The Purpose Driven Church
Forget about preaching the gospel! Replace it with cute stories, anecdotes, and never, ever talk about sin!
“Are you a fundamentalist preacher?”
“No. A fundamentalist is somebody who stops listening. There are fundamentalist Christians, fundamentalist Jews, fundamentalist Muslism, fundamentalist atheist, fundamentalist Secularist…. Its an attitude that doesn’t listen to anyone else.” “God get’s enjoyment out of watching you be you. [-speaking to Colbert turns God’s Word into jokes] … When my children were little, I used to watch them sleep at night…. I got so much pleasure out that, cause I made them. I’m their Daddy…. When you be you, God looks down and He goes, ‘That’s my boy!'” … [ed: Even if you’re not “born again” into His family?]
“If you ask Jesus to come into your life, will he?”
“Absolutely.” [ed: Even if you’ve never been convicted of sins, learned about the Biblical Jesus, repented, or heard the true whole Gospel?]
This preview was prompted by the following note from Lighthouse Trails Research Project:
January 10, 2006: According to a news story in the January 8th edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rick Warren says Christian fundamentalism will be an enemy of the 21st century.
Excerpt from article: “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.’ “
What does Rick Warren define Christian Fundamentalism to be?
In a May 2005 interview between Rick Warren and the Pew Forum on Religion, Warren stated:
“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 … Now the word ‘fundamentalist’ actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity.” Quote by Rick Warren, May 2005
What are those Five Fundamentals of the faith?
1. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8-9).
2. The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27).
3. The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28; Romans 3:25, 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14).
4. The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 15:14-15).
5. The inerrancy of the scriptures themselves (Psalms 12:6-7; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20).
“When a human body is out of balance we call that disease…. Likewise, when the body of Christ becomes unbalanced, disease occurs…. Health will occur only when everything is brought back into balance. The task of church leadership is to discover and remove growth-restricting diseases and barriers so that natural, normal growth can occur.” Rick Warren,The Purpose Driven Church, page 16.
Scott Peck, famed author of The Road Less Traveled, used the same analogy. “There’s a term therapists use; it’s ‘resistance,” he wrote in Reflections on Leadership, “which refers to people who don’t like to or want to be healed or converted, so they resist.”[5, page 92]
Yes, those who trust the fundamental truths in God’s Word for guidance will look like enemies to church leaders who demand conformity to man’s social guidelines. Those who refuse to compromise their faith cannot share the global vision for pluralistic solidarity. Unwilling to set aside God’s “divisive” old truths, they cannot march to the drum beat of facilitators trained to manipulate minds and mold collective thinkers.
Here are a few links and summaries that expose the conflict and confusion that surround the word “fundamentalism.” The first link offers a Biblical definition and explanation. The others expose the world’s hatred for Biblical truth:
Are We Fundamentalists? There are now two kinds of evangelical…. The old is the authentic, biblical position. The new is far off the track, not in its basic view of salvation, but in its readiness to compromise with doctrinal error and worldly ways. The new is selling the faith for earthly respect and recognition… and churches are being ruined.
“Today, old-style evangelicals are in the minority…. This booklet attempts to give a clear picture of the present alarming scene, in order to encourage believers to take a clear stand.
“Old -style evangelicals are often called fundamentalists, particularly in the USA. New -style evangelicals adopted the term, ‘new evangelical’ to describe themselves in the 1950s. …We are told that the fundamentalist label was first coined in America in 1920 to describe militant evangelicals. … It would be fairer to say that fundamentalist is someone who cares about the defense and preservation of the Gospel…” More
Postmodernism and You: “To the majority of Americans below fifty today, questioning the truthfulness of another’s religious views is intolerant and morally offensive. This prohibition against differing with other’s viewpoints is postmodern. Strangely, it turns out that one exception is allowed…. it’s okay to question and even denounce religious views when dealing with what is pejoratively labeled ‘fundamentalism.’ Today, when people refer to ‘fundamentalists’ they no longer mean just religious extremists like the Shiites waging holy war against the West. Today, fundamentalism may refer to anyone who claims to know truth or who charges another religion with falsehood.” See
Ministries will Restructure, as will Churches, Businesses, Individuals, and Families: “While preparing to minister in Dallas on January 5, I heard the Holy Spirit very clearly say, ‘Tell them…’ I quickly grabbed a pen and wrote the following as it was given to me:
“‘Opposition to the apostolic and prophetic will also be the greatest this year.’ He is going to expose wineskins (new or old) and religious spirits, taking off the masks of those who oppose His move. Those who refuse to move in current truth will begin to openly criticize leaders in the Body of Christ that are moving in the flow of the apostolic and the prophetic. Some have been doing so in a very subtle way, but this year, it will become obvious. When they do, God is going to begin to judge them….
