Rick Warren

Lost pastor Rick Warren

 

Rick Warren: Protestants, Catholics Must Unite to Defend Life, Sex, Marriage – ‘We’re on the Same Team’

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who leads the eighth largest church in America, Saddleback Church, and is the author of the hugely popular book The Purpose Driven Life, said that Protestants and Catholics must form a “unity of missions” to defend the sanctity of life, sex, and the family, stressing that, “If you love Jesus, we’re on the same team.”

“We have far more in common than what divides us,” said Pastor Warren in an interview with Catholic News Service. “When you talk about Pentecostals, charismatics, evangelicals, fundamentalists, Catholics, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, on and on, they would all say we believe in the Trinity.”

“We believe in the Bible,” he continued. “We believe in the resurrection; we believe in salvation through Jesus Christ. These are the big issues.”

Warren, along with leaders of other faiths and denominations, attended a conference at the Vatican in November – the “Complementarity of Man and Woman” -- to discuss and defend the family and marriage as being between one man and one woman, and related topics. He made his comments in the video in December.

At the conference, Warren re-emphasized that “marriage can only be between a man and a woman, explaining that marriage reflects Christ’s love for the church.

“This is the most profound purpose of marriage, and this is the strongest reason why marriage can only be between a man and a woman," he said.

 

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"There is no other relationship, including the parent-child relationship, that can picture this intimate union,” he said. “To redefine marriage would destroy the picture that God intends for marriage to portray, and we cannot cave on this issue. It's a picture of Christ and his Church."

In terms of unity among Protestants and Catholics, Warren said, “Now, there’s still real differences, no doubt about that. But the most important thing is, if you love Jesus, we’re on the same team.”

“The unity that, I think, we would see, realistically, is not a structural unity but a unity of missions,” said Warren. “And so, when it comes to the family, we are co-workers in the field on this for the protection of what we call the sanctity of life, the sanctity of sex, and the sanctity of marriage. So there’s a great commonality and there’s no division on any of those three.”

Pastor Warren, whose best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life sold more than 30 million copies, also said that many Protestants apparently do not fully understand the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Virgin Mary and the Saints.

“Sometimes Protestants think that Catholics worship Mary like she’s another god, but that’s not exactly Catholic doctrine,” he said. “There’s the understanding, and people say, ‘What are the saints all about? Why are you praying to the saints?’ And when you understand what they mean by what they’re saying, there’s a whole lot more commonality [that we have with Roman Catholics].”

In conclusion, Pastor Warren emphasized that the “unity of missions” was important because many people, who are trying to do the godly thing, sometimes get burned out because it seems there is little support for their sacrifices and they are constantly attacked for taking a “Biblical stance.”

“Many times people have been beaten down for taking a Biblical stance,” he said, “and they start to feel, ‘well, maybe I’m out here all by myself.’ No, you’re not.”

“The church is growing in Latin America, the church is growing in Asia, the church is growing in Africa,” said Warren. “It’s not growing in North America or Europe, but it is growing everywhere else. So, we kind of have this feeling that we’re not as influential. But we’re far more influential than people realize.”

The Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is an evangelical mega-church, reportedly the eighth largest such church in the United States. Richard “Rick” Warren, 61, is the author of several best-selling books, including The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life.

Warren is married to Kay Warren, and they have four adult children and four grandchildren. (One of their sons, Matthew, committed suicide in 2013.) In a Knight Ridder News Service article from Jan. 26, 2006, it states of Rick Warren: “As the money has rolled in from his book, Warren stopped taking his $110,000 annual salary and repaid the church for his 25 years of salary since its founding. He and his wife became ‘reverse tithers,’ he said, keeping 10 percent of their income and giving away the rest, including $13 million in 2004.” For the reference click here.

 

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A Sample of The Strange Teachings of Rick Warren


Rick Warren insults older saints and those who oppose "Purpose Driven" teachings in their church:

"Be willing to let people leave the church. And I told you earlier the fact that people are gonna leave the church no matter what you do. But when you define the vision, you're choosing who leaves. You say, "But Rick, yes, they're the pillars of the church." Now, you know what pillars are. Pillars are people who hold things up ... And in your church, you may have to have some blessed subtractions before you have any real additions."

