Rick Warren Speaks On Christian Fundamentalism

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

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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.

1. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8-9).

2. The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27).

3. The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28; Romans 3:25, 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14).

4. The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 15:14-15).

5. The inerrancy of the scriptures themselves (Psalms 12:6-7; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20).

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).

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RICK WARREN SAYS CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM WILL BE ONE OF THE GREAT ENEMIES OF THE 21ST CENTURY

Friday Church News Notes, January 20, 2006 (David Cloud, http://www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143

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!

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APOSTATE PASTOR RICK WARREN AND ELTON JOHN HOLD HANDS IN CONGRESS, JOKE ABOUT KISSING EACH OTHER

Laodicean church pastor Rick Warren appeared in Congress with pop icon and outspoken homosexual Elton John on Wednesday to ask for more money for AIDS research. …

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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.

Southwest Radio Ministries Expose Rick Warren

Rick Warren’s Religion of the Anti-christ

Rick Warren has been exposed at every prophecy conference that I have attended.  All of the speakers see gross errors in his theology.  Rick Warren encourages Christians NOT to study prophecy because God did not intend for us to understand these things.  As you can see below, Rick’s time is spent, attempting to bring in the millenium himself, as he reveals his New World Order (NWO) colors through hobnobbing with secular, political and religious globalists from all over the world.  Christians identify the NWO with the Tribulation Period and the reign of the Antichrist.  Rick Warren endorses and is part of the NWO.  His paganism is revealed for all with eyes to see, and the following is yet another slice of his arsenic laden pie.  Warren has removed all doubt about his beliefs from any spiritually discerning Christian who truly examines him:

 

If your pastor does not teach the truth of Bible prophecy, you ought to find a church that does.

Title: Rick Warren Leading Evangelicals Into The Prophesied Global Ecumenical Religion!

Satan is to be feared as a serpent, more feared as a devouring lion, but most feared as an angel of light.  Satan is the great deceiver, hence his false teachings will mimic and resemble the truth, yet not measure up.  Rick Warren homogenizes other religions with Christianity, drastically lowers the bar for salvation, and totally omits key doctrine such as repentance (without which one can be saved), Bible prophecy, hell, judgment, God’s wrath, conviction over sin, the abomination of sodomy, etc., etc., etc.  Any discerning Christian who knows the Bible and is truly saved, instantly recognizes the counterfeit message, easy believism, and watered down, feel good “gospel.”  The masses follow him like the Pied Piper.  Have you ever really wondered why Barack Hussein Obama selected Rick Warren for his first inaugural message and prayer?  Warren was the perfect fit for Obama’s purposes.   …and look what Obama turned out to be! 

Key the following link:

http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2311.cfm

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 33

Billy Crone    ~    The Vatican & The Last Days Deception

Billy Crone is senior pastor of Sunrise Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Vatican is leading our planet into one of the greatest periods  of deception in the history of mankind.  Christians should not be surprised because Jesus warned us.  Matthew 24 covers this theme.  Jesus’ first warning in this chapter is:  “Watch out that no one deceives you.  Many would come in My name and claim that I am the Christ.  Many will be deceived.  If it were possible, they would deceive even the very elect.”  The characteristic of this time is it is a period of great massive deceit.

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Deceptions From The Vatican:

1)Visions of Mary           There are apparitions of the Virgin Mary all over the planet.  Thousands of people claim to see the glowing Virgin Mary, hear her voice, they experience healing from Mary, and claim that the “Queen of Heaven” transcends human description.  II Corinthians 11:14  “Even Satan can transform himself into an angel of light.”  These sightings are demonic.  Mary claims to be the intermediary between man and God.  (I Timothy 2:5)  Mary claims to be the Advocate, sent to the world by the Father and the Son.  Jesus is our Advocate.  (I John 2:1)  Mary claims she came to save the world, yet John 3:16 plainly refutes this.  Mary claims she can save us from the wrath to come.  Jesus saves us, not Mary.  (I Thessalonians 5:9)  Mary claims she is the ark of peace, salvation, and entering heaven.  John 14:6 refutes this apostasy.  People who are Biblically illiterate fall for this apostasy.  These apparitions are not Mary, they are demons, false signs and wonders.  Jesus warned us about false Christs, saying many would come in my name.

2)Visions of UFOs        They are demons, and once again they are supported by the Vatican.  The Vatican is searching for ETs and alien life.  The Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG) heads these operations.  They are searching for ETs with the most powerful telescopes in the world.  Why is the Vatican searching for ETs?  They believe aliens are going to be our new saviors and messiahs who will save our planet from the calamities to come!  The Vatican believes that ETs have not fallen into sin, and we must listen to them and not the Bible.  The Gospel will have to be thrown out.  Catholic priests say they will baptize aliens, because no matter how many tentacles they have, they still have a soul.  They claim the aliens are the Biblical angels, and that we fell but they did not.  Pope Francis said that he too would baptize an alien.  The Vatican is claiming Jesus was an alien, and that the virgin birth was part of an abduction.  Jesus was a “star child.”  More people in America today believe in aliens than they do in God!  Read Matthew 24:4-5.  Pope Francis, the Vatican and Catholicism are ready to receive the aliens.  This is all happening today.  These lies would deceive the entire planet and explain away the rapture of the church just like that!  What happened to those people?  They were taken away temporarily by aliens, and will be prepared for the utopia that is coming to the earth, and will rejoin us later.

