The following is a modified and expanded version of a comment I left over at The Truth in Context blog after an individual calling himself “guymuse” questioned the moral ability of those – such as myself – who dare to question the demonstrably false teaching of the Purpose Driven Protestant Pontiff Rick Warren.
guymuse said: I would suggest that you might be careful making judgment calls against another professing believer.
Yes, you might suggest that, and I would respond that I’ve been quite careful – and thorough – in both my research and my comments and I stand firmly by each and every one of them.
But still I wonder; why would you suggest that when the “professing believer” in question unrepentantly spouts manifold heresies and teaches scriptural falsehoods and errors?
guymuse said: What I see is that you are the one ascribing judgment–something I clearly believe is an attribute that only God can do.
You’re simply confused here. God alone judges who goes to heaven and hell. God can and will certainly save those whose names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world. I’m not passing eternal heaven/hell judgment on Rick Warren, but I absolutely am judging him by his words and his actions and how those words and actions line up with the infallible, inerrant, inspired, plenary Word of God as contained uniquely within the Holy Bible! And by the way, ALL true Christians are commanded to do the same (see Jude 1:3).
guymuse said: What I am trying to say is that I would be careful making judgment calls against a fellow brother in Christ whom the Lord is greatly using to impact the world for the cause of Christ.
Rick Warren is NOT a fellow brother in Christ. Rick Warren is a demonic dupe, a satanic stooge, and a pawn of the prince of the power of the air. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing that is rending Christ’s little flock with his pernicious, abominable, damnable heresy and is leading countless myriads of deceived souls toward the very pit of hell with his false teaching.
Either Rick Warren’s man-centered 100% works righteousness false gospel god is God, or the One True Living God of the Holy Bible is God. I profess and claim the latter as my God and utterly reject the false gospel of universalism espoused by Rick Warren.
guymuse said: If you (or Alan) truly have concerns about Warren and his ministry, have you done the Biblical thing–ala Matthew 18:15-17, and gone to Rick himself to try and clear up your these perceived “sins?”
If not, I would say the ones out of line biblically, are those making the public accusations of “Gentile” and “tax-gatherer” without having FIRST gone to the brother in question.
Rick Warren’s false statements are a matter of public record. If you’ve spent as much time as you claim studying the NT church then after reading this misapplication of the doctrine of church discipline I’d humbly suggest that you need to go back and hit the textbooks again.
Are you really saying that you believe Matt. 18 is referring to instances where the “professing believer” in question is a major public figure – and is a *total stranger* – who has made public statements which are verifiably Biblically incorrect, and yet another can’t publicly speak (or write) about it without first going to said public figure privately?
Clearly the scriptural admonition here is for settling disputes within the local church – the local body of believers!
Do you privately remonstrate in your heart against the Apostle Paul for withstanding Peter to his face without first writing him a note or visiting him privately prior to publicly rebuking him for his gross error? For your sake I certainly hope not.
I’m forced to ask guymuse, within your spiritual worldview and according to your understanding of the scriptures why is it wrong or objectionable for believers to “make judgment calls” when the “professing believer” in question twists, wrests, and denies the very Words of the Lord Whose blood he claims bought him? Why do you object to doctrinal correction and rebuke of gross sin and error?
Have you ever listened to Rick Warren’s false gospel?
Have you ever compared Rick Warren’s false teaching to the Holy Bible?
Do you realize that based on the very scriptures regarding fruit and works that you cited Rick Warren must be considered to be an apostate and wholly outside the true Body of Christ? For example:
Did you know Rick Warren is an unrepentant liar?
Did you know that Rick Warren stages massive rallies at his mega church Saddleback to bring awareness to global HIV/AIDS, but studiously avoids any such rallies or mentions about the holocaust of global abortion?
Did you know that Rick Warren is OF the world and world loves him for it?
Did you know that Rick Warren openly engages in ecumenical exchange with Islam, and not for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, but for building “common ground” between the “Abrahamic Faiths”?
Did you know that Rick Warren teaches that DISUNITY is Satan’s greatest weapon?
