Rick Warren

Do the words and actions of Rick Warren leave you concern? Is what he is saying / writing and doing  truly line up with scripture?

Read the following and watch the videos then decide.

When and where will Rick Warren stop in his rebellious apostate practices of interfaith ecumenicalism, promoting mysticism, and bringing anti Biblical practices into the church.

It is clear that Rick Warren has been softening the soil for spiritual deception. His latest move is called "The Daniel Plan", which should convince the skeptic as to where he is leading the church.

Rick Warren Teams Up with New Age Advocate Oprah Winfrey

 In an article written by former New Ager and astrologer Marcia Montenegro gives us a clear indication about what kind of pastor Rick Warren truly is.

"I watched the 3 hours of live taping on Oprah’s Life class. I

Rick Warren has had New Age Dr. Oz at his church (along with a supposedly Christian doctor who also endorses some New Age practices), I was hoping he (RW) would somehow give the gospel in the midst of his motivational advice, but he never did. He used the imagery of a poker game to explain we are dealt certain cards, and then gave a teaching on this that sounded like moralistic self-help programs I’ve heard so many times, throwing in a few Bible quotes taken out of context or misquoted. It was something almost any New Ager could accept. God becomes a tool for self-improvement and success.

Warren referred to Jesus, but took scripture out of context and applied things said to believers to everyone. He also misused the Proverbs passage that says “as a man thinketh, so is he.” This passage is a famous passage misused by New Thought proponents and is used in “The Secret.”

What was really hard to watch is when a woman in Norway Skyped to say she realized she needed God but wanted to know who God is and she asked, “What should I do?” It was clear that she was ripe to hear the gospel and needed Jesus! It was a great opportunity to share the gospel with her, and at the same time, for Oprah to hear it. Instead of giving the gospel, Rick Warren seemed uncomfortable and finally just said something like, ‘Go to God and find your purpose.” It was a terrible moment! The woman looked surprised and sad, like she was expecting something else. I prayed for her later and am hoping that the many Christians who witnessed this will pray for her.

Not only that, but when Oprah referred to God, as she often did, Rick Warren agreed with her as though she was referring to the biblical God, which she was not. He even said a few times, “Oprah has a good point.” No, she never did! She was speaking totally out of her New Thought/New Age beliefs. I am grateful that RW recommended that people read the gospel of John. That was the best thing he said. [4]

Published: Feb. 23, 2012 Updated: March 12, 2012 2:26 p.m.

Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims

Through years of outreach, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren is part of an effort named King's Way that's attempting to bring evangelical Christians and Muslims together.

Sami M. Angawi, left, talks with Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, right, at the Islamic Society of North America's 46th annual convention on July 4, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

By JIM HINCH / FOR THE REGISTER

The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America's most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The effort, informally dubbed King's Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed 8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C.

Saddleback worshippers have invited Muslims to Christmas dinner and played interfaith soccer at a picnic in Irvine attended by more than 300 people. (The game pitted pastors and imams against teens from both faiths. The teens won.)

The effort by a prominent Christian leader to bridge what polls show is a deep rift between Muslims and evangelical Christians culminated in December at a dinner at Saddleback attended by 300 Muslims and members of Saddleback's congregation.

At the dinner, Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles, introduced King's Way as "a path to end the 1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians."

The men presented a document they co-authored outlining points of agreement between Islam and Christianity. The document affirms that Christians and Muslims believe in "one God" and share two central commandments: "love of God" and "love of neighbor." The document also commits both faiths to three goals: Making friends with one another, building peace and working on shared social service projects. The document quotes side-by-side verses from the Bible and the Koran to illustrate its claims.

"We agreed we wouldn't try to evangelize each other," said Turk. "We'd witness to each other but it would be out of 'Love Thy Neighbor,' not focused on conversion."

Saddleback representatives declined to make Warren available for comment. Tom Holladay, associate senior pastor at Saddleback, said the outreach to Muslims is part of Saddleback's PEACE Plan, a wide-ranging effort to solve major world problems by mobilizing governments, businesses and faith communities.

"This is us serving our own community with Muslims here in Orange County," said Holladay. "We realize we don't agree about everything and we're very open about that. ... You just recognize the differences and recognize the points where you can work together."