3)Visions of One Religion            Revelation 13:3,4,8-9  “The whole world was astonished and followed the beast…”  They worshipped the dragon/beast.  He suffers an apparently fatal head wound and comes back to life.  The Antichrist will rule, and the False Prophet will point people towards him.  The Vatican has been promoting this for a long time.  Pope John Paul II has long been trying to unite all of the world’s religions under one leadership.  They include Buddhists, Hindus, Snake Worshippers, Muslims, Witch Doctors, etc., who all gathered at the Vatican.  The pope said they were all praying to the same god!  This spiritual fornication is coming from the Vatican.  Pope Francis is planting olive trees in Jerusalem with the world’s religious leaders.  The leaders are now calling for a united nations of religions.  They want a global headquarters to control the religions.  Pope Francis said unrepentant atheists and homosexuals can go to heaven.  Read I Corinthians 6:9-11.  The Vatican is promoting this one world religion.  The Protestant Church in masse, is going back under the umbrella of Rome.  Ken Copeland is an example.  He is a false teacher and a Word of Faith heretic.  He piped in a message from the pope into his Protestant Church.  One of the Catholic messages is that “Luther’s protest is over and we are all Catholics.”  This is how far it has progressed and it has never been here before since the Reformation, when men and women were murdered, beaten, strangled, drowned and burned at the stake, just to give us a copy of the Bible.  There are many Charismatics with the pope as well.  Rick Warren, however, is the poster boy for evangelical protestants aligning with popery.  Warren calls Pope Francis “…our new pope.”  The Vatican sent a delegation to Saddleback Church.  Warren gushes over Pope Francis’ good deeds.  Rick Warren shares how he loves the Catholic television stations, and talks about “The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, mother Angelica and us Christians.”  Rick relaxes and listens to “Hail Mary, full of grace, mother of God.”

Luke 21:28  “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 

Behold, I am coming quickly.

–Jesus Christ

 

Are You Ready?

 

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Where Does Rick Warren Stand On So Called “Gay” Marriage?

Well, It All Depends To Whom He Is Speaking With…

It is one thing for a seasoned politician to equivocate.  We expect it.  But for an ordained Southern Baptist minister to trample on theological truths and reverse himself in order to accommodate his respective audiences tells me all I need to know about him.  Hear for yourself:

Strike the red picture code below to see pictures of Saddleback megachurch  pastor Rick Warren and sodomite pop singer Elton John holding hands:

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Rick Warren unites with Elton John in order to “fight” AIDES, yet fails to share the Gospel with this lost soul.  Is there any end to the apostasy of Rick Warren?  How much evidence does one need in order to determine that Rick Warren is an apostate and heretical teacher?  He was mentored by well known universalist Robert Schuller.  Rick Warren recently held hands with admitted homosexual Elton John as they fought against AIDES together, rather than warn him about the eternal consequences for unrepentant Sodomites.  Then incredibly Rick Warren said that:  “If they kissed, it would be the kiss heard around the world.”  Rick Warren allies himself with Muslim clericals and leaders, attempting to harmonize the truth of Christianity with a lie.  The merger false religion is known as Chrislam.  Rick Warren calls the pope “our pope” and reveals his appreciation for the teachings of Catholicism, thus trampling on the blood of the martyrs and the entire Protestant Reformation.  Rick Warren believes he is the leader of, and we are at the threshold of a new “reformation,” and has presented his well known world wide “Peace Plan.”  No wonder he never mentions end times Bible prophecy and the millennium that not he, but Jesus Christ will bring.  (Emerging Church pastors never mention end times prophecy, and eschatological/apocalyptic events that are soon to come.  Wise people should ask why is this?  Think).  Rick Warren’s purpose driven books feature a watered down, convoluted, anemic, partial and apostate “salvation,” and omit any mention of sin, hell, damnation, God’s wrath, judgment and the need for repentance in order to be truly saved.  At President Obama’s first inaugural, Rick Warren prayed to Isa, the Islamic name for Jesus Christ as a mere prophet, and not the only begotten Son of God.  …and now Rick Warren is waffling and vacillating, and revealing an acceptance of sodomy, which God calls an abomination (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26-27).  He has a forked tongue:  When speaking with Christians he says marriage is for one man and one woman.  Then he pulled a one eighty on Larry King so as not to offend homosexuals.  The list and record of Rick Warren’s atrocities could go on and on, but this cross section alone certainly reveals Rick Warren to be a false prophet.  What are my thoughts in reference to his teachings and beliefs?  He may be America’s pastor but he will never be mine.

Amos 3:3  “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”  (KJV)

II Corinthians 6:14  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  and what communion hath light with darkness?”   (KJV)

One with God is a majority…

Another Example Of Rick Warren’s Universalism And Belief That The Christian God Is The Same As The Muslim god

 
 
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Did Rick Warren Pray to Allah in the Name of a Muslim Prophet?

