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Posted: 04/17/08

A Sample of The Strange Teachings of Rick Warren


Rick Warren insults older saints and those who oppose "Purpose Driven" teachings in their church:

"Be willing to let people leave the church. And I told you earlier the fact that people are gonna leave the church no matter what you do. But when you define the vision, you're choosing who leaves. You say, "But Rick, yes, they're the pillars of the church." Now, you know what pillars are. Pillars are people who hold things up ... And in your church, you may have to have some blessed subtractions before you have any real additions."

--- Rick Warren, while giving his "Building a Purpose-Driven Church" seminar at Saddleback Church, January, 1998. Seminar was taped, transcribed, and reported on by Dennis Costella in his article The Church Growth Movement.

 Rick Warren describe Fundamentalist Christians as "those that stopped is an attitude that doesn't want to listen to anybody else."

Rick seems to believe that his book, not the Bible, is the power for the church in the 21st Century:

"Personal computers have brand names. But inside every pc is an Intel chip and an operating system, Windows," Warren says. "The Purpose Driven paradigm is the Intel chip for the 21st-century church and the Windows system of the 21st-century church."-Rick Warren, Christianity Today, Oct. 2005

Rick insults those who strictly adhere to the fundamentals of the faith:

Today there really aren't that many Fundamentalists left; I don't know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren't that many Fundamentalists left in America.   (Rick Warren speaking at Pew Forum on Religion)

Rick Warren promotes the liberal mantra of Judge not:

On page 164, of Purpose Driven Life Warren says, "God warns us over and over not to criticize, compare, or judge each other. ...


Rick Warren compares those who believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith to extremists and radical Muslims:



In his interview on Larry King Live on December 2, 2006, Rick Warren compared biblical fundamentalists to Muslim extremists. He said: "There are all kinds of fundamentalists, Larry, and they're all based on fear. There are Christian fundamentalists. There are Muslim fundamentalists. I've met some Jewish fundamentalists. You know that there are secular fundamentalists. They're all based on fear.

In the January 10, 2006  Philadelphia Inquirer  Rick was quoted as saying that Christian fundamentalism will be an enemy of the 21st century.

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

Rick Warren uses a sloppy paraphrase in his book and promotes pantheism:



"The Bible says, 'He rules everything and is everywhere and is in everything." ( PDL p. 88)

Rick Warren tells a group of non-believers God is happy with them and they are His children.

Click Here to Listen.

"Did you know that God smiles when you be you. Some people have the misguided idea that God only gets excited when you're doing "spiritual things" like going to church or helping the poor or confessing or doing something like that.

The bottom line is that God gets pleasure watching you be you. Why? He made you. And when you do what you were made to do He says 'That's my boy!', 'That's my girl!'

You're using the talent and ability that I gave you... So my advice to you is look at what is in your hand, your identity, your influence, your income, and say its not about me, its about making the world a better place."


Rick Warren says the future is religious pluralism.


"Secularism is quite small outside Europe and Manhattan," he joked. "The future of the world lies in religious pluralism." (source: click here)


Rick has people praying a salvation prayer that does not mention, sin, repentance, the cross or the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Rick has people praying a salvation prayer that does not mention, sin, repentance, the cross or the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


In the video that accompanies the "40 Days of Purpose," Warren leads his listeners in prayer at the conclusion of the first session.  The prayer is as follows:  

"Dear God, I want to know your purpose for my life. I don't want to base the rest of my life on wrong things. I want to take the first step in preparing for eternity by getting to know you. Jesus Christ, I don't understand how but as much as I know how I want to open up my life to you. Make yourself real to me. And use this series in my life to help me know what you made me for."  Warren goes on to say: "Now if you've just prayed that prayer for the very first time I want to congratulate you. You've just become a part of the family of God."

On Day seven, in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Warren again fails to explain the Gospel and Godly sorrow that leads to repentance and salvation. 

"Right now, God is inviting you to live for his glory by fulfilling the purposes he made you for… all you need to do is receive and believe…. Will you accept God's offer?"… I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity, 'Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you.'"  He then promises, "If you sincerely meant that prayer, congratulations!  Welcome to the family of God! You are now ready to discover and start living God's purpose for your life."



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Pay attention people to the Holy Sprit within you
Posted On: 09/19/09 09:00:24 AM Age 55, CA
My Pastor brought these teaching into our church and I have watched it destroy our church. The Pastor no longer has a passion for people but rather church building growth and leadership training. My personal life sitting under this for the past several years has mixed pure word with man's word and gradually I began to loose sight of Jesus in my life and found myself working to pelase him and fullfill my purpose. By Gods grace I am beginning again and pulling away from many I love to guard my heart. My heart will not allow me to follow what I clearly now see as a distraction form Jesus. I need Him, He does not need me. I need Him, not big church titles and growth.

Posted On: 06/13/08 11:23:50 PM Age 38, MN
20, NY, are you only 20?? Wow. Great post.

