Rick Warren, False Prophets, and the Remnant

“…But whom say ye that I am…?” (Luke 9:20)

“Pastor Rick” Warren is merely one of a cabal of modern-day false prophets whose message can be boiled down to, “I’m okay, you’re okay” when the clear message of scripture is, “I’m not okay, and neither are you. But guess what? God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!”

While he is but one man, the global reach of his ecumenical church of deceit and of his Devil Driven machination gives “Pastor Rick” an unprecedented opportunity to rend the flock.

“Pastor Rick” is joined in his man-centered false gospel boy’s club by the likes of Joel Osteen who preaches a sticky sweet “Gawd luuuvs you” bubble-gum theology that’s utterly devoid of the offense of the cross and Brian McLaren whose version of the “McGospel” is being endlessly “reimagined” by the post-modern neo-liberal emergent/emerging church movement.

Notoriously missing from the message of these “Evangelicals” – a term I use advisedly – is the evangelium, i.e. the Gospel itself! Think about for a moment and ask yourself when is the last time any of these very prominent – supposedly Christian – pastors publicly called for repentance or spoke of sin, judgment or hell? I’m guessing those subjects would be quite unpalatable to their worldly followers and would serve to vaporize their fawning media coverage and alienate many of their most generous “prayer partners”. Tsk, tsk…
The not-so-curious thing all of these “men of God” (so-called) have in common is the acceptance, adoration and love of the world. I seem to recall something in the scriptures about the love of the world; can anyone help me out with those pesky chapters and verses?

And though it’s unfortunate and saddening to watch these ravening wolves rend the flock it is simultaneously heartening to see in the midst of this present darkness that there are still those willing to speak out against the spiritual adultery committed by these men and their kind. There remains a remnant of true believers within the Body who are empowered by the Holy Spirit with discernment and love of the true Gospel message of Christ crucified; the one and only Truth. These few stand as sentries in the darkness shining forth their candles of truth and light; the teachings of infallible scripture. While others question the validity and relevance of the Bible these few hold fast to their first love, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

This discerning remnant is constantly pilloried and ridiculed by the co-opted church for their failure to collectively bow their knees to the church growth Baal of Rick Warren and his ilk. They often are accused of being hateful, spiteful, legalistic and highly Pharisaical. The paradox is that these few bastions of Christian truth are relatively powerless when contrasted against the Devil Driven…er, um…I mean Purpose Driven organizations surrounding the likes of Warren, Osteen, McLaren, et al. These “watchmen on the gate” don’t have gigantic media relations teams, near limitless funds, book deals, powerful friends in high places or legions of hirelings at their beck and call. What they have instead is the inspiration of scripture and a simple boldness and love of the truth which they derive from the Holy Spirit. With those odds there’s no reason for dismay on their part for as it’s been rightly said, God is a majority.

At the end of the day Rick Warren is another fence riding charlatan who wants to have his cake and eat it too. He enjoys rubbing elbows with the world’s elite and relishes in the perquisites of his worldly fame. In the private sector Rick Warren would be a great asset to any company, smart, savvy, and possessing natural leadership skills and enthusiasm. In the Church he’s an abomination who has sold his spiritual birthright for a bowl of worldly porridge.

Sadly for “Pastor Rick” he and his ilk surround themselves by gutless yes-men, sycophants and hangers-on who will never tell him the truth he so desperately needs to hear; that he has strayed from the path of righteousness and become self seeking, self serving and man-centered and is in need of a contrite and repentant heart that the Lord might be merciful and restore him. But why would they? Why would these blind followers of the blind point out to Pastor Rick the error of his ways? He’s their meal ticket, their golden goose if you will, and it’s been proven time and again that men will go to great – even drastic – lengths to preserve their positions and material wealth.

But even more disheartening than Pastor Rick’s self-sustaining delusions of grandeur is the fact that he has proven himself unwilling to use his visibility and fame to perform the very task to which he ostensibly was called: to preach the Gospel. This means that, not unlike Pastor Rick himself, his audiences are also not hearing the truth they so desperately need to hear; the truth of the cross.

The church doesn’t need more P.E.A.C.E. plans, programs, AIDS summits or rallies, instead we need more men of God who will stand up and tell the world that it’s going to hell except for repentance and salvation via the shed blood Jesus Christ alone made available through the everlasting mercies of the One True Living God.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom will I send? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

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16 thoughts on “Rick Warren, False Prophets, and the Remnant

  1. What we need is a healthy lashing of Scripture of a consistent basis – not 5 steps to change the world and be accepted.

  2. DKA-B,

    Amen brother! I’m convinced that Warren need nothing less than a spiritual intervention by a concerned group of committed Reformed believers. I’m thinking 5-points here, not 5-steps if you get my drift.

    DS,

    I’ll take your comment as a compliment since I’m not often accused of subtlety or understatement, thanks!

    NWB,

    I admit that I was so morbidly fascinated by that pic that I couldn’t wait to use it in a post on Warrenism…perhaps in time you’ll be able to clear the image from your mind.

    In Christ,
    CD

  3. LOL!!! I hope I don’t start seeing apparitions of Rick Warren in my cereal or on my grilled sandwich…….unless it’s worth something on eBay!

