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Four Books That the Enemy Has Used To Corrupt Christianity
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

The four books that have changed the church by giving an introduction to the false teachings of the New Apostolic/Latter Rain (NAR), the Emerging Church/Contemplative/Catholic Mysticism (EC), pragmatic Church Growth (CG) methodologies of C. Peter Wagner, Robert Schuller and Peter Drucker, and the teachings of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People (WCGIP) are as follows:

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deer, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren & Etnerity In Their Hearts by Don Richardson.

 These four books were widely read by Christians from virtually every denominational background before their ramifications and the movements they would spawn were known.  They lay error alongside truth so were considered not to be a threat to churches.  Therefore these books then became part of the consciousness of many Christians and churches, thereby laying the basis for the introduction of the modern day false teachings of the NAR, EC, CG and WCGIP that have become part of the landscape of Christendom today. 

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Night Marchers and UFOs on the Big Island 
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

With the resurgence of the old religion of Hawaii and the continual invocation of Pelé and other "deities" for years in the secular culture and even in churches with regards to worshipping 'Io, is it any wonder that those beings are beginning to manifest again?  In a story called "Night Marchers" on the Kawaihae site and in a YouTube video on the same subject, eyewitnesses claim all kinds of sightings that they think are the warriors, ancestors and demi-gods of Hawaii coming back.  Interestingly the first book the Hawaiian Heritage site recommends in its "Suggested Reading" list is "Perpetuated in Righteousness" by Daniel Kikawa that we reviewed in our book "Idolatry In Their Hearts" by Sandy Simpson and Mike Oppenheimer. Since Kikawa claims that 'Io is the True God and one that the Hawaiians worshipped in secret, we have to wonder if Kikawa also thinks 'Io is showing up in these night marches? Since YWAM, Aloha Ke Akua and Hilo New Hope participated in worshipping 'Io at the "edge of Hale-ma'uma'u Crater" it sounds like they have all been inviting the old "gods" to return to Hawaii. 

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"They Will Believe 
The Lie"
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

I am doing a Bible study right now on what I would call "renewing our minds".  It is based on this verse:

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The only way to renew our minds is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, confess our sins, and be saved, then to study the written Word and allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to teach us.  Our minds are corrupted by virtue of the sin nature and what we have learned in life because our filters are off. I gave an illustration of straining coconut to make coconut milk.  If you use a 1 inch screen everything will pass through.  Even if you use a quarter inch screen you will get mostly coconut meat in your milk.  You have to use a fine screen in order to separate the milk from the leftover.  Our filters are off and the first thing God begins to do is correct our worldview, because if your worldview is off you will not understand God's reality.  We need to learn to see things from His perspective.  This is why I started this study by going back to an original problem.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

This has always been an interesting passage to me for a few different reasons.  What is "the lie" that is talked about here in verse 9 and 11?  What are the ways that "wickedness deceives those who are perishing" and how long has this been going on or does this only begin to happen at the coming of the lawless one?  In what way does "the lie" cause those who do not believe the truth to "delight in wickedness"?

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Updated!
The First Nations Movement
Deceiving The Nations!
4-DVD Series

Critical Missiological Issue!

The "Indigenous People's" (IPM) or "First Nations" movement is an unbiblical movement teaching heresies and doctrines of demons. It is being spread worldwide by YWAM, Don Richardson, John Dawson, Richard Twiss, Terry LeBlanc, Daniel Kikawa and many other adherents.  The IPM or World Christian Gathering On Indigenous People is full of the false teachings of the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Word-Faith, Dominionism, Latter Rain and many other false theological systems.  But it does have it's own distinctives that are driven by the works of Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss, and Don Richardson in particular.  They are teaching Christians to "redeem" their cultures by worshipping their former gods, pretending they are YHWH.

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The First Nations Movement 4-DVD Set

The First Nations Movement DVD 1
(1) Perpetuating Nations' Myths - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 1 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 2
(1) The Fingerprints Of God? - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 2 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 3
(1) The New Indigenous "Christian" Religion - Sandy Simpson
(2) Did God Put Eternity In Their Hearts? - Sandy Simpson
(3) The Missionaries Brought A Foreign God - Sandy Simpson
(4) Catholic Syncretism - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 4
(1) "Monotheism" In Ancient Cultures - Sandy Simpson
(2) The History Of The Knowledge Of God - Sandy Simpson


"Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article: "Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura

There are a number of the leadership of the Emerging Church (EC) who do not believe that the Bible is the highest authority for the Christian faith.  Most do not believe that the Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts and many do not acknowledge that the Bible is our highest revelation.  Yet this is a core doctrine over which true believers and false brethren must separate. Those who try to poke holes in Sola Scriptura make excuses like (1) we need to reinterpret the Bible through the lens of postmodern culture and religion (2) the Bible never uses the words "Sola Scriptura" therefore it is not a Biblical concept (3) there is new revelation for the church through the Holy Spirit apart from what is written and the precepts of the Bible and (4) the Bible just doesn't address our postmodern situation therefore we cannot rely on it for the truth and answers for our problems today.  I will prove that all the above arguments, and more, from EC leaders and others is exactly what they are teaching.  I will give you quotes from their teachings, videos and books. The postmodern church and its "movements" are abandoning Sola Scriptura in their rush to be like the Roman Catholic Church, which takes its authority from a mix of Scripture and tradition.

"As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with EQUAL sentiments of devotion and reverence." (Roman Catholic Catechism, Given October 11, 1992, the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, in the fourteenth year of my Pontificate. Page 31).

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Updated DVD!
The Question Of Dominion
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article: The Question Of Dominion.

I am writing this article as an apologetic against the Third Wave, Latter Rain, Word of Faith and Reformed Theology teachings that the Church is to rise up and take over the systems of government, businesses and every other aspect of life. "See, the problem is, is that Satan has had too much of his way in our society because he has a government!  And the only way to overthrow a government is with a government.  It won't happen otherwise.  So therefore the government of the church has to get into place in the extended church just like we do have it very well in place, we haven't reached our goal yet ..."  (Transcript of C. Peter Wagner, Arise Prophetic Conference, Gateway Church, San Jose, CA, 10-10-2004) Wagner has substituted the "government of the church" for the coming government of Jesus Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.  Wagner is "Kingdom Now" while the Bible teaches "Kingdom Come". What I wanted to do with this article is put the issue of dominion to rest by studying the definition the Bible gives to dominion and ruling authority.  When we look at the subject we can easily ascertain what is going on today and what God requires of the Church. 

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Shepherd Or Hireling?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the article: "Shepherd Or Hireling?"

The Bible lays out the definitions of both an overseer (under shepherd) and a hireling.  John 10:11-13  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (KJV)  1 Tim. 3:1-3   Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. (NIV)  Titus 1:7-13  Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless, not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach - and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. (NIV) A hireling does not really care about being a watchman, but is more concerned with protecting his reputation, position and income.  A true watchman will guard the flock against wolves from within (Acts 20:30) and without (Acts 20:29) no matter the cost to his reputation, position or income. Following is a little quiz you can take to see if you are a true Biblical under shepherd as a leader in your church, are becoming a hireling, or are one now. 

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Testing Music In The Church
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on these articles: Testing Music In The Church, Testing Music In The Church-Part 2, and Worship Song Ratings.

Too many churches today are allowing music to be used in their services that is not glorifying to the Lord and can actually be a hindrance to the teaching of sound doctrine. Pastors and leaders should be using their leadership role to test what is being played and sung in their churches. Though some are quick to test preaching and teaching from their pulpits, many ignore the music being used in the same services. This is a tragic mistake. Music is a powerful medium. It is something that effects deeply the body, mind and emotions. It is a proven fact that music often stays with a person far longer than what is taught or preached. Songs roam around in our heads, especially if the melody appeals to us. What is often overlooked is the serious impression music makes on people, and the teaching they are getting over and over again as they allow the song to repeat in their minds and on their lips. Music teaches things much more subtly yet sometimes far more effectively. That's why the lyrical content of music in the church, as well as its effect on the spiritual lives of those who perform and listen, should be vigorously examined by the leaders of the church.  This is a 2-DVD set.

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Examine Yourselves & Hold On!
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the articles "Examine Yourself To See If You Are In The Faith" and "Hold On!"

2 Cor. 13:5  Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.
Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test?

People who call themselves followers of Christ or "Christians" and claim they are born again must believe certain things.  If they do not then they fail the test of faith.  They can claim they are born again all they want and "once saved, always saved" but if they fail the test of faith there is no eternal security.  Only God knows who will be saved, from beginning to end, because of His foreknowledge and omniscience (Rom. 8:29, 1 Pet. 1:2).  God did not make an arbitrary judgment about who would be saved and who would not.  His Spirit is given to those He foreknew, when convicted of sin by His Holy Spirit, would choose to believe and commit themselves to Jesus Christ.  We are not God and we do not have His omniscience.  Therefore, according to Paul, we must be sure our belief system is in the right place once our eyes have been opened to the Truth.  I am not saying we do not have assurance of salvation, but our assurance comes not only because of His Atonement and promises of salvation but from our continuing in the Faith, which is always the Biblical criteria. Those who would be Bible teachers must teach according to the whole counsel of God's Word.  Let me be clear. There is only one way to salvation.  That is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  I will deal with a few of those issues following, but it is important to recognize that being saved is not just a matter of believing that Jesus lived, or that He was a man, or simply giving mental ascent to His existence in whatever form.

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"Blasphemizing" The Bible
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

I am going to go over an article I wrote back in 2006 in preparation for the book I wrote with Mike Oppenheimer called “Idolatry in Their Hearts'.  This book is an apologetic against the false teachings of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People movement, the Emerging Church and the New Apostolic Reformation which got their ideas from the book “Eternity in Their Hearts" by Don Richardson.  At the time that book came out no one really saw the dangerous ideas Richardson was promoting.  All they would have had to do was look at the two subtitles of that book to understand the implications.  The first subtitle in the 1981 edition read: The Untold Story of Christianity among Folk Religions of Ancient People.  Those who read this book found some interesting cross-cultural ideas but apparently missed the false premise of the book starting with the subtitle. How could Christianity be “among folk religions" where the Gospel had not been preached (Rom. 10:14-15)? At that time Christians who read the book were apparently satisfied that, though there was some questionable material present, it made for an interesting discussion on how to do cross-cultural ministry. The subtitle it has today, which was first published in 1984, is as follows: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World.  This should have been a red flag for many Christians but then, who reads subtitles?  But how could the “One True God" be known to Ge“not know God".

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Resources For Pastors
including
"Good English Bible Translations"
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

I was talking with a pastor after a Wednesday night service and he mentioned that I said I had done an article comparing English Bible translations.  He called me up later and asked me to come back and present the contents of that article I sent out in about 2002 to my mailing list for the Pacific Waves Newsletter which, unfortunately, I can no longer afford to publish and mail.  However an archive of past issues of that newsletter can be found here. In that article I detailed a number of good and bad resources for pastors including Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, etc.  I present an edited version of part of that article on this DVD, particularly dealing with English Translations of the Bible.  Translation is a very detailed endeavor and should only be undertaken by those with a proper education in that subject and a sound doctrinal background.  I read a few books on that subject and it helped me understand the complexities involved.  Hebrew is a rich language so it is hard to distill one Hebrew word down to one English word.  Greek is a very technical language and it is also not easy to translate.  This is why it is imperative to use the good English translations out there for comparison along with a good concordance and Bible dictionary. 

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A TALE OF TWO KINGDOMS
Kingdom Now or Kingdom Come?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place.  I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word "kingdom", the books they have been reading and recommend on building "the kingdom", the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by "the kingdom".

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BIBLES STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT
by Sandy Simpson

Bible studies in Galatians, Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Jude with a focus on applying timeless discernment priciples to our modern times.

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BIBLES STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT
Companion CD!
by Sandy Simpson
Contains the PDF text to the book BIBLE STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT plus extra studies by Sandy & Juanita Simpson covering many issues of apologetics and discernment.

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A Whole Lot Of Wishful Thinking These Days!
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

In this DVD series I want to detail a number of beliefs people have these days that have no basis in Scripture.  I am going to roam all over the map, so to speak, and try to give fairly short answers on a number of topics and also give you useful links to articles that will help you deal with any particular issue.  It is truly amazing how many false ideas people cling to without giving a thought to what the Bible has to say on the subject.

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Signs Of Apostasy In The Churches In The End Times
by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

There are many signs of the great Apostasy, or falling away (2 Thes. 2:3) indicating we are living in the end times (Mt. 24: 3-14)  I am going to go through some indications of the Apostasy in the churches as a follow up to the signs of the times in the world.

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The Responsibilities of a
Good Shepherd
by Sandy Simpson
This CD is a message based on this article.

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What's Up With Christian Bookstores?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

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The ElijahList
The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
2004-2007
by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD set is a message based on this article.

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The ElijahList
The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
2008
by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD set is a message based on this article.

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The Extreme Prophetic
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

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Emerging Church CD & Free DVD
All the links to resources and articles we have on the Emerging Church on one CD.
by Sandy Simpson

(The Emerging Church only is downloadable!)
When you purchase the "Resource Tools - Emerging Church" CD for $10. plus s/h you will also receive a brand new free DVD called "The Emerging Church" that features Gary Gilley, Ray Yungen, Joanna Michaelson, Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson.

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From Church To Emerging Church DVD Series
by Sandy Simpson
The issue of the Emerging Church and it's introduction into many churches and mission organizations has reached a critical point.  Many do not undersand what is being leavened into churches by the EC leadership.  Many would be shocked to know their belief systems involve Universalism, New Age, defense of postmodernism, Interfaithism, and many other false doctrines.  In order to reach out to this generation the EC leadership is proposing a whole new "map" to deal with what they perceive is a lack of understanding on the part of the churches on how to communicate.  EC proponants believe the "scripture" for today is evolving and must change in order to reach postmoderns.

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Idolatry In Their Hearts
Landmark Book!
by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer
Does having eternity in your heart mean that you know God and are His child? Could Gentile cultures understand the Gospel from the stars? Did God create man's cultures? Has God always been in the process of redeeming cultures from the time of Babel by placing in them a true revelation of Himself? Is there the worship of YHWH in all cultures and religions through the names of supreme beings?  Have all cultures always had a way to make things right between them and God? These questions and many more are answered in this book that addresses the false teachings of The New Apostolic Reformation regarding missiological methods as being carried out by many agencies including the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People, YWAM, and many Bible societies.

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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?
Every Pastor Needs This!
by Bill Randles, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer, Orrel Steinkamp, Gary Gilley, Dave Hunt, Sandy Simpson and others.
This is a 6-DVD expose of  the NAR and it's leadership of C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Peirce, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Jack Deere and others.

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Lessons In Forgiveness
Great Study!
by Sandy Simpson

Through the years I have been presented with many opportunities to forgive. Sometimes the situation was so severe that it took me some time to forgive and start the process of healing for myself, and eventually for others. I learned that a Christian needs to forgive other people even if they have not repented of their sins. That can be really hard if we let it be hard. But if we give our burdens over to the Lord, He will carry them and that frees us up to treat other people with love, compassion, and be in the right frame of mind and heart to set them up for reconciliation with Jesus Christ. That does not mean we tolerate their sin. We simply forgive them for what they have done to us, whether perceived or real, and move on to looking for ways to redeem them. We can then present to them the "truth in love" even when we have to rebuke them.

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Finish The Race!
Go On To Maturity!
by Sandy Simpson

was written to help believers to realize the absolute necessity of growing to maturity in Christ. Many churches are urging Christians to push aside discernment in favor of experience. It is our hope that this book will inspire many believers to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).

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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?
Companion Book!
by Sandy Simpson

is now available in book form. This is the DVD script plus commentary by Sandy Simpson. The commentary of the DVD series is not in the book, but there are many more quotes available than in the video series.  Good reference material.  Also available on CD-ROM.

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Letters To The Church
Timely!
by Sandy Simpson

is a fitting manual for the Revelation Christian. All the precepts are in the seven letters in Revelation 1:9 - 3:22 to help us keep the faith, stay in sound doctrine, and reach out to those who are perishing. I hope and pray that this book will help the reader to be an "overcomer".

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DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT
Demolish Arguments!
by Sandy Simpson

Want to be able to see your way through to clear biblical discernment? Want a set of tools that will allow you to disciple your loved ones so they will stand firm in the Faith? Want to sort out many of the false arguments and teachings that have invaded the churches? Then DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT book is for you!

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DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT
DVD Study Series!
by Sandy Simpson
is taken from the book but includes a lot of footage of false teachers and false prophets. It covers the core doctrines, how we can use them to test, and examples on the DVD that can be paused for discussion.  Also includes a teacher guide and links to resources on the web.  This 3-DVD series is available now!

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SPIRIT OF TRUTH OR SPIRIT OF ERROR?
Important Video Information
On Benny Hinn!

by Sandy Simpson, Mike Oppenheimer & Jacob Prasch
features tons of video showing the teachings and prophecies of Benny Hinn.  This is a proven tool to keep people away from heresy.

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LIVING WATER 2003
Discernment Conference
Featuring Bill Randles, Gary Gilley
& Ray Yungen
3-DVD Set

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DISCERNMENT 2001
Conference
Featuring Dave Hunt, Duane Magnani, Mike Oppenheimer, Jacob Prasch, Jewel Grewe & Bill Randles
6-DVD Set & 2-VHS Sets

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THE EMPTY PULPIT
Highly Recommended!
by Mike Oppenheimer
What is Christianity? What significance does the cross have? Are there teachings that can wreck our faith? We live in an age unlike any other in the history of man. To follow the Lord among the unique challenges we must understand Scripture and live by it. Available for $20- includes shipping.  Apologetics Coordination Team HIGHLY recommends this book.  It deals with many crucial issues for the Church today.

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Articles about the unbiblical nature of the Church Growth movement.