“‘I must bring further changing of paradigms, not just to those who have not been moving in the flow of My Spirit, but even to those who are in the flow of My Spirit.’ I heard Him say, “Restructure, Restructure, Restructure.”
“Ministries will restructure, churches will restructure, businesses will restructure, individuals will restructure (the way they do things, their time, the way they think, and the way they operate), and families will restructure.
“Teaching on the kingdom of God will bring about great changes of paradigms, taking us back to the original mandate of Genesis…. Kingdom theology is going to be at the forefront.”
Fundamentalism Education Project (link apparently obsolete): “The growing influence of fundamentalist religious movements poses a challenge to our mainstream religious communities, civic freedoms, and our safety and well-being. This phenomenon is of concern to mainstream religious leaders and their congregations because fundamentalists create sharp divisions among communities of faith…. Religious clergy and lay people have immense interest in understanding and exposing how fundamentalists distort the inclusive messages within Christianity, Judaism, and Islam…
“Understanding and countering this phenomenon is important for all of us…. The Texas Faith Network is organizing the Fundamentalism Education Project to provide resources for clergy, lay people, activists and others about religious fundamentalism, and to energize and organize religious leaders to rightfully reclaim the compassionate and tolerant foundations within their respective religious traditions.” This fits right into UNESCO’s Declaration on the role of religion.
Bush, Gorbachev, Shultz and Soviet Education: “‘There really is only one sin–separateness,’ Corinne McLaughlin states in her book. ‘…war is more likely to spring from rampant nationalism, ethnocentrism, and intolerant religious fundamentalism — all extreme and separative attitudes…. [A} primary cause of the earth’s suffering is that humanity is caught in the illusion of separation…. What is needed as a cure for separateness is a deep sense of community — that we’re all in this together.’ Mikhail Gorbachev shares her contempt for nationalism and religious fundamentalism, i.e. Biblical Christianity.”
Why 9-11? “…after the Oklahoma City bombing and after the downing of TWA Flight 800, the Clinton administration’s FBI put out a report on terrorism. It was called Project Megiddo. And it explained… that right-wing Christian terrorists posed the gravest danger to the republic and were most likely to incite violence in the months and years ahead…. Right-wing Christians were the perceived threat. They were the enemy. Islamists got short shrift in the FBI report.” John 16:2 and Preparing for Persecution
The UN Plan for Your Mental Health: “Children who refuse to conform may be considered handicapped. According to a Teacher Training Manual from the National Training Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, ‘Although they appear to behave appropriately and seem normal by most cultural standards, they may actually be in need of mental health care in order to help them change, adapt, and conform to the planned society in which there will be no conflict of attitudes or beliefs.'”
Anarchist website targets Christians: “The American Family Association is likened to Afghanistan’s fundamentalist Taliban movement at the website infoshop.org, which describes itself as ‘your online anarchist community.’… It invites visitors to ‘join us as we kick some dirt into their graves, burying their hideous fascism once and for all.'” Matt 24:9
Redefining ‘terrorism’ threatens our liberty: “In the Dec. 17 Newsweek, Anna Quindlen draws first blood in her column ‘The Terrorists Here at Home.’ What ‘terrorists’ does she refer to? Abortion opponents, whom she characterizes as ultraviolent. Quindlen writes: ‘There’s no real ideological difference between these people and the people who flew planes into the World Trade Center….’ By blurry implication, she tars the entire pro-life movement as violent.” Luke 6:22-23
Christianity Under Siege: The Stones Cry Out: “Around the world, Christians not only are being subjected to name calling, they also are being denied basic rights. They are being killed or forcibly converted to Islam. In the United States they are one way or another being forced to convert to a brand of secular humanism gleaned from Hegel, Marx, Freud,Marcuse, Gramsci, Dewey, Maslow, Rogers and Darwin and the entire pantheon of secular gods. If they are not converted, they are silenced in a thousand subtle and not so subtle ways. …” See Preparing for Persecution, Luke 6:22-23 and The Mainstream Media
Christians a ‘hate group’ (link apparently obsolete): “Much of the manual prepared by President Bill Clinton’s attorney general, already used to indoctrinate an untold number of law enforcement agencies in this state, has stirred disquiet in the ranks of the West Virginia Family Foundation…. Under ‘hate group ideology’ identification, for instance, it is written, ‘Homophobia recently has been added to their agenda.’ …The same section identifies some hate-mongers as those who ‘blame the federal government, an international Jewish conspiracy or communism for most of this country’s problems.’
