Apostasy of Rick Warren

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2nd Timothy 3:5

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The Common Denominator

Posted by susanb99 on April 6, 2008

“I have discovered one great common denominator in every growing church, regardless of denomination or location: leadership that is not afraid to believe God. Growing churches are led by leaders who expect their congregation to grow. They are people of faith who believe the promises of God, even in discouraging times.” – Rick Warren

This quote seems on the surface to be positive, uplifting, and encouraging. One should always compare a person’s words to scripture for verification.

Let’s define the terminology:

growing church — a church that has more people attending now on a Sunday morning than it did five years ago.

leadership — those who are in charge of “growing” the church including, but not limited to, pastors, group facillitators, worship/art/creative staff, general church staff.

people of faith — any person who believes in a God, a higher force, or group of gods.

promises of God — scripture in the Bible (or quotes from other sources) that are only “positive” reflections of God’s power in people’s lives. NOTE: Does not include persecution

What do purpose-driven churches believe? Nothing and everything. Purpose-driven churches are defined as Methodist, Charismatic, Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, what-have-you, and perhaps eventually a few satanic church thrown in to make it “interesting”.

What does the Bible say:

growing church — Acts 2:47 “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”  That’s how Jesus Christ’s church is grown. No one comes to God except the Holy Spirit draws him/her.

leadership — Matthew 20:16 “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”  Leaders are not the ones with the bigger offices, bigger paychecks and/or higher prestige.

people of faith — Faith in what? Noah was obedient, had faith in God and was commended for it in Hebrews 11:7. He was also ineffective according to purpose-driven, seeker-friendly standards. No one except his family took refuge in the ark. “People of Faith” means nothing if they don’t have faith in the one true God whose Son is Jesus Christ.

promises of God – God’s promises include the good AND the bad — the bad according to how the world believes. Promises of God do not equal “positives of God”.

This is what Rick Warren actually is saying:

Any CEO or “person in charge” who believes in a higher force and can get more people to come to their church on a regular basis, promoting only the “positive” texts from any “positive” source, those people are doing a whiz-bang job!

The common denominator in the purpose-driven movement is the complete lack of God’s power and glory. In Rick Warren’s world, all the power and glory belongs to purpose-driven…

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  2nd Timothy 3:5

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