Warren has faced criticism from some evangelicals for his outreach to Muslims. Late last year, he issued a statement flatly denying rumors that he promulgates what critics term "Chrislam," a merging of Islam and Christianity.

The "rumor is 100 percent false," Warren wrote at Pastors.com, a website he founded that provides practical advice to church leaders. "My life and ministry are built on the truth that Jesus is the only way, and our inerrant Bible is our only true authority."

Polls show that evangelicals are 30 percent more likely than other Christians to hold a negative view of Islam, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Polls also show that evangelicals overwhelmingly favor converting Muslims to Christianity and are more likely to believe that Islam encourages violence.

Warren has repeatedly encouraged evangelicals to set aside such views, arguing that Christians are obliged to treat everyone with love and respect, regardless of faith.

"I don't know if you have noticed this, but God likes variety," Warren told an audience of 8,000 Muslims at a Washington, D.C. convention in 2009, according to a transcript published by the religion news website beliefnet. "People of all beliefs (can) be, and discuss, and, yes, even disagree, without demeaning or debasing each other."

Warren's outreach to Muslims stems directly from his church's location in multiethnic Orange County, home to 170,000 Muslims. For 12 years Warren has lived next door to Yasser Barakat, a Muslim from Syria who worships at a Mission Viejo mosque four miles down the road from Saddleback. The Trabuco Canyon neighbors were friends for years before Barakat realized he lived next door to a world-famous Christian pastor.

When Barakat discovered who Warren was, he invited his neighbor to learn more about Islam. "I was talking to him over the fence," Barakat said. "I said, 'Rick, why don't you go to Syria with me? He said, 'Sure, let's talk about it. Let's do it.' "

Warren traveled with Barakat to Syria in 2006, and Warren and his wife, Kay, began attending Iftar meals at the Mission Viejo mosque. Iftar is the evening meal Muslims eat after fasting all day during the holy month of Ramadan. Invitations followed to address Muslim conferences in Long Beach, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

"We understand that to some people in the religious community these events may be difficult to swallow," said Yassir Fazaga, imam at the Mission Viejo mosque. "But I believe that we have to begin somewhere and just begin to reach out and be accessible to people when they ask about who we are."

Gwynne Guibord, an ordained Episcopal priest and co-founder of a Los Angeles outreach group that fosters relationships between churches and mosques nationwide, said Saddleback's effort is unprecedented. "I'm not aware of any other evangelical church reaching out to the Muslim community," she said.

Guibord said that when she and Jihad Turk co-founded the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group in 2006, they sent invitations to mosques, the Catholic archdiocese and a variety of mainline Protestant denominations throughout Southern California, but not to evangelical churches.

"I think that many evangelicals feel a mandate to convert people to Christianity," Guibord said. Because the Consultative Group was founded to respond to increasing antagonism between the two faiths, "we would not have made headway" if one side was trying to convert the other, she said. Now, she said, it might be possible to include evangelicals in her group's work.

Turk said the relationship between Saddleback and Muslims, though still in its infancy, has already produced results. "People (at the December dinner) were talking about the bonds they've formed and they were crying," he said. Both sides realized they shared misconceptions about each other's faith.

"We did a quiz at the Christmas dinner," Turk said, "asking basic questions about Islam or Christianity with the scriptures, the Koran or the Bible. And both sides were missing it.... It's an education for everyone."

Barakat said he continues to know Warren as a man who literally loves his neighbor. Barakat said his children could always count on Warren to buy the candy or magazine subscriptions they sold door-to-door for school fundraisers. The Warrens have hosted Barakat's family at a Christmas dinner, he said.

"He calls me his Muslim brother," Barakat said. "It all started with a friendship." [5]

Update - Rick Warren Daniel Plan Now includes Meditation and Hypnosis as stated on Saddleback website. The following is an excerpt from his website describing the "Brain Type Action Plans" as prescribe by By Daniel G. Amen, MD.
Type 5: ANXIOUS

People with this type tend use food or other substances to medicate underlying feelings of anxiety, tension, nervousness, and fear. They may be plagued by feelings of panic, fear, and self-doubt, and suffer physical symptoms of anxiety, such as muscle tension, nail biting, headaches, abdominal pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and sore muscles.