“Another catch phrase which has crept into the vocabulary of hate crime law advocates is ‘domestic terrorism.’ An 8-hour course, billboarded on the West Virginia State Police Academy, is titled simply ‘Domestic Terrorism,’ and topics advertised are ‘philosophies of hate and anti-government groups,’ and threats such people pose.” See Clinton’s War on Hate Bans Christian Values
The Enemy of The People? (After Oklahoma Bombing)
“Day after day, the media’s accusing pens pointed to suspected foes of American togetherness — those whose ‘enraged rhetoric’ had created a national ‘climate of hate and paranoia.’ … ‘Their coalition,” said Time, ‘included well known-elements of far-right thought: tax protesters, Christian homeschoolers, conspiracy theorists…’ All were implicated, for all had questioned the government’s growing control over local schools, private property, and personal lives.’… ”
We shouldn’t be surprised. The Bible tells us that ‘the whole world is under the control of the evil one,’ and he has always despised God and His people. Today, as our culture shifts to the global paradigm, political and educational ‘change agents’ are turning biblical values upside down.
“Emotional appeals work. It’s easier to shout, ‘Stop spreading hate!’ than to encourage rational debate. It’s more effective to discredit discerning citizens by linking them to violent anarchists than to give factual answers to legitimate questions. It’s quicker to invalidate unwanted information by tying it to wild speculations than to provide honest responses — especially when facts and truth would undermine the planned transformation.
“History has shown that nothing crushes well-informed resistance faster than well-planned disinformation and false accusations. Nothing unifies a nation faster than a common enemy. Hitler knew those lessons well. He had watched the Bolshevik Revolution. His book, Mein Kampf, explains the winning strategies to any future revolutionary. Notice his insight into group psychology:
‘The art of truly great popular leaders in all ages has consisted chiefly in not distracting the attention of the people, but concentrating always on a single adversary…. It is part of a great leader’s genius to make even widely separated adversaries appear as if they belonged to one category, because… the recognition of various enemies all too easily marks the beginning of doubt of one’s own rightness.’
“Hitler focused his fury on an influential, well educated ethnic group whose religious beliefs opposed his own.”It was a stroke of genius on the part of Hitler to find this common denominator in the Jew,’ explains the Encyclopaedia Britannica. ‘This enabled him to discover the Jew behind all his changing adversaries… in short, behind everybody and everything that at a given moment opposed his wishes or aroused his wrath.'” See Preparing for Persecution
From Mary Thompson: “…’absolutism] in the pursuit against ‘absolutism/fundamentalism’ is a contradiction in terms which seems to escape them. By lumping every profession of faith, without discernment, they create another form of absolutism of their own making. Their ‘fundamentalism’ is the denial of the existence of absolute Truth itself. They will use any militant ‘ism’ in the quest to denigrate fundamental Christianity, the real target.”
Megashift (by Jim Rutz): “Pew warmers are passé. They’re stuck at half past yesterday and simply are not ready for the high demands of the current explosion.” Page 87
“Why should we keep changing? Because the world is changing daily…. Old wineskins simply will not hold new wine.” 142
Finally, a memorable warning by Rev. Dr. Martin Niemoeller, written July 1, 1937. Niemoeller, a committed Christian pastor who refused to conform to Hitler’s rules for churches, was arrested by the Third Reich and probably tortured and killed within its cruel system for punishing dissenters.
“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up.”