Rick Warren—who is one of President Barack Obama’s bridges to the evangelical church—managed to pray an inaugural prayer that made nearly everyone happy, with the exception, that is, of the one true God to whom the prayer was supposed to be addressed. While Warren began by quoting the Hebrew Schema, and addressing the biblical God of all creation, who warned, “You shall have no other gods before Me….for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:3, 5b), Warren went on to invoke the Muslim deity Allah. If that was not bad enough, Warren quoted both the Bible and the Koran, and he prayed in the names of Jesus Christ as well as the Muslim prophet Isa! I felt this perilous travesty needed to be addressed, especially since Time Magazine has dubbed Rick Warren “America’s New People’s Pastor,” and he is influencing millions of people through his books and public persona.

Tragically, Warren’s incorporation of the Islamic deity in the name of a Muslim prophet went over the heads of the vast majority of Christians who heard his inaugural prayer. While Warren’s prayer may have pleased President Barack Obama, who gained countless votes by riding on Warren’s back into the evangelical church, God warned us in His Word that religious syncretism would characterize the great apostasy of the last days (Revelation 17)!

While I suspected that Warren’s prayer would be as inclusive as possible, even I was surprised when Warren actually quoted the Koran and used the oft-repeated Koranic formulation for Allah i.e., “The compassionate and merciful one.” In fact, of the 114 chapters in the Koran, 113 of them begin by describing Allah as “The compassionate and merciful one.”

Near the end of Warren’s prayer, he prayed, “I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus….” Of course, Isa would have been understood by Muslims, who had already heard him praying to Allah, to be the Islamic prophet mentioned throughout the Koran. Warren’s prayer to Allah, in the name of Isa, is absolutely indefensible:

“The priests said not, where is the LORD? And they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.”

Jeremiah 2:8

Not only is “The compassionate and merciful one” a distinct and precise Koranic formulation reserved for Allah alone, but “Isa” is used in the Koran in reference to an alleged Palestinian prophet who, according to the Koran, is not the Son of God and did not die on the cross for the sins of the world. He is not only antithetical to the biblical, historical Yeshua revealed over a thousand years earlier through the Old Testament prophets but, according to millions of Muslims, he will return to renounce Christianity, destroy all crosses, support the mass murder of Jews and forcibly convert the world to Islam. It is believed that Isa will not only destroy Jews and all crosses, but that he will support the coming Muslim Messiah—the 12th Imam or Mahdi—who many Christians believe will be the Antichrist.

Islamic scholar Ahmad Deedat, states that the name Isa (pronounced Ee-saw) is a cognate of the patriarch Esau (Ahmad Deedat, “Christ in Islam, Islamic Propagation Centre International” p. 7-8). This is blasphemous in that God reveals in His word, the Bible, that Esau was a fornicator and “sold his birthright” for a pot of stew (Hebrews 12:15-17). Lest anyone be deceived into believing that Isa is simply another name for the biblical Jesus, it should be understood that Isa is in no way an Arabic transliteration of the Hebrew Yeshua, nor is it another name for the Son of God!  In fact, Muslims do not believe that Isa is the Son of God or that he died for the sins of the world.

Arab Christians do not follow the Islamic prophet Isa, nor do they follow the teachings of the Koran. During my last trip to Israel we visited a missionary from our fellowship that was working with Arab believers who reach the Arab community with the Good News of Jesus. During that trip I had the privilege of spending precious time at the home of these Arab Christians who are on fire for Jesus. All of these Arab believers referred to Jesus as Yesua, which derives from the Arabic for Jesus, Yasu! I also spent a considerable amount of time with our Arabic Christian bus driver, who taught me the Arabic Christian praise to Jesus Christ, “Yesua Habibi.” Yesua Habibi is a beautiful Arabic expression, which means, “Jesus, my beloved” or “Jesus, the love of my life!”

The name for Jesus among knowledgeable Arab Christians is not “Isa,” but “Yesua,” which is very close (as you may have observed) to the Hebrew name for Jesus, Yeshua! The name “Yeshua” literally means, “God is salvation.” This is the crux of the matter and underscores the infinite difference between Yesua and Isa! Any Arab Christian who refers to Jesus as Isa is either unaware of its Islamic origin in reference to the false Christ of Islam (Matthew 24:4-5; 2 Corinthians 11:4) or is beholden to pagan Islamic tradition and influence that should be rejected outright.

If you are aware of the differences between the biblical, historical Jesus, and the Muslim prophet Isa, then you may understand why Muslim Arabs refer to Isa instead of the Arabic Yesua, and why knowledgeable Arabic Christians refer to the biblical Jesus as Yesua and not Isa. When God revealed to Joseph that the prophesied Messiah had come into the world, He specified that His name should be called Yeshua, meaning, “Yahweh is salvation.” This was because Jesus was the fulfillment of the promise that Immanuel, “God with us,” had been incarnated in human flesh. God revealed that He was to be named Yeshua because His name was pregnant with prophetic significance and meaning:

“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:20-23

The name Jesus, that is commonly used by English speakers, is the Latin form of the Greek Iesous, which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Yeshua, which means “Yahweh is salvation.” One of Jesus’ many titles by which he is called today in fulfillment of biblical prophecy is “Immanuel,” but the personal name given to Him at His birth, Yeshua, not only reveals that God is with us, but a dimension of His purpose in coming into the world: that He came into the world to save His people from their sins, i.e., “Yahweh is salvation.”  Thus Peter could exclaim:

“[F]or there is no other name under heaven given to men by whom we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12b

Tragically, Muslims have been taught to reject Yeshua—Yahweh is salvation—and as a result Islam rejects the testimony of God and rejects that Jesus is Yahweh (“God with us”) and that He is salvation (died for our sins); hence the rejection of the historical biblical Jesus and His divine name, Yeshua. In rejecting Jesus for Isa, Muslims reject the original testimony of God in favor of Isa, even as Isa or Esau rejected his birthright for a bowl of stew. Indeed, Muhammad went out of his way to repeatedly deny both the Sonship and the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  In so doing Muhammad engaged in a serious case of historical revisionism, 600 years after Christ, and claimed that Isa, a Palestinian prophet, not the Son of God, was born of Mary. Also in so doing he was able to give the Koran a much-needed historical attachment, nebulous though it was, and at the same time appeal to nominal Christians who he believed would more easily convert to Islam.

The Koran was not only written over 600 years after the fact of incarnation of the Son of God, but was written to make it appear to be another revelation of the one true God who inspired the Bible.  The Koran, in affect was (and is) used to blind hundreds of millions of people to the central message of the Bible: that eternal life comes through faith in the Son of God, who died for our sins; was buried and rose triumphantly over the grave (John 3:16; 20:30-31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)!

Muslim scholars and historians admit that Muhammad believed that he was possessed by a demon, which led him for a time to consider throwing himself off a cliff.  He was then persuaded by his wife to believe that the voices he was hearing belonged to the angel Gabriel. However, the true God had revealed over half a millennium earlier in His holy word, the Bible, that the spirit of Antichrist would deny the relationship between the Father and His Son (1 John 2:18-22; 4:1-4). Moreover, Yahweh had warned that even if an angel from heaven were to preach another gospel than that which was already revealed that he would be eternally condemned (Gk. anathema, Galatians 1:6-9).  The Koranic revelation of Allah, the Palestinian prophet Isa, as well as its “gospel,” are as far from the Trinitarian God revealed in the Bible and Jesus of Nazareth as the east is from the west.

While the one true God reveals Himself in the Bible to be the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and declares that it is exclusively through the substitutionary death of Jesus, His only begotten Son, that man can be saved from their sins (John 3:16; 10:1, 9; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; and 1 John 5:12); the Koran denies all of these essential salvific truths and reveals a totally empty gospel to humanity.  Below are a few of the Suras from the Koran that deny the biblical God, Yahweh and Yeshua, the Son of God and Savior of the world:

“Regarding Sonship of Jesus: That is Jesus, son of Mary, in word of truth…It is not for God to take a son unto Him.”

(Koran, 19:34)

“And they say, ‘The All-merciful has taken unto Himself a son.’ You have indeed advanced something hideous.”

(Koran, Sura 19:88)

“Believe in Allah and say not ‘Trinity.’ Cease! It is better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from his transcendent majesty that he should have a son.”

(Koran, Sura 4:171)

“That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’; but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them… for of a surety they killed him not.”

(Koran, Surah 4:157)

Such lies contradict the very essence of the gospel and the words of Jesus Christ Himself:

“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:3; 3:16

It is a very serious thing for Islam to come over 600 hundred years after God sent His son to die for the sins of the world and deny His sovereign testimony. God Himself warns that those who deny that Jesus is the Son of God make Him a liar and reject the life that is found solely in His son:

“The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”

John 5:10-12

Rick Warren’s prayer to the Muslim god Allah, in the name of the false prophet Isa, was first and foremost an affront to the one true God who gave His only begotten Son for the sins of the world. God will not permit the worship of any other gods beside Him, and He forbids us from using the names of other gods in our prayers or worship:

“Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard from your mouth.”

Exodus 23:13

Rick Warren’s prayer to Allah in the name of Isa was not only a serious affront to God, but a serious disservice to non-Believers and immature Believers who could be led to think that they can worship other gods or could easily conclude that Allah and Yahweh are one and the same God. His prayer was also a serious disservice to Muslims, who are in desperate need of eternal life, which only comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God (John 14:6). Sadly, Muslims would easily conclude from such a prayer that there is no serious difference between Allah and Yahweh or Isa and Jesus and therefore assume they don’t need to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, to their eternal peril. Tragically, Rick Warren has given fresh feet to a 1,300-year-old lie that has undermined the costly price that Jesus paid for our sins with His precious blood. God reveals in is word that all idolaters will go to the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8) and that only those who have the Son of God have eternal life (1 John 5:12-13).

Dear friend, if you do not know God’s Son, Jesus Christ, in light of heaven and hell and your eternal destiny, I encourage you to turn to Him now in repentant faith so that you may be born of God and have eternal life!

Let us pray earnestly for Rick Warren and those who are being led astray by the present deception, and ask the Lord to give them repentance and deliver them from the power of the evil one who seeks to take them captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:24-26). Let us also be diligent to stay on guard, lest any of us be led away by false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing, but are inwardly ravenous wolves (2 Peter 3:17; Matthew 7:13-15).