People with this type tend to predict the worst and look to the future with fear. They may be excessively shy, easily startled, and freeze in emotionally charged situations.

Brain SPECT findings for this type include:

Increased activity in the basal ganglia, which is commonly caused by low levels of the calming neurotransmitter GABA.


Action Plan

Learn how to Kill the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts).
Meditation (go to the Relaxation Room for meditation sessions).
Hypnosis (go to the Relaxation Room for hypnosis sessions).
Diaphragmatic breathing.
Relaxing music.
Intense exercise (see the Body Gym for more on exercise).
A balanced diet between protein and complex carbohydrates (see Recipes & Tips and Tana's Tips for recipes and more).
Fish oil, such as Omega-3 Power.
Optimize vitamin D level.
Dietary supplements such as GABA, B6, magnesium and lemon balm found in GABA Calming Support. [2]

Is Rick Warren and the pastoral leadership so blind that they have no clue as to what they are doing or is there truly something else at work here? Where is  the discernment at Saddleback?

In answering the question 'WHY DID SADDLEBACK CHURCH CHOOSE TO USE THESE DOCTORS, WHO HAVE BEEN LINKED TO OTHER BELIEFS'' on the FAQ, Brandon Cox of Saddleback gives the following response:

One is force to ask why is this deception being practiced by Saddleback's pastoral staff? How can they with a straight face say what they have said in their FAQ about the Daniel Plan and then in practice violate scripture as they are doing as it pertains to meditation recommended by these doctors. Why is it that so few - relatively speaking - appear to be blind as to the blatant deception being perpetrated by the leadership of Saddleback church? 

Rick Warren Daniel Plan Leaders

Warren has said this will be the decade of destiny. He has kicked it off with the "The Daniel Plan - God's Prescription for Your Health". This program will taught by a Dr. Amen, Dr Hyman and Dr Oz. Warren has describe them with the following heading "The Leading Health Specialist in America".

Rick Warren again is opening the doors and building bridges to occultic eastern mysticism within the church now its with is "Daniel Plan". According to Warren, Saddleback church will be a “test community” to show the world how to live “healthy and sustainably.”

There is no doubt that some of those who will participate in the Daniel Plan will become participants and followers of the new age occultic practices of doctors Amen, Hyman, and Oz as part of their maintaining good health, by the fact that Warren has allowed them to be part of his ministry via the Daniel Plan has now provided them validation in the Christian community. This also provides the risks of validating their practices of  transcendental meditation, yoga, etc., as part of a healthy lifestyle that leads to what Warren has called  “healthy and sustainably.
 
The most important thing that
 Rick Warren neglects to tell you is the spiritual background of these men. Their background are:

Dr AmenA professing Christian recommends in his book "Making A Good Brain Great", on page 168, a active form of yoga  form of meditation known as Kirtan Kriya, [3] also known as the SA TA NA MA meditation. He also advocates tantric sex (click here for more)
 
Dr Hyman -  professing Christian that promotes 'yoga nidra', 'meditation', and 'tai qi quan' and 'qi gong'. Which is stated in is book The UltraMind solution. Following are the excerpts from the book.


Dr Oz - Is a Muslim who practices Sufi Islam and Transcendental Meditation. His wife follows the works of the Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedenborgianism), which is also revered by Sufi Muslims because of the similarities on a philosophical level. The audio below is of Dr. Oz saying he is Muslim and explaining his personal spiritual world view in a interview with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr..

Audio

 Dr Oz is also a promoter of Reiki (ray key). "rei" meaning universal spirit and "ki" meaning life energy. This form of Japanese healing was discovered by Dr. Usui Reiki Ryoho during a "mystical experience" atop Mount Kurama in Japan in 1922. Although Dr. Usui is said to have been a Buddhist who was studying Christianity.

According to the Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 9, 2010 the following was mentioned

Dr. Mehmet Oz Declares Reiki as His #1 Alternative Medicine Secret

"If Dr. Mehmet Oz is talking about Reiki, all of America is talking about it and looking for ways to learn about it.” Reiki Master Rose De Dan says that with health being at the top of people’s 2010 resolution list, learning Reiki is a great next step to take, and offers six tips on how to choose the right training."

