The first I ever heard of Rick Warren was in the early 2000’s when the church I was attending decided to do the 40-day Purpose Driven Life Challenge. Every member of the church was given a copy of Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, and we were told “The next 40 days will transform your life.”
Both my pastor and Rick Warren were wrong, the book was nothing more than an unbiblical platform to push Warren’s godless seeker-friendly program! I knew nothing of the seeker-friendly movement at the time but I quickly saw that this book promoting something not found in the Bible; and I wondered how could my church be going along with this. Less than a year later I left my church as it became apparent that it wanted to be a mirror image of Warren’s Saddleback church.
Although we cannot know a man’s heart, we can know their actions. From what I’ve seen and read about Rick Warren, I question whether he is truly a Christian or not. This seeker-friendly movement that he has helped start is definitely not a Christian movement:
“A ‘seeker-sensitive’ church is a church whose main purpose is to try to make the church look more attractive to unbelievers… the influence that is brought in is about meeting one’s emotional or “felt” needs rather than preaching the gospel… The biblical importance of the message is often overlooked and the emphasis is to meet the emotional needs of people.” (http://www.christianexaminer.com/Articles/Articles%20Mar05/Art_Mar05_oped1.html)
Pastors should meet the needs of their congregation, but at the expense of the gospel? Warren is a master at befriending people, as evidenced by his 19,000-member Saddleback church in Lake Forest, CA. But, is he really being a “friend” to these people, or is he simply covetous of large numbers and really cares nothing of their final destination?
There are a lot of unbiblical actions made by Warren that can be easily found on the internet, so I’ll just present the one that may be the most concerning. It appears that Warren has no clue as to who God really is. The Bible has made it perfectly clear that to know Jesus is to know the Father, for they are One. God is loving, forgiving and desires peace. But Warren seems not to know this as he believes that the God of the Bible and the god of Islam are one and the same!
Warren has joined a group called King’s Way whose main objective is to bring Christianity and Islam together as one! Since God and Allah are the same being, then members of both groups are children of God! Really? How can a man of his position not know how to do research? How can he not know how to verify something before he jumps into that something “full steam ahead”?
Who really is Allah:
“According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Allah corresponded to the Babylonian god Baal, and Arabs knew of him long before Mohammed worshipped him as the supreme God. Before Islam the Arabs recognized many gods and goddesses, each tribe had their own deity. There were also nature deities. Allah was the god of the local Quarish tribe, which was Mohammed's tribe before he invented Islam to lead his people out of their polytheism. Allah was then known as the Moon God, who had 3 daughters who were viewed as intercessors for the people into Allah. Their names were Al-at, Al-uzza, and Al-Manat, which were three goddesses; the first two daughters of Allah had names which were feminine forms of Allah. Hubal was the chief God of the Kaaba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was the chief God of the Kaaba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was a statue likeness of a man whose body was made of red precious stones whose arms were made of gold. (Reference Islam George Braswell Jr.)”
I believe Warren knows exactly what he is doing. I do not believe that he is a Christian. He is an agent of Satan that the Bible predicted would show up to lead the children of God astray. He has fooled over 19,000 people and still counting.
Christians – it’s time to get your heads out of the sand! Wake up and seek the God of the bible!
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