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    ... Subject: [ETD] The Gospel According to Rick Warren Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 21:40:49 -0500 From: Reply-To: EndTimesDiscernment@yahoogroups.com To:
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      *The Gospel According to Rick Warren*

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      */By* Ingrid Schlueter <http://www.sliceoflaodicea.com/about.php> * -
      January 25, 2006 /

      http://sliceoflaodicea.com <http://sliceoflaodicea.com/>

      /See also /Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals - Part 1 of 3
      <../../05/peace-un.htm>







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      The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story
      <http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/13573441.htm> on
      Rick Warren on Sunday, January 8, 2006 that tells us a great deal
      about the man who is changing the face of American evangelicalism.
      Here's an excerpt:

      "Warren predicts that fundamentalism, of all varieties, will be
      one of the big enemies of the 21^st Century. 'Muslim
      fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish
      fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism-they're all motivated by
      fear. Fear of each other.'"

      This remark is no surprise to Pastor Bob DeWaay of Twin City
      Fellowship in Minneapolis. DeWaay has just published a book that
      shines the spotlight on Rick Warren's brand of Christianity and its
      sobering implications for the church. The title of DeWaay's new
      book, Redefining Christianity: Understanding the Purpose Driven
      Movement <http://cicministry.org/store.php>describes what a growing
      number of Christians are seeing. Rick Warren has subtlety and
      critically changed the message of the Gospel.



      In the forward to the book, Gary Gilley, author of /This Little
      Church Went to Market /and pastor of Southern View Chapel in
      Springfield, Illinois, writes,

      "Bob (DeWaay) painstakingly shows that Rick Warren has done for
      the church what McDonald's has done for the restaurant
      industry. Unfortunately, the church is not in the hamburger
      flipping business. Applying franchising principles to Christ's
      church may result in outward success, but true success cannot be
      measured by simply reading the bottom line of 'nickels and
      noses,' buildings and programs.



      But there is a bottom line by which to measure the church: it is
      doctrinal integrity. The church is the pillar and support of the
      truth (I Timothy 3:15). If the church fails in its God-given
      mission of upholding, defending and propagating the truth then
      it fails. Period. It is on this level that Bob DeWaay
      challenges Rick Warren's 'Purpose Driven' agenda.



      Is the Warren franchise successful? By every criteria that a
      retail franchise can be measured, the answer is a clear yes. But
      how is the Warren franchise doing with the all important
      commodity of truth is concerned?..."

      In his steady, scholarly way, Bob DeWaay demonstrates that the
      Gospel of Rick Warren is not a biblical call to sinners to throw
      down their rebel arms at the cross and embrace the salvation offered
      by the Lord Jesus Christ. Nowhere in the Purpose Driven Life are
      readers told that sinners (what an archaic term now) are under the
      wrath and curse of God unless they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
      and his atoning sacrifice on the cross. Rick Warren instead retools
      the Gospel message to appeal to the unregenerate. He does not
      believe that God's purposes are declared in his revealed Word, but
      rather teaches that the unsaved should go on a journey of
      self-discovery in order to locate God's purposes for their lives.



      To Rick Warren, church growth is not the result of the Holy Spirit
      converting sinners as seen in the book of Acts but is the result of
      the latest marketing techniques that will make church attractive to
      those who don't know Jesus Christ. Thousands of churches are now
      Purpose Driven franchises with success hungry pastors taking their
      cues and even their sermons from Rick Warren. Rick Warren calls this
      "Church-in-a-box" and he offers it on his numerous websites. But the
      true Gospel of Christ, the narrow way that Christ spoke of in the
      Bible, has been altered to suit the world. Numerical success may be
      achieved, but the Gospel must be obscured to do it Warren's way.



      Redefining Christianity <http://cicministry.org/store.php> has
      excellent chapters in which the author deals with Rick Warren's
      redefining of terms like "vision" and "commitment" and his misuse of
      countless Bible versions and paraphrases in trying to justify his
      teachings. The most important chapter in the book deals with the
      Gospel according to Rick Warren. The author points out that when
      original sin and the blood atonement are removed from the message,
      there is no "good news". The world is then being given a gospel that
      is false. It really is that serious.



      Rick Warren's distaste for Christian fundamentalism as expressed in
      the Philadelphia Inquirer is a result of his distaste for the
      fundamentals of God's Word. Those who insist on hearkening back to
      the Word of God stand in direct opposition to Warren's
      "Purpose-Driven" marketing tsunami. Rick's much vaunted PEACE plan,
      his unprecedented popularity with the secular media and his
      continuing ascendancy in American evangelicalism is dependent upon
      those pastors and leaders who are willing to set aside the clear
      dictates of God's Word in order to ride the coattails of Rick Warren
      and his temporal success. Fundamentalists get in the way.



      In the midst of the marketing hype and popular clamor for Rick
      Warren's man-centered Gospel, may the clear voice of our Savior
      Jesus Christ cut through the din.

      *"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
      broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be
      which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is
      the way, and few there be that find it." *Matthew 7:13-14

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      © 2006 Ingrid Schlueter <http://www.sliceoflaodicea.com/about.php>

      Ingrid Schlueter has been producer and co-host of the Crosstalk
      Radio Talk Show on the VCY America Radio Network for 18 years. She
      is author of numerous articles on current issues and is a regular
      columnist for Wisconsin Christian News. She has also authored,
      /Parent Police: The UN Wants Your Children/. Email:
      vcyproducer@... <mailto:vcyproducer@...> Website:
      http://sliceoflaodicea.com <http://sliceoflaodicea.com/>

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      Other articles by Ingrid Schlueter: Thirty Small Singing Soldiers
      <../../05/ingrid/singing-soldiers.htm>

      Eternal Vigilance: The Price of Sound Doctrine
      <../../05/ingrid/eternal-vigilance.htm> | Don't Ask Don't Tell
      Policy is Destroying the Church <../../05/ingrid/blanchard.htm>



      /See also /Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals - Part 1 of 3
      <../../05/peace-un.htm>

      Spirit-Led or Purpose-Driven? Part 3: Small Groups and the Dialectic
      Process <../../04/3-purpose.htm>

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