Go directly to these exposes:
Wayne Cordeiro, Bill Hybels & Rick Warren
(1) The Fad-Driven Church by Todd Wilken, The Plumbline, Volume 10, No. 1, February/March 2005
The dictionary defines a fad as "a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal." This could just as well be a description of congregational life of many Christian churches today. There is a new book, a new program or a new emphasis every year or so. It’s all anyone can talk about; it's all the preacher preaches about - for a while. Then, as quickly as it came, it's gone. As eagerly as it was received, it's abandoned and forgotten.

(2) Mysticism by Gary Gilley, Think On These Things, (January 2005 - Volume 11, Issue 1) 
Mysticism, a way of the past, the wave of the future. Read Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3.

(3) Consumer Christianity by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call, 2/1/05
What do I mean by consumer Christianity? Generally, it is any attempt to build the kingdom of God or build up the individual Christian (or attract the potential convert to Christianity) b means and methods that appeal to the flesh, i.e., the deceitful and self-serving heart of man. It had its beginning in the Garden of Eden when Satan manipulated Eve into disobeying God while believing she was enriching herself (Gn 3:1-6). Read Part 1 & Part 2.

(4) Evangelical Leaders Promote New Age and Eastern Spiritual Practices Press Release,  Lighthouse Trails, 3/25/05
In what appears to be a sweeping phenomenon, Christian leaders are embracing practices and a new spirituality that borrows from Eastern mysticism and New Age philosophy. The changes are taking place worldwide and involve many of the most popular evangelical leaders including Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Richard Foster, Tony Campolo, and Eugene Peterson.

(5) The Emerging Church by Roger Oakland, Understanding The Times, 3/05
It is important to keep scripture in mind when we are looking for a method or a means to promote church growth. A Christianity that is not based on the Scriptures is a false Christianity. It may be ecumenical and it may be successful in attracting numbers, but it is not biblical. It could even lead people to believe they believe, but instead they follow false teachers and false doctrine and are deceived.

(6) A Southern Baptist Pastor Shares Concern Over Seeker-Sensitive Churches by Rev. Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries, 2005
The absolute truth is, that the actual message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ must once again become our priority–no matter what the cost! We who preach simply cannot change this message, and we cannot dumb it down to the culture in which we live. For as MacArthur has said: We can’t change the message; that message isn’t ours–it belongs to God.

(7) “Church Inc. ” – The Marketing of America’s Churches by Michael C. Gaudiosi - The Berean Radio Network, THE NOBLE BEREAN: Volume Three, July-September 2005
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT Have you ever heard the phrase “If you build it they will come?” This is a saying that has been around a while. Sadly, it has now found its way into the Church. What is going on in the post-modern church today? It appears that the Church in America has taken the “you can draw more flies with honey than with vinegar” approach to doing church. In this case, the vinegar would be sound preaching of the Gospel and careful exposition and study of the Scriptures. So, what would be the honey that attracts the flies? What is being touted out there as a means to draw more sinners, or should I say, the un-churched, into the Church? Is it the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or a new twenty-first century way of thinking with fresh ideas and new trends to attract the masses? Whatever the modern methodology is, the question must still be asked, “what does the Scripture say?” Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:21 - Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

(8) The Issue of other Religious Practices as Worship in the Church by Mike Oppenheimer, 8/16/05
A New Age spirituality emerges as a church.

(9) The Myths Of The Man-Pleasers by Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries, 9/05
The Evangelical church in America continues to wander almost aimlessly through this nation which was founded by God, but now has become as foreign a mission field as the deepest depths of the rain forests in Africa. An alleged Body of Christ searching for a Purpose as it morphes into an Emergent Church with so many today calling themselves Christians-who should be filled with His Spirit-and are instead considering many other paths of spiritual experience to fill a nagging emptiness. The sad fact is that the Evangelical community, once a vibrant section of the Church of our Lord, long ago turned from the Bible to the myths of the man-pleasers. 

(10) Schuller Planted, Hybels Watered, Warren (Peter Drucker) Gives The Increase
By Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 10, No. 3, November/December 2005
When the Church follows the advice of liberals - Bible-believing or otherwise - the Gospel message suffers.  When liberals - bible-believing or otherwise - have their way, the cross ends up obscured. When the cross is obscured sinners go unsaved.

(11) Becoming "Transformed Transforming Transformers" by Discernment Research Group,  3/16/2006 
The church growth movement has its own ambiguous language and terms; so as to protect those who would deceive us with familiar words and phrases so they can quickly jump from one definition to another, if need be, to cover their embarrassing indiscretions, quiet their critics, advance their agenda and shield their marketable image, . .("Rick Warren - Fundamentalist or Finagler?" Paul Proctor, 3/15/06. (In this article) is a classic example of what Paul Proctor was talking about. 

(12) Ken Blanchard and the Hoffman Quadrinity Process by Lighthouse Trails 
On April 20th, Lighthouse Trails Publishing sent out a press release concerning Ken Blanchard who "signed on" with Rick Warren to help implement Warren's global PEACE Plan and to help Rick Warren train leaders around the globe (see sermon). In the press release, we listed several books in which Ken Blanchard has either written the foreword or placed his endorsement on the front or back cover. These include: Mind Like Water by Jim Ballard, What Would Buddha Do At Work by Frank Metcalf, The Corporate Mystic by Gay Hendricks, The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by New Age leader Deepak Chopra, and Death and Letting Go by clairvoyant Ellen Tadd.

(13) Ignoring Eschatology by Discernment Research Group, 8/30/2006
For the past 150 years there has been an ongoing emphasis -- first among liberal church leaders, and now among the evangelicals -- to shift the emphasis away from biblical eschatology to the doctrine of building the kingdom of God on earth. One of the most effective ways to do this has been to focus the church's attention on "service" and the pressing needs of here and now, while at the same time ignoring the many comforting Scriptures about Jesus' imminent return and our heavenly home.

(14) Market Driven Church vs. The Apostle Paul by Jim Bublitz, Old Truth, 9/13/06
The two epistles from Paul to Timothy outline a ministry philosophy that challenges the prevailing wisdom of today. Nothing in these pastoral instructions hints at a market-driven philosophy. In fact, most of Paul's pastoral instructions are impossible to harmonize with the theories that are so popular today. Shouldn't 1st and 2nd Timothy still be a guide to pastors even in today's culture?

(15) It's All About Marketing by Discernment Research Group, 11/08/2006 
If you're in one of those churches undergoing transformation and restructuring, this article cited above is a must-read. "5 Keys to Explosive Growth" is all about numbers and it is all about marketing. The authors claim that it is biblical and promise you will have success if you try their methods. This article reads like a sales training manual for church growth.

(16) Church Growth Hormone - a Biblically Banned Substance by Assemblies of God Pastor Ray Baumann, 12/06
I used to be a Church Growth Hormone addict. For my first eight years in the ministry, I was on a daily diet of books and videos centered around the latest church fads and trends that focused on church growth. I was on the cutting edge of ministry thinking, learning more and more about marketing and the psychology of connecting people. I believed that numbers equaled success, even if that meant changing the name of the church, offering self-help programs, or implementing any other sort of method I thought would help to boost the numbers.

(17) The Church Growth, Emerging Church - Daiprax Agenda - The Diabolical Practices of 'Ministers' Across America Today by Dean Gotcher, Authority Research, 12/12/06
We are not to be an offense to others, but in sharing God's word with others, when it becomes an offense, it is not up to us to water it down, candy coat it, or to change it?humanize it, to make it acceptable. To behave in such a way is not only a praxis of deceiving ourselves but also a praxis of taking pleasure in deceiving others. The definition of the word offense is "(skan-dal-id'-zo) to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon which another may trip and fall, to entice to sin, to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey, to cause to fall away, to be offended in one." Source: The Bible Collection 10.1.629 (c) 2006

(18) BIBLE BUTCHERY - How To Make God’s Word Say Whatever You Like And Ignore What God Said It Actually Says - The Cut & Paste Hermeneutics Of Rick Warren and The Gnostic Interpretation Of The Parables By Brian Maclaren & Peter Tsukahira by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries, 12/14/06
“Let Not Many Of You Be Teachers, For We Teachers Shall Be Judged More Strictly Than the Rest”  (James 3:1) This warning The Holy Spirit gives through The Apostle James is daunting. While we shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ, those of us posing to teach God’s Word to others will be held more accountable than others, because teachers can most easily mislead others. Being misled is one thing, but misleading others – either being cognizant of the error, or teaching error out of out own ignorance doesn’t matter. In the secular world if a non lawyer gives false legal advice he can mislead another with serious consequences, or if a non-medic mutilates a sick or injured person , it is unimportant if he or she were sincerely trying to do good or not. If they really cared about the ones they tried to help they would not have attempted to illegally practice medicine or law, misrepresenting themselves as qualified in a field they are not. Their acts are ones of criminal fraud, and the law does not care about their professed ‘good intentions’.

(19) The Church Growth Movement & Purpose Driven Church VERSUS The Bible by James Sundquist, 2006
Comprison of PDL Churches and biblical ones.

(20) How To Find A Good Church by Todd Friel, 1/30/07
Looking for a good church? Join the club.  Church-shopping can be a long and painful process. To shorten your search, call the pastor of the church before you visit and ask the following questions. This might save you a lot of Sundays.

(21) Seeker Sensitive Synagogue by Watcher's Lamp, 3/20/07
It was only a matter of time before the Synagogue went Seeker Sensitive the Saddleback Way. Another proof of the omni-denominational appeal of consumer-driven man-centered marketing of anthropological religion.

(22) The Church Growth Movement by Anton Bosch, Discernment Newsletter, March/April 2007
The Church Growth Movement, on one extreme of the ecclesiastical spectrum, finds a champion in author and theologian C. Peter Wagner who has written copiously in praise of this movement. Although not an organized movement, it does represent a philosophy very prevalent among mega-churches. In The New Apostolic Churches[1] Wagner publishes papers by 18 leaders of some of the biggest and most “successful” churches throughout the world. In the introduction to the book he summarizes their commonalities as well as their reasons for success. He has since published a more detailed analysis titled Churchquake![2]

(23) A Line Has Been Crossed ... No Turning Back? by Lighthouse Trails Research, 3/30/07
Right before our very eyes mainstream Christendom is converging with the New Age movement. In 2007, two events are scheduled, and if they actually occur without a public outcry by Christian leaders then we will have entered into a full-fledged paradigm shift, and a line will have been crossed that will very likely mean no turning back.


(24) Programs, Programs, Get Your Programs - Exposing the Flaws of a Fad-Driven Church Excerpted and abridged from an article by Phil Johnson, Plumbline Ministries, The Plumbline, Vol. 12, No. 1, January/February 2007
We ought to make better use of the Word of God in ministry, and ignore all the evangelical fads that come and go. After all, only the Word of God has the powerful, penetrating precision that is necessary to reach and revitalize hearts that are cold and dead because of sin. And this is also our clear biblical mandate: "Preach the word... in season and out of season" - no matter which way the winds of doctrine are blowing and no matter how many fads and fashions come and go. Obey that mandate, and God will bless your ministry. Chase every bandwagon that comes down the road, and you will regret it on that day when you give account for your ministry.

(25) Book On Seeker-Friendly Church Claims They Have Done It All Wrong by Bob Burney, Distributed by www.ChristianWorldviewNetwork.com, 10/07
This story is not an outright admission by Bill Hybels that he is going to change the course of his church.  It is a study by other leaderhip of that church that shows they have been headed in the wrong direction.  We will have to wait and see if Hybel's disassociates himself with Robert Schuller, Rick Warren and other church growth gurus and starts teaching the Bible exegetically. Should this be encouraging? Please note that “rooted in Scripture” still follows “rethink,” “new insights” and “informed research.” Someone still doesn’t get it. Unless there is a return to simple biblical (and relevant) principles, a new faulty scheme will replace the existing one and another generation will follow along as the latest piper plays. What we should find encouraging, at least, in this “confession” coming from the highest ranks of the Willow Creek Association is that they are coming to realize that their existing “model” does not help people grow into mature followers of Jesus Christ. Given the massive influence this organization has on the American church today, let us pray that God would be pleased to put structures in place at Willow Creek that foster not mere numeric growth, but growth in grace.

(26) Christians Leaders Betray Christ For World Peace by Paul Proctor, News With Views, 11/28/07
Once again, leaders from the so-called "church growth movement" are demonstrating for us the Hegelian Dialectic - that transformational Marxist process of compromise and consensus made famous by Georg William Friedreich Hegel which seeks to rid the world of its divisive absolutes in the interest of global peace and unity. 

(27) In Search of Truth by Gary Gilley, Think On These Things, April 2008 - Volume 14, Issue 4
A few years ago I wrote a book entitled This Little Church Went to Market: Is the Modern Church Reaching Out or Selling Out.  There I explored in detail areas in which I believe the “seeker-sensitive” church model is missing the mark biblically, especially in regard to its gospel and doctrinal messages. That book was followed by This Little Church Stayed Home, a Faithful Church in Deceptive Times. The original intent was to identify the marks of a truly biblical church standing firm in the face of wide scale assaults by the forces of deception.  While a portion of that volume was in fact dedicated to this intent, I also felt compelled to specifically address the areas of deception surrounding the rapidly growing emergent church movement.  I am in the process of writing a third book in the “Little Church” series.  This will be a book in which I will talk about “a church in search of truth.”  My contention is that the great need of the moment is for Christ’s church to rediscover the truth that it has either lost or minimized, understand the inestimable value of the truth in lives of God’s people, and to recognize its role as the supporter and dispenser of truth (1 Tim 3:15). 

(28) And The Pulpits Are Silent by Coach Dave Daubenmire, March 6, 2008
Despite what the political parties would like you to believe, the problem in America is not the politicians, it is the pulpits. I hate to break the news to you, but most of America’s pulpits are filled with cowardly men. They are a shame to the Christ they claim to serve. 

(29) This Little Church Had None by Gary Gilley, November 2008 - Volume 14, Issue 12
More than ever we need to understand the opposition to having and living a biblical worldview, what steps we must take to implement the same in our churches, and then how to evangelize people from a biblical worldview framework.

(30) The Scandal and Malnutrition of Sermons for Sale by Pastor Jeffrey L. Whittaker, 4/7/09
I recall opening my mail one morning some years ago and reading my first advertisement for “dead bread”: “Pastors, are you too busy to spend hours of preparation on your sermons? Tired of feeling the stress of having to come up with original ideas week after week? If so, for just $199.95 you can have 52 weeks of quality sermons crafted by homiletical masters, complete with illustrations! Your congregation is guaranteed to be thrilled with the results or your money back!” Could this be true? Are there people who actually do this? 

(31) Schuller--The Real Leader by Warren Smith 
From chapter 6 of A "Wonderful" Deception.  Talks about Schuller being the real leader of the Purpose Driven movement.

(32) Christians Often Act Like They Are Bored with God by A. W. Tozer, Bk 1, 10/16
We are paying a frightful price for our religious boredom. And that at the moment of the world's mortal peril! 

(33) The 'Camel Method' Of Evangelism Is Not Biblical by Paul Proctor, January 13, 2010
I have addressed, on numerous occasions, the Church’s ongoing efforts to reinvent Christianity into a global religion of Results & Relationships by using the powers of pragmatism and consensus to artificially grow itself into something more widely accepted by the world instead of faithfully proclaiming the Word of God “in season and out” as we are commanded to do in 2nd Timothy 4:2. The leaders of the new spirituality and its church growth movement have always had a hard time avoiding the “wide gate” and “broad way” choosing clever methods of “evangelism” that are not only incompatible with God’s Word, but also prove them unwilling to trust Him with the increase – ever looking for something more clever, spectacular and impressive to glory in and boast about to a watching world. 

(34) Is The Three Legged Stool Christian? by Roger Oakland, 4/8/10
The purpose driven three-legged stool plan has three legs – the public sector, the private sector and the church. This church includes priests, pastors, rabbis and Muslim clerics. Jesus said, He would build His church. Is the purpose driven church the church Jesus was talking about?

(35) The Church Of No Offense by Paul Proctor, News With Views, April 7, 2010
Well, I’m including at the end of this article, links to a few published reports on what several popular churches did over the weekend to draw crowds for their Easter services. What you’ll read is certainly not new. I’ve been reporting and commenting on these shameless gimmicks and ploys for years. As outrageous as these are, I still don’t believe we’ve hit bottom yet.

(36) How the Church Growth Movement Drives the Gospel Out of Churches by Bob Dewaay, Critical Issues Commentary, Issue #117 March/April 2010
I write about this to comfort you. You are not “mean and ornery, wolves, leaders from hell,” or any such thing because you want the gospel preached and the Bible taught. You are not selfish for desiring what every true Christian desires. I know that many of you have a hard time finding a church. The reason for that is the success of the church growth movement in convincing pastors to “transition.” When every Bible church in town has been converted to “doing church for the unchurched” there is no church that is there because God added people to it through conversion and the church leadership feeds those people the pure milk of the word. Nevertheless, seek the remnant and gather with them. Practice what the early church did in Acts 2:42, in a home if necessary. Jesus promised to build His church, and His church is not
about “doing church for the unchurched.” It is about gathering His sheep and feeding them. The Lord loves His flock and promises to watch them as the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep. Human shepherds may let you down, but the Lord will not.

(37) Here We Go Again by Paul Proctor, News With Views, August 25, 2010
You see, when the lost and “unchurched” (I hate that word) are drawn to a place of worship with appealing music and a casual atmosphere rather than to Jesus Christ by the Word of God in repentance and faith, most will leave when the goodies are gone or the newness wears off because they’ve come to the wrong place at the wrong time to the wrong person for the wrong reasons. They’re coming to mere men for momentary gratification instead of to Jesus Christ for eternal salvation.

(38) 'Simple Church' or Another Smoke Screen? by Paul Proctor, 10/15/10
"Well, it seems the mad scientists of the church growth movement have once again emerged from the laboratory of the living dead with yet another chia pet project for the jaded masses."

