Warren is also hosting a presidential forum to discuss issues with Barack Obama and John McCain, neither of whom have a biblical testimony of salvation nor care two cents for biblical concerns.
This is part of Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan, which aims to overcome the five “global giants” of “Spiritual Emptiness, Self-serving Leadership, Poverty, Disease, and Ignorance (or Illiteracy).”
For authority for his interfaith ventures, Warren quotes Matthew 10:11 in the wildly unreliable paraphrase called The Message. Warren says, “When you go into a village, you find the man of peace. If he accepts, and he’s open, and he’s receptive and he’s willing to work with you, you start your ministry there.”
In fact, Warren is not obeying Matthew 10 in any sense. Christ did not say to find a “man of peace” but to find one “who is worthy.” He was referring merely to someone who would be willing to show hospitality to Christ’s disciples. Further, the commission in Matthew 10:5-14 is obviously not for today, because Christ instructed the disciples to preach only to Jews. Further, they were to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead; they were to take no money with them or even a change of clothing; and they were to shake the dust off their feet and pronounce the most horrible judgment upon those who refused to believe their message.
Rick Warren does not obey ANY of this.
The church’s commission is in Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; and Acts 1:8, and it says nothing about working with “men of peace” of various religious persuasions, nor does it say anything about a global social-justice program. The apostle Paul condemned Warren’s interfaith policy in the strongest possible terms in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
The Bible says the church is to be the pillar and ground of the truth in this dark world (1 Timothy 3:15). By receiving unbelieving men who worship false gods and false christs and false gospels and giving them a forum to voice their unscriptural opinions, Rick Warren has turned the church into the pillar and ground of confusion, and you can be sure that he will answer to Almighty God for it.
Where are all of the “conservative” Southern Baptist preachers who should be lifting their voices against this wickedness? I also want to hear them condemn Billy Graham’s ecumenical evangelism, but I won’t hold my breath.
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