  4. My wife often asks me why I invite certain men and women to do ministry with me ’cause they sometimes give me such a hard time. There are many answers to that question but the main reasons are that these brothers and sisters in the faith often make me think about what I’m doing and help me to work out my faith. Also a great way to practice forgiveness and to have accountability. For me there is nothing more powerful than to see His Holy Spirit work in a humble leader. We all kinda need people around us who challenge us instead of just saying yes and amen to everything we do and say. Then we would get down closer to the only ‘thing’ that can save anybody in this world that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  5. Amen!!

    Rick Warren has distinguished himself among the cabal with his criticism of believers within the Body of Christ who refuse to compromise Biblical doctrine.

    How ironic…Rick Warren is so willing to hold hands with other religions that honor other gods but wont hesitate to throw stones at Bible believing Christians.

    …and you will know them by their fruit.

    Keep Contending

  6. Nobody who has read Warren can make a valid claim that his “message can be boiled down to, ‘I’m okay, you’re okay’.” In fact, his writing clearly contradicts that claim.

    Btw, I am not here to defend Osteen or McLaren. I dont consider Warren to be in their category, though. While their message may be devoid of the message of the cross, i do not read Warrens to be the same.

    Also, you write:
    The church doesn’t need more P.E.A.C.E. plans, programs, AIDS summits or rallies, instead we need more men of God who will stand up and tell the world that it’s going to hell except for repentance and salvation via the shed blood Jesus Christ alone made available through the everlasting mercies of the One True Living God.

    I do not recall Christ ever “standing up and telling the world that it’s going to hell.” Sure, he didn’t plan AIDS rallies, but I think hed be more likely to hang out with and minister to the folks with aids than he would to just tell them they were going to hell.

    I am not here to defend a version of the gospel that leaves out or is not solidly and clearly based on the message of the cross. But I do not see evidence that Warren is an example of such a false gospel or that having a plan, program or rally is inconsistent with that.

  7. “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:22

    “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

    “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” Matthew 11:23

    “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matthew 23:33

    “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” Matthew 25:41

    “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out.” Luke 13:28

  8. Hi Patrick,

    I’d say we’re going to have to disagree on this issue. It isn’t very difficult to find volumes of documentation detailing Rick Warren’s flesh peddling, man-centered false gospel, if one is so inclined to discover the truth about the man and his teachings.

    And you might want to watch this short video where Rick Warren is speaking to a room full of unbelievers telling them, in effect, I’m okay, you’re okay.

    P.S. – Jesus spoke more of Hell than He did of heaven. Why do you think this is true?

    In Him,
    CD

  9. i didnt say that christ never spoke about hell. no question he didnt. i said that he didnt frame his ministry around ““standing up and telling the world that it’s going to hell.”

    there’s a big difference. again, i am not defending a gospel that lacks the truth about man’s sin and the death we earned because of it and the grace offered at and by the cross. i simply am saying that the fact that a minister’s first words to his hearer are something other than “you are going to hell” doesnt make him a false teacher.

    on warren himself, i would be curious to know some additional examples from the “volumes of documentation” about him. i will go watch the video, though, as well.

    back – i watched the video. wow, thats a stretch to say this is saying “I’m okay, you’re okay.” I didnt hear that at all.

    you cant take a two minute section from an entire theme like his PDL stuff and use it as evidence of whether or not his entire ministry is false or not.

    again, i wont deny that christ did not shy away from talking about sin and hell, but he didnt ALWAYS start his conversations with a discussion of hell.

    what would you have had warren say to these folks?

  10. The Rick warrens and Joels O. have been around for years, the reason people are drawn to false teachers, simply put -the people refuse to read, study and understand the word of God. They support them thinking that they are doing something good for world and God. These poor souls will perish because of lack of knowledge. They can’t discern from false teaching from true teaching. They want there ears tickle.

  11. Sick.

    Remember that the Crusades and the Inquisition started with the same sort of foaming at the mouth style of rhetoric. Those spiritual tyrants had personal aspirations of power and control, conveniently using God to intimidate the masses, just as their current counterparts do. Another reason never to mix religion and politics. Warren, Dobson, Robertson… these guys are dangerous.

    Nothing is more frightening than a spiritual leader demanding unquestioned loyalty by claiming “God told me to”. No rational parent should willingly allow their child to be indoctrinated by this sort of thing.

  12. Praise God that I find out what is behind all these fancy and charismatic bible thumpin mega church leaders. Some years ago, my wife wondered why I wouldn’t participate in our churches’ weekly Rick Warren’s “A Purpose Driven Life”. I am not sure my wife fully bought into the study and I don’t see any signs of any more of a purpose driven life now than we she first participated in it several years ago. But what really hits me between the eyes more than anything is that Warren’s ministry smacks of the acceptance of homosexuality with the scripture “God accepts us who we are”. Is there any end to the hypocracy. Is there anything Christian that hasn’t been compromised in the name of Christ so that church members will feel more like giving. Religion has gotten to be like a business in that the leadership will give their “flock” whatever they want so that they will buy it.

    Michael Cooke

  13. Rick Warren has sold his soul to the devil…. Perhaps he needs to read II Peter chapter 2. Paydays a coming known as Judgment day, lets pray these pastors see the light and wake up!

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