02 March 2012

Rick Warren Responds to Newspaper Article

In the interest of attempting to, as best as possible, provide all sides of a story, the reader may be interested to know that Ed Stetzer has posted on his blog an interview with Rick Warren. This interview seeks to address the recent controversy that has arisen from the publication of this article in the Orange County Register. If you would like to read the transcript of this interview, please visit Stetzer's blog here.

The interview contains multiple statements that might be examined further. Perhaps stay tuned for a response, either from myself, or from another more eloquent writer who is able to tackle the topic first.

Rick Warren Categorically Denies OC Register Report


  1. "...please visit Stetzer's blog here." No thank you, I do not trust him nor do I trust Rick Warren, even if he says all the right things when it suits. There is something fishy going on here.

  2. Thanks for this. I had read the article and I just read the answer from Warren. I'm glad Mr Warren took the time to address the concerns. However, his denials do not put to rest my own concerns.

    At Obama's inauguration, Mr Warren prayed in the name of Isa, as well as Yeshua, Jesus and Jesus (Spanish pronunciation). You can read it in its entirety here

    The last three are language variations of the same name referring to the same God- the resurrected Jesus son of God who is God. However, Isa is the Muslim name for a personage who is not God, who was not resurrected, is a prophet who arrives on earth at a time when there is much tribulation during the last days, operates as a second in command to the Final Imam, is actually a false god who recants His own death on the cross, breaks the cross, and kills his children.

    Quran sura 43 says that Isa (Jesus) says: I have come unto you with wisdom, and to make plain some of that concerning which ye differ. So keep your duty to Allah, and obey me. Lo! Allah, He is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him. This is a right path..."

    Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 43 says of Isa: Kitab-ul-`Ilm (Book of Knowledge), Hâdith Number 656:
    Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax."

    THIS is the Isa to whom Mr Warren prayed. I was hoping at the time that his understanding of the difference would later cause him to recant his prayer or repent, but he never has. His prayer broke the first commandment, and in very public way.

  3. Anonymous, simply reading Stetzer's article does not mean that you have to trust it, believe it or accept it as truth. However, it is difficult to respond to an issue when you refuse to even acknowledge both sides of the situation.

    I hope there is no misunderstanding here. I have only posted this as a means of passing along information. Mr. Warren has been courteous enough to provide this "interview" as a means of responding to a controversial article. Whether we agree with what he has said or not, it behooves us to at the very least acknowledge the response. That is all that this brief post sought to do. It is in no way an endorsement of Rick Warren or Ed Stetzer.

  4. Thanx. Keep on truckin' I'm still not going to Stetzer blog to read what Warren says. It may turn up somewhere else where I can read it but I am not reading it on his blog or any of Warren's sites.

  5. Warren is a chameleon switching his colors constantly to match his audience colors and sticking his forked tongue from both sides of his mouth slimy mouth. He is a false teacher and "false anointed" - (ψευδοχριστοι pseudochristos) the very type about which Lord of Glory gave warning in recorded in Matthew 24:24.

  6. Who is Mr Stetzer?

    I began to read the the brief response by Warren to Mr Stetzer and then I stopped. Yes, it is fair to let Warren Respond. I don't believe Mr Warren deserves to be listened to to be honest with you. He should earn it~

    However, the lack of respect, courtesy and stonewalling Warren gave to Mr Hinch was unwarranted.

    Mr Warren over the past several years has belied himself several times with his actions that do not line up with what he says.

    Just like Jesus said, "you will recognize them by their FRUIT"

  7. So which is it??? Why didn't he preach "The Gospel" to the 5000 Muslims he spoke to? Now that he and Stetzer are singing kumbaya, what are all the people who have believed he was a false teacher supposed to think.
    Erin, I know you are just posting the article so my question is not to you. Gee whiz, this is getting really strange. So who is telling the truth? Was it someone else, or did Rick Warren host some conference not to long ago that had Dr. Oz and some other Newagers speak.
    I think that Rick warren is the master of the Hegelian Dialectic.

  8. Found it! Rick Warren's conference on the Decade of Destiny. It is posted here on this blog.
    So let's proceed carefully.
    Check out what the hegelian dialectic is. Paul Proctor wrote years ago on this in an article about Rick Warren.
    Hope this helps those who are trying to figure this out.

  9. I apologize for coming across rudely in any way. I meant to ask kindly who is Mr. Stetzer in relation to being someone to be trusted or not trustworthy.

    Also, maybe I was out of line in the fact that as Christians we should listen to Rick Warren because that's how God's children should be in showing respect because of our love for Christ not necessarily that the person deserves it.

  10. Pam,
    You've expressed the same questions that I and many others are asking. I suspect that very few people are actually "buying" the statements Warren made in this interview.

    Thank you for your apology, but rest assured that, speaking for myself, I did not view your previous comment as rude or disrespectful. :)

  11. With all due respect EB, it was not courteous on Warrens part at all. He waited a week to respond, and then chose someone who couldn't be friendlier to "answer" to. He proceeded to swipe the reporter in a sideways manner. He is engaging in newspeak. I do however, appreciate the fact that you are just passing this along.