(40) The Death of the Mega Church by Roger Oakland, 4/13/11
Over the past several decades, biblical Christianity has been under a major attack from Satan, the one who deceives the whole world [1]. A number of man-made church growth programs designed or inspired largely by the well-known church growth guru Peter Drucker have had a major impact on what was once called Evangelical Protestant Christianity. These churches and denominations, which often consist of Christians who have believed and taught the Bible, have been cleverly led into what I call the Drucker “666” plan, without many of them even knowing it

(41) The Demise of Mega Corporate Churches - By  the Jesuit Plan Known as the Counter Reformation by Roger Oakland, 8/22/11
For some time, Understand The Times has been warning pastors of churches that were formerly considered to be Protestant and evangelical about the spiritual deception that is currently underway and seducing them into the One World Religion. As time has passed, it seems that these leaders no longer consider themselves Protestant or evangelical. They are ecumenical.  Instead of protesting against the rule of Rome, they are now actually partners with Rome and even promoting a globalist Dominionist plan to transform the world in what they believe is a great revival or great awakening. While many innocent sheep follow these pastors and leaders and do not realize what is happening, the Lord is calling watchmen and watchwomen to sound the alarm. The question is, how many are listening?

(42) Teachings Of Demons On Church Growth by Ken Silva, 11/17/11
The sad fact is that the spiritual cesspool Fuller Theological Seminary has played a large roll in the rot advanced by the man-centered Church Growth Movement vomited out of it. The CGM has contributed mightily to the current dismal state of man-loving evanjellyfish.

Updated! (43) Getting “High” on God by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, Guearding His Flock Ministries, 9/6/12
When looking out upon pan-evangelicalism, a diverse movement primarily consisting of Christians claiming a quasi-commitment the Gospel, one can be left groping to explain the rise of the mega-church within that community of faith. During this last generation, over 1,600 super congregations, primarily evangelical, have emerged on the American religious scene. [1] Can the megachurch movement be accounted for reason that church-goers want to be part of something “big,” where for reason of the strength and unity of their numbers, they really feel that God is at work? Do parents desire their church to be a “full service” institution that can meet the needs of their entire family? Does superior preaching attract the masses? Is the attraction the choreographed spectacle of modern and upbeat “worship” performed by professional musicians that when combined with the latest technological special effects, can deliver the “worship experience”? Answers to these questions and more may help to explain the phenomenon of the megachurch in America, and account for how these large congregations both attract and keep the folks coming back for more. However, a recent study, coming out of the University of Washington, may provide another answer to the question, why the mega-church? Read Part 1 & Part 2.

(44) Multisite Churches on the Rise by The Berean Call, 9/21/12
The clear danger in multi-site churches is for individuals to gravitate towards groups with a charismatic leader. It also naturally promotes submission to a select group of leaders. According to Scripture, the multiplicity of the Body of Christ is in view in a church service: "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews:10:24-25).

(45) The Dangerous Time Of False Unity by Ken Silva, 2/14/13
The times we are living in are dangerous for the true members of the Body of Christ as we near the end of this age of God’s grace. Before us is the shiny lure of the seeker sensitive Church Growth Movement, with its so-called Purpose Driven life, and the corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism introduced through the postmodern liberal cult of the Emerging Church converging upon the ecumenical road that leads right back to the apostate Roman Catholic Church.

(46) What would Jesus have you do? by Marsha West, Renew America, 7/9/13
No question, we are a culture that loves to be entertained. Even churches have caught on to the public's desire for 24/7 entertainment. As a consequence, a large number of evangelical churches are now driven by a need to fulfill this desire in their congregants. And what better way to pack the house in ginormous auditoriums than to offer a 90 minute stage show enhanced with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video systems.

(47) The Gelding is Castrated - Evangelicals and their cultural “fixing” by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, Discernment Ministries Newsletter, July/August 2013
To play the culture card you have to “mix and match.” Having put the focus on the culture as “evangelism” bait you find you then need the new and brighter and bigger bait. But then the unintended consequence – the bait itself becomes the message. This is a sign of the death of a movement. It is tacit acceptance that the Gospel is insufficient in itself without cultural additives and adaptations. We are informed we need the new and improved version of our Gospel line in order to make the sale to a culture of addicted consumers. 

(48) Berean Call Interveiw With Gary Gilley at The Berean Call, 9/20/13
Tom (McMahon) and guest  Pastor Gary Gilley, author of  This Little Church Went to Market and  This Little Church Stayed Home  discuss serious problems within the evangelical church today.  Read the transcript or listen to the MP3.

(49) Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats? by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, 1/27/14
An evil is in the ‘professed’ camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted Christian can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years this evil has developed at an alarming rate. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments! The devil has seldom done a more clever thing, than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. From speaking out as the Puritans did, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses!

(50) The Counterfeit Church & Its "Feel-Good" Gospel by Berit Kjos, March 4, 2014 
In churches across America, the awe and holiness of the Scriptures are fading fast. While countless "born again" believers still delight in His Word, share His love, and pray for each other, the vast majority of church members have chosen a more secular form of "worship." Many feel free to interpret the Bible according to their own liking. Consequently, a widening gap is separating God's timeless Truths from the world's more culture-friendly adaptations.

(51) Treason in the Church: Trading Truth for a "Social Gospel" by Berit Kjos -  September 2006
Infiltration and deception have been tools of conspirators through the ages, and the Church has been a primary target! After all, God warns us that "the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." (1 John 5:19) One of his most effective schemes is to redefine God's Word and divert Christians from His unchanging Truth to man's shifting ideals.


Wayne Cordeiro


(1) "... this Christian concept of god ... is really something that was here (in Hawaii) from the very beginning"-Wayne Cordeiro, transcript of Connecting Point television interview of Daniel Kikawa by Wayne Cordeiro, July 15, 2005
Cordeiro states that Kikawa is a “respected scholar” and at the end wishes them the very best as “we continue to educate people of the true origins of faith in Hawaii.” Frankly some of the worst scholarship I have ever run into apart from the Transformations films by George Otis, Jr. are the books and materials put out by Kikawa.  Cordeiro is stating that they will work together to educate people of the true origins of faith in Hawaii” when Kikawa’s claims are, by in large, fraudulent.  This kind of information along with a whole host of other false teachings are being passed along in Cordeiro’s churches and school as well as in the Worlc Christian Gathering on Indigenous People conferences.

(2) Wayne Cordeiro - Background with comments by Sandy Simpson, ACT, 7/20/13
Background of Wayne Cordeiro, founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu.


Bill Hybels

(1) Willow Creek Church & Bill Hybels' Theology - Biblical Christianity Or Church Of Laodecia? by James Sundquist, Rock Salt Publishing
There is an epidemic movement which has infected even the most conservative denominations and seminaries, which began in the United States more than a decade ago, and is now being manifested throughout the Church globally. One of the founders of this "seeker-friendly" movement is Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willowcreek Church in the Chicago area.

(2) The Church Growth Movement & Purpose Driven Church VERSUS The Bible
A chart that compares the teachings of the Church Growth Movement with those of the Bible. You will be shocked to see just how unbiblical the CGM is, which was conceived by people like C. Peter Wagner and carried out by people like Bill Hybels at Willow Creek.

(3) Niche Marketing, Audience-Driven, Full Service Churches: How We Got Here? by Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 8, No. 1, January/February 2003
Proponents of Willow-Creek Seeker Sensitive evangelism and the wider public have little knowledge of the historical genealogy of this movement.  Most simply assume that George Barna and associates originated the marketing model now employed widely in seeker sensitive evangelism.  Barna, however, is a late-corner, who actually adapted and expanded ideas that had been earlier discovered by Robert Schuller.

(4) The Apostate Church - Use Of The Hegelian Dialectic/Diaprax by Paul Proctor, American Reformation Project
Use of Diaprax is evident in most Purpose Driven Churches striving for consensus and ecumenism.  Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Willow Creek - Hegelian Dialectic And The New World Order.

(5) The Dialectic & Praxis: Diaprax and the End of the Ages by Dean Gotcher
The Hegelian Dialectic/Diaprax consists of three steps called Thesis, Antithesis, and Synthesis.  This method is being empolyed everywhere in our modern society, including the Church.  It is especially evident in groups such as mega-churches, the Third Wave, YWAM and other apostate groups.

(6) The Market-Driven Church by Gary Gilley, 6/00
While we will examine the writing of various individuals who speak for the market-driven movement, we will focus often on the two flagship churches: Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, California, and Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago. These churches serve as the models that are reshaping the way we "do church" today. As a matter of fact, many refer to these churches and their clones as "new paradigm churches." Churches all over the world, even those who would claim to reject the church growth movement, are imitating the many methods promoted by Saddleback and the "Creekers." Others have written about church growth, but these two churches have made it work, and for their success they are idolized and adored by the modern evangelical community. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

(7) Marketing The Message by Don Matzat, The Plumbline, Volume 8, No. 2, April-May 2003
A model report of marketing effects on church growth.

(8) Pastor: Who Is Leading You Astray? by Christian Research Ministries, 2003
Pastor, I used to go to your church; or maybe I still attend it.  You may remember that I came to you with a concern about some program, resources, invited speaker, teaching that was being brought into our church.  I told you it looked like a false teaching.  I even gave you some research that was done with scripture to support my concerns. You listened, but in the end you did not really hear.

(9) The New Evangelism - Willow Creek Style ... Is This Of God? by F.J. Smith, Age To Age, 2003
What in the world is happening to our churches? Many people are either confused or blindly accepting the new non-traditional worship services that are changing a lot of evangelical churches. It is happening worldwide. Many people are saying, “the  church has to change during the twenty-first century if we are to bring the younger generation into it”. Let’s take a hard look at these changes and see if this is really of  God, or a shallow misrepresentation of real Christianity.

(10) Hey "Creekers" - Let's Be Sensitive To The Real Seeker! by Brad Smith, 9/03

You cannot and will not find the “seeker sensitive” method of evangelism in Scripture--anywhere.  As a matter of fact there is only one true seeker in Scripture.  The true seeker is Jesus.  Jesus even says, Himself, that He has come to seek and save the lost.  If we are going to be “seeker sensitive” then I propose that we be sensitive to the real seeker, Jesus. 

Humor! (11) All New GOD, Version 6.0 - Brought To You By Today's Christians! by Theology Online, 1999

(12) Critique of the "Seeker-Sensitive, Purpose-Driven" Church Method by Pastor Dan Norcini, Copyright © 1999 Sovereign Grace Bible Church
These early Christians knew what to expect for confessing Jesus Christ before men. They knew the price they paid would be dear but they possessed something which made all of their tribulations seem light and momentary (2Cor 4:17) – genuine faith working through genuinely fervent love for the person of Jesus, who had loved them and given Himself for them. Can the same be said of any of the converts of this system? Time and the providence of God will tell. 10 part series.

(13) The Church Growth Movement by James Sundquist, 5/03
Three part series on the Church Growth Movement, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren.

  1. Biblical Christianity or the Church of Laodicea?
  2. Carl Jung's Influence on the Church
  3. Influence of Carl Jung on the Church Part II
(14) Recognizing Deception & Apostasy - Chapter 8, The Church Growth Movement by Dene McGriff
In the next chapters, we are going to discuss several major movements in evangelical Christianity – The “Meta Church” and then the “Cell Church” Movement, followed by a discussion of the Apostles and Prophets Movement. If we are in the “last days”, one would expect some very good counterfeits.  The Meta Church, also know as “The Purpose Driven Church” or “Seeker Friendly Church” represents an extremely successful movement in terms of church growth. 

(15) Lifting Sails Or Revving Outboard Motors
by Orrel Steincamp, The Plumbline, Volume 9, No. 1, January/February 2004
In New Testament evangelism the wind of the Spirit always blows in concert with the message of the cross.  In the apostolic record true evangelism--the authentic message of Christ's death and resurrection--was not only Spirit-directed but Spirit-attended.  In Paul's systematic description of the Gospel in Romans, we find the content of the Gospel he preached.  He did not just refer to the cross in passing, but he explained the Gospel, giving a detailed account of what Jesus accomplished at the cross.  It was this message that Paul relied on, this message that Paul was confident the Spirit of God would endorse.  The cross in New Testament preaching is always presented in the context of man's sin and presented as the only remedy for man's sin.  There is absolutely no reliance on any other attraction to draw people to Christ.  Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.  This is the purpose of Christ's death on the cross.  He paid the penalty for man's sin--it was finished at the cross.  This is the Gospel; the New Testament suggests no other purpose for Christ's death and resurrection. In stark contrast New Paradigm churches focus more on the cross as a source of resolving a whole host of personal problems.  This is not to deny that God does, according to His will, often resolve many personal problems, but this is a by­product of Ms grace in our lives.

(16) Christian: Unplugged by Chris Carmichael
Good source of information on the church growth movement out of Willow Creek, etc.

(17) Protestant No More: Willow Creek Infiltrated by a Mystic Quaker Movement Called Renovare by Mary Fairchild, March 2003
Many good Christian leaders have difficulty perceiving the spirit of compromise. I went back to Willow Creek earlier this year only to discover my plans to serve in the women's ministry as a Biblical "Titus 2 woman" serving the younger were, in actuality, going to be a "spiritual guide" for a New Age Movement. Mystic ways of praying (repeating and meditation) and relating to God were being taught along with frequent references to Quakers. Terms like "covenant", "covenant groups", and "lectio divina" where frequently used. They gave out free books in the mentor training class in January (Sacred Companions by David G. Benner, and Spiritual Mentoring by Keith Anderson & Randy Reese). One class included a clip from the movie The Matrix. The movie was recommended and had keen insight for us in some way. We were told to avail ourselves to the classics of Roman Catholic mystics, and do timelines on our lives.

(18) The Church Growth Movement by Greg DesVoignes, 1/1/00 - Read this three part article including: 

Part 1: Sciences, Marketing, Surveys, and Demographics: Following God?
Part 2: Church Growth Movement: Business And The New Age
Part 3: The Rise Of Corporate Babylon In The Church

(19) Schuller Planted, Hybels Watered,
Warren (Peter Drucker) Gives The Increase
By Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 10, No. 3, November/December 2005
When the Church follows the advice of liberals - Bible-believing or otherwise - the Gospel message suffers.  When liberals - bible-believing or otherwise - have their way, the cross ends up obscured. When the cross is obscured sinners go unsaved.

(20) T.D. Jakes Comes To Willow Creek: What Happens When Ecumenism Is Valued More Than Truth
A Report by Christian Unplugged, August 8, 2004
As further evidence of their complete lack of biblical discernment and good judgment, Bill Hybels' Willow Creek Community Church has invited well-known Word of Faith teacher and preacher T.D. Jakes, Sr. to speak at their annual Willow Creek Leadership Summit on August 12th, 2004.

(21) The Wasteland Of Willow Creek by Paul Proctor, News With Views, November 14, 2007
In consideration of all the scriptural neglect he and his colleagues have facilitated over the years trying to "transform the planet," (sounds like an alien invasion) is Hybels' oopsy-daisy admission that "We made a mistake" his idea of repentance? Seeing as we're talking about the founder of the world's largest and most influential seeker-sensitive church, it would certainly seem so. But, if this pragmatic preacher doesn't expect real repentance from his "converts," I suppose we shouldn't expect it from him either. 

(22) Willow Creek’s Big Adventure by Gary Gilley, 
December 2007 - Volume 13, Issue 12
Having discerned that the old way of the seeker movement failed to produce the spiritual product they desired, Willow is fast-forwarding to the newest wave that now promises what they did 30 years ago – “authentic, Acts 2 communities of faith.”[8]  This, however, is an even more tragic step, for while the seeker movement has gone astray in many areas in their attempt to change the way we “do” church, the majority within the movement at least gave lip-service to the fundamentals of the faith. The emergent church, however, seeks not to change how we “do” church but to change the church itself by challenging the non-negotiable doctrines of the faith.  Combining the emergent deconstructive philosophy with Willow Creek’s influence and money could prove to be a powerful force for destruction.   What may be written on this next “clean sheet of paper” in the future is far more concerning than the one that is being thrown away today. 

(23) Willow Creek connection to the foul-mouthed ‘Jersey Boys’ by Cecil Andrews, Take Heed Ministries, 1/27/08
When it comes to making ‘sound disciples of Jesus Christ’ I’m afraid for Willow Creek it’s a case of out of the ‘seeker-sensitive frying pan’ and into ‘the emerging church fire’.

(24) When Evangelicals Dine with the Wicked by Jan Markell, Olive Tree Ministries, 8/5/09
Members of his board include a Zen Buddhist, a Hindu from Minnesota, an Anglican, Rick Warren, a Rabbi, and others.  A goal is to "heal the divisiveness in the world." This feeds into the end-time ecumenical effort predicted in the Bible.

(25) Are you a church worshipper? by Paul Proctor, August 11, 2009
Well, another Leadership Summit has come and gone at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois – a yearly conference led by its senior pastor and Willow Creek Association’s Chairman of the Board, Bill Hybels. They reportedly drew over 6000 attendees this year with some 60,000 watching a live broadcast of the event. They’ve been holding these annual gatherings for 13 years. In a recent Christian Post article, Hybels once again revealed the humanist nature of the infamous seeker-sensitive church growth movement by posing the question:  "Do we still believe the local church is the hope of the world?" You see, many Christians might look at that and not realize they’ve been subjected to a dialectic question designed to alter their spiritual priorities and get them onboard an alternative agenda. This is what trained facilitators do under the radar in many churches today. But I would ask: Is that where your hope lies – in the local church? Do you believe your church can save the world? Did it save you?

(26) “No Repentance from Willow Creek – Only a Mystical Paradigm Shift” by Lighthouse Trails, 8/12/11
Fairly frequently, people  contact us and ask, “I heard Willow Creek repented a few years ago. Is this true?”  The answer remains, “No.” Below is an article we wrote 2 1/2 years ago shortly after Christian media headlines pronounced, Willow Creek Repents. Whatever Willow Creek repented from, one thing for sure, it wasn’t from following the contemplative/emerging church.