Did you realize that heretics of a feather flock together and Rick Warren embraces a veritable Who’s Who of apostates, heretics, and blasphemers? Again, IN NONE OF THESE INSTANCES does “Pastor” Rick bother to share the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ so let’s not pretend that he’s merely “building relationships” so he can slip them a “Gospel Mickey” when they least suspect it. Rick Warren loves rubbing elbows and glad-handing with the power brokers, movers and shakers, and “big names” of this fallen world. The spirit of the age is within Rick Warren and moves him like an unseen hand. Rick Warren, the Purpose Driven Puppet Master is himself a puppet of the evil master puppeteer himself, the enemy Satan.
In all of this Rick Warren demonstrates that he is just like his father the devil.
“By their fruits you shall know them” (Matt. 7:16)
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8)
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
You can see and hear the apostate Rick Warren deny the Biblical truth of salvation by grace through faith alone (Sola Fide) and teach a man-centered religion of works righteousness (the law) with your own eyes and ears in this short video.
Is this what the Reformers died for? Did Christian martyrs give their lives so that liars and thieves like Rick Warren could enslave men and lead them back to the damnable doctrines of Rome? Does the evildoer Rick Warren realize that the Pope could happily preach this precise sermon to a Catholic audience and be in full agreement with its content?
Warrenism = Ecumenism = Rome
Unity at all costs.
Unity at the expense of truth.
be understandable for the non-discerning to come to Warren’s defense and say, “Hey, Pastor Rick just wants unity for the Body of Christ, that’s a good thing, that’s something God desires and something we ought to be working toward!” Yet the truth is that all regenerate, truly born-again Christians are already in spiritual unity together in Christ; this is the mystery of the true church, the true Bride of Christ!
No my friend, Warren is so obsessed with a false temporal unity obtained at the expense of Biblical truth that he’s willing in his capacity as Protestant Pope to excommunicate serious, discerning, Christ-centered brothers and sisters in Lord in order to ensure the absolute, unquestioned authority of his Purpose Driven Pulpit Puppets – those who will undoubtedly soon be known as his “Bishops”. Amazingly Warren is so eager to spiritually prostitute himself to his idol god unity that he’s signed an open letter to Muslims extolling the common virtues of the Christian and Islamic faiths emphasizing “the absolutely central commonality between both religions: love of God and love of neighbor”.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16)
Warren’s non-gospel of nothingness is in fact the bondage of religious works righteousness. In Warren’s upside down spiritual world men are to earn “rewards” from God Almighty based upon their works of righteousness in the flesh. This is so far removed from the truth of Christianity as to make the Gospel According to Pastor Rick another gospel.
The men-in-skirts spiritual sissies that pass for “Christian leaders” in these last days aren’t interested in divisive things like taking a stand on scripture, doctrine, or a bunch of dusty old creeds!
“Why be divisive”? This was Rick Warren’s actual response when asked about the fact that his pastor-training programs welcome Catholics, Methodists, Mormons, Jews and ordained women.
“I’m not going to get into a debate over the non-essentials. I won’t try to change other denominations. Why be divisive?” he asks.
Egads man! Look, if the gospel itself is a non-essential to Rick Warren – and it is in both word and deed – then nothing else is left to debate.
Nothing else matters.
Elvis has left the building.
I can only give Rick Warren the benefit of the doubt that he actually is an apostate. But I must admit that I’m becoming increasingly convinced that he doesn’t even qualify for that ignominious title because I’m not sure he was ever a true Christian believer/pastor/teacher in the first place.
He’s providing more and more evidence that he may have always been a cultist.
I wonder how quickly his fawning media coverage would vaporize if he insisted on having rallies in favor of ending abortion at Saddleback instead of a warm and fuzzy conversation about A.I.D.S?
I wonder how suddenly his status as “America’s Pastor” would evaporate if he were adamant about organizing every church and every church member to mobilize their resources to run the aborturaries out of their communities?
I wonder how immediately his invitations to appear on prime time television talk shows would disappear if he had dedicated as much time speaking out against the blood of millions of innocents flowing from their mother’s wombs as he’s spent shilling his social gospel of works righteousness?
May the Lord of Hosts open the eyes of Rick Warren and his itching ears followers, hirelings and hangers-on before it’s too late!