Stay tuned for future blogs, as I will seek to share timely and important biblical insights regarding current trends in popular culture and their relationship to spiritual warfare and the end time prophecy. We will examine popular music, movies, the new spirituality, religious trends, politics, education, evolution, atheism and a myriad of other subjects like Israel, the middle east and the new world order. All of this will be done in the fear and love of God with the view of living for His eternal glory. We will also continue to examine the subject matter of this post, along with a document signed by Rick Warren and other popular religious leaders (called “Loving God and Neighbors Together”), which affirms their worship of Allah as a precondition to a new world order of peace and security. We will also learn effective ways to defend the faith and reach the lost with the gospel of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ… Have a truly blessed weekend!

For Yesua, Habibi!

Pastor Joe Schimmel

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Excellent Article Regarding Rick Warren’s Theology: Revealing His World Peace Plans, His So Called Second Reformation, And His Dealings With Muslims–

Rick Warren acknowledges Christians and Muslims worship same God

Yesterday’s article in the Life section from the Orange County Register (the same county where Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church is located), is entitled “Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims.” It describes how Warren is a part of an effort named King’s Way that is attempting to bring evangelical Christians and Muslims together. It goes on to state:

“The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America’s most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God” [1]

Whether or not Warren’s theological principles directly say that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, this was a legitimate impression of the reporter. Though Warren claims that Jesus is the only way, his efforts to set aside theological differences and evangelism for the sake of “love of neighbor,” “common ground,” and “peace” with Muslims is a compromise of the greatest magnitude.

Rather than apologetics demonstrating the inconsistency between the Koran and the Bible, Allah and Yahweh, the co-authored document affirms that Christians and Muslims believe in “one God,” share two central commandments: “love of God” and “love of neighbor,” and commits both faiths to three goals: Making friends with one another, building peace and working on shared social service projects.

For this reason, in addition to Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and endorsement of the A Common Word document, many Christians believe that Warren is not heralding the true Gospel of Jesus Christ but a global religion which comes together for social justice and world peace.

In the comments section of the same article, Warren wrote:

“I deeply love my Muslim neighbors but this article contains multiple errors – factually and theologically that neither our dear friends in the Muslim Community nor the Christians at Saddleback Church would agree with.”

But this is not the issue. Other Christians have at least come to disagree with Warren’s evangelistic strategy but are apprehensive to expose Warren as a false teacher because he is doctrinally orthodox, they say. May this article be used to demonstrate the problem is far deeper than Warren’s evangelism. Regardless of Warren’s doctrine on paper and theological professions of the exclusivity of Christ, his P.E.A.C.E. Plan, involvement with King’s Way, A Common Word, and neglect to preach the Gospel in evangelistic bridge-building reveal his actions in direct opposition to his beliefs to the extent of denying the exclusivity and divinity of Christ by finding common ground between and even endorsing these aspects of Islam which say otherwise.

In truth, there is no happy medium or theological agreements that can be made between Christianity and Islam. Warren’s concessions that both religions come from the same divine origin and both teach love of God and neighbor is a denial of Christ by works despite his doctrine. It is interesting that Jim Hinch, the author of the article, responded to Warren’s comment saying:

“I’m sorry Rev. Warren feels the story contains errors but the story was based on interviews and documents and it was thoroughly fact-checked,” Hinch said. “I discussed all of its major points with Tom Holladay, an associate senior pastor at Saddleback. I checked with other sources quoted in the story this morning and they said they did not see any errors. While reporting this story I asked to speak to Rev. Warren directly but was told he was too busy for an interview. If any facts need to be corrected I hope representatives from Saddleback will get in touch with me.”

Somebody is not presenting the whole truth. Nevertheless, Hinch’s conclusion that “Rick Warren acknowledges Christians and Muslims worship the same God,” will be clearly documented below as a valid conclusion based upon Warren’s past conduct. May the Lord grant wisdom and repentance to Warren, that he would begin to use his friendship with the world to truly preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ without compromise and bring glory to God.

P.E.A.C.E. Plan

Unlike the Gospel message, Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan is all-inclusive. Warren stated on a PBS interview with Charlie Rose:

“When I go out and I start telling people, ‘Do you want to work with us on poverty, disease, AIDS, illiteracy, injustice?’ I often find people are more unwilling to work with us than we are willing to work with them. In other words, we’re saying, ‘You don’t have to change your beliefs for us to work with you.’ If you can only work with people that you agree with, then most of the world, you’re ruling out. Okay. I don’t insist that a Muslim change his belief for me to work on poverty. I don’t even insist that a gay person has to change their beliefs. They’re going to accept my belief, or I’m going to accept theirs” [2]

Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan includes Muslims, homosexuals and other unregenerate people working together to fight poverty, disease, AIDS, illiteracy and injustice. Just what is Rick Warren working for if his co-laborers can be the unconverted. Warren should be laboring for these people, not with these people.

