Friday, February 1, 2008
I saw this video clip a while ago at alittleleaven and have been meaning to comment on it, but a friend of mine wrote an article about it and has said pretty much what my thoughts on it are so I'm just going to link her article instead. Susan wrote:
I have so many comments on this video I don't even know where to start. I might not even start. I might just stop and let the video speak for itself. But the sad thing is, if I don't say something then the people who watch this are left to their own discernment. And sound discernment these days is almost nonexistent among evangelicalism. I don't cringe when I think about my Christian brothers and sisters who might watch this because I know they will compare it to the scriptures and throw it out. I cringe when I think about all the people who will take anything and everything Rick Warren says and believe it all just because he has written a popular book and says things in the name of the Lord. My friends, when we are guided by the Holy Spirit and we see something like this displayed, our discernment starts kicking in and we are repulsed by the 1) failure to give an account of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ 2) flippant talk about a God who should be both revered and feared for His holiness 3) an almost "universalistic" approach that God loves everyone for who they are, simply tickling the ears of millions of spiritually unreconciled sinners 4) a disdain for anyone who stands for objective truth and doesn't waver with every wind of doctrine (deemed fundamentalists who don't listen). My friends, this guy is dangerous. I mean, whoa. I realize that me saying this makes me part of a very unpopular, small few of people who, by the Grace of God, will not tolerate the watering down of the true Gospel. The bottom line is the true Gospel is a stumbling block for those who refuse to repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ. It is a stumbling block for those who choose to live for the ways of the world and do not deny themselves. Rick Warren can try and water it down all he wants and make it so the stumbling block becomes a circus, but he cannot rewrite the Word of God. This just encourages me to read and study the ENTIRE counsel of God so much more because I know that so many people are out there perverting it like this. If what Rick Warren says is true, we serve a God that can be won over with cotton candy and lolly pops, as he simply smiles down at all our iniquities that are leading us to death? I'm sorry, but I don't believe that...that is not the God of the Bible...period. And you can call me whatever you want, but that is perversion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please, can we wake up to this incredible danger that is right in front of our eyes? I say this in love....love for the brethren and love for the lost souls. Both of us need to be fed the unadulterated Word of God, so it needs to be preached that way. I pray the Lord will let Romans 1:16 reign true in our lives: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes."
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest everyone deals falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I punish them they shall be cast down, says the LORD. Thus says the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk in it.
HT: Deny Yourself Daily
UPDATE: Later this morning after I had already posted this, Alittleleaven posted the following video dealing with "Pastor" Rick Warren lying to unbelievers. Of course, only if you're actually a believer will you pick up on this much less even care, but here it is nonetheless. (If you debate that is true, read Hebrews 11:6 after this video.)
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