(27) Willow Creek Begins The Sinfully Ecumenical Alpha Course by Ken Silva, 2/5/14
Beginning today WCCC will now twice a week be having Alpha – Wednesdays (Winter/Spring 2014) and Alpha – Sundays (Winter/Spring 2014)


Rick Warren

(1) Niche Marketing, Audience-Driven, Full Service Churches: How We Got Here? by Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 8, No. 1, January/February 2003
Proponents of Willow-Creek Seeker Sensitive evangelism and the wider public have little knowledge of the historical genealogy of this movement.  Most simply assume that George Barna and associates originated the marketing model now employed widely in seeker sensitive evangelism.  Barna, however, is a late-comer, who actually adapted and expanded ideas that had been earlier discovered by Robert Schuller.

(2) The Market-Driven Church by Gary Gilley, 6/00
While we will examine the writing of various individuals who speak for the market-driven movement, we will focus often on the two flagship churches: Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, California, and Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago. These churches serve as the models that are reshaping the way we "do church" today. As a matter of fact, many refer to these churches and their clones as "new paradigm churches." Churches all over the world, even those who would claim to reject the church growth movement, are imitating the many methods promoted by Saddleback and the "Creekers." Others have written about church growth, but these two churches have made it work, and for their success they are idolized and adored by the modern evangelical community. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

(3) Feeding Sheep Or Amusing Goats? by C.H. Spurgeon
The mission of amusement produces no converts.

(4) The Purpose Driven Life - An Evaluation by Gary Gilley, 11/03
A two-part evaluation of the popular book by Rick Warren.  Read Part 1, and Part 2.

(5) Critique of the "Seeker-Sensitive, Purpose-Driven" Church Method by Pastor Dan Norcini, Copyright © 1999 Sovereign Grace Bible Church
These early Christians knew what to expect for confessing Jesus Christ before men. They knew the price they paid would be dear but they possessed something which made all of their tribulations seem light and momentary (2Cor 4:17) – genuine faith working through genuinely fervent love for the person of Jesus, who had loved them and given Himself for them. Can the same be said of any of the converts of this system? Time and the providence of God will tell. 10 part series.

(6) My Visit To Saddleback Church by David Cloud, Fundamentalist Baptist Information Service, 11/03
Rick Warren claims that he has not compromised the Word of God with his principles and methods, that he has only
modernized them; but when I look into the book of Acts and the Epistles, I see a different kind of Christianity, a different kind of church there, than the one that Rick Warren has devised. Thus, I must reject Warren's Purpose-Driven methods and I must warn those who have an ear to hear, regardless of how small that crowd may be, that they not heed the siren call of the contemporary church growth gurus.

(7) The Church Growth Movement - An Analysis of Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven" Church Growth Strategy by by Dennis Costella, ©FOUNDATION Magazine, March-April 1998
AFTER PERSONALLY covering the Saddleback Community Church "Building a Purpose-Driven Church" seminar held in Southern California this past January, it became clear to me that some of today's most influential religious leaders misunderstand and misrepresent the true purpose of the church today.

(8) The Book of Numbers - Rick Warren's purpose-driven attack on American Christianity by Chris Lehmann, MSN Culturebox, Posted Monday, March 17, 2003, at 11:33 AM PT
This, rather than the abundance of marketing techniques and showman gimmicks that inflect Warren's style of self-presentation, is the most troubling feature of Warren's purpose-driven approach. It has historically been the nature of the Christian God to be something of an unstinting task master. Warren's God "wants to be your best friend." And this means, in turn, that God's most daunting property, the exercise of eternal judgment, is strategically downsized. When Warren turns his utility-minded feel-speak upon the symbolic iconography of the faith, the results are offensively bathetic: "When Jesus stretched his arms wide on the cross, he was saying, 'I love you this much.' " But God needs to be at a greater remove than a group hug. Surely we lose something if we apprehend the Bible, and the language of faith, as little more than a lesson book. "If you're not preaching life application," Warren has told one interviewer, "you're not really preaching." Yet if you're only believing in life application, what are you really believing?

(9) Rick Warren Connections - especially to the ecumenical Third Wave New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and "Positive Thinking" Movement compiled by Sandy Simpson, 1/04
Connections of Rick Warren to the Third Wave and Schuller.

(10) The Church Growth Movement by James Sundquist, 5/03
Three part series on the Church Growth Movement, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren.

  1. Biblical Christianity or the Church of Laodicea?
  2. Carl Jung's Influence on the Church
  3. Influence of Carl Jung on the Church Part II
(11) The Church Growth Movement by Eastern Regional Watch
Good web page to read articles on Church Growth.

(12) Recognizing Deception & Apostasy - Chapter 8, The Church Growth Movementby Dene McGriff
In the next chapters, we are going to discuss several major movements in evangelical Christianity – The “Meta Church” and then the “Cell Church” Movement, followed by a discussion of the Apostles and Prophets Movement.  If we are in the “last days”, one would expect some very good counterfeits.  The Meta Church, also know as “The Purpose Driven Church” or “Seeker Friendly Church” represents an extremely successful movement in terms of church growth.

(13) Rick Warren & The Church Growth Movement by Mike Oppenheimer
A number of articles on Rick Warren and his "purpose driven" agenda.

Community Connections - About Rick Warrens associations and endorsements (read this first before you read anything else on Warren)
Growing a Purpose Driven Church - Background and history -what is this all about?
Updated! Rick Warrens Global Peace Plan - Is this a solution to the worlds problems?
The seeker friendly church - A new way of doing Church to reach the 21st century population
The Purpose Driven Life - Book review on what some have overlooked is being said.
(14) Hank Hanegraaf & CRI Continue To Endorse Rick Warren by Sandy Simpson, 1/30/04
We can no longer support CRI if they continue to endorse Rick Warren and his "purpose-driven" agenda and teachings.

(15) Lifting Sails Or Revving Outboard Motors
by Orrel Steincamp, The Plumbline, Volume 9, No. 1, January/February 2004
In New Testament evangelism the wind of the Spirit always blows in concert with the message of the cross.  In the apostolic record true evangelism--the authentic message of Christ's death and resurrection--was not only Spirit-directed but Spirit-attended.  In Paul's systematic description of the Gospel in Romans, we find the content of the Gospel he preached.  He did not just refer to the cross in passing, but he explained the Gospel, giving a detailed account of what Jesus accomplished at the cross.  It was this message that Paul relied on, this message that Paul was confident the Spirit of God would endorse.  The cross in New Testament preaching is always presented in the context of man's sin and presented as the only remedy for man's sin.  There is absolutely no reliance on any other attraction to draw people to Christ.  Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.  This is the purpose of Christ's death on the cross.  He paid the penalty for man's sin--it was finished at the cross.  This is the Gospel; the New Testament suggests no other purpose for Christ's death and resurrection. In stark contrast New Paradigm churches focus more on the cross as a source of resolving a whole host of personal problems.  This is not to deny that God does, according to His will, often resolve many personal problems, but this is a by­product of Ms grace in our lives.

(16) The Vanishing Gospel by Dave Hunt, The Berean Call Newlsetter, 2/04
And to attract those thus corrupted, many of the largest and fastest-growing churches mimic the world in "seeker-friendly" and "youth-oriented" services that exploit sensuality and compromise the truth.

(17) The Gospel: A Method or a Message?  - How the Purpose Driven Life Obscures the Gospel by Bob DeWaay, Critical Issues Commentary, January/February 2004
Each of us must choose between a man-centered, man-made method loosely derived from parts of the Bible and the clear message of the gospel. Rick Warren promotes the former ...

(18) The Seeker Friendly Way Of Doing Church by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call, 3/1/2004
A large part of the evangelical church has developed a pleasure-laden, cruise ship mentality, but it will result in a spiritual Titanic. Seeker-friendly church pastors (and those  tempted to climb aboard) need to get on their knees and read the words of Jesus to the church of the Laodiceans (Rv 3:14-21). They were “rich, and increased with goods,” yet  failed to recognize that in God’s eyes, they were “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Jesus, standing  outside their church, where they had unwittingly displaced Him, offers them His counsel, the truth of His Word, which alone will enable them to live their lives for His pleasure. There can be  nothing better here on earth, and for all eternity.

(19) A Bridge Over Other Waters by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 3/27/04
What really becomes the purpose of this essay contest by Templeton? I see this as a way to merge Christians with those of other faiths in a common goal - a focus on purpose. A global spirituality is fast becoming the norm, the question we have to ask ourselves as Christians is whether we will  participate with them.  See the Templeton Essay by Sandy Simpson.

(20) What's Wrong With The 21st Century Church? by Dr. Robert Klenck, August 8, 2000 
This is a synopsis of much of what the seeker-sensitive or church growth movement (CGM) is all about, and it is enough information to convince any with ears to hear that this movement is something that true Christians should avoid at all costs. Read the Synopsis, Article 1 and Article 2.

(21) The Pied Pipers Of Purpose by Lyle D. Leslie, Sarah H. Leslie and Susan J. Conway, 4/04
Pragmatism in church transformation and the church growth movement are carefully studied and compared to biblical principles.

(22) Outcome-Based Religion by The Cutting Edge, 2004
One of THE major signs that the End of the Age is truly approaching is when you see the great majority of Christian churches falling away from the Fundamentals of the Faith. A pastor or church leader that knowingly moves away from teaching the "full counsel" of God, and begins incorporating unbiblical and human elements in his services and his teaching, is literally -- and Biblically -- opening the door to Antichrist. How many well-meaning pastors have ever thought of this sober fact as they lead their churches into areas that are not Biblical?  This is a series of articles on the background of the "new paradigm" churches.

Index - Outcome Based Religion
Preface - Outcome-Based Religion
Chapter 1 - The True Church
Chapter 2 - The Origins Of Modern Apostasy
Chapter 3 - Twentieth Century Apostasy 1900-1965
Chapter 4 - Fundamentalism 1950-1975 - A House Built Upon The Sand
Chapter 5 - The Charismatic Movement
Chapter 6 - The Rise And Fall Of The Religious Right 1979-2002
Chapter 7 - New Values For A New Millenium 
Chapter 8 - Playing Church By The Numbers - Part 1
Chapter 9 - Playing Church By The Numbers - Part 2
The Rules Of The New Paradigm Church Game  (Rules 1-3)
Chapter 10 - Playing Church By The Numbers - Part 3
The Rules Of The New Paradigm Church Game  (Rules 4-5)
Chapter 11 - Playing Church By The Numbers - Part 4
The Rules Of The New Paradigm Church Game  (Rules 6-7)
Chapter 12 - The New Paradigm Hall Of Fame: The Pied Pipers Of The 21st Century Church
Chapter 13 - Living In The Time Of The Paradigm Shift - Defending The Paradigm Shift

(23) Is The Change That Has Come Over The Church Come Over You? by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 5/04
Anyone aware of our post modern world with its multi-faceted spirituality is seeing a change taking place. We are also observing the practices inside the church change. It has never been so quick and fortified than in the last few years. Since a good portion of the church has refused to be educated or understand other belief systems, an attack has been systematically launched, a concerted effort by those who are in the new age or sympathetic to the new age movement.

(24) The One World Religion (United Nations Inclusive Church) by Joseph R. Chambers, D.D., D.S.L.
The present Evangelical guru is Rick Warren. Listen to this quote from his multi-million dollar best seller. He starts by quoting a New Age writer and then adds his own endorsement. "Naturalists are most inspired to love God out-of-doors, in natural settings.  Sensates love God with their senses and appreciate beautiful worship services that involve their sight, taste, smell, and touch, not just their ears. Traditionalists draw closer to God through rituals, liturgies, symbols, and unchanging structures. Ascetics prefer to love God in solitude and simplicity. Activists love God through confronting evil, battling injustice, and working to make the world a better place. Caregivers love God by loving others and meeting their needs. Enthusiasts love God through celebration. Contemplatives love God through their adoration. Intellectuals love God by studying with their minds. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to worship and friendship with God. One thing is certain: You don't bring glory to God by trying to be someone he never intended you to be. God wants you to be yourself. 'That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.' " (The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren)

(25) 165 members ousted from Gardendale Baptist (After the pastor changed over to the Rick Warren "Purpose Driven Life" model) by The 165 members, 8/04
Members of Gardendale Baptist Church voted Sunday to expel about 165 members from their congregation because they did not support the leadership of the church's pastor, according to a church spokesman and several ousted members. Read this related article by Paul Proctor.

(26) Exceprts: Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church by Warren Smith, Discernment Newsletter, July/August 2004
The following is an excerpt from Warren Smith’s latest book, Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church. Warren Smith is a former New Ager who became converted to Christianity 20 years ago. Since then he has been warning Christians, through writing and speaking, that dangerous New Age doctrines are subtly creeping into the churches. In his most recent book, which is being offered by Discernment Ministries, Smith recounts the considerable influence that the Rev. Robert H. Schuller has had on the ministry style and teachings of Rick Warren. The mystical leaven of New Age teachings, which Robert Schuller controversially introduced the church several decades ago, is now being reintroduced and assimilated into mainstream evangelicalism through the writings and activities of Rick Warren. Deceived on Purpose is a book with an easy reading style that should be given to pastors and parishioners everywhere. The following is an important excerpt from the book, Chapter 3. It chronicles a noteworthy example of how Rick Warren’s "seeker sensitive" emphasis can lead straight into dangerous metaphysical New Age doctrines. (From Chapter Three)

(27) Deceived On Purpose by Warren Smith
Warren Smith is a former New Ager who became converted to Christianity 20 years ago. Since then he has been warning Christians, through writing and speaking, that dangerous New Age doctrines are subtly creeping into the churches. In his most recent book, which is being offered by Discernment Ministries, Smith recounts the considerable influence that the Rev. Robert H. Schuller has had on the ministry style and teachings of Rick Warren. The mystical leaven of New Age teachings, which Robert Schuller controversially introduced the church several decades ago, is now being reintroduced and assimilated into mainstream evangelicalism through the writings and activities of Rick Warren. Deceived on Purpose is a book with an easy reading style that should be given to pastors and parishioners everywhere. The following is an important excerpt from the book, Chapter 3. It chronicles a noteworthy example of how Rick Warren’s "seeker sensitive" emphasis can lead straight into dangerous metaphysical New Age doctrines. 

(28) The Purpose Driven Cult by Robert Velarde, The Door Magazine, ONLINE EXTRA, July/August 2004 
Noted consultant Dr. R.W. Tramin has helped hundreds of cult leaders find purpose for their organizations. The book The Purpose-Driven Cult grew out of Dr. Tramin's thousands of hours of experience as a motivational consultant for cult leaders, gurus, psychics, fringe Christian group pastors and others. Tramin Enterprises, Inc., is headquartered in the Cayman Islands, with holdings in Zurich. Dr. Tramin holds an earned Ph.D. This article was adapted from the forthcoming book The Purpose-Driven Cult. 

(29) Extra Information On "The Purpose Driven Life" by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call, 10/04
Following are T.A. McMahon’s brief notes and comments on The Purpose Driven Life [TPDL] as of 10/8/04. He is in the process of doing a further review of the book, to which he will add contents periodically. Check back for updates.

(30) Does The Purpose Driven Life Present the Gospel? Sunday, December 05, 2004 by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon

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(31) What Could Be Wrong With 40 Days of Community? Sunday, December 12, 2004 by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon

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(32) Rick Warrens' interview on Larry King Live by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 12/28/04
A revealing interview on Warren's belief on other religions and salvation.

(33) Is The Purpose Driven Life a 'How to Book?' Sunday, January 16, 2005 by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon

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(34) Spirit Led Or Purpose Driven? by Berit Kjos, 11/03
When church leaders use energizing music, emotional stimuli and short, light messages to satisfy the flesh with its "felt needs," they tend to obscure our deeper spiritual needs. Fed a diet of simplified sermons designed to please everyone, both seekers and believers may lose their appetite for the solid Biblical teaching which -- by His Spirit -- produces conviction of sin, genuine repentance, actual regeneration, true spiritual renewal and the continual joy of walking with Jesus.

(35) Consumer Christianity by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call, 2/1/05
What do I mean by consumer Christianity? Generally, it is any attempt to build the kingdom of God or build up the individual Christian (or attract the potential convert to Christianity) b means and methods that appeal to the flesh, i.e., the deceitful and self-serving heart of man. It had its beginning in the Garden of Eden when Satan manipulated Eve into disobeying God while believing she was enriching herself (Gn 3:1-6). Read Part 1 & Part 2.

(36) The Bluring Of Linies & Shame For The Gospel by Tim Challies, 3/05
As you may know, Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback
Community Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life has begun to write a monthly column for Ladies Home Journal. This ought to be an exciting opportunity for a professed Christian, for this space is generally reserved for articles dealing with "spirituality" which equates to New Age (or, as it is more commonly know, New Spirituality). In fact, this month the Ladies Home Journal has an article entitled "The New Spirituality" which traces the change in American attitudes towards religion in the post-9/11 era. The article speaks of interfaith services and features an
interview with John Edward (the supposed psychic medium). Alas, it seems that Warren is squandering this opportunity, writing a column more consistent with pop-psychology than with the Scriptures.

(37) It's Your Choice by Paul Proctor, 3/11/05
James Sundquist, author of a great new book entitled, “Who’s Driving The Purpose Driven Church?” (Which I highly recommend, by the way) recently sent me a copy of Rick Warren’s column from the March 2005 edition of the Ladies Home Journal. What makes this particular piece a must read for any Christian, is how perfectly it illustrates what Pastor Warren REALLY believes and/or wants YOU to believe. 

(38) Learn To Love Jesus Christ! by Sandy Simpson, March 2005
Is learning to love yourself really what people need to learn?  Is this how a Christian should accurately explain the human condition?  Is the problem with people that they don't love themselves enough or that they only love themselves?  Is loving yourself the answer to your needs in life? After reading Rick Warren's first contract column called "Learn To Love Yourself!" for Ladies Home Journal (LHJ), it struck me that it is a perfect example of why churches should definitely NOT be using his materials.