In fact, this is Warren’s idea of the “Second Reformation.” Rather than a spiritual reformation of souls being transformed by the Holy Ghost through repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, Warren’s reformation is bringing about social justice on that Earth when all people, irrespective of their relationship to Christ, yoke together to attack the five global giants. In an interview on The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Warren discussed his P.E.A.C.E. Plan as follows:

“[W]hen Jesus sent the disciples into a village, he said, “Find the man of peace.” And he said, “When you find the man of peace, you start working with that person, and if they respond to you, you work with them. If they don’t, you dust off your shoes; you go to the next village.” Who’s the man of peace in any village—or it might be a woman of peace—who has the most respect, they’re open and they’re influential? They don’t have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim, but they’re open and they’re influential and you work with them to attack the five giants. And that’s going to bring the second Reformation” [3]

That’s going to bring about the second Reformation? First of all, Warren is quoting Matthew 10:11-15 and Luke 10:5-7. In these parallel passages, Jesus sent forth the disciples preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 10:7; Luke 10:9), not recruiting co-workers to fight social injustice. In Jesus’ instructions, if the disciples were to find unrepentant Muslims or homosexuals, they were to depart out of that person’s house and shake off the dust from their feet (Matthew 10:14; Luke 10:14) regardless of whether or not these people had respect, were influential, or willing to attack the five global giants. But, according to Warren, the preaching of the Gospel is replaced with philanthropy, and those who are worthy (Matthew 10:11) are not those who are devout followers of God who are receptive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but anybody who is open to fighting the five global giants.

There may be millions of unrepentant Muslims or homosexuals who will join hands with Warren in his P.E.A.C.E. Plan, but Jesus said to His disciples, “whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city” (Matthew 10:14,15).

On July 4th, 2009, Rick Warren spoke to a crowd of some 8,000 Muslim Americans at the 46th annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Washington D.C. Warren told them,

“I will tell you that I am not interested in interfaith dialogue. I am interested in interfaith projects. There is a big difference” [4]

Warren stated that he was “committed to the common good” and encouraged Muslims and Christians to work together for the greater good without compromising each groups convictions. However, the very act of such interfaith projects is a serious compromise of the Christian faith. Warren gave practical examples of how Muslims and Christians could work together on his P.E.A.C.E. Plan. Christians are to boldly proclaim the Gospel to Muslims, that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in Jesus’ name (Luke 24:47), rather than trying to find a common word with them or common ground in order to work for the common good.

Notice how Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. is distinctly different than Jesus’ peace plan. In Warren’s project, Christians and Muslims are equally yoked together in ministry whereas Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Matthew 10:34-35). Thus, Jesus’ peace plan brings a sword of division between Christians and those hostile to the Gospel such as Muslims so that “a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” This sword that Jesus spoke of was His word and the Gospel that would divide households once allegiances were made to His kingdom. While Warren’s plan is seeking to bring about interfaith peace and world peace, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

A Common Word

Together, the leadership of the Emergent Church, Purpose Driven and Willow Creek organizations have made the highest compromise of the Gospel. Their pragmatism in catering to culture and pleasing of men rather than God can be demonstrated in several areas. Perhaps the most egregious abuses of their voices as Christian leaders has been in their endorsement of a Muslim document entitled A Common Word between Us and You.

Dated October 13, 2007, A Common Word between Us and You is an open letter from leaders of the Muslim faith to leaders of the Christian faith. It calls to work for love for God and love for neighbor as common ground and understanding among both Christian and Muslim faiths. In the short time since its release, A Common Word has become the world’s leading interfaith dialogue initiative between Christians and Muslims. [5]

A Christian response to the letter entitled Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You published in the New York Times. This response was endorsed by almost 300 Christian theologians and leaders, among whom are many personalities we have been discussing such as Emergent leader Leith Anderson (the President of the National Association of Evengelicals), mega-church pastor Bill Hybels (Founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church), Emergent leader Tony Jones (National Coordinator of Emergent Village), Emergent leader Brian McLaren (Emergent author, speaker and activist), self-esteem preacher Robert Schuller (Founder of Crystal Cathedral), and the Purpose Driven Pastor Rick Warren (Founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church). [6]

The problem is that the document contains statements that allude to the false belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, that they “share the same Divine origin.” The document states:

“It is hoped that this document will provide a common constitution for the many worthy organizations and individuals who are carrying out interfaith dialogue all over the world. Often these groups are unaware of each other, and duplicate each other’s efforts. Not only can A Common Word Between Us give them a starting point for cooperation and worldwide co-ordination, but it does so on the most solid theological ground possible: the teachings of the Qu’ran and the Prophet, and the commandments described by Jesus Christ in the Bible. Thus despite their differences, Islam and Christianity not only share the same Divine Origin and the same Abrahamic heritage, but the same two greatest commandments” [7]

It is an atrocity that these professing Christian leaders would receive and endorse such a blasphemous document. Among many demonic doctrines of Islam, the Koran clearly denies the Deity of Christ and the crucifixion of Christ (Surah 4:157-158), which is in direct contrast to Christianity which declares that Jesus is both God and man (John 1:1,14; Colossians 2:9) and says there is no salvation apart from the cross (Matthew 26:28, 1 Corinthians 1:18). In the summary of A Common Word Between Us and You, it states,

“The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God” [8]

Both the letter and the Christian response refer to Muhammad as the “Prophet Muhammad” suggesting that he and Jesus both are prophets. However, according to the biblical standard, Muhammad has been proven to be a false prophet. The Christian response to the letter referred to God as the “All-Merciful One” a title given to Allah 57 times in the Koran. But nowhere in the Bible is Jehovah referred to as the “All-Merciful One.” The response states,

“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” [9]

Though Christians may be in agreement with Muslims about finding common ground in not desiring strife, violence and war, it is on the basis of the Person of Jesus Christ that Christians do not kill. It is dishonest of the Christian response to selectively quote 1 John 4:10, “We love because he [God] first loved us” while excluding the second portion of the same verse which describes how God showed His love to the world in giving His Son Jesus Christ: “[God] sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” The love of God is uniquely expressed in Christ dying for our sins upon the cross and rising again which Islam rejects.

