Apostasy of Rick Warren

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How To Catch A Fish…

Posted by susanb99 on November 19, 2007

November 19, 2007 — Here’s a quote:

To catch fish, learn to think like them
by Rick Warren

If you’re going to be good at fishing, you’ve got to learn to think like a fish. If you’re going to be an effective fisher of men, you’ve got to think like a lost person. Here’s the problem. Unfortunately, the longer you are a Christian, the less you think like an unbeliever. I don’t think like a non-Christian; I think like a Christian. In fact, I think like a pastor. That’s even worse! It’s two generations removed from the people I want to reach.

And here are some even better, more defining, quotes:

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4

…he [Jesus] saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him… he saw James…and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them: and they left … and went after him. Mark 1

…he [Jesus] said unto Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” ..And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake…. And Jesus said unto Simon, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” Luke 5

Think like a fish?? What’s described in the New Testament is NET FISHING. Rick Warren has his mind on BAIT FISHING, but bait fishing is not found in the Bible, at least not as an analogy for the Great Commission — preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pastors have tried for years to motivate people to obey Jesus’ command and “fish”. One pastor put on waders for his sermon illustration, with a fishing reel, bait, the whole bit. He REALLY wanted his congregants to get the point.

Or how about the sermons about choosing the right bait. The fish, called the “unchurched” in today’s churches, will only be attracted to the best bait. They don’t just jump into your boat, you have to make an effort to catch them. The “bait” in today’s seeker-sensitive, mamby-pamby churches is EXTREMELY important. Short one-hour services, light-hearted sermons, latte cart in the “lobby”, fun activities for all ages, and classes/small groups for every malady and whim: drug addiction, single life, infidelity, hiking, dancing, Beanie Babies (yes, we had a Beanie Babies small group in our purpose-driven church).

Warren believes Christians should think like a fish, the unbelievers. No scriptural reference is offered, just his OPINION. A very weak, apathetic opinion – one that is not grounded, or even close, to the Word of God.

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