ rejecting world. The Great Tribulation is called Jacob’s Trouble, and there is no period in human history to compare it to. We are talking total hell on earth. Our tribulations are 1) getting fired from a job because of our faith, 2) an unbelieving spouse leaving us, 3) being ostracized by people because of our faith. To compare the Great Tribulation to our persecution, trials and tribulations is comparing elephants with apricots- no can do.
Furthermore, the major prophecy conferences such as Joe Van Koevering’s “International Prophecy Conference,” and the “Prophecy In The News” summits in Orlando, Pike’s Peak and elsewhere, all promote a Pre Tribulation Rapture. These conferences typically host up to twenty speakers and their eschatological theology is of one accord. The following household names all believe in a Pre Tribulation Rapture: Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye (Left Behind Series), Jack Van Impe, Thomas Ice, David Jeremiah and John MacArthur.