The Bible is clear in that, “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also” (1 John 2:23). Muslims reject Jesus as the crucified and risen Son of God Savior of the world; therefore Muslims are rejecting God. Christians and Muslims do not stand together on a common ground or understanding of God or the love of God. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:12). According to the Bible, Islam is a lie and antichrist: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22).

Rick Warren who is supposedly a conservative evangelical is sounding no different than the liberal Emergent Church. Clearly, Christianity and Islam have no common word or common ground. However, it was Emergent leader Tony Campolo who stated that “a theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam” and asks about the Muslim mystics, “Could they have encountered the same God we do in our Christian mysticism?” [10]

Emergent leader Brian McLaren not only signed the response to A Common Word, but also equates Islam on the same level with Christianity suggesting that Muhammad had an encounter with God rather than a demon. McLaren writes:

“And during his lifetime, Abraham—like Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad—had an encounter with God that distinguished him from his contemporaries and propelled him into a mission, introducing a new way of life that changed the world. . . . How appropriate that the three Abrahamic religions begin with a journey into the unknown.” [11]

Such statements and endorsement of the Islamic Common Word is rank heresy.

Obama’s Inauguration Prayer

President Obama sparked controversy when he asked Rick Warren to lead the prayer at the presidential inauguration in January of 2009. After Warren began his speech, he said these words:

“The Scripture tells us, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made” [12]

To those listening closely, we can hear how Warren appeals to all the “Abrahamic” religions. This political ploy on Warren’s behalf is a shame to the name of Christ. The first half of the paragraph—”Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One”—is the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:5, the most notable prayer in Judaism. This was repeated by Jesus when He was asked which is the first commandment of all. He responded, “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord” (Mark 12:29).

The problem arises when Warren’s says, “You are the compassionate and merciful one.” Yes, God is compassionate and yes God is merciful. But you won’t find these attributes grouped together like this anywhere in the Bible. You will find them, however, consistently scattered throughout the Koran. In fact, 113 chapters, all except one (Surah “Al Tawbah”), begin with Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem, which translates into, “In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful.” Other translations translate this phrase as, “entirely merciful, the especially merciful” or “the most beneficent, the most merciful” or “most gracious, most compassionate.” Regardless of how this Arabic expression is translated, merciful and compassionate are consistently grouped together throughout the Qur’an and attributed to Allah but never do they appear in this way in regard to Yahweh in the Bible. Thus, Rick Warren’s cunning invocation was more ecumenical than many people thought.

Worse yet, Warren closed his prayer “in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronounciation], Jesus, who taught us to pray.” Isa is the false Jesus of Islam and in no way represents the Jesus of the Bible. To the Muslims, Jesus is merely one of many prophets of Allah (Surah 4:171; 5:74), not the divine Son of God as the Bible declares. Thus the Isa of the Qur’an is not the Jesus of the Bible. The Isa of Islam did not die on the cross. Various Islamic traditions say that either Judas Iscariot was substituted on the cross in Jesus’ place, or that God miraculously delivered Jesus from the hands of the Jews and the Romans before the crucifixion. The Koran says in Surah 4:157-158:

“they [the Jews] said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah’ – But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not – Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself.” [13]

The Koran teaches that Jesus did not die by crucifixion, which is in direct opposition to the Bible which says there is no salvation apart from the cross of Jesus Christ. It is the preaching of the cross that is the power of God to us that are saved (1 Corinthians 1:18). Jesus said, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

Surely Rick Warren knows that the Isa of Islam and the Jesus of the Christian faith are not one and the same. Shame on him if he as a Christian leader does not know the difference. Either way, Warren is seeking to please men rather than Christ which the Bible warns against (Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:22). Warren also accepted the false proposition that Yahweh and Allah are the same God when he signed the Christian response to A Common Word Between Us and You. Tragically, Warren has once again catered to a false religion that preaches another Jesus and another Gospel, spreading strong delusion all over the world and creating comfortability in a lie.

This Emergent Church and Purpose Driven Jesus is another Jesus, not the Lord and Savior of the Bible. “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (2 Corinthians 11:4).

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).

