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Rick Warren's unsettling tweet

Isn’t the Word of God all about Jesus? And the Gospel? After all, Jesus is the Word who became flesh. God has been speaking to us about the cross and about Himself ever since Genesis 1:1.  But Rick Warren is making news headlines with what appears to be the opposite:

I am curious to know what you think of this. Some will probably say I am picking on Rick Warren or perhaps over reacting. But I, like many others, are feeling a bit unsettled by his latest tweet. You see, when America’s Pastor tweets, he is retweeted hundreds of times by his fans and followers. The definition of eisesgesis is to interpret the Scripture by reading something into it – usually your own circumstances or story – that isn’t there.  Know what else isn’t there? The strawman fad that Rick is speaking of. Read the full story here:

RICK WARREN TWEETS HIS FOOT INTO HIS MOUTH…AGAIN

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7 Responses to “Rick Warren's unsettling tweet”

  1. Mr Davis #

    When we practice this

    2 Corinthians 10
    3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

    5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

    Doesn't this bring us to Gethsemane and the Cross? It was here that Christ set aside His own will to do the will of the Father. Are we not to walk as He walked? How can the cross not be at the center of all we do? If it isn't the cross and the great sacrifice that it carried that compells us to obedience what is our motive? Is it not self promotion? self exaltation? the worship of self? Look at what I do!

    No it is Christ and Him crucified, look at what He did, how can I not do.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:20 AM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    Daniel 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

    I pray this is the case for Rick Warren I pray God will turn His heart back to the Cross and the Love that it demands.

    June 15, 2012 at 3:58 AM Reply
  3. Lee Hyder #

    This man is a Jesus hating apostate in every sense of the word! His ramblings don't deserve one moment of our (Believers) attention anymore!!

    June 15, 2012 at 4:41 AM Reply
  4. Here's the deal. Rick is both right and wrong.

    He is "right" in that Jesus looked past the cross, to the resurrected nature. And those who have crucified themselves to this world should have that right as well.

    Hbr 12:2 "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

    The problem is, Rick is "WRONG" in that he is preaching this to a society that is too busy trying to live the crossless, carnal (purpose-driven) life to ever attain the resurrected nature.

    Everyone wants to go to heaven …. but nobody wants to die.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM Reply
  5. There is so much irony in this tweet, as RW has taught an entire generation of pastors how to pull pretty much any verse out of context and make it about themselves. He typically points away from the cross by doing this. And now he is complaining that people are apparently using scripture to incorrectly point people to the cross. I frankly cannot believe that he said such a thing so openly.
    My other thought is that the cross of Christ- well, it's the deal breaker for us rebels and it always has been. From the moment Jesus began His ministry to now, the cross is the thing that people just cannot accept. Satan tempted Jesus to bypass it, Peter forbade it from happening, the crowds turned on Jesus when He started talking about it, etc.
    So in light of that, it does not surprise me that one of the fathers of the seeker sensitive movement- whose very purpose is to appeal to unbelievers, to view the cross this way.

    June 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM Reply
  6. Janet #

    This tweet is more that disconcerting!
    Having been a member of Saddleback's congregation I'm familiar with his message. While searching for his stance on "Social Justice" in the church I was disappointed (maybe not surprised) to read he is liberal leaning on this subject. Social Justice is a very slippery slope for any church to embrace. It has its root in liberal politics and socialism. It’s a very subtle deception for an unaware church. A crafty pastor can convince a congregation that evangelism is no longer as important (what about the Great Commission?) as Social Justice. After all… it all sounds so good, and makes a congregation itching to hear what it wants, feel good about themselves. It negates the cross and salvation.
    I just sat through a whole sermon on “justice” (not going back to that church) and watched as the congregation soaked it up. This pastor degraded a well-known Christian university in California for being too focused on evangelism verses society and the down trodden. I happen to know this university has one of the highest rates of graduates entering missions. The message of Social Justice within the body will plunge us into the last days church of Laodicea. This is why Rick’s tweet is so concerning. We can never leave the cross, and yes Rick, pastors must not “force a theology” especially with regard to “Social Justice.”

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

    September 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM Reply
  7. Then Warren Tweeted this:

    Rick Warren and the Eisegesis of the Cross
    Rick Warren is a man that frequently seems to get into trouble. So it was no surprise that many questioned him when he tweeted this:

    "Those anointed by God feel no need to prove themselves."

    Warren is full of baloney. Scripture commands us to test every spirit…and prove every teaching and teacher against Scripture! As to who is God's anointed. Doesn't Warren know that EVERY born-again Christian is anointed and must examine themselves daily to be sure that they are in THE faith! I have written two books on Warren to prove that there is every reason to mark him as though he were not a Christian.

    Warren is in direct defiance of these Scriptures:

    Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    2Cr 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
    2Cr 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
    Gal 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
    1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

    Blessings
    JamesChristian, and therefore NOT anointed!

    September 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM Reply

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