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Rick Warren’s ‘ideal strategy for the church’

Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of A purpose driven life, is a Southern Baptist minister. In many ways he personifies the rottenness and apostasy of that denomination. In recent days he has spoken publicly of praying for the selection of the new Pope. Other Southern Baptists have shown a remarkable inclination to laud Rome. Al Mohler signed the Manhattan Declaration and joined the world’s adulation of Pope Benedict on his retirement; Timothy George, an ordained SBC minister co-wrote the Manhattan Declaration. The words recorded below detail compromise that goes even further than friendly overtures towards Rome.

CT – What is the ideal strategy for the church?

RW – Working with moderate Muslims.

Below is an extract from an interview with Rick Warren and published by Christianity Today online on April 5th, 2013.

CT – There’s fresh debate among experts over the influence of religion on foreign policy. Some see religion as part of the problem. How do you see it?

RW – There’s a religious root to every single problem on the planet. Poverty has a religious root. Conflict has a religious root. Disease. All of these problems involve behavior, and behavior involves religion.

One of the problems we’ve had in American foreign policy is the unwillingness to actually name the ideology opposing us. During the cold war, there were clearly two ideologies: communism and capitalism. Today there is a radical wing of Islam that is a clear ideological enemy of America, and nobody wants to say it. So they talk about a “war on terror.” You can’t win a war on terror, because terrorism is a tool, a method. We don’t have a war on a method. We have a war on an ideology that wants to destroy either Israel or America or Western culture.

What these radical Islamists believe is not the same thing as the typical Muslim. The radical Islamist views no more represent all of Islam than the KKK represents Christianity.

CT – What is the ideal strategy for the church?

RW – Working with moderate Muslims. This is the whole idea of the Peace Plan: Promoting reconciliation [means] to find a man of peace. I have found men of peace who do not at all hold to what I believe about Scripture and certainly aren’t Christians, but we can work together.

Rick Warren’s observations about working for peace in co-operation with “moderate Muslims” are in the context of his scheme to reach the unreached of the world with the gospel. In the name of advancing the gospel in obedience to Christ’s great commission, he is prepared to work for reconciliation with Islam. In fact this is his ideal! In other words, this is the best possible scenario. In practical terms this entails finding common cause with Islam – just as he and many other evangelicals in the SBC and elsewhere have already done with Rome. This is the religious influence he sees as being an “ideal strategy for the church”.

In Biblical terms, this is simply apostasy at work. To reconcile with the enemies of God in the name of advancing the gospel is a betrayal of the gospel itself. It is a denial of the truth of Christ and all that the gospel means. In stark contrast to Rick Warren’s philosophy the Scripture plainly teaches that there is no common ground between truth and idolatrous error like Islam!

“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 6:15-18 AV)

 The increasing boldness of those advocating disobedience of God within evangelicalism must stir God’s people to recognize these wolves in sheep’s clothing and separate themselves from them and from those who support or fellowship with them.