Purpose-Driven Deception on a Global Scale
By Berit Kjos, 11-26-06
“When you write the best-selling book in the world for the last three years, that changes your life…. Ten percent of America’s churches have engaged in ’40 Days of Purpose’ programs, which have ‘spread’ to secular organizations, including sports teams and major corporations such as Ford, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola, not to mention the military.” RickWarren
“Dear Saddleback Family… This week I shared part of this message in New York City where I spoke at the United Nations, and also to The Council on Foreign Relations.” Group email to Saddleback sent by “Pastor Rick,” September 17, 2005.
“Dear Saddleback Family… No matter where I’ve been invited to speak – to Congress, to the Davos World Economic Forum, at Harvard and Oxford and Cambridge, to the United Nations, to the Foreign Affairs Council, from Rabbis at the University of Judaism to Muslim leaders in the Middle East, from Urban Gays to Rural Cowboys – my message is unchanged…” Group email to Saddleback sent by “Pastor Rick,” November 25, 2005. See also Warren’s personal bio
‘As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Oxford Analytica, I might know as much about the Middle East as you.” A letter from Rick Warren to Joseph Farah
“America’s Pastor” Rick Warren rarely misses an opportunity to highlight the sales of his books or the influence of his PEACE Plan. But his latest boast to Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily reveals a depth of deception that demands both a sober response and a public warning. And it begs answers to these puzzling questions:
Why would the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) invite a Christian Pastor to join its semi-secret, anti-Christian organization?
How might Rick Warren benefit the elite Oxford Analytica, a UK-based “strategic consulting firm” (according to CRF) that works with globalist power brokers such as J.P. Morgan, the Aspen Institute, the World Bank]?
What could drive Pastor Warren to lie and deny his taped dialogue with a Syrian Muslim leader?
First, let’s review some recent events. On November 13, Rick Warren met with Syria’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Badr al-Din Hassoun in Damascus. Their dialogue was publicized by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) in an article titled, “American Priest Says no Peace without Syria:”
“Rick Warren on Monday said… that 80 percent of the American people rejected what the US Administration is doing in Iraq and considered the US policy in the Mideast as wrong…. Warren expressed admiration of Syria and the coexistence he saw between Muslims and Christians, stressing that he will convey this image to his church and country.”
On November 16, WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah wrote,
“Rick Warren wrote to me this morning to protest this column. He claims he didn’t say anything he was actually quoted as saying by the official press in Syria. However, in a video… he says Syria ‘does not allow extremism of any kind.’ In fact, Syria is, in many ways, the No. 1 sponsor of terrorism in the world…. Here’s what the Syrian Arab News Agency reported: ‘…Pastor Warren hailed the religious coexistence, tolerance and stability that the Syrian society is enjoying due to the wise leadership of President al-Assad….'”
Despite contrary evidence, Warren proclaimed what the Syrian President al-Assad apparently told him. But the soon-to-follow assassination of Pierre Gemayel, a Christian anti-Syrian official in the Lebanese government — therefore a foe to the Syria-backed Hezbollah terrorists — should shatter those public illusions of tolerant coexistence.
Finally, in a startling expose on November 20, Joseph Farah wrote,
“I pointed out to Warren that WND had indeed attempted to contact him about his trip. No one from his Saddleback Church ever returned our calls the day the story broke. ‘I’m sure since you were warned in advance by the State Department that you took the precaution of recording your own words,’ I suggested in my response. ‘We look forward to seeing the transcripts.’…
“I really didn’t expect to hear back from Warren – but, a few minutes later, I did, with an absolutely stunning retort. He let me know he is a close friend of President Bush ‘and many, if not most, of the generals at the Pentagon.’ He also told me he did not tape anything while in Syria, ‘because it was a courtesy call, like I do in every country.’ Warren explained that he had also counseled with the National Security Council and the White House, as well as the State Department, before his little courtesy call…. ‘In fact, Warren added, ‘as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Oxford Analytica, I might know as much about the Middle East as you.’…
“Not one to let lies go unchallenged, I wrote back to Warren with a link to the YouTube video: ‘If you didn’t tape anything, what’s this?… It might be that Rick Warren, deep in the bush of Rwanda, never received those last questions, because he never responded – at least not in the last three days. He did, however, within minutes make sure the YouTube video he recorded independent of his meetings with the Syrian brown shirts was removed from the network.”
1. Why would the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) invite a Christian Pastor to join its secretive, anti-Christian organizations?