  12. Perhaps I should have typed courteous as *courteous* to indicate a touch of sarcasm...

  13. Thanks EBenz, I had a very bad headache last nite and sometimes if I respond to comments with pain I'm not very nice. I reread my comment and it just seemed like I was not kind with the "who is Stetzer" but short tempered.

    I think we all know how crafty Warren is

    I think of verses in Proverbs for people like Rick Warren that say,

    Pro 26:24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.
    Pro 26:25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.

  14. ~“Only a select number of people were invited to the dinner. A document one year in the making was presented which encourages Christians and Muslims to “appreciate the similarities of our faiths.”

    “Appreciate the similarities of our faith”??? —There are NONE! On top of that there’s only ONE Faith-Ephesians –Eph.4:5 and it is "THE FAITH that was once for all given to the saints"-Jude 1:3.

    Also for Rick Warren to just skip the first and greatest commandment from the very lips of Jesus Christ our Lord to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind" and the second is like it love your neighbor as yourself" and then pluck out the verse “love your neighbor” as common faith between Muslims and Christians is grossly misrepresented and egregiously taking the whole verse out of its entire context.

    To ignore the First and greatest commandment nullifies the 2nd because "All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." -Mat.22:40.

    Rick has nullified the word of God for the sake of his traditions-Mark 7:5

    Rick doesn’t either get it or is perfidious when it comes to Fearing God.

    “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”=Pr.9:15

  15. The chameleon strikes again! Do we see any message about the sinner, repentance and belief in Jesus as LORD and Savior? Somehow this deceiver will convince people as an "angel of light" does.

    This is just another Warren ploy and of course we see Piper's tweet affirming this ecumenical wolf!

    Don't believe what you read.. hold it up against scripture. This wolf knows how to use "snippets" of scripture to suit his purpose-driven P.E.A.C.E. agenda. BLAH!!!

  16. I don't tweet. But decided to look up the latest tweets by John Piper and came across this~

    John Piper ‏ @JohnPiper

    "Thank you, Ed Stetzer and Rick Warren. Keep talking straight and clear. dsr.gd/zmkLL7"

    How do you like that

  17. Thanks for the tip, JM. Piper continues to show us where he stands...

  18. Warren is a liar and a fraud. When he gets caught he tries to sound Evangelical. However, the consistent history of Warren is that he's a smiling wolf in sheep's clothing. He doesn't know the Gospel, but he sure knows social justice (aka liberation theology). He's a universalist too, as well as being inter-faith and pro-Roman Catholic and Islam. He prayed in the name of "Issa" at Obama's inauguration--the Muslim prophet--a man who never even existed, yet Warren clearly thinks he's Jesus! He committed blasphemy that day (among many). So nope, he does the Texas Two-Step well enough for gullible fans of Warren to accept, but I won't be fooled. He's no brother in Christ--rather, he is a heretic that should've been utterly rejected years ago.

  19. I just might add also that Warren signed the inter-faith "A Christian Response To 'A Common Word Between Us and You'", which states in part:


    What is common between us lies not in something marginal nor in something merely important to each. It lies, rather, in something absolutely central to both: love of God and loveof neighbor. Surprisingly for many Christians, your letter considers the dual command of love to be the foundational principle not just of the Christian faith, but of Islam as well. That so much common ground exists – common ground in some of the fundamentals of faith – gives hope that undeniable differences and even the very real external pressures that bear down upon us can not overshadow the common ground upon which we stand together. That this common ground consists in love of God and ofneighbor gives hope that deep cooperation between us can be a hallmark of the relations between our two communities.

    Love of God
    We applaud that A Common Word Between Us and You stresses so insistently the unique devotion to one God, indeed the love of God, as the primary duty of every believer. God alone rightly commands our ultimate allegiance. When anyone or anything besides God commands our ultimate allegiance – a ruler, a nation, economic progress, or anything else –we end up serving idols and inevitably get mired in deep and deadly conflicts.

    Love of Neighbor
    We find deep affinities with our own Christian faith when A Common Word Between Us and You insists that love is the pinnacle of our duties toward our neighbors.

    We applaud when you state that “justice and freedom of religion are a crucial part” of the love of neighbor.

    Since Muslims seek to love their Christian neighbors, they are not against them, the document encouragingly states. Instead, Muslims are with them.

    End quote.

    This is just a smattering of the nonsense of that document. Clearly no one who wrote that letter nor signed it, did their homework on Islam nor understands Scripture.

    I have two words to demonstrate how utterly ridiculous that letter is: quran burning. Consider their irrational reaction to something that was purportedly done without malice. How's that for love and justice and tolerance of the West? They can't love their neighbors without first being justified by the thrice Holy God (Rom. 5:1-5). But this is indeed what Warren has consistently defended and participated in--promotion of Islam.

  20. Yes, I think it's been sufficiently established in this comment string and others that Warren's recent words contradict past behavior. His involvement with the "Common Word" document has also been addressed ad naseum.

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing your thoughts. Comments are now closed.