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Jan 28, 2012

Rick Warren's Heresy

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV)

Rick Warren's book "The Purpose Driven Life" is deceiving many people, leading many onto an unbiblical path. Since he has been one of the leading evangelicals of our times and since the issues are of high importance for the believer's understanding of the Gospel, it is not just a minor matter and needs to be addressed. The promising of church growth to those who follow his ideas has led many to leave the right way. Would God really care about church growth in which Warren seems to see the "purpose" in believers? Or would He rather care about the sound doctrine that is preached at the churches? How much do people count in Heaven who have never repented of their sins, or never given a confession of who their Savior is?

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." (2 Timothy 4:2 KJV)

Those words were written by the Apostle Paul to tell Timothy how to teach the church. The right doctrine was important then and is today. Not to Rick Warren, however. He does not care about doctrine.

 “God won’t ask about your religious background or doctrinal views. The only thing that will matter is, did you accept what Jesus did for you and did you learn to love and trust him?” (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, pg. 34).

If it was true that God did not care, evangelizing people would be nonsense, and Jesus's death would have been in vain, too. Again and again we are warned to stick with the right doctrine in the New Testament. Jesus Himself warned us:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:15 KJV)

Jesus is not the only way to the Father for Rick Warren while John 14:6 and John 3:16-18 clearly say that there is just one way. But Warren preaches that there are a lot of Christian believers among the Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus etc. The need to believe in Jesus Christ and a confession is unimportant for Warren.

It is not so much what he says; it is more what he leaves out. He seems to ignore sin and that we are sinners called to repentance, that we are washed in the blood of the Lamb, and that the wrath of God will hit those who have not become clean of sin through Jesus blood.

Warren said in 2007 that the Bible “talks more about unity of the church than it does about either heaven or hell”, which is not true. The Bible says a lot about Heaven and hell, and also warns of false prophets and teachers in the church and what to do with them, which is avoid them.

Rick Warren preaches a gospel of works, not of grace. He preaches it is not enough to believe but takes "love". He says life on earth is a test, so God can check out how responsible we are, and Warren also claims we need to make the most of our gifts, like money, intelligence, etc. But the Bible says we are saved through faith alone in grace alone. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkg2-ycSpEk)

Rick Warren has no problem to quote people from the New Age scene and partners with the Emergent Church movement that practices New Age and Eastern mysticism. Warren is a friend of meditations like the “contemplative prayer”, the “breath prayer,” and yoga.

Rick Warren distanced himself from the same-sex issue (with regard to marriage). He is "politically correct" - but not Biblically. He is a hypocrite who wants to please man. In 2004 he said that gay marriages would not be negotiable, but later he pointed out that he has never been an anti-gay activist. He advised his church (many thousands of members) to vote for proposition 8, however. There is a transcription of Warren's stand on gay marriage in a video: http://thenewamerican.com/culture/family/982.

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." (Romans 16:17-18 KJV)

5 comments:

  1. I am so glad I found this. I have become increasingly uncertain about Rick Warren and his teaching, which often very subtly contradicts scripture. It is good to know that I am not alone in recognising this!

    Ruth

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  2. If he is currently teaching such heresy,he should be set down by the elders.

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  4. Dear Vera,

    Thank God for you...brave soldier in Christ!

    So you should be alerted to this breaking Christian news concerning Rick Warren:

    http://www.perfectpeaceplan.com/post/is-rick-warrens-claim-that-his-book-is-the-best-selling-non-fiction-hardback-book-in-history-true/

    Text is also below.

    I will send you one more email proving that Warren is a heretic.

    Sincerely in Christ,

    James Sundquist
    Director
    http://www.perfectpeaceplan.com

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  5. Dear Vera,

    The only person who has a right to point a finger at anyone (you and me included) was and still is Jesus himself, and he chose not to and love us instead. God is far more than able to judge, I'm sure you will agree.

    The reason why I'm saying this is because when I was a new believer in Christ, I used to go around the internet looking for writings about Jesus, and would stumble on such articles as this and it shattered me to see how divided the Church was and almost cost me my faith, as I myself was an infant in faith. By the grace of God I got through that and still here.

    If you still sincerely feel there is an issue such as this, I humbly urge you to take this up to Rick Warren himself in person or in writing, as there would much more understanding when your not sitting in your room and talking about someone you barely know personally.

    If you are in Christ and he(Rick Warren) is in Christ, then aren't you supposed to be united in Christ as opposed to divided?Just a thought.

    Sincerely,
    Hareesh

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