 
(39) Rick Warren Waters Down The Gospel by Prof. Johan Malan University of the North South Africa, 5/05
Rick Warren has succeeded in watering down the gospel of salvation to such an extent that it is acceptable to Roman Catholics, Protestants of all descriptions, and also independent Christian churches all over the world. More than 20 million copies of his book, The Purpose- Driven Life, have already been sold, and thousands of congregations are following his 40 day program.

(40) The winners of the Power of Purpose essay contest by Mike Oppenheimer, 7/2 

Who won the Templeton prize on the essay. (Also see this essay submitted by Sandy Simpson.)

(41) Why on earth should you be reading this Bible? - The Purpose-Driven Bible by Rick Warren & Eugene Peterson by The Sacred Sandwich, 2005
A necessary spoof on, what is sure to be, Rick Warren's next marketing enterprise.  Since he already has the highest selling book, apart from the Bible, why not combine both ideas to make even more money?  After all, Rick is already selling Purpose-Driven Bible Covers so that you can never forget that the Purpose-Driven Life has left it's mark on EVERYTHING.

(42) 15 Principal Errors Of The Purpose-Driven Church by Stephen Weir, 2005
As manager of a conservative evangelical Christian literature service I am being asked with increasing frequency by concerned customers for information about Rick Warren’s best-seller of over 20 million copies, “The Purpose-Driven Life” (Zondervan, 2002). There are also believers personally known to me asking for similar information. Many good papers have already been written, to which this is intended to be a useful supplement. Because so many believers and churches are being affected, and because PDL contains so much harmful, dangerous false teaching, I have sought the Lord’s help to set out clearly and systematically, in a single paper, the basic objections and dangers I have found in this book. 

(43) Setting Richard Abanes Straight on my Rick Warren "Attack" by Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries, 2005
Recently on his website Richard Abanes, who has just written the book Rick Warren And The Purpose That Drives Him: An Insider Looks At The Phenomenal Bestseller, decided to make a non-issue into an issue when he misrepresented my position concerning Rick Warren, by saying I “attacked” Warren, when the truth is, I have nothing against Warren personally.

(44) The Purpose Driven Lie by Brett Bigg (also see Part 2)
WHAT is a ‘purpose driven life’, and does it matter? 
There are certainly plenty of motivational speakers in the secular world, not to mention the gurus (and the like) in the pseudo-spiritual arena; all of whom try to “educate” us to finding our purpose in life; be it to find success, happiness, wealth etc. But does God, i.e. the True God — the God of the Bible, have a purpose for every man, woman, and child on the earth?

(45) The Gosel According To Rick Warren by Gary Gilley, Think On These Things, July 2005
This article is taken from the revised edition of "This Little Church Went To Market" just published by Evangelical Press.

(46) Purpose Driven Ecumenism? by Roger Oakland, Understanding The Times, 9/9/05 - Audio here.
Some are predicting that an army over one billion in number will eventually be recruited to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth. While such an effort may be noble, is it biblical? Or how about this question – could it be ecumenical?

(47) Who's Driving The Purpose Driven Church? by James Sundquist, 10/29/04
This is audio from a conference.  Get the charts here.

(48) Rick Warren Interview & James Sundquist's Reply by James Sundquist, 7/2/05
Two audio clips.

(49) Author Accuses Christian Publisher of Dabbling in 'New Age' Spirituality - Publisher Sponsor of Three-City Annual Youth Workers Conference by Jim Brown,
September 29, 2005
(AgapePress) - A leading Christian publisher of youth ministry material is being accused of introducing young people to practices rooted in New Age Eastern spirituality. Today, the 2005 National Youth Workers Conference kicks off in Sacramento, California, but not without criticism. The conference is sponsored by Youth Specialties, a group that one Christian author says introduces students to labyrinth walks, yoga, and contemplative prayer practices. For that reason, Cathy Mickels -- co-author of the book Spiritual Junkfood: The Dumbing Down of Christian Youth -- is advising youth workers and parents to distance themselves from the conference and Youth Specialties.

(50) WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PURPOSE- DRIVEN? by Roger Oakland, Understanding The Times, 10/5//05 - Audio here.
Mention the term “purpose-driven” anywhere in the world and Christians will know exactly what you mean. It’s the newest method for successful church growth. So what is the purpose of the purpose driven church? Is purpose-driven biblically-based?

(51) Warren-Driven or Bible-Obedient? by Sandy Simpson, 11/2/05
Is your church Warren-Driven or Bible-Obedient?  Use this comparison chart to see which direction your church is going?

(52) The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren - Reviewed by Michael Penfold
It’s a depressing statistic. A majority of Western churches do not see a single addition through conversion in a typical year. So to try and turn things round many are rejecting traditional methods of evangelism and adopting a new ‘church growth’ model. Market research has convinced them that unbelievers stay away from church not because they reject Christ, but because they reject the church’s boring presentation of Christ. There’s no need to change the product – just the packaging – and the crowds will come flocking back.

(53) Schuller Planted, Hybels Watered, Warren (Peter Drucker) Gives The Increase
By Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 10, No. 3, November/December 2005
When the Church follows the advice of liberals - Bible-believing or otherwise - the Gospel message suffers.  When liberals - bible-believing or otherwise - have their way, the cross ends up obscured. When the cross is obscured sinners go unsaved.

(54) Rick Warren's Strange Bedfellows by InPlainSite, The Contemporary Church
Some of Rick Warren's New Age connections.

(55) A Berean's Discernment Tool For The Purpose Driven Life by Bob DeWay, Critical Issues Commentary, 12/05
This tool will help you be a Berean and search the Scriptures to see if the claims being made are true.

(56) Redefining Christianity - Understanding the Purpose Driven Movement by Bob DeWaay
I have received many emails over the last two years from people who are concerned about what has happened to their church since it became Purpose Driven. This book will explain what has happened, why, and how a Purpose Driven church is different from a Bible-centered, Gospel church. Excerpt from Redefining Christianity:"Jesus said, "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you" (John 15:19). Not even the greatest marketing genius can change this without redefining the church. Seeking the approval of the world is precisely what the Purpose Driven movement is all about."

(57) Rick Warren Speaks on Catholicism, the Essentials of the Faith, Peter Drucker, and Global Peace by Lighthouse Trails Publishing, © 2002-2006 
"Now the word "fundamentalist" actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity ..." (Rick Warren, The Pew Forum on Religion, May 23, 2005)  Rick Warren is putting down the core doctrines of the Faith upon which orthodox biblical Christianity is founded and upon which ACT and the Deception In The Church web site base their apologetics!

(58) The Reinvention Of Rick Warren by Herescope, 1/9/06
Discernment Research Group has been predicting for some time that we would see Warren morphing into The Reverand Doctor Richard D. Warren. Before reading the impressive-sounding quotes below, Herescope readers should keep in mind that Warren's doctorate (DMin) was received from Fuller Theological Seminary under the tutelage of C. Peter Wagner, a Latter Rain cult leader who is the founder of the New Apostolic Reformation, and chief conjurer of new dominionist doctrines. His doctoral thesis, not notably scholarly, was to become his first book, The Purpose-Driven Church.

(59) RICK WARREN'S GLOBAL P.E.A.C.E. PLAN vs. SCRIPTURAL TEACHINGS ON PEACE by James Sundquist, 1/06

The following documentary compares Rick Warren's Global P.EA.C.E. Plan to Scriptural Teachings.  (See section on New Reformation in this document for description of Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Acronym.)  Warren announced his Global P.E.A.C.E Plan on April 17, 2005 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California to an audience of 30,000 people, during a church service marking the 25th Anniversary of Saddleback Church. 

(60) Our Purpose Driven Diversion - One Family's Journey Through a Purpose Driven Church by Scott MacIntyre, Wood and Steel, 12/05
The Lord has used this article in many ways to both alert people and pastors to the dangers of the whole Purpose Driven system, and to provide a degree of comfort to many others who face similar situations in their own churches. We appreciate the many e-mails received over the past couple of years.

(61) The Adulation of Man in The Purpose Driven Life by Richard Bennett, 1/06
Now that we have documented that a bogus gospel message is given in the 40 Days of Purpose in The Purpose-Driven Life we are obliged to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”41, and to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”42 Through the Warren movement, multitudes are being deceived on the very meaning of the Gospel of salvation. Vast numbers sincerely believe that they have received Christ as their personal Savior while in fact all that they have received into their right hand is a man-made ritual and “covenant” commitment to a church, which they have obligated themselves by vow to fulfill.

(62) The Purpose Driven Life: Demeaning the Very Nature of God by Richard Bennett, 1/06
There is an underlying feature of Rick Warren’s book and movement that makes an anaylsis of it very difficult. It stems from the fact that Warren presents some basic teaching regarding God’s purpose to glorify Himself and what man should do in relation to God. The fact that none of these purposes is presented in a biblically accurate way makes Warren’s work all the more dangerous to the true understanding of Who God is and His Gospel in Christ. In the first part of our analysis we documented the way in which the Gospel was vitiated by the exaltation of man and so called “true self”. This error together the corresponding neglect to show that man is in fact spiritually “dead in trespasses and sins” showed that the book is both a hindrance and a deceit.

(63) Who said, 'God is one in person'? - Saddleback and the Trinity by Bud Press, Director, Christian Research, February 19, 2006
"The Bible teaches very clearly that there is one God... not two or three or seven. It also teaches clearly that the Father is God and that Jesus is God and also that the Holy Spirit ! is God. The fact that there is only one God and yet three separate persons are called God leads us to the truth of the Trinity" of God. This means that although God is one in person, He also expresses Himself in three distinct personalities. That's why Jesus can talk to the Father and be sent by the Father and yet they are still one. This is a difficult truth to grasp. I tell people that it's one of the truths about God that reminds us that He is bigger than we are" [emp. added]. Stop! Re-read the bold print: "This means that although God is one in person, He also expresses Himself in three distinct personalities."

(64) Rick Warren's Doublespeak On Fundamentalism by Ingrid, Slice Of Laodicea, March 15, 2006 
Rick Warren seems to be having an identity crisis.

(65) Purpose-Driven Parties & Lifestyle Worldviews by Discernment Research Group, 3/14/2006 
Apparently the word "worldview" also means "lifestyle" in purpose-driven circles. Think you've heard of everything? How about a Tupperware-style purpose-driven party! How about purpose-driven lifestyle coaches?

(66) A Purpose Driven View From the Inside by Ken Fields, The World From Our Window, 04/07/06
Truly the enemy has infiltrated our churches to divide and conquer and to deceive many....

(67) How Rick Warren is Masquerading as an Angel of Light - Transforming Your Church by Richard Bennett, Christian Witness Ministries Newsletter, May 2006
Warren's Purpose Driven Megachurch program is religion in its worse possible understanding of the term.
Like unto the Church of Rome it is a religion of control over the souls of men and women. The Roman Church gets people in by her sacraments and once in, she exercises her control by her Canon Law. The method of Warren is to win multitudes with a sham gospel (which we will document below [in the article]), and then to control them with "a membership covenant". The membership covenant is explained "in the same way as marriage vows." (Page 16)

(68) Redefining Christianity: Understanding the Purpose Driven Movement by Bob DeWaay, Discernment Ministries, May/June Newsletter, 05/11/06
Once this key change is in place, and the church leadership has bought the vision package, the members either become team players helping to make the new marketing plan work, or they are disloyal traitors who have to go. If you long for solid Bible teaching you are in the wrong place if yours is a Purpose Driven church. That you will leave is a cost your pastor has already calculated and decided he is willing to pay. Reading the Transitioning book that Rick Warren promotes makes that crystal clear. Southerland tells pastors, “You will be criticized. It might as well be for doing the right thing.”[xxxi] From what he writes, one must conclude that he really believes that making the church a community gathering place for religious consumers rather than a gathering of the “called out ones” is the right thing. He really believes he is like Nehemiah sent by God to rebuild Jerusalem. He really believes that people who hunger for gospel preaching and Bible teaching are the enemies of God’s vision. If your church has bought the Purpose Driven franchise, your pastor probably does too. It is a sad, harsh reality, but you have lost your church. It’s very unlikely that it will ever again be a gospel-centric church.   (Chapter 3 of the book – used with permission)

(69) Global Dominionism: Past and Present by Herescope, Discernment Research Group, 5/15/06
Rick Warren and his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan are getting a free ride from the "liberal" media establishment. Surprisingly, this is happening despite the increasingly dominionist rhetoric calling for a "Second Reformation" and "advancing" the kingdom. By merging his global agenda with the likes of rock star Bono, and popular social causes, Warren has virtually guaranteed that his pursuits would be applauded without in-depth inspection by the mainstream press.

(70) Rick Warren Gives Unscriptural Rules For Church Music Moriel Ministries, 5/06
So are we to believe that the preaching of the Word is no longer as powerful as a two-edged sword and therefore we have to resort to pop tunes to spread godly values?

(71) Purpose Driven Madness by Ingrid Schlueter, Slice of Laodicea
Blog page with numerous updates on Rick Warren and his "purpose driven" programs.

(72) Purpose Driven Resisters - Must Leave or Die by Lighthouse Trails Research Project, 6/22/06
Now today, nearly five years after Purpose Driven Life was released, thousands of believers are scattered throughout the world, having been ridiculed and demoralized for even just the slightest questioning of the Purpose Driven program. In one email we received, the young man was handed a letter from his pastor. The letter had been written by a Saddleback field representative who told the pastor to do what he had to do to get rid of those opposing the new program.

(73) Emerging Into What? by Roger Oakland, Understanding The Times, 6/23/06
Rick Warren and others are saying we need to pay attention to the emerging church. Things are changing, they say and the “emerging church” has the answers for our generation. But what will the emerging church emerge into? Could it be a form of Christianity that embraces experience rather than God’s Word?

(74) Rick Warren Shares Stage With Heretics - Rick Warren and the Hillsong 2006 Conference submitted by Bud Press, Christian Research Ministry, 7/1/06
Rick Warren will be sharing the same format at the Hillsong 2006 Conference with the following Keynote Speakers.

(75) Response To Assembly Of God Pastors Lee Mcfarland  & Anthony Niger, II Regarding Charges Of Libel And Slander by James Sundquist, Rock Salt Publishing, 7/06
This letter is in response to an open letter charging Philip Powell of Christian Witness Ministries with slander because he is warning the AOG of their association with Rick Warren.

(76) Just Who's Using Whom For What In North Korea? by Paul Proctor, NewsWithViews.com, July 12, 2006
Now, I don't know about Rick using the North Korean government, but he sure seems to have no problem using North Korean Christians; but then again, in the church growth movement, "the end justifies the means;" so I guess we should all just Praise The Lord and pass the body bags, is that it? 

(77) What Is Structural Revival? by Herescope, Discernment Research Group, 7/14/20
Rick Warren's highly-touted 40-day trip is apparently launching a new phase of his ministry -- a structural revival -- one that is dominionist in its impact. It is beyond the scope of this discernment blog to investigate how this pertains to his foray into global politics, particularly the visit to North Korea. But by patterning his trip after the previous global diplomacy junkets of Billy Graham, Rick Warren is clearly attempting to set himself up as a global man of "peace." And his scary dominionist agenda, of which the media seems oblivious, is far removed from traditional biblical Christianity.

(78) Calvary Chapel and Purpose Driven by Roger Oakland, Understanding The Times, 7/06
In my view, the stand Pastor Chuck Smith made to stay with the Word of God and warn the flock about the imminent return of Jesus was biblical and the correct decision. I personally believe that those who go down the road of Purpose Driven will become less and less discerning regarding the end times scenario that is currently unfolding, which clearly reveals that Jesus may be soon returning. 

(79) Aspen Revisited -- Philanthropy & Ideas Herescope, Discernment Research Group, 7/21/20
Rick Warren and neoevangelical leaders are working on "advancing" a global kingdom for Christ and are aggressively and rapidly moving forward in the arenas of philanthropy. Philanthropy has historically been a useful vehicle to transform societies, leveraging change via funding mechanisms and machinations of social change. The apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation have been predicting a great outpouring of wealth to assist them in their kingdom-building endeavors. This report on the two Aspen seminars sheds considerable light on how neoevangelical leaders are being groomed to fit into the international global order scheme.

(80) Rick Warren And The Dialectic by Slice of Laodicea, 8/18/06
I listened to the interview with Rick Warren on the Charlie Rose show and in many ways it was very disturbing. He will say some things that are true, but then he will turn around and make other pluralistic, liberally inclusive statements that are very contradictory. It's as if he is trying to be all things to all men, while missing what must be his primary focus.

(81) Can Rick Warren Change The World? by Sandy Simpson, 8/21/06
With the recent rash (and I use that word physically) of Rick Warren appearances all over the TV networks, touted as the man who is going to save the planet, I have finally reached my maximum saturation point.  I just want to address one statement that Warren made on Fox, though I could go into his appearnaces and what he taught in ultimate detail as I have in the past. But this one statement is more than enough to illustrate that Rick Warren is trying to change the world thought his use of diaprax and his INCREDIBLE lack of discernment.

Excellent eBook! (82) In the Name Of Purpose - Sacrificing Truth On The Altar Of Unity by Tamara Hartzell, 8/06
This is an online book.  It is about Rick Warren and his message of purpose which is "neutralizing Christinity".  You can also download the entier book in PDF format here.

(83) Why Has Fox News Interviewed Rick Warren So Much Lately? by Lighthouse Trails Research, 8/06
Over the last several days, Fox News has highlighted Rick Warren on news articles and in television interviews. It was looking like a Rick Warren Week at Fox News. On August 11th, Fox headlines read, "Can Rick Warren Save the World?" A few days later another article read, Can Rick Warren Change the World? On August 17th, Fox's Bill O Reilly interviewed Warren. To wrap up the week, Fox did a special presentation Sunday evening with Warren, discussing his global peace plan. Calling him an "evangelical superstar" and an "inspiring figure" Fox brought Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven Life to the world's living room. No longer is Purpose Driven Life a program just for churches and Christians - with the help of Fox News, it is becoming a program for secular and religious alike. Why has Fox News taken such a positive, supportive interest in Rick Warren and his book, The Purpose Driven Life? Is it possible it has something to do with the fact that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the owner of Fox News, is also the owner of HarperCollins/Zondervan, which is Warren's publisher? In a 2004 News Corporation Earnings Report, HarperCollins experienced a 57% increase in revenues largely due to "unprecedented sales of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren."