Is Rick Warren really influencing for Christ
Posted On: 04/24/08 02:20:05 AM Age 40, TX
You said that you believe Rick Warren is influencing many for Christ? What Christ would this be the Jesus of the bible or the Jesus that is popular among many church leaders. This would be a Jesus that does not resemble the bible, but one that they have made up. Paul is very clear that there is only one gospel, Galatians 1:6. We cannot compromise and offer salvation w/o talking about sin or repentance. If we do this, then we are claiming to save people to something, but not from something. We cannot and will not be saved if we do not believe that we need a savior adn that we are wicked. Man is not good adn he does not seek after God. Rom. 3:10-12 says that no one seeks God, no not one. In fact, just a few verses later, he says that all havbe sinned and fall short. Thsi is the context that this is written. The bigger context of that chapter and the few before and after it are concerning man's state before God and that we have no hope of reighteousness w/o Jesus. Rick warren is not real good at context; just study the PDL closer and you will find this to be true. I do not know his heart fully, but i do know that out of hte overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks, Matt. 12:34. From this, I have a pretty good idea. Man cannot compromise the gospel of Jesus Christ in anyway; it does not work. Just study church history. To conclude, Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 2:14-17 that he preaches one gospel adn to some it is death and to others life, but he only preaches one gospel, period. A sinful being cannot compromise in anyway, and to do this in order to save souls, makes us believe that we save people when only God draws and saves--John 6:44, 65. Please think through this and really study scripture. Put the book down and read some poeple like A.W. Tozer, J.I. Packer, John Piper, and John MacArthur if you need to read other books. The best book i have probably read to this point is Knowing God by J.I. Packer and A.W. Tozer's Knowledge of the Holy. Also, concerning this issue specifically you might want to get Ashamed of hte Gospel by John MacArthur. In Christ: paul

A Deadly Sacrifice
Posted On: 04/21/08 08:09:47 PM Age 20, NY
A couple of years ago my family and I left a purpose driven church. The people were well-meaning and the founders I believe to be sincere Christians.Many of the people who grip onto Warren's watered down message, I believe, underestimate God. They seem to think that if only they leave this part out, or use a paraphrase, then people will readily believe in Christ and follow Him. The message of Warren is really about human manipulation of the spiritual state of man. Do we have that power though? If God is a sovereign being, is it necessary to sacrifice vital parts of the Gospel to "reach" people? A better question would be, "in sacrificing those parts of the Gospel, are we truly reaching them anyway?" Certainly we are called to preach the Gospel, but we must be sure to speak the whole truth of it and trust God to do the rest. It truly saddens me to see a widespread shame of what the Bible says in "Bible-believing" churches on a Sunday morning. The only thing more saddening are the thousands who have been assured of salvation by Warren for saying a prayer he wrote that isn't Biblically backed. It is so necessary to be discerning during this time when attacks on our beliefs are coming from inside our churches. For a long time I saw nothing wrong with Warren, but after spending time in prayer and Bible reading came to the difficult conclusion that just because something claims to be Christian, that doesn't mean it is.

Poor Rick Warren?
Posted On: 04/21/08 06:53:49 AM Age 56, IN
OK - Rick has gone off the "deep end!" But show me in the Bible where it says to pray a sinner's prayer and you become a Christian. Where did that come from? The Apostle Peter, inspired by God's Holy Spirit, told his Jewish audience who already believed in God on the Day of Pentecost to "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins." (Acts 2:38) Salvation is found in no other name (Acts 4:12.

For he that is not against us is on our part; Jesus
Posted On: 04/19/08 11:54:47 AM Age 57, FL
I have been hearing about false teaching of Rick Warren for some time now. I must say I don't see it coming from him. Certainly the Emergent movement has deeply flawed elements to it, however I have not seen these flaws in Mr. Warren's writings. I actually lead a study of the PDL at my church where we took the 40 chapters and spent an entire class on just one chapter each week, some chapters took a couple of weeks. We spent over a year with it. Back in my BC days I was a professed atheist who became, for a short time, a participant in eastern religion. They would talk about Christ and the Christ conciseness. For me it was a bridge from no god to some god. But all through that process a strange yearning to go to church to hear about Jesus was tugging at me, blessed Holy Spirit. I accepted Jesus and was born again! Having been close to new age eastern philosophies, when it is TRULY PRESENT, I usually know it. PDL is not new age. It seems to me that Mr. Warren is impacting many for Christ.

Just another sign of the times
Posted On: 04/18/08 10:12:19 PM Age 55, OR
Rick Warren whether he realizes it or not is just a tool in the hands of The Almighty, just as satan is. God is in control. This is all apart of the great falling away. The apostasy of the church, which has to come first. We are not to be troubled by this, these things must come to past for it is written. The fundamentalists will actually be the remnant church who will stand for the Truth of God's Word (not the purpose driven church)in the end for the Glory of God.... Paul said this almost 2000 yrs ago. 2 Thessalonians 2: 1: Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2: That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Posted On: 04/18/08 04:04:15 PM Age 63, CA
I agree with this writer. I am not a seeker-sensitive advocate, but a God-sensitive advocate. It's His Church. Heavy on grace;no on legalism and self-righteousness. To judge/criticize someone else is to put yourself in place of God. That's not a good place to be.

R.W. - praised by so many
Posted On: 04/18/08 03:04:15 PM Age 39, IN
I was concerned/bothered with the fact that Rick Warren and his wife were both invited to speak at the Intervaristy mission's conference Urbana at the end of 2006 (which my husband and I both attended as volunteers) in St. Louis, MO. I couldn't understand why they would invite someone so controversial as him and he spoke to some 20,000 college age students. We didn't find anything wrong theologically with his message, but again, with all the controversy, they should not have invited him.

Posted On: 04/18/08 12:44:27 PM Age 34, CO
I agree! Thank you! Amen!

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