16 May 2010

Getting Relevant with Rick Warren

Few "pastors" can twist Scripture as skillfully as can lead Purpose-Driven pastor goat-herder Rick Warren. A couple of his Sunday morning "tweets" include:
"The large crowd listened to Him WITH DELIGHT" Mk12:37 Christlike preaching is always Attractive(big crowd) & Interesting
Hm...may want to check that verse in context there, Rick. I feel really bad for all of those pastors of small churches who get up and preach the actual Gospel each week. Are we to assume that they are not engaging in "Christlike preaching" simply because their congregation is a small one? Seems to me the smaller the crowd, the bigger the chance that the truth is actually being preached! And let's not forget the story in John 6, following Christ's "Bread of Life" discourse, when many of His followers left Him upon hearing the TRUTH.

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. (John 6:60-66, ESV)
But perhaps my favorite Warren quote of the morning was the following:
Jesus always taught the truth. But he chose the truth THAT specific audience needed at THAT moment. It was relevant truth.
Uh-huh. So am I to believe that the truth that Jesus spoke to "THAT specific audience" at "THAT moment" is not relevant to me today? Then why bother with the Bible, "pastor"? I'm waiting for the next tweet to tell me that truth is not only relevant, it's also relative. 


  1. Sadly, the problem is with our church leadership who don't have the discernment themselves, let alone be able to warn their flocks against the likes of Warren. I've visited churches for various reasons with friends, and all have Warren's purpose-drivel books on their shelves. Sad, very sad indeed.

  2. I keep telling people that the gate is small and the way is narrow and there are very few who find it. That alone should make one question about all the mega churches with huge flocks. Which path are they on...the narrow or broad? Rick's face on their shelves is a pretty good indication. So sad.


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