(84) To be (a Fundamentalist) or not to be? by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 8/24/06
Rick Warren's beliefs from Saddleback ... are the essentials upheld or are they diminished? You decide.

(85) The Generic Global "PEACE" Plan: Part 1 by Herescope, 8/31/06
In his 2002 book Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel Warren Smith warned evangelicals that the New Age leaders had come out with a global "peace" plan after the September 11th crisis. This is a theme which Smith further developed in his 2004 book Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church, where he examined Rick Warren's global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, and expressed concern about its overlapping similarities to the New Age "peace" plan.

(86) The Generic Global "PEACE" Plan: Part 2: World Servers by Herescope, 9/2/06
The Luciferian Theosophists also have a Plan for World PEACE. This is generically referred to as "the Plan" in their writings. "The Plan" is to be implemented by people designated as "World Servers, as described in the quotation above (and other material on that webpage).

(87) A Popular Strategy For Church Growth Splits Congregants - Across U.S., Members Divide On Making Sermons, Music More 'Purpose-Driven', No More 'Wrath of God'? By SUZANNE SATALINE, Wall Street Journal, September 5, 2006; Page A1
(DITC Note: Here is proof that Rick Warren is a divisive one, a "heretic".  I can confirm the Wall Street Journal's findings as they concur with many emails we are getting about church splits and Christians leaving churches because they had to sign a covenant to obey the "purpose-driven" agenda.) In April, 150 members of Iuka Baptist Church voted to kick Charles Jones off the deacons' board. The punishment followed weeks of complaints by Mr. Jones and his friends that the pastor was following the teachings of the Rev. Rick Warren, the best-selling author and church-growth guru. After the vote, about 40 other members quit the church to support Mr. Jones.

(88) Wall Street Journal on Purpose Driven Resisters Tells Just Part of the Story by Lighthouse Trails Research, 9/6/06
Tuesday's Wall Street Journal article, "Veneration Gap - A Popular Strategy For Church Growth Splits Congregants," written by WSJ reporter Suzanne Sataline, was based on interviews that Ms. Sataline had with many people, including an editor at Lighthouse Trails and several of the researchers we know. The interviews extended over many weeks and equaled hours worth of discussion. Ms. Sataline also interviewed former members of churches that had become Purpose Driven, and for that reason those members were no longer at those churches. While Ms. Sataline's effort to tell the story of how so many churches are in disarray because of the Purpose Driven movement is commendable, the article is lacking in that it left out some vital factors in understanding the seriousness of what is taking place in churches throughout North America. 

(89) Human Purpose Is Driving God Away by Ken Silva, 7/12/06
And so the sad, but absolute Truth comes emerging to the followers of Jesus as we finally admit it: We are currently living among a people lost in the throes of apostasy because the purpose too many professing Christians have looked to for their breakthrough to Kingdom living is driving God away. Will He return? We must be honest, on this present course of cross-less Christianity, no. Look back through history yourself. Has there ever been a time where the Lord blessed mankind when we decided to build our “Tower of Babel,” whatever it might have been at a given time, and decided that we could approach our Creator on own terms? If there isn’t a full scale repentance from this love of self soon within the American Christian Church then rest assured that as you listen to the rain fall one rainy day you will actually be hearing the very tears of God. 

(90) Self-centeredness & the Generic "PEACE" Plan by Herescope, Discernment Research Group, 9/07/2006
The Scriptures make it clear that "self-centeredness" is not the root of man's problem. Nor can global "peace" activities eradicate this problem. Man's basic problem is simply and concisely stated: SIN. "For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God." (Romans 3:23) The only remedy for this is Jesus Christ, which is expounded upon in subsequent verses in the book of Romans. And "peace" is personal -- not global -- as some would have us believe. It is only obtained in one manner: "Therefore being Justified by Faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom we also have access by Faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of God." (Romans 5:1-2)

(91) A Popular Strategy For Church Growth Splits Congregants by Suzanne Sataline, 9/06
IUKA, Miss. -- In April, 150 members of Iuka Baptist Church voted to kick Charles Jones off the deacons' board. The punishment followed weeks of complaints by Mr. Jones and his friends that the pastor was following the teachings of the Rev. Rick Warren, the best-selling author and church-growth guru. After the vote, about 40 other members quit the church to support Mr. Jones.

(92) Seducing Spirits: Psychology and the Doctrines of Devils  by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call Newsletter, October 2006
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” —1 Timothy 4:1 In my two previous TBC articles this year (Mar and Apr ’06), I addressed the destructive influence psychological counseling is having on the evangelical church. Simply put, the church has turned from God’s Word to man’s bankrupt theories in attempting to resolve mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. The greater part of the church no longer believes what the Scriptures proclaim: that God, in His Word, has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). The results, sadly, are what one might expect: there is often little statistical difference between those who profess to be Christians and those who do not, regarding the number of divorces, the reliance upon psychological counseling theories and methods, living together outside of marriage, illegitimate childbirths, pornography, sexual and physical abuse, and so forth.

(93)  Rick Warren - Is He Scary? by Discernment Research Group, 10/30/2006
The quote above comes from the left of the spectrum. Now why would Rick Warren be scary to them? Maybe for the same reasons he is scary to us. Did you know that these things were part of the Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan?

(94)  Purpose-Driven Cows & DNA by Discernment Research Group, 10/27/2006
Fact is sometimes stranger than fiction. The other day this article popped up on the Internet: "Cattle Update: The Purpose-Driven Herd by Steve Suther

(95) Peace Plans?  Rick Warren's Or Christ's? by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Minsitries, 11/06
It is therefore no coincidence that to entertain the alternative Rick Warren peace plan, we must first reject the one of Christ. 

(96) Rick Warren's Peace Plan compiled Prof. Johan Malan, Middelburg, South Africa (Oct. 2006), Bible Guidance
This article contains a short summary of James Sundquist’s book, Rick Warren’s PEACE Plan versus Scriptural Teachings on Peace (published in 2006 by Rock Salt Publishing; printed book version published by Bible Belt Publishing, Southwest Radio Church). The entire text of the book can be read by opening this link. The author kindly gave permission for the posting of this summary, which was compiled by Prof. Johan Malan of www.bibleguidance.co.za in South Africa.

(97) The purpose-driven lie by Joseph Farrah, WorldNet Daily, Posted: November 16, 2006
Rick Warren wrote to me this morning to protest this column. He claims he didn't say anything he was actually quoted as saying by the official press in Syria. However, in a video posted on YouTube but removed today, he says Syria "does not allow extremism of any kind." In fact, Syria is, in many ways, the No. 1 sponsor of terrorism in the world. For a long time I've held off criticizing mega-church leader Rick Warren, author of the best-selling "The Purpose Driven Life," even though I have been sorely tempted. 

(98) Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Worship Conference Rap on YouTube, 11/15/06
Rick Warren August, 2006, Purpose Driven Worship Conference Rap Video, welcoming the conference in a demonic, mocking rap spoofing "being filled with the Spirit". The rap includes a demeaning tone, demonic grimaces, vulgar dancing and shaking the behind at the Camera while saying "walls of Jericho, drop your booty"?. The rap is titled: "Filled With The Spirit".  (From an email to Jackie Alnor)

(99) Why is Obama's evil in Rick Warren's pulpit? by Kevin McCollough, WoldNet Daily, November 17, 2006
Rick Warren, the best selling author of "The Purpose Driven Life" and senior teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in California, has invited Sen. Barack Obama to speak to the congregation of the faithful on Dec. 1, 2006. In doing so, he has joined himself with one of the smoothest politicians of our times, and also one whose wickedness in worldview contradicts nearly every tenet of the Christian faith that Warren professes. So the question is "why?"

(100) Rick Warren disciples: Where are you? by Joseph Farrah, Between The Lines, WorldNet Daily, 11/21/06
I thought for sure I would hear from these millions of well-educated, well-informed, biblically astute purpose-driven disciples.  It has been six days. God created the whole universe in that amount of time. And, so far, I haven't heard one cogent argument, apologia or rationalization for Warren's actions by any of his flock.  Hear the audio from the video that was removed from YouTube on what Warren said in Syria here.

(101) Megapastor Rick Warren's Damascus Road experience by Joseph Farrah, Between The Lines, WorldNet Daily, 11/20/06
WASHINGTON – Rick Warren, the superstar mega-church pastor and bestselling author of ''The Purpose Driven Life,'' had a Damascus Road experience last week – and like Saul of Tarsus, one of the after-effects appears to be blindness.
Warren went to Syria and could find no persecution of Christians. He could find no persecution of Jews. He could find no evidence of extremism. He could find no evidence of the sponsorship of terrorism. 

(102) Where Rick Warren's Disciples Are - Some Possible Answers to Joseph Farah's Quest by Herescope, 11/21/06
If you haven't been following the series of events unfolding on WorldNetDaily go over to these articles and read up on what Rick Warren has been doing. He took a trip to Syria on a global "P.E.A.C.E." mission and got caught in the act of finding common ground. Here are the stories…Story 1, Story  2, Story 3, Story 4.

(103) New Age Leader, Marianne Williamson, Comes to Rick Warren's Defense - "Meditation" is Common Ground by Lighthouse Trails Research, 11/22/06
Tuesday, in an article in the Detroit News, something happened that doesn't happen every day. In fact, it may never have happened before. The headline read, "Faith leaders deserve a shot at creating peace on earth." The author of the article was defending Rick Warren - well that's not too unusual - many Christian leaders, pastors and teachers have done that consistently these past four years. That would hardly be newsworthy. But this article was written by someone who does not defend conservative Christians. On the contrary, she stands for beliefs that are opposed to biblical Christianity. Her name is Marianne Williamson. 

(104) Calling Rick Warren by Joseph Farrah, Between The Lines, WorldNet Daily, 11/22/06
Rick Warren just toured Syria last week where he announced that terrorist haven, that police state, that bastion of hate, anti-Christian persecution and anti-Semitism is really not so bad. In fact, he said in a videotape released by his own church, then subsequently withdrawn from YouTube, that Syria does not countenance "extremism" and is worthy of praise for its protection of Christians and Jews. I know I have dealt with all of these issues in recent days already. But, today, in light of what transpired in Lebanon yesterday, I am calling on Rick Warren to repent for what he said and to condemn Syria now. 

(105) Rick Warren "Explains" Himself by Sandy Simpson, 11/25/06
It is forutnate when people like Rick Warren try to "explain" their actions and words.  It gives us a very clear glimpse into their character.

(106) When A Megapastor Denies Christ by Ingrid Schlueter, 11/06

If Rick Warren loved those souls to which he spoke, if he had a view of hell as described by Scripture, where these lost souls will forever suffer if they reject the Son of God, if he truly loved that Savior who hung bleeding and naked on an old rugged cross to pay for our sins, how could he fail to share that message?

(107) Obama at Saddleback: The New Politics by Herescope, 11/28/06
Rick Warren was apparently quite unhappy with last week's press, some details of which are recorded in the previous Herescope post, about his recent foray into Syria as an American pastoral diplomat. For the first time he responded to criticism directly by issuing a statement to his Saddleback Family entitled MESSAGE THIS WEEKEND! that put forward the best "spin" on his recent controversial activities. Rebutting the accuracy of Warren's statements was WorldNetDaily: "Rick Warren on Syria: 'A moderate country,' 11/26/06, and Sandy Simpson of Deception in the Church, "Rick Warren 'Explains' Himself," 11/25/06.

(108) Purpose-Driven Deception on a Global Scale by Berit Kjos, Kjos Ministries, 11/29/06
"...if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." Galatians 1:9-10

(109) Mr. Warren ... Excuses, Excuses by Lighthouse Trails Research, 11/17/06
While Rick Warren is making all the excuses in the world why it was ok for him to go to Syria, he is leaving out one important and often neglected element ... Israel. What about Israel? In the video clip by YouTube.com (which was quickly removed as Rick Warren became aware that "bloggers"* were criticizing him for his trip to Syria and alleged comments he made while there), Warren said that Christians and Muslims live peacefully together in Syria. He added, and I quote: "The official government role [in Syria] and position is to not allow any extremism of any kind." But what about Syria's extremism against Israel? Nor did Warren mention any co-existence between Muslims and Jews in Syria. And he did not mention Syria's hostility towards Israel and threats, that if ever carried out, Israel would be no more. 

(110) What Rick Warren Wants by Paul Proctor, 12/1/06
You see, the good reverend wasn't the least bit concerned that he had sided with an evil dictator and advanced the lies and agenda of a terrorist nation. All that apparently troubled him was that his Relationship with World Net Daily's editor was not producing satisfactory Results; and after failing to fool his latest critic with bogus denials that only made him look worse, he decided it was time to reach for the artificial sweetener to try and get the bad taste out of everyone's mouth. Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners have a sickening aftertaste all their own - so needless to say, the Relationship continued to sour.

(111) Apprising Ministries: Statement on Global Summit on AIDS hosted by Rick Warren by Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries, 12/4/06
The Lord in His providence saw fit for me to be included in a statement protesting “The Global Summit on AIDS & the Church” at Saddleback Church that Rick Warren hosted in conjunction with World Aids Day December 1.

(112) Statement Regarding The Global Summit on AIDS at Saddleback by Sandy Simpson, 12/06/06
This is just my brief statement on the Summit held by Rick Warren at his Saddleback church.

(113) Rick Warren Interview: Campaigning for His New "Reformation" by Lighthouse Trails Research, 12/09/06
Over 400,000 churches have done the Purpose Driven program. Isn't it time for born-again pastors who were fooled into thinking Purpose Driven was biblical Christianity to step forward and speak up? Rick Warren's new reformation is a dangerous trap of deception, and this global P.E.A.C.E. plan is a pied-piper that is going to lead a lot of people over the cliff.

(114) Rick Warren, Syria, & The Sorko Rams by James Jacob Prasch, 12/12/06
Given his propensity to twist the Word of God out of context and his urging of Christians to avoid ‘End Times Prophecy’ by an unbelievable butchering of a biblical text, we are not surprised by Rick Warren’s latest adventures in singing the praises of  Terrorist Hizbollah’s  Syrian sponsors, and doing so the very week that Lebanese Christian leader Pierre Jemayliel was assassinated by Syrian backed interests.

(115) Rick Warren is Rupert Murdoch's Pastor?!?! by Slice of Laodicea, 12/14/06
In this Pastors.com article Rick Warren says that he is Rupert Murdoch's pastor. This bit of news has got me wanting to ask some questions of Pastor Warren. Rick, when you did the S.H.A.P.E. assesment on Rupert did it say that he had the spiritual gift of pornographer? Pastor Warren, have you gotten around to telling Rupert about sin and its consequences or are we to assume that Rupert is already living his purpose and publishing porn is just part of it?

(116) Rick Warren continues to deceive by Joseph Farah, WorldNet Daily, December 15, 2006
I'm ready to let go of the Rick Warren-in-Syria controversy – just as soon as Rick Warren stops deceiving people about what he did and said in that anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, totalitarian police state last month. 

(117) Rick Warren Sermon Review by Slice of Laodicea, 12/16/06
If you visit Rick Warren's site Pastors.com website you'll find a video of Warren's November 26th sermon entitled "Why We Do What We Do: Living With Conviction". This is the sermon that Warren preached the Sunday before Barack Obama spoke at Saddleback Church. This sermon is supposed to be THE definitive response to all of Warren's critics, especially those who post here at Slice. The Rev. Todd Wilken reviewed this sermon on his radio show Issues Etc. shortly after Saddleback posted it.  Was Pastor Rick's sermon Christ-Centered and Cross-Focused? An even better question is "Was this sermon all about God or was it all about Rick?" You be the judge. Click Here to listen to the sermon review.

(118) Gathering or Scattering? by Paul Proctor, 4/3/05
While appearing to be gathering the sheep, he's really only scattering them.

(119) Looking Behind The 'Purpose Driven' Sheep’s Clothing by Christopher G. Adamo, Hawaii Reporter Freedom to Report Real News, 12/28/2006 
The facade is beginning to peel back from the so-called ministry of Southern California Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Church” and “The Purpose Driven Life.” Unfortunately, many among his ample flock have far too much invested in him, both emotionally and otherwise, to admit their mistakes and cut their losses.

(120) Rick Warren - A Back-Channel For P.E.A.C.E. by Herescope, 12/29/06
This is curious. This terminology “back channel” isn’t something that people use in their everyday conversation. What does it mean when Rick Warren says he is a “back channel for peace”?

(121) Christian Congressmen Swear On Purpose Driven Life by The Door News Service, 1/6/07
Washington D.C. (January 6, 2007) -- In a controversy that eerily mirrors the recent dispute over a congressman's use of the Koran, several Christian representatives have asked to be sworn in on the best-seller, The Purpose Driven Life.

(122) Rick Warren: Is He Or Isn't He? by Joseph Farah, January 9, 2007 
Who are you going to believe – Rick Warren or your own eyes? That's the dilemma I face. You see, back in November, I had a series of e-mail exchanges with the pastor of Saddleback Church and the best-selling author of "The Purpose-Driven Life." Among several interesting revelations of that dialogue was Warren's admission – a boast, really – that he is a member in good standing of the Council on Foreign Relations, an organization specifically founded to attack national sovereignty, to promote world government and to enlist U.S. church leaders in those goals. 

(123) Rick Warren Recommends Contemplative/Emerging Conference by Lighthouse Trails Research, 1/10/07
This week, in Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox newsletter, he is recommending the National Pastors Convention 2007. The convention is put on by Zondervan publishing and sponsored by InterVarsity Press and Leadership Journal (Christianity Today). The pastors convention has consistently been a conduit for contemplative and emergent spiritualities.