To understand the gravity of this unlikely partnership, let’s summarize the history of the CFR. The following excerpts from our article, “Real Conspiracies — Past and Present,” provide a glimpse of the ruling network of masterminds behind the curtains of contemporary governments:
Few have done more to expose this global agenda than Bill Clinton’s mentor, Carroll Quigley, an influential former history professor at the Foreign Service Schools of Georgetown University. Ponder this revelation from his 1300-page report, Tragedy and Hope:
“There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years, and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records…. [I]n general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown….”
Quigley’s next page describes the birth of The Council of Foreign Relations (CFR). A driving force behind today’s global transformation, CFR insiders have helped steer the course of the current shift from U.S. sovereignty to a regional union under the UN (like the European Union) with open borders between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. He writes,
“At the end of the war of 1914 [World War 1], it became clear that the organization of this [secret] system had to be greatly extended…. This front organization, called the Royal Institute of International Affairs, had as its nucleus in each area the existing submerged Round Table Group. In New York it was known as the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a front for J. P. Morgan and Company…. In fact, the original plans for the RoyalInstitute of International Affairs and The Council of Foreign Relations were drawn up at Paris.”
Rick Warren’s global PEACE Plan fits right into this rising New World Order. As we explained in Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and UN Goals – Part 2, this Communitarian system is based on partnerships and networks between government (public sector), business (private sector) and churches — the most useful member of civil society (social sector). But it’s never a partnership of equals, since governments wield both financial and standard-setting power. In the global arena, it intends to use the social sector (especially the global network of churches) to meet the needs of its promised welfare system.
Rick Warren seems more than happy to be the Pied Piper that ushers churches into the organizational web envisioned by the CFR — the guiding political force behind the visible global management system. [See “Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan – Part 1] 
2. How might Rick Warren benefit the elite Oxford Analytica?
He fits right into its agenda! Many of the same power brokers that steer the CFR are also guiding the Oxford Analytica. Its founder, David R. Young, provides this background information:
“…I joined the National Security Council staff as Kissinger’s Administrative Assistant in late 1969. During the next four years in the White House – until 1973 – I observed among other things how Kissinger made ample use of his own personal network of friends around the world…. I could not avoid a very simple idea, namely: ‘What a reservoir of talent: there must be a way of harnessing it, and becoming a bridge for it to reach the business and government worlds outside.’ At the centre of this vision was the conviction that people in authority – the world over – would more often than not make better decisions if they were to regularly receive the benefit of totally dispassionate and detached analyses on the significance and implications of world events….
“…with the help and encouragement of my old mentor at the Rockefellers, J. Richardson Dilworth, I tried the idea on David Rockefeller, then Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank; Walter Wriston, then head of Citibank… Robert Engle, then Treasurer of J.P. Morgan; and Sir Siegmund Warburg…. All of them felt the idea was sound and worth pursuing.”
Most of these mighty elites have chosen to live in the shadow of the mainstream media they control. Not so Rick Warren. Yet his global ambitions and magnetic leadership skills would serve them well, and Warren knows it. “Billions of people suffer each day from problems so big no government can solve them,” Warren told the cheering crowd at Los Angeles’ Angel Stadium back in 2005. “The only thing big enough to solve the problems of spiritual emptiness, selfish leadership, poverty, disease, and ignorance is the network of millions of churches all around the world.”
3. Why would Warren lie about his taped, much publicized dialogue with Syrian Muslim leader?
Like the CFR and the media it controls, Rick Warren has mastered the dialectic skill of speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He knows how to cloak worldly ambitions in words that resemble Biblical humility. He hides his emphasis on social collectivism behind Biblical words that promise oneness in Christ. And he promotes the Communitarian agenda while acknowledging the Kingdom of God.’
But balancing such opposites leads to problems. Those who try to please influencers in every camp are likely to prove unreliable and dishonest. And in this case, Warren was obviously trapped by his own purpose-driven propaganda. In Syria he spoke words that would please the Muslim, anti-American leadership. In America, he tried to hide the facts in order to please his American fans.
Of course, positive proclamations can’t cure the hatreds brewing in Syria. Now that Gemayel’s assassination has fueled that fire, the noble sentiments of popular visionaries sound hollow indeed. As Rick Warren’s “close friend” President Bush said,
“it exposed the ‘viciousness of those who are trying to destabilize the country’ and pledged to stand with Lebanon ‘in the face of attempts by Syria, Iran and their allies within Lebanon to foment instability and violence.”