Accord to the article, " Reiki is a non-invasive form of energy medicine that balances the body, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, enabling the body to do what it does best -- heal itself. De Dan explains, “Reiki assists in accelerating healing from injury/illness, promotes relaxation and stress reduction, reduces or eliminates pain. Reiki strengthens the immune system, assists in clearing emotional or physical trauma, and offers quality of life support for those who are aging or in hospice care. Knowing Reiki is like having your own personal healing kit at your fingertips.”

The effects of this behavior are obvious, (1) he is diminishing the authority of God’s word. (2) he has and is building bridges for evil (wolves / tares) to enter the sheep fold. (3) Warren actions are deepening the divide among the body of Christ which is what error does.

Watch the video of Dr Oz, the man whom Rick Warren will use in his “Daniel Plan”, as he practices Transcendental Meditation with New Age guru Deepak Chopra.   

 

The Five Fundamentals of the Faith

(1) the inerrancy of the Bible, (2) the Virgin Birth and the deity of Jesus, (3) the belief that Jesus died to redeem mankind's sin and that salvation resulted through faith in Jesus, (4) the physical resurrection of Jesus, and (5) the imminent Second Coming of Jesus.

Is this what Rick Warren calls "...
legalistic, narrow view of Christianity ..." or are they part of essential Christian doctrine with eternal relevance?  

Davos World Economic 2008

I have listen to the following video several times and it utterly amazes me that Rick Warren is espousing the belief that religious faiths (Islam, Buddhism, etc.)  working together can solve the Worlds Problems (Global Giants has he calls them).

In DAVOS 2008 Warren espouses the following:

“There are major problems on our planet. I call them the global giants. They affect not millions of people but billions of people, pandemic diseases, extreme poverty, illiteracy, corruption, global warming, spiritual emptiness. We cannot solve these problems without involving people of faith and their religious institution. Now I have been coming to DAVOS for some time and we always talk about partnerships and I'm in favor partnerships but we have been missing the third leg of the stool. When we talk about partnerships at DAVOS we basically talk about public and private or public being government and non government organizations and private being for profit organizations.  A one legged stool will fall over and a two legged stool will fall over. You have to have three legs and the third leg of the stool are the people representing faiths represented on this staged and others..... Churches synagogues and temples have a role only they can do.”

  • Not once did Rick Warren mention that we are in need of a savior and that sin is the result of the evil we see in the world affected by the global giants.

  • Rick's Warren view of the world's future and solutions to its problem is religious pluralism which he mentions is the third leg of the stool.. For some reason he espouses the lie through his actions and words that the answer to the Global Giants(pandemic diseases, extreme poverty, illiteracy, corruption, global warming, spiritual emptiness.) of the world will come about through the working together of the worlds faiths (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, etc.).

    God has never blessed a union where his people have involved themselves in joint pursuits with pagan religions. This is a clear violation of the "First Commandment" (Ex 20:3) and the commandment "not to be bound together with unbelievers(2 Cor 6:14-18).  Yet for some reason Rick Warren is trying to persuade the church and those outside of the church that different faiths working together, can solve the worlds "Global Giants".  The worlds problems will continue to increase and intensify regardless of the cooperation of the worlds religions, reaching its crescendo in the Great Tribulation. Man in his fallen state cannot solved these global issues.

    The final and only solution will come about through the person of Jesus Christ in the Millennium, not by interfaith cooperation. Warren actions depict one who is either deceived or in intentional rebellion against God.

Why is Rick more concern about working together by involving people of interfaith persuasion and their religious institutions (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian) to solve the worlds problems as opposed to sharing Christ with those who do not know him?  

Is Rick Warren misleading millions while claiming to have the answer to the Worlds problems- Global giants? Which by the way his answer doesn't appear to be Jesus of the Bible. He instead opts for the cooperation of the worlds system of governments, profit organizations and religious globalization - especially in the area of interfaith globalization

In the following video Warren espouses the following:

“There are major problems on our planet. I call them the global giants. They affect not millions of people but billions of people, pandemic diseases, extreme poverty, illiteracy, corruption, global warming, spiritual emptiness. We cannot solve these problems without involving people of faith and their religious institutions.“

No where does Rick Warren mentions Jesus as the solution to the Worlds problems, particularly that of "spiritual emptiness." He instead offers the  solutions of (1) secular government, (2) secular corporations (non profit, for profit) and (3) religious pluralism all represented as the three legged stool solution (see edited version of video). Is Rick promoting religious pluralism? 