Updates:

Nesch, Elliott. “Rick Warren, Muslims and Christians part 2.” Holy Bible Prophecy. March 12, 2012. available: http://www.holybibleprophecy.org/2012/03/12/rick-warren-muslims-christians-part-2-by-elliott-nesch/

Rosebrough, Chris. “King’s Way Aftershock” radio production. Fighting For the Faith. March 12, 2012. available: http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2012/03/kings-way-aftershock.html

Silva, Ken. “More on the King’s Way Presentation at Saddleback Church.” Apprising Ministries. March 14, 2012. available: http://apprising.org/2012/03/14/more-on-the-kings-way-presentation-at-saddleback-church/

Spreeman, Amy. “Why is a Saddleback pastor teaching on the Kingdom Circles?” Stand Up for the Truth. March 12, 2012. available: http://standupforthetruth.com/2012/03/why-is-a-saddleback-pastor-teaching-on-the-kingdom-circles/

Works cited:

1. Hinch, Jim. “Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims.” Orange County Register. February 23, 2012. available: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/muslims-341669-warren-saddleback.html:

2. Interview by Charlie Rose with Rick Warren. August 17, 2006. available: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5555324196046364882

3. available: http://pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=80. p.16

4. Vu, Micelle A. “Rick Warren to Muslims: Talk is Cheap, Let’s Work Together.” The Christian Post. July 5, 2009. available: http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090705/rick-warren-to-muslims-talk-is-cheap-let-s-work-together/

5. “A Common Word Between Us and You.” available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Common_Word_Between_Us_and_You

6. “Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.” available: http://www.yale.edu/divinity/news/071118_news_nytimes.pdf

7. The Official Website of A Common Word.” available: http://www.acommonword.com/

8. available: http://www.acommonword.com/index.php?lang=en&page=option1

9. “Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.” available: http://www.yale.edu/divinity/news/071118_news_nytimes.pdf

10. Campolo, Tony. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004. Speaking My Mind. pp. 149,150

11. McLaren, Brian. Finding Our Way Again. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2008. pp.22,23

12. “Obama Inauguration: Rick Warren Prayer, Jan 20, 09.” YouTube. available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-8R1OXWJz8

13. Koran, Surah 4:157-158

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The Theology Of Rick Warren And The Purpose Driven Movement

Nearly two years ago, a member of our church noted that pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church made a statement in an attempt to consolidate Islamic and Christian relations. Warren said: “….we both believe in the same God.” These unbelievable statements are a trademark in his ministry. He wins many over by saying: “I am just a regular guy.” Others sympathize with him as well we should, over the recent tragic loss of his son. But these issues have absolutely nothing to do with the faulty theology that comes from his ministry. Why does Mr. Warren not tell Muslims that Mohammad needs to be saved through the blood of Christ? What an opportunity to do so. If the cross alone saves (Acts 4:12; John 14:6), then why does Mr. Warren not play the role of a Christian evangelist and share the Gospel with Muslims rather than compromise with them? Following is my response to our parishioner who asked me my thoughts about Rick Warren. If you are interested in further information, simply Google pastor Rick Warren and you will see endless information associating him with the New Age Movement, universalism, compromise, Chrislam (the path to one world religion) and much more. Many in Christendom are offended by this type of information. Truth vs. deception means more to me than anything, and my understanding and accepting truth means more than friendship with anyone. Henry Clay said: “I would rather be right than president.” You can judge one better by their enemies than by their friends. By the way, Jesus said we would have enemies (of the cross) and He said to love them. “To be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of God.”

Warren has vacillated with the themes of universalism, homosexuality, relationship with Robert Schuller, salvation, and many other important Christian themes ever since he has been in the public eye. I would expect him to deny all these things because if he did not, he would immediately lose all credibility. I dialoged with a Purpose Driven Church (PDC) Public Relations (PR) man, Gilbert Thurston, several years ago and I never cared for his answers defending the PDC movement. David Hunt of the Berean Call (TBC), John MacArthur and Phil Johnson (Grace To You), Gary Gilley, Paige Patterson (a great leader and theologian), James Sundquist (author of Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church), Noah Hutchings of Southwest Radio, and most recently Jack Van Impe have all exposed Rick Warren and his teachings. I spoke to Paige Patterson personally and he told me tactfully at a meeting in Sarasota “that there were major concerns about Warren’s theology.” If you Google him and study him for a couple two or three hours, you will observe that the theologians who are erudite in the Word question his theology and expose him. Study him. Have you EVER heard Charles Stanley, John MacArthur, Chuck Swindall, Adrian Rogers, Johnny Hunt, Jerry Falwell, Jerry Vines, Hayes Wicker, David Jeremiah, Max Lucado, Jack Van Impe, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Franklin Graham, etc., etc. questioned and suspected in such a way? No. There is no conspiracy against Rick Warren. His theology and public statements often go against the grain of our faith. He says on page 220 of the PDC book …”anyone can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his/her heart.” A fellow pastor said to me about that statement: “Well, what is wrong with that?” I told him it was an apostate statement. I do not look for keys. I share the Gospel and the Lord “has mercy upon whom He will have mercy.” Couldn’t Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, find the key to the Rich Young Ruler’s heart? What an apostate statement, diametrically opposed to the Bible, making salvation man centered rather than God centered. [Mr. Warren: Please note that Jesus said to repent (Matthew 4:17; Luke 13:3,5) and be born again (John 3:3). THIS IS AN ACT OF GOD. Salvation has absolutely nothing to do with finding keys to people’s hearts. If his understanding of salvation is skewed, then the whole of his theology is convoluted as well.] His ministry is replete with these things. The key is this: Where there is smoke there is fire! I have noticed that everyone who is a bonafide and sound Bible theologian questions and suspects Warren. The masses follow him. I have never trusted him nor did I ever finish the above cited PDC book he wrote. Look at him on Google. He has a section called New Age and many other questionable headings. You will not find that with Charles Stanley. Again, please feel free to forward this if you feel led. God bless, Pastor Steve