Warren’s deceptions began years ago, when he first adapted his famous five purposes to a postmodern culture. The outline below shows his Biblical titles (click on the live links to see the Scriptures). But the practical expressions of those Biblical terms have been twisted to accommodate the human preferences indicated by surveys and marketing schemes.
1. Worship: Postmodern worship is designed to stir good feelings and collective zeal. It may echo Biblical words, but points to a positive and permissive God who will cheer our self-centered nature and excuse our unholy ways. It clashes with genuine expressions of Spirit-filled hearts that freely praise God without emotion-raising stimuli. (See Spirit-Led or Purpose-Driven)
2. Fellowship: Organized purpose-driven “fellowship” follows dialectical guidelines. Small group members are trained in unbiblical tolerance, feeling-based (not fact-based) “sharing,” and hostility toward “offensive” Biblical absolutes. In contrast, Biblical fellowship implies a gathering of genuine believers with a common delight in His Word, His will, and His holy ways.
“We’re all in this together,” said Rick Warren at the liberal Baptist World Alliance’s 2005 Congress. Baptists can “celebrate our diversity and celebrate our unity,” he continued. “I see absolutely zero reason in separating my fellowship from anybody.
3. Discipleship: Today’s purpose-driven leadership calls for submission and loyalty to “the group” and its postmodern social ethics — not to God and His Word. It demands collective thinking and “service learning.”
4. Ministry: The shape and structure of purpose-driven ministries are increasingly defined by new management gurus, personality assessments, community surveys, and group appeal, not by Biblical teaching nor God’s actual purposes.
5. Evangelism: Today’s soft, non-offensive gospel focuses on God’s supposed passionate appreciation for people who are naturally lovable, not on His loving mercy for depraved sinners. (See Ephesians 2:1-4) When “Christian” change agents train the masses to “think outside the box” of God’s unchanging Word, they blind people to the only truth that can set us free.
By thinking “outside” God’s guidelines, Rick Warren can justify all kinds of useful distortions and revisions of his original message. It allows him to speak one message to Christians — and a contrary message adapted to the world. This pragmatic flexibility is especially useful on non-Christian platforms. It enables him to focus on his global network and secular partnerships, while hiding or distorting the Biblical message.
Thus he can stress the need to network with influential unbelievers of any religion, ignoring God’s warnings concerning unbiblical partnerships. And he can freely bend God’s unchanging Word, claiming that Jesus sent his disciples out to find those useful influencers who would join their battle against the giants of poverty, AIDS and other social problems.
But Jesus didn’t tell them to fix the world. Instead He called them to preach the gospel and call people to repentance! In fact, Jesus warned his disciples (Matthew 24:35-44) that this evil world would be destroyed, not saved. All the more urgent is His message to those who “have ears to hear.”
“…if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:9-10
2. Joseph Farah, “Megapastor Rick Warren’s Damascus Road experience,” WND, 11-20-06 at www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53030. See also Oxford Analytica membership list at www.oxan.com/about/who/internationaladvisoryboard.asp
4. “American Priest (Rick Warren) Says no Peace without Syria,” The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), November 13, 2006. http://www.sana.sy/eng/21/2006/11/13/85205.htm
5. Joseph Farah, “The purpose-driven lie,” WorldNetDaily, November 16, 2006. www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52969
6. Roula Khalaf, “Beirut murder puts spotlight on Syria,” 11-21-06. www.ft.com/cms/s/44580826-7993-11db-90a6-0000779e2340.html
11. Oxford Analytica at www.oxan.com/about/history.asp
12. Mark Kelly, “P.E.A.C.E. Plan: A Worldwide Revolution, Warren Tells Angel Stadium Crowd,” 4-20-05. www.purposedrivenlife.com/absolutenm3/templates/articles.aspx?articleid=981&zoneid=25
14. Dion Nissenbaum, “As Lebanon mourns Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, left, demonstrators, officials place blame on neighbor Syria,” McClatchy Jerusalem Bureau, 11-22-06.www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/16073576.htm
15. The Baptist World Alliance, Baptist Congress Today, 7-30-05. www.bwanet.org/Congress/congresstoday29f.htm
[Article Reprinted with Permission]
by Bert Kjos 2003
Original Source: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/006/pd-deception.htm