(124) The Purpose Driven Inclusive Church by Roger Oakland, Understanding The Times, 1/22/07
Pastor Rick Warren has a plan to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth. It is an ambitious plan called the P. E. A. C. E. Plan. This acronym stands for Planting churches, Equipping leaders, Assisting the poor, Caring for the sick, Educating the next generation. While political leaders and economic leaders from around the world have previously discussed similar social programs in order to bring utopia to planet earth, until now they have failed. Pastor Rick believes he has uncovered the missing component for success—it’s called the “inclusive church”.

(125) Reformation or Desecration? by Sherry Neece, Truth & Grace, 1/07
A weary and fearful world is crying out for solutions to the plethora of problems that plague mankind and seem to escalate every day. From AIDS to bird flu, terrorism, war and threats of nuclear annihilation, the world is filled with anxiety and looking for answers. Pastor Rick Warren believes that his P.E.A.C.E. plan is the answer and will bring about a "New Reformation" when in fact he is dismantling the true Reformation with a compromised, inclusive social gospel.

(126) Bill Gates Fund$ Rick Warren by Herescope, 1/30/07
Bill Gates is funding Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan. It seemed evident, but the supporting documentation was missing. The two men have been in the same places at the same time, working on the same things in Africa. So it seemed inevitable that there would be an outpouring of funds.

(127) If Rick Says It's OK, Then It Must Be OK by Watcher's Lamp, 2/9/07

In just another example of Truth sacrificed on the altar of unity, Rick Warren has partnered with the Anglican-created, Roman Catholic-promoted Alpha Course. It is disturbing to note that the Billy Graham Association is also a part of the effort.

(128) Being Good Stewards by Tim Wirth, The Simply Agape Project Discernment Ministry, 2/6/07
If you cant walk into a church and get information on where their money is going I suggest you don't go there because you shouldn't give there. Read Part 1 & Part 2.

(129) The ABC's Of Rick Warren by Paul Proctor, NewsWithViews.com, March 9, 2007
Rick's purpose driven method doesn't "simplify Christianity" - it distorts it into something it's not - and in a very duplicitous, disingenuous and unscriptural manner - something ABC's reporters never addressed - choosing instead to talk about churches getting rid of hymnals - adding guitars and drums to their services and mixing Christianity with psychology - things that few Christians today would even have a problem with. 

(130) The Dopamine-Driven Church by  Discernment Research Group, Herescope, 4/2007
Replacing the Holy Spirit with a dopamine high: this is the agenda of the New Apostolic Reformation. If people can be trained to be ruled by their senses, they are more malleable, easily manipulated, and ready to be driven from one new lustful fad to another. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 & Part 6.

(131) Rick Warren and Leonard Sweet Together Again -- Sweet: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die by Lighthouse Trails Research, 5/07
The 2007 Catalyst Conference will be taking place this October, and long-time colleagues Rick Warren and New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet will be speakers.

(132) Murdoch pastor gets heat for mogul's porn channels Christian leaders question Rick Warren for church's cozy ties with Fox owner by WorldNet Daily, May 10, 2007
Mega-pastor Rick Warren is being challenged by other Christian leaders for not disciplining a prominent member of his California Saddleback Church flock for being one of the world's leading pornographers. 

(133) Re-Branding Global Mission by Herescope, 5/26/07
Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan looks like it is being designed along the same lines as the "swaggering global corporations" described above. Very little is really known about the emerging P.E.A.C.E. Plan. It is a giant global network, initially being built upon the foundation of die-hard purpose-driven churches (the marketing "coals" saved from previous campaigns); and all but the most basic information is proprietary. Perhaps the word "secretive" might be appropriate to describe the launching of one of the world's most massive branding campaigns.

(134) “Protestant” Pastor Rick Warren Continues Recommending The Roman Catholic Church by Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries, 6/8/07
I note that each book is linked directly to Amazon to make for easy purchase. One of the books on this list is Letters to a Young Catholic: Art of Mentoring (LYC) by George Weigel. Although it should be obvious this is a pro-Roman Catholic book, for those who may not know Weigel is listed on its back cover as “a Roman Catholic theologian” and “a consultant on Vatican Affairs for NBC News.”

(135) Rick Warren in Conflict with the Word of God by  Dr. Roger H. Brarda, 10/28/07
Rick Warren’s gospel is good news for his seeker friendly Harry and Mary looking for and getting feel good positive ego enhancing experiences at market-driven assemblies, and bad news for the children of God who got kicked out of their churches and ridiculed as leaders from hell.

(136) Rick Warren Teaches How to Get Rid of Troublemakers by Lighthouse Trails, 11/15/08
In this week's e-newsletter by Rick Warren, he has written an article titled "What the Bible says about handling disunity." While erroneously stating that the Bible talks more about unity of the church than about Heaven or Hell, Warren says that those who oppose pastors must be dealt with, and if after two warnings, must be told to leave the church. This certainly is consistent with other statements Warren and his associate pastors have made. For instance, in the Saddleback book Transitioning by Purpose Driven pastor Don Southerland, Southerland states that those who oppose the Purpose Driven paradigm are like "leader[s] from hell" (pp. 115-116). 

(137) Betrayal Of Christ By Christian Leaders Continues by Paul Proctor, News With Views, December 19, 2007
In a December 17th 2007 article titled, Rick Warren Counsels Jews on Recruiting Congregants, the Christian Post reported that the beloved senior pastor and founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest California, a Southern Baptist congregation, "attended a large Reform Jewish gathering last week to share tips on how to build a community." So, instead of sharing Christ with his Jewish audience, Pastor Warren shared "tips on how to build a community?" 

(138) The new "do good" gospel by Herescope, 2/7/08
Rick Warren's idea of religious pluralism is taking the evangelical church onto the international scene as a major player in global affairs. As the church becomes a global activist in this emerging new world, it is quickly shedding its unique ability to spread the Gospel. Instead the focus is on programs, networks, and activities -- a call Rick Warren is making to the church to "do good."

(139) Washington Post on Rick Warren: Critics Have No Right to Challenge "New Reformation"at Lighthouse Trails, 2/7/08
Rick Warren, a megachurch pastor and philanthropist who is courted by political leaders worldwide, says he thinks Christianity needs a "second Reformation" that would steer the church away from divisive politics and be "about deeds, not creeds." ... That meant advocating for a broader agenda for evangelicals beyond same-sex marriage and bioethical issues like abortion and stem cell research. That's a shift from the e-mail Warren sent before the 2004 election to his regular distribution list of 136,000 pastors, telling them to focus on those hot-button issues, which he called "non-negotiables." Warren said he now regrets that e-mail -- not because he's changed his views in opposing abortion and same-sex marriage, but because he places them on a longer list of priorities. Now, he says, he wants to promote personal responsibility and restore civility in American culture. 

(140) A Mediocre Merry Christmas Message reviewed by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 2/08
Rick Warren's Christmas gospel.

(141) Purpose-Driven To The Far Left by Donald Hank, Laigle's Forum, February 8, 2008
How is it possible that seemingly devout Christians could support the party that stands like a phalanx behind partial birth abortion and redefining marriage into oblivion and opposes biblical free market principles? Look no further than "America's Pastor" and the Saddleback Church, where Obama and Hillary were guests last year. 

(142) The Gospel of the Kingdom by Herescope, 2/9/08
The "do good" gospel talked about by Rick Warren since his recent trip to Davos (see previous post) is another name for the "Kingdom Gospel" which is rapidly displacing the Gospel of Salvation.

(143) Is Richard Abanes For Real? by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries, 2/12/08
After behaving like an apologist for Rick Warren & Purpose Driven , defending and explaining even Rick Warren's invitation to partial birth abortion arch advocate Barak Obama to his pulpit in Mr. Warren's Saddleback church, Richard Abanes seems caught in a quagmire of his own design. In a series of circulated e mails, Richard Abanes (of that church) has selectively posted half the e mails exchanged in this regard on his web site (with-holding the other half), apparently in an effort to distance himself from Warren and his own comments in support of Warren. 

(144) Christian Research Service Statement on Accusations and Criticisms Against Discernment Ministries by Bud Press, Christian Research Service, 2/16/08
And no amount of false accusations, excuses, lengthy diatribes, and damage-control will change the fact that Rick Warren, Ken Blanchard, and others' continue to commit a grave injustice to the cause of Christ. 

(145) "Pastor" Rick Warren's Lie video clip on YouTube, 2/08
The Bible says, in contrast to Rick Warren saying we can please God by doing what we are "wired" to do at birth, "Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb. 11:6)  We please God by confessing our sins, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, and then obeying His commands in His Word. 

(146) Was his presentation BIBLICAL or NOT? by Christian Worldview Network, 2/08
What do you think of what Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church, told hundreds of thousands of people when asked how they could go to heaven?

(147) The Great American Tragedy Part One - Rick Warren and Seeker Sensitive by Tim Wirth, The No Goofy Zone Discernment Ministry, 3/08
So thats the roots of seeker sensitive and now we need to ask ourselves what does the Bible state our assemblies should be about since we know that the Body of Christ is made up of saved believers not stones and morter. Read The Great American Tragedy Part One - Rick Warren and Seeker Sensitive & The Great American Tragedy Part 2 -Why do we assemble as a group of believers?

(148) Letters to Richard Abanes Concerning Ken Blanchard and the New Age Movement by Bud Press, Director, Christian Research Service, March 24, 2008
Christian Research Service, along with other discernment ministries, has spent over three years researching Ken Blanchard and his Lead Like Jesus movement. Blanchard, the co-founder of Lead Like Jesus and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, claims to be a Christian, but has amassed an incredible track-record of involvement with and participation in the New Age Movement.

(149) Is Anyone Else Tired Of The Diaprax Of False Teachers ... Or Is It Just Me? by Sandy Simpson, 6/2/08
The dialectic and praxis (diaprax) is being used by most false teachers today as a main form of commuication and teaching.  In order to bring in their grandiose unbiblical plans and get people to follow them, they have to vilify the old.  In doing so, with more and more churches and Christians following their schemes, they are actually destroying the work of the Church and missions instead of helping the situation.  What was not a squeaky wheel is now being oiled with the super glue of false teaching.  If the churches have been ineffective and even some Biblical ones have been at times, then Warren's ideas are not helping but will grind the churches to a halt by focusing their attention on social and political concenrs rather than the Gospel.  This is all part of the Dominionist mandate, not part of our mandate as true Christians. Sadly instead of the churches becoming more effective we are witnessing the demise of the churches that follow the leadership of people like Warren ... which make Christ's words even more poignant and heartrending: Lu 18:8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

(150) Consequences of Rick Warren’s Reform Program by Prof. Johan Malan, Middelburg, South Africa (July 2008)
Rick Warren’s ideological approach and religious dogma have the potential of causing substantial political, economic and religious turmoil in countries where his proposed reforms are instituted. He advances a religiously-based social order (or new world order, in a wider context) which is aimed at the establishment of unitary structures with the vision, capacity and means to drive reforms toward greater unity, prosperity, and harmony in society.

(151) The Shameful Social Gospel by McMahon, T.A., August 27, 2008
For various reasons, Christians of different sorts have tinkered with "the gospel of Christ" as though it needed adjustments. Not major alterations, most will tell you, but just some minor tweaking here and there. The changes often begin by one's declaring that there is no real change involved, simply a shift in emphasis. Yet, no matter what the rationale may be, the end result is being "ashamed of the gospel of Christ." 

(152) Who Is Rick Warren's "Lord"? by Moriel Ministries, Nov 24, 1008
If the very magazines whose editorial ownership is liberal, pro-Obama, and globalist are trumpeting Rick Warren's "plan," supported by one of the world's largest publishers who ("markets books, magazines, music, video and educational products reaching 100 million households in 79 countries [and] publishes 92 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader's Digest, the world's largest-circulation magazine; operates 65 branded Web sites generating 18 million unique visitors per month; and sells approximately 68 million books, music and video products across the world each year") then it begs the question, "who is Rick Warren's 'lord'?" Considering the fact that faithful, humble and meek Christians are now regularly getting threatened, attacked, and spit upon in the streets (not in foreign countries, but in America's cities!) by violent mobs of homosexual "rights" activists --- while secular praise is heaped upon "America's Pastor" for his "P.E.A.C.E." plan and AIDS charity? Something's not right with this picture...

(153) Report on Rick Warren's Speaking at Muslim Convention at Lighthouse Trails, 12/08
Aside from Etheridge and Warren, New Age guru Deepak Chopra was also featured (by video). It is interesting to note that the writer of the article said he read The Purpose Driven Life for the first time on his way to the convention. He notes that there are "passages" in PDL that "are an unwitting argument for the unity of religions." He also gives Rick Warren credit for helping more evangelicals vote Democrat. 

(154) Rick Warren: the "Uber Pastor" with friends in high places, YouTube video, 1/09
YouTube video on Warren's associations and "exegesis" of Scripture.

(155) Food Tactics by Herescope, 1/14/09
What role will Rick Warren and his church-based health clinics play in all of this? Perhaps none. But it is remarkable how similarly structured this food voucher plan is to the purpose-driven formula of "transforming health care delivery through the full engagement of the local church linked to existing health care systems to work together for the common purpose of community health."

(156) "Rick Warren's Clout" by Herescope, 1/16/09
Just how powerful is Rick Warren? Ask the IRS. When they tried to collect back taxes from the pastor, Warren used his mega-clout to campaign against them--and won. With the help of Congress, that is, which stepped in to preempt a court ruling on the Cold War law Warren appears to have twisted to his advantage.

(157) An Edited Christmas - a look at Rick Warren's 2008 Christmas message by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 1/24/09
Warren’s new book is called “the purpose of Christmas” which we got a glimpse of through his recent Christmas message that was broadcasted  Dec. 24 on “Fox,” called “Christmas with Rick Warren.” 

(158) PyroMarketing Hagiography by Herescope, 3/13/09
What is significant about the launching of this magazine is that it is to MEMBERS, not mere customer SUBSCRIBERS. Rick Warren is still following the PyroMarketing strategy laid out by Greg Stielstra in his book of that title, which we reviewed in an article series called "The Dopamine-Driven Church" in 2007

(158) Warren's 'backsliding' on marriage damages church by Jim Brown, OneNewsNow, 4/9/2009
A Washington, DC, pastor and outspoken opponent of same-sex "marriage" says California mega-church pastor Rick Warren has done "tremendous damage" by apologizing for his support last fall of California's marriage protection amendment.

(160) Truth or Lies? Rick Warren's Moral Facade by Berit Kjos, Kjos Ministries, 4/09
So where does Pastor Warren actually stand on this issue? What is the source of his moral cues? God's Word -- or forceful leaders who have traded His unchanging Truth for today's evolving moral pragmatism? His recent statements suggest a total moral U-turn. According to Brown, Warren regrets his earlier position. "There were a number of things that were put out. I wrote to all my gay friends -- the leaders that I knew -- and actually apologized to them. That never got out," he admitted.

(161) Islamic Society convention lands appearance from Rick Warren cited by Lighthouse Trails, 6/20/09
INDYSTAR - The Indiana-based Islamic Society of North America will be holding its annual convention -- the largest yearly gathering of Muslims on the continent -- in Washington, D.C. over the Fourth of July weekend. And while convention leaders are holding out hope that President Barack Obama might make the convention his latest stop in his outreach to the Muslim world, the convention has landed another pretty big fish as a featured speaker. Purpose-Driven pastor Rick Warren has agreed to appear at the convention and be part of its main session discussing the convention's theme -- "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Joining Warren for the session is ISNA President Ingrid Mattson and noted Muslim scholar Hamza Yusuf. Warren's scheduled visit to the convention follows ISNA leader Sayyid Syeed's appearance last December at Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on Public Health. Warren was unavailable this week to comment about the appearance. 

(162) Rick Warren speaking to Islamic group with terror ties by Chad Groening, OneNewsNow, 7/2/09
The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry is questioning the decision of mega-church pastor Rick Warren to address a Muslim group, which has terrorist connections, during its annual convention over the Fourth of July weekend in Washington, DC. Jan Markell, the founder of Olive Tree Ministries, is concerned that the high-profile pastor will not use the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with Muslims. Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church in California, has agreed to appear at the convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and be part of its main session, discussing the convention's theme: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case in 2007.

(162) Judas Strikes Again by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries, 7/5/09
Moslems, unbelieving Jews, and homosexuals & lesbians are not the cardinal problem. These are unsaved people doomed to a Christ-less eternity unless the true church by God’s grace and with God’s help can reach them with the gospel. But what is left of the true church? 

(163) An Open Letter to Pastor Rick Warren by Jan Markell, 7/6/09
On July 5 the Washington Times online reported that Pastor Rick Warren told his Islamic audience, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA,) that he envisions "a coalition of faith." Whether Pastor Warren knows this or not, this is just another term for the coming one-world religion outlined in Revelation 13. It is further outlined in Revelation 17. I have not taken on the issue of Rick Warren all that often, but after reading what the Washington Times has to say about his message to a group of spiritually lost Muslims, I feel I must address this in an open letter to who many say is the most influential pastor in America and some would say the world.

(164) Rick Warren enters the mash-pit of Muslim pudding by Mike Oppenheimer, 7/79/09
As if Warren has not jumped into deep water enough times, he has now done a two and a half backwards gainer into a shallow pool. Ignoring caution from fellow Christians, Warren on July 4th, Independence day, was the keynote speaker to a gathering of 8,000 Muslim at the Islamic Society of North America’s 46th annual convention in Washington. ISNA is known to be a Saudi-backed Muslim group (Muslim Students' Association of the U.S. and Canada) it is reported to promote a radical strain of Wahhabi Islam found in large percent of U.S. mosques. 

