This is a Lighthouse Trails Commentary
Rick Warren once again condemns conservative Christians and further marginalizes them, according to a Los Angeles Times article.1 The article states:
Evangelical leader Rick Warren came to the heart of the religious right movement last week to criticize a narrow focus on abortion, homosexuality and pornography as un-Christian.
Strikingly, top Christian conservatives agreed.
During a three-day summit here, members of Focus on the Family and Campus Crusade for Christ joined Warren and dozens of other pastors from across the nation in a pledge to devote more of their resources and clout to helping children in need.
“We’ve got some people who only focus on moral purity and couldn’t care less about the poor, the sick, the uneducated. And they haven’t done zip for those people,” said Warren, a mega-church pastor in California and author of the best-selling “The Purpose-Driven Life.”
Warren hastened to say that he also opposed abortion and gay marriage. But too often, he said, Christians these days are defined by their “big mouth” — what they argue against, not what they embrace. He pointed to a verse from the Book of James that calls caring for orphans an essential element of a “pure and undefiled” faith.
Rick Warren believes that Christians have done little to help the needy and that the world needs the Purpose Driven agenda to bring about a new reformation and world peace. In the past few years, Warren has consistently stated that conservative Christians who are against abortion and homosexuality (and Purpose Driven) are fundamentalists (he likens them to Islamic fundamentalists – see article below) and says these kind of Christians are one of the biggest enemies facing our society. A Saddleback pastor has gone so far as to call these kind of Christians “leaders from hell.”2 Warren says change can’t come about until they are out of the way, either through leaving the church or dying (see article below).
According to the LA Times article, Warren has now added pornography to his abortion/homosexuality list. This could be because of recent stories that report Rick Warren’s connection to Rupert Murdoch and Murdoch’s investments in pornographic venues.3
Using language like “big mouth,” “couldn’t care less,” and “haven’t done zip,” Rick Warren is coming out of the gate with his hair on fire … he appears to be hopping mad at people who criticize him for his non-biblical theologies. And he’s going to the let the world know he condemns those who question and challenge him.
Rick Warren is wrong in what he says. True Christians (those with Jesus Christ indwelling them) have been serving the Lord faithfully since the church began 2000 years ago. Charities, missionary societies, Christian foster parents and adoptive parents, martyrs, inner city missions, and more are all proof of this. To say that true believers have nothing but big mouths and don’t do zip is inaccurate, misleading, and shameful. The Bible is very clear that those who are born into Jesus Christ through faith by His grace are being prepared to be a spotless Bride for Christ. This is not saying that believers are without sin, for the Bible says in I John that if we say we are without sin, we are liars. But the Bible also says that He is faithful never to leave us or forsake us, and we are His workmanship created for good works, (Ephesians 2:10) and He is changing us all the time to become more like Him (II Corinthians 3:18). To say that the church has done nothing is to say that God has done nothing, for as believers we are in Him. While the New Testament does condemn those who live in habitual ongoing sin and calls them to repent, and it does distinguish between those who are really born again and those who are not (the sheep and the goats), it does not speak in a derogatory manner about the true church as Rick Warren does. While he continues to promote contemplative spirituality, leading followers further from truth, he also appears to be zealously condemning those who will not go along with the Purpose Driven paradigm (see video).
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29)
For further documentation, please see:
On Pornography: Ted Haggard Story Will Raise Serious Questions For All