--- Rick Warren, while giving his "Building a Purpose-Driven Church" seminar at Saddleback Church, January, 1998. Seminar was taped, transcribed, and reported on by Dennis Costella in his article The Church Growth Movement.

Rick Warren describes Fundamentalist Christians as "those that stopped listening....it is an attitude that doesn't want to listen to anybody else."

Rick seems to believe that his book, not the Bible, is the power for the church power in the 21st Century:

"Personal computers have brand names. But inside every pc is an Intel chip and an operating system, Windows," Warren says. "The Purpose Driven paradigm is the Intel chip for the 21st-century church and the Windows system of the 21st-century church." —Rick Warren, Christianity Today, Oct. 2005

Rick insults those who strictly adhere to the fundamentals of the faith:

“Today there really aren't that many Fundamentalists left; I don't know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren't that many Fundamentalists left in America. 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." --Rick Warren speaking at The Pew Forum on Religion, May 23, 2005

Rick Warren promotes the liberal mantra of Judge not:

On page 164, of Purpose Driven Life Warren says, “God warns us over and over not to criticize, compare, or judge each other. ...”

Rick Warren compares those who believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith to extremists and radical Muslims:

In his interview on Larry King Live on December 2, 2006, Rick Warren compared biblical fundamentalists to Muslim extremists. He said: “There are all kinds of fundamentalists, Larry, and they’re all based on fear. There are Christian fundamentalists. There are Muslim fundamentalists. I’ve met some Jewish fundamentalists. You know that there are secular fundamentalists. They’re all based on fear.”

In the January 10, 2006 Philadelphia Inquirer Rick was quoted as saying that Christian fundamentalism will be an enemy of the 21st century.

"Warren 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.'"

Rick Warren uses a sloppy paraphrase in his book and promotes pantheism:

"The Bible says, 'He rules everything and is everywhere and is in everything." (PDL p. 88)

Rick Warren tells a group of non-believers God is happy with them and they are His children.

“Did you know that God smiles when you be you. Some people have the misguided idea that God only gets excited when you're doing “spiritual things” like going to church or helping the poor or confessing or doing something like that.

The bottom line is that God gets pleasure watching you be you. Why? He made you. And when you do what you were made to do He says ‘That’s my boy!’, ‘That’s my girl!’

You're using the talent and ability that I gave you... So my advice to you is look at what is in your hand, your identity, your influence, your income, and say its not about me, its about making the world a better place.” –Interview on TED Talk TV show, Feb 2006

 

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Rick Warren and Elton John

 

Rick Warren says the future is religious pluralism.

“Secularism is quite small outside Europe and Manhattan,” he joked. “The future of the world lies in religious pluralism.” --thehoya.com February 5, 2008

Rick has people praying a salvation prayer that does not mention, sin, repentance, the cross or the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the video that accompanies the “40 Days of Purpose,” Warren leads his listeners in prayer at the conclusion of the first session. The prayer is as follows:

"Dear God, I want to know your purpose for my life. I don't want to base the rest of my life on wrong things. I want to take the first step in preparing for eternity by getting to know you. Jesus Christ, I don't understand how but as much as I know how I want to open up my life to you. Make yourself real to me. And use this series in my life to help me know what you made me for." Warren goes on to say: "Now if you've just prayed that prayer for the very first time I want to congratulate you. You've just become a part of the family of God."

On Day seven, in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Warren again fails to explain the Gospel and Godly sorrow that leads to repentance and salvation.

“Right now, God is inviting you to live for his glory by fulfilling the purposes he made you for… all you need to do is receive and believe…. Will you accept God’s offer?”… I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity, ‘Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you.’” He then promises, “If you sincerely meant that prayer, congratulations! Welcome to the family of God! You are now ready to discover and start living God’s purpose for your life.”

Acts 20:29-30 “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”

2 Cor 11:3-4; 13-15 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 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 . . . For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Gal 1:8 “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.”

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