Rick Warren

Rick Warren

Rick Warren is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, currently the eighth-largest church in the United States. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent devotional, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies.

In June of 2021, Warren announced he was stepping down as lead pastor of Saddleback, and will take on a less visible role with the church.

This must-watch video represents extensive research on the teachings, activities and partnerships of Rick Warren:

Concerns:

  • 2021 New: Appoints three women pastors at Saddleback, in open rebellion to Scripture
  • Protoge of Peter Drucker, to create consumer-driven mega-church model
  • Cited as the father of the Emergent Church Movement.
  • A strong advocate of contemplative prayer, and encourages pastors to use Centering and Breath Prayers.
  • Signed on to “A Common Word Between Us” that seeks common ground between Muslims and Christians.
  • Gave the invocation at the presidential inauguration in January 2009, praying to Isa of the Qur’an along with Jesus.
  • New Age proponent Leonard Sweet, who calls himself an emergent church leader, trained many of Warren’s church leaders and pastors at the 2008 Saddleback Small Groups Conference.
  • Uses The Message paraphrase of the Bible for much of his writings.
  • Promoted on the “speakers corner” of the Islamic Society of North America, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and a financier of the Hamas terror organization.
  • Supports the work of Tony Blair and his global spiritualization movement.
  • Supports the “Catholics Come Home” campaign.
  • In spite of photo evidence, denied his involvement in King’s Way, a bridge-building movement with Muslims at Saddleback.
  • Creator of the controversial P.E.A.C.E. Plan
  • As part of the P.E.A.C.E. plan, his top missions pastor was photographed teaching that Muslims don’t have to convert to Christianity to be saved.
  • Created the The Daniel Plan: God’s Prescription for Your Health to get the folks at Saddleback Church healthy.  To create his alleged biblical plan, he elicited the aid of unbelievers — Dr. Mehmet Oz., a Sufi Muslim, Dr. Mark Hyman, a secular Jew and New Ager, and Dr. Daniel Amen, a professing Christian who dabbles in Eastern mysticism.
  • Promoter of the problematic The Bible, Son of God and A.D. miniseries, and packaged church sermons and video Bible studies.
  • Gathered with the Pope at the Vatican, along with Russell Moore, Muslims and Mormons to promote unity around family issues.
Rick Warren and Elton John at senate hearing on global health programs.

Rick Warren and musician Elton John at senate hearing on global health programs.

Helpful articles

Helpful Websites:

Book:

Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church By James Sundquist

YouTube:

James Sundquist exposes false teacher Rick Warren

Rick Warren false prophet – Elliott Nesch

What the Bible says:

“I will also choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.” ~ Isaiah 66:4

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” ~ Matthew 7:15

Rick Warren

Rick Warren

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Rick Warren is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, currently the eighth-largest church in the United States.  His book, The Purpose Driven Church, spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent devotional, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies.  making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.[5][6]

Warren holds traditional evangelical views on social issues such as abortionsame-sex marriage, and stem-cell research. During the 2008 United States presidential election, Warren hosted the Civil Forum on The Presidency at his church with both presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. Obama later sparked controversy when he asked Warren to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration in January 2009.

It is difficult to look at an icon like Rick Warren, known as America’s pastor, and share information that is very concerning.  No one can deny that many Christians first learned about a relationship with Jesus through Rick Warren’s church and teachings.  But it is his recent actions and alliances that cause us some concern:

  • Rick Warren is a strong advocate of contemplative prayer, and encourages the use of Breath Prayers. He has spoken at many conferences where YogaLabyrinths and Contemplative Prayer are used and promoted.
  • New Age proponent Leonard Sweet, who calls himself an emergent church leader, trained many of Warren’s church leaders and pastors at the 2008 Saddleback Small Groups Conference.  Sweet’s view of the value of small groups lines up more with the New Age and Alice Bailey than it does with biblical Christianity. In his book, Quantum Spirituality, Sweet states: “The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people “in-phase” with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another.”
  • Warren also uses The Message Bible translation for much of his writings.
  • Warren is promoted on the “speakers corner” of the Islamic Society of North America, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and a financier of the Hamas terror organization.

P.E.A.C.E. Plan

The next phase of the game plan of the new evangelical gurus is “God’s plan” to change the world through the purpose driven seeker-friendly churches that buy into Rick Warren’s global peace plan that Warren says WILL HAPPEN.
P.E.A.C.E. stands for:

Promoting reconciliation (changed in 2007 from planting churches)
Equip leaders
Assist the poor
Care for the sick
Educate the next generation

He also signed on to “A Common Word Between Us” that seeks common ground between Muslims and Christians. Muslims believe Jesus is NOT THE SON OF GOD.  This is in direct contradiction to the foundation of our Christian faith.  Nothing good can come from this.

Having teachers at your church who promote New Age spirituality and who partner with others who promote communicating with the dead is simply dangerous and wrong.  And supporting the work of Tony Blair and his global spiritualization movement is dangerous.  As the Word of God says:  “What can light and darkness have in common?”

 

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