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Rick Warren and Emerging New Evangelical Inclusivism

 


By Ken Silva


Apprising Ministries


 


I speak the truth in Christ–I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit–I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race. [1]


 


Jewish Sorrow For Those Apart From Christ


In response to the inspired Apostle Paul's anguished cry concerning the hopeless state of anyone apart from Jesus Christ, and specifically his Jewish brethren here, can't you just hear a Rick Warren say, "Ah, chill man, it's not that bad. It's all gonna work out in the end." Recently on Slice of Laodicea Ingrid Schlueter wrote a post called "Rick Warren Shows Up at Interfaith Shabbat Service" where she pointed out:


 


Rick Warren is taking his church growth ideas to those outside the Christian faith. He showed up last night at a Shabbat service called Friday Night Live to share with the Jews there how to apply Purpose Driven methodology and attract more people. I wonder if these Jews have ever heard of a Hula Praise Shabbat?


 


Writing for The Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman who attended this service informs us in his article "Jesus' Man Has a Plan" that as he "sat listening to him speak at Sinai Temple's Friday Night Live Shabbat services" he felt that there "are few people of any faith like Warren." Well, it seems like we're off to a good start here because both the Apostle Paul, and even Jesus Himself, had also taught in Jewish synagogues. However midway through the article we hit a huge speed bump which completely overturns the applecart when Eshman tells us:


 


The other secret to his success is his passion for God and Jesus. Warren managed to speak for the entire evening without once mentioning Jesus – a testament to his savvy message-tailoring… Good for him and his flock – and not so bad for us either. His teachings apply to 95 percent of all people, regardless of religious belief… Warren told Wolfson his interest is in helping all houses of worship, not in converting Jews. He said there are more than enough Christian souls to deal with for starters.


 


"Stealth Evangelism" Hides The Road To Hell


What; an alleged "Christian" minister of Jesus Christ never once mentioning His glorious Name, and never once sharing the Gospel with these dear Jewish people because "there are more than enough Christian souls to deal with"? How does Rick Warren know that? He doesn't. Since when does the ambassador for Christ bring the message that his "interest is in helping all houses of worship, not in converting Jews" or anyone else? He doesn't. The ministry of the true Christian has always been to say to people:


 


God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. [2]


 


Oh, but this is likely to "offend" people and the new evangelical Ecumenical Church of Deceit can't have that. And herein we discover another example of the deadly man-centered theological poison of the seeker sensitive lie: They have removed the Cross of Jesus Christ from Christianity. However, once you remove this central message of the Christian faith where Jesus says – "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself" (John 12:32), then you no longer have the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints, you have created another religion entirely. A spiritually putrid Purpose Driven religion of salvation by good deeds and good works according to the light within a given person that supposedly God will take into account to save men apart from His grace alone; through faith alone; in Christ alone.


 


It is a horrible lie, and it is yet another fulfillment of these chilling words from God the Holy Spirit:


 


Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared (1 Timothy 4:1-2)… But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self (2 Timothy 3:1-2)…


 


The Lord also warns… For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4, ESV)


 


And O how sad that at the very end of his article Ron Eshman writes:


 


I have no doubt the people who turned to Warren to help them reinvent synagogues for the 21st century can and will learn a lot from the man's organizational skills. But the deeper message he conveys, his unstintingly devoted and enthusiastic faith – how in the world can we Jews learn that?


 


Obviously not from Rick Warren himself, and thus we see the dreadful eternal consequence for all those who only hear this emerging new evangelical social gospel of good works.


 






[1] Romans 9:1-3.



[2] 2 Cornthians 5:19-21, KJV.