Will the worlds problems now be solved by including the institutions of the world's system who are by their very nature antagonistic toward Christ and of Biblical truth in general. 


Can
spiritual emptiness be solved through religious pluralism  by "involving  people of faith and their religious institutions? or is this only possible through Christ (John 6:35; John 8:12; John 14:6)?

Is this a denial of the sufficiency of Christ coming and dying for the sins of the world if indeed what Warren say is truth, "that ...spiritual emptiness" can be solved by by the three legged stool solution ?
DAVOS Full Version DAVOS Edited version depicting  Rick Warren position
on how to solve the global  giants with the 3 legged stool  analogy

 


Degrading the Gospel to a formulated, whispered prayer to find ones true self is part of what one discovers in Rick Warrens, The Purpose-Driven Life movement. Addressing a large group of pastors and Christian leaders at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, Richard Bennett spoke with deep concern. He exposed the widespread movement that is afflicting thousands upon thousands of souls around the world.[1]


 

The effects of Warren's behavior are obvious, (1) he is diminishing the authority of God’s word. (2) he has and is building bridges for evil (wolves / tares) to enter into the sheep fold. (3) Warren actions are deepening the divide among the body of Christ which is what error does.

More on Rick Warren

From Apprising Ministry

 

Articles by Kjos Ministries on Purpose Driven

§ Part 1: Spirit Led or Purpose Driven    

§ Part 2: Unity & Community

§ Part 3: Small Groups and the Dialectic Process

§ Part 4: Dealing with Resisters

§ Part 5: Spiritual Gifts and Community Service

§ Part 6: Social Change

Staff Of Saddleback Church Recommend Mystic Henri Nouwen

Deceived on Purpose -The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church

Rick Warren 'Works With' and 'Strengthens' Mormon Churches and Other Non-Christian Sects

The Purpose Driven Church (a critique)

An Examination of Rick Warren’s Teaching on “Exponential Growth” by Brian Jonson

Christian Leaders Invite Muslims to Love God, Neighbors Together. Among them America's Pastor Rick Warren

Denomination Rejects Purpose Driven and Calls for Rick Warren's Repentance

The Spiritual Signals of Rick Warren

RICK WARREN'S GLOBAL P.E.A.C.E. PLAN vs. SCRIPTURAL TEACHINGS ON PEACE

Rick Warren disavows support for Prop. 8

SBC President Not Interested In the Victims of Purpose Driven

[1] http://bereanbeacon.org
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[2]
http://www.saddleback.com/thedanielplan/healthyhabits/braintype/
[3] KIRTIN KRIYA: SA TA NA MA MEDITATION

Kirtan Kriya is a meditation chant exercise originating from Kundalini Yoga. Kirtan Kriya involves chanting and using finger poses (mudras).[http://healing.about.com/b/2008/10/31/sa-ta-na-ma-meditation.htm]

Kirtin Kriya, often referred to as SA TA NA MA meditation, is the most important meditation in Kundalini Yoga.
It was one of the first meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan and remains today as a foundation meditation
recommended for every student of Kundalini yoga. Yogi Bhajan says that if you can do only one meditation, this
is it. It does everything for you in the order that you need. It is your teacher. And as you practice it, you
will come to realize that it is your best friend. Whatever you need at the moment, it will readjust and align
you to bring balance into your mind and thus your life.[http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/kyt15.html]

This meditation is given for everything from breaking habits to achieving emotional balance.
[4] http://solasisters.blogspot.com/2012/10/rick-warren-and-joel-osteen-join-hands_6.html
[5] http://www.ocregister.com/articles/muslims-341669-warren-saddleback.html
[6]  The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life  "Myths of the Modern Megachurch EVENT TRANSCRIPT May 23, 2005"
"Now the word "fundamentalist" actually comes from a document in the 1920's called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity, and when I say there are very few fundamentalists, I mean in the sense that they are all actually called fundamentalist churches, and those would be quite small. .."

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