(165) Serious Concerns Over Rick Warren's Ecumenical Efforts with Islam from Miscellaneous News Sources, Lighthouse Trails, 7/16/09 
LTRP Note: The following is a link to a compilation of noteworthy articles regarding Rick Warren's move toward uniting Christianity and Islam. It is also worth noting that the contemplative prayer movement, of which Rick Warren is a major proponent, embraces the notion that mysticism (i.e., contemplative) can unite all religions. Thomas Merton, the Catholic mystic, said that doctrine must be put aside and mysticism embraced in order to bring together the world's religions. Rick Warren has often stated that his reformation will be one that emphasizes deeds over doctrine and that his reformation will include those of different faiths. This is also the mantra of the emerging church movement. We have seen a marriage grow between false Christianity, all false religions, the political realm and all of society in the West in general, and now Rick Warren as its prophet is reaching out to Islam, but I highly doubt Islam will take hold. This whole idea is anathema to the true beliefs of Islam just as it is anathema to the true beliefs of Biblical Christianity.

(166) RICK WARREN: FROM TOLERANCE TO RESPECT by Paul Proctor, NewsWithViews.com, July 17, 2009
Christianity’s premier change-agent and facilitator, Rick Warren, is now attempting to move the compromised church, again via the Hegelian Dialectic, on to the next step of the global “transformation” toward that long-awaited one-world religion, telling Muslims at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America: “Tolerance is not enough.”According to a report posted on the ISNA website, Warren went on to say: “People don't want to be tolerated, they want to be respected, they want to be listened to. They want to be valued." Adding to that, he said: "I am not interested in interfaith dialogue, I am interested in interfaith projects…Talk is very cheap."

(167) Why Rick Warren Should Not Tell Rob Bell: "Just wanted to encourage you to ignore critics." by Lighthouse Trails, 8/7/09
On August 4th, it was reported by Transplant Ministries (a radio ministry that "follows," but is opposed to, Rick Warren on Twitter) that Rick Warren sent the following message to emergent leader, Rob Bell: @RickWarren: "thenoomaguy Hey Rob, Just wanted to encourage you to ignore critics. If you weren't impacting & making a difference, they'd ignore you. rick." The message was allegedly meant to go out only to Rob Bell but was apparently sent out to over 17,000 Twitter followers. If Rick Warren did indeed send this message to Rob Bell, is there any valid reason why America's most popular evangelical pastor should not have done that?

(168) "God's Dream" or a Deceptive Scheme? by Warren Smith, A "Wonderful" Deception, 2009
But "God's Dream," as described by its proponents cannot and will not succeed. It is not a case of "if you build it, he will come."13 While humanity is to always do its best in meeting human and environmental needs, the kingdom of God will not be established by humanity imagining and creating world peace by invoking a Schulleresque New Age "God's Dream†PEACE Plan. The kingdom of God comes just as prophesied in the Bible--through the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ--the real Jesus Christ--not the false Christ of a deceived and apostate church. Not the false Christ of a New Age/New Spirituality.

(169) Woe by Andrea Ahnonemous, News 4 The Masses, August 25, 2009
The Shift has Begun. The time for secrets and whispered alliances has become publicly known. The object of grievance for many who love Calvary Chapel and all that it once stood for has been affirmed. For all those who were called “Head Hunters, Heresy Sniffers, Contentious, and slanderers” they may now have some level of confirmation that their discernment wasn’t wrong, but a true child of God who has the “gift” of discernment takes no pleasure in seeing what was once ‘the warning’ come to pass. Many people who are in the camp that believe Rick Warren is doing a work of God think that all of us are simply fanatic and fearful to ‘change.’ No. I accept Change. What I do not accept is heresy, lies, and false teachers. I will start in the order of the men that are in the picture above.

(170) Rick Warren Now Openly Promoting Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism by Apprising Ministries, 12/9/09
The problem is, this current fad within mainstream evangelicalism of practicing corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) ala Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster—and his spiritual twin Dallas Willard—doesn’t produce spiritual health; quite the opposite, it contributes mightily to a fulfillment of this Scripture men will be lovers of self (see—2 Tim 3:2, NASB).

(171) Rick Warren denies he's "conspiring" to "rid the world of homosexuals" by Bruce Wilson, 12/10/09
Rick Warren's missives reach over 140,000 pastors around the world and in early 2009 Warren gave the opening prayer at Barack Obama's inauguration. But the "Purpose Driven" pastor has increasingly been dogged by controversy. Mega-pastor Warren has just released a statement condemning pending legislation, before Uganda's parliament, which critics have characterized as a "kill the gays" bill. Warren's newly stated opposition to the bill is, of course, welcome. But Warren's declaration contains blatant lies and statements that verge on the bizarre. Why does Rick Warren feel the need tell the world that he has not "conspired" with C. Peter Wagner (an under-publicized but powerful religious leader), or anyone, to "rid the world of homosexuals"? Warren's statement presents a list of "Key Facts Concerning Recent Media and Blog Reports on Rick Warren's Position on Uganda" which contains nine "questions," written by Warren himself, with answers written by Rick Warren too. Question #9 is, "Are you and Peter Wagner attempting to rid the world of homosexuals?" Warren answers his own question: "Absolutely not." But who has accused Warren of such an evil plan? Warren's statement also contains several blatant lies. in one, he claims that C. Peter Wagner wasn't his key advisor for Warren's 1993 doctoral dissertation. But the abstract of Warren's 350-plus page tome lists one academic figure, C. Peter Wagner, as Warren's "mentor" for the dissertation.

(172) Comments on the Rick Warren LETTER/VIDEO STATEMENT TO UGANDAN CHURCH LEADERS by Sandy Simpson, 12/11/09
Though some of the provisions of the anti-homosexuality bill are unjust and should be removed we have to understand that HIV/AIDS is a huge problem there and is being propagated and spread by homosexual behaviors as well as other methods.  Uganda is trying to find ways to protect their society against this deadly sexual disease.  Warren states that we all have "the freedom to make moral choices and our right to free expression are gifts endowed by God.".  This statement comes from his erroneous teaching on "gifts".  He has taught repeatedly on this subject in his "Purpose" series and often confuses natural gifts with spiritual ones.  Do we have the right to make choices that cause others to die of AIDS?  If the "free expression" of homosexuality is a "gift endowed by God" then why does God prohibit it in Scripture?  We are not just free to do anything we want as people created by God.  There are laws against murder, and infecting others with HIV/AIDS should be prosecuted just as any other act of murder is.  If you knowingly give someone poison and they die will you not be tried for that crime?   I have often stated that false faith healers like Benny Hinn ought to be indicted for claiming they have healed people from AIDS when he has not even checked out to see if it is true.  If you don't believe me get our video series on Benny Hinn and see for yourself:

(173) Uganda Pastors' Response to Rick Warren over the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009, 12/23/09
Your letter has caused great distress and the pastors are demanding that you issue a formal apology for insulting the people of Africa by your very inapropriate bully use of your church and purpose driven pulpits to coerse us into the “evil” of Sodomy and Gaymorrah. This is expected within seven days from this date.

(174) YEAR IN REVIEW: Rick Warren, one of the world’s “top 100 most influential people” in 2009 by Lighthouse Trails, 12/09
In May 2009, Time magazine named Rick Warren one of the world’s top 100 most influential people. What exactly was Warren influencing in 2009? Lighthouse Trails presented the following news stories throughout the year. Because possibly 1/2 million churches around the world have turned to the Purpose Driven Movement for direction, it is worth taking some time to review these:

(175) 10 Scriptural Reasons Not to Be Involved with Rick Warren’s “Broad Way” Christianity by Warren Smith, January 18th, 2010
Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven movement has, in a relatively short period of time, become what TIME magazine has referred to as a “Purpose Driven empire.”1 The word empire is defined in the dictionary as “supreme rule; absolute power or authority; dominion.” It also means “an extensive social or economic organization under the control of a single person, family, or corporation.”2 For all intents and purposes, Rick Warren has become the titular head—the almost emperor-like CEO—of an increasingly apostate postmodern church. But while Warren continues to be embraced by much of the world and much of the church, it is not too late for people to reconsider their involvement with him and his Purpose Driven movement. Here are ten scripturally based reasons why people with any love of the truth should not involve themselves in Warren’s “Broad Way” Christianity:

(176) The “Wonderful” Deception of the Purpose Driven Paradigm by Warren B. Smith, “Deceived on Purpose” from chapter 1 of A “Wonderful” Deception, 3/5/10
The following is an excerpt from Warren B. Smith’s new book, A “Wonderful” Deception.The book begins with a recap of Smith’s earlier book, Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose Driven Church. Because more and more churches everyday are deciding to adopt the  ”Purpose Driven,” paradigm, this material is vital to understand. Please feel free to print and distribute this posting.

(177) UK Observer: “Blair courts controversial US pastor Rick Warren in bid to unite faiths”, The Observer – UK (courtesy Discern the Time Forum), 3/15/10
Former prime minister builds network of Christian allies as he prepares to launch a religious ‘offensive’ in North America

(178) Rick Warren Apologist: “Leonard Sweet is about as Christian as anyone can get.” by Warren Smith, 4/5/10
Given all of Leonard Sweet’s New Age/New Spirituality sympathies, Rick Warren has continued to work with Sweet and promote him rather than separate himself from him and expose him as the Bible admonishes him to do.

(179) Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals by Berit Kjos, August 2005
"A sea change of transitions and transformations is birthing a whole new world," wrote Dr. Leonard Sweet, whose books are often quoted in Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox. "God is birthing the greatest spiritual awakening in the history of the church.... Are you going to show up."  Read Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3.

(180) Purpose Driven Life - Radio Discussion by The Berean Call, 6/12/10
This power-packed, nine-part audio series produced for Search the Scriptures Daily Radio takes a Berean's-eye look at the content of Rick Warren's 20-million-plus best-seller, The Purpose-Driven Life [TPDL]. Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon share their thoughts and analysis of TPDL in light of God's Word, and examine the difficult question: Are the writings of Rick Warren founded in Bible-centered wisdom, or are they rooted in humanistic philosophy and man-made methodology?

(181) Saddleback Promotes Chrstianized Mantra Meditation by by Christine Pack, Sola Sisters, 6/15/10
Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church website features two books by Quaker and mystic Richard Foster, today’s leading proponent of something known as “Spiritual Disciplines” or “Spiritual Formation.”  Also promoted are several other books focusing on the Spiritual Disciplines, which teach a practice that is nothing more than a “Christianized” version of mantra meditation, a pagan practice borrowed from Hinduism and Buddhism.  In this pagan practice, a person will “empty” the mind employing some kind of device: rhythmic music, repeating a word or phrase, focusing on breathing, etc., in an attempt to connect to God.

(182) Rick Warrens wants us to learn from Henri Nouwen by Ken Silva, 9/14/10
To give you some further perspective, Warren’s Twitter account tells us he has 153, 661 followers and he tweeted the below not long ago: "Hiddneness is the place of purificiation.  In Hiddeness we find out true selves. - Nouwen"  The “Nouwen” in the above tweet is the deceased Roman Catholic mystic Henri Nouwen. I told you recently in Christian Broadcasting Network Peddling Contemplative Spirituality—even today—Nouwen remains a leading teacher of the anti-biblical, and spiritually corrupt, Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) perpetrated in the pretending to be Protestant evangelical by Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster with his trusty spiritual twin Dallas Willard, under the guise of so-called Spiritual Formation.

(183) John Piper Interview: Rick Warren is “Biblical” – “He’s Been Slandered” by Lighthouse Trails, 10/7/10
In a Christianity Today interview with popular evangelical teacher John Piper, Piper is questioned for his recent invitation of Rick Warren to his Desiring God conference, which brought criticism to Piper. In the interview, Piper states the following: CT: You invited Rick Warren; would you say he exemplifies [your] “thinking”? Piper: No, I don’t think he exactly exemplifies what I’m after. But he is biblical. He quoted 50 Scriptures from memory. Unbelievable, his mind is Vesuvius. So I asked him what impact reading Jonathan Edwards had on him. What these authors like Karl Barth and Edwards do for him is give him a surge of theological energy that then comes through his wiring. What I wanted to do with Rick is force him to talk about thinking so pragmatists out there can say, “A lot of thinking goes into what he does.” (emphasis added) CT: You received some negative feedback for inviting him. Piper: It was real risky. I don’t even know if I did the right thing. If somebody said, “Are you sure you should have invited him?” “No.” I think the first thing I’d say—maybe the only thing—is I think he’s been slandered. I think we probably need to work harder at getting him right. (emphasis added)

(184) Pelagian Rick Warren Teaches Pelagianism at John Piper's Desiring God by Justin Edwards, 10/8/10
In a nutshell, Pelagianism denies original sin and teaches that man is morally neutral. Man therefore has the capacity to choose God through rational thought and free will apart from the grace of God. In fact, man is born with the same moral purity as Adam before the fall, and it is only the influences of his environment and making poor intellectual decisions that leads man to sin and bad behavior. In other words, man has the ability to fulfill or obey the commands of God by his will alone (for more on the heresy of Pelagianism , please see Pelagianism and Pelagianism: Religion of Natural Man). So what does this have to do with Rick Warren? Well, as Rosebrough said on his October 4th program, Warren's lecture Sunday was Pelagianism run amok.  Warren believes "all behavior is based in a belief" and "behind every sin is a lie I'm believing" (per Rosebrough from Saddleback's 2008 Purpose Driven Community Conference). In other words, sin only consists in the separate act of the will and if we just learn what the truth is, we can stop sinning. If we just change the way we think, we can change the way we behave. The obvious thing missing here is the grace of God and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

(185) Update!  Rick Warren is lying by Ken Silva, 10/10/10
Let’s be clear: I have spoken at length with both Ingrid Schlueter and Chris Rosebrough, whom Rick Warren has even met with in person a year or so back, and I know we’re not the least upset that Warren has a low opinion of us. All one has to do is Google my name and you’ll quickly discover I’ve been spoken of way more harshly than anything Rick Warren has said publicly concerning me.

(186) Rick Warren, Laverne Adams and Cindy Trimm by Ken Silva, 10/21/10
The foreword to the Divine Destiny Doctor’s book is done by none other than Rick Warren; and below, right from her Driven By Destiny website itself, is what Warren would write in his foreword to pastrix LaVerne Adams’ book:

(187) Rick Warren, Dr. Destiny Laverne Adams, snd “Apostle” Chuck Pierce by Ken Silva, 10/22/10
This also serves to give you further example of the kind of people Rick Warren has now opened the door for by his ridiculous endorsement of pastrix Dr. LaVerne Adams.

(188) The Kingdom of God and a Man of Peace by Understand the Times with Roger Oakland, 11/10/10
Most people with any common sense and compassion want to see a planet without poverty, disease, and illiteracy. I thank God for all the organizations working to help the suffering, the sick, and the poor. Jesus made it very clear that we are to care for and reach out to those in need. However, working to bring about utopia on earth through global and religious unity is futile. My saying this might make some people angry, and they may accuse me of being fatalistic. But nowhere in Scripture is the notion supported that there will be a kingdom without tears, pain, poverty, and suffering until Jesus Christ physically returns and establishes it Himself.

(189) Rick Warren, Cindy Trimm, Paula White & The Law Of Attraction by Ken Silva, 11/12/10
Our “Doctor of Destiny”LaVerne Adams, pastrix of a church self-help center called Cathedral of Praise, has apparently even developed creative powers complete with the destiny ability to actually speak things into existence. Where’s Rick Warren fit into this equasion; it’s elementary m’dear Watson, on 10/10/10 Dr. Destiny drops a self-published book called Driven By Driven By Destiny: 12 Secrets to Unlock Your Future (DBD). And, the angling to be universal bishop of the visible church, Rick Warren wrote the foreword; but I’m afraid that it gets even weirder than Warren writing a foreword to a self-published book by a nondescript pastrix. You see, the Doctor of Destiny informs us that Warren actually sought her out ...

(190) Rick Warren Recognized as Major Evangelical Player in the Environmental Activism/Green Movement posted at Lighthouse Trails, 12/27/10
LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes only, not as an endorsement:

(191) SPECIAL REPORT: Rick Warren’s “Apologetics” Weekend Should Apologize for Representing “Another Gospel” by Lighthouse Trails, 12/30/10
This is our last Special Report for 2010. It may be the most important article we have written all year. It is long and detailed, but we hope you will take the time to read it. Please consider distributing it to those in your own mailing lists who may be interested in the welfare of the church today.

(192) Northern Ireland Apologist Comments on Saddleback “Apologetics” Weekend by Cecil Andrews, 1/8/11
What I want to focus upon is a recent supposed ‘Apologetics’ conference [11-12 December 2010] hosted by Mr Warren at his Saddleback Church. A very helpful report highlighting some of those who spoke at this conference will be included in this article but perhaps I can make a few comments of my own before going to that report.

(193) Rick Warren’s New Health and Wellness Initiative Could Have Profound Repercussions on Many by Lighthouse Trails, January 11, 2011
Just ten days after Lighthouse Trails posted its last and most important article of 2010, Rick Warren’s “Apologetics” Weekend Should Apologize for Representing “Another Gospel,” we must issue this Special Report regarding a year-long event that will be kicking off at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church on January 15th.

(194) When Contending Costs Everything by Jan Markell, January 18, 2011
What on earth is Pastor Rick Warren thinking? I have avoided being harsh concerning Rick but on the issue I am about to outline, I must be blunt. A series of errors is outlined below but the zinger following them is my focus.

(195) Emanuel Swedenborg’s Occultic Beliefs Influence Rick Warren’s Health Advisor and Now the Christian Church by John Lanagan, My Word Like Fire Ministries, 1/18/11
Perhaps it is not surprising Dr. Mehmet Oz, a key teacher in Rick Warren’s 52 week health-and-wellness Daniel Plan, has been influenced by occultist Emanuel Swedenborg. Although Swedenborg rejected the biblical Christ, and communed with familiar spirits, some of Swedenborg’s admirers have been culturally significant figures. At this point in his career, Dr. Mehmet Oz certainly qualifies as such.

(196) A Visit to Rick Warren’s Health Seminar – The Unfolding of a Global New Age Plan by Jennifer Pekich, Ponderings from Patmos, 1/21/11
It shouldn’t surprise us that Rick Warren would allow a seminar of this nature at Saddleback; after all, he himself has “GONE GREEN.” [11] He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. [12] This illustrates the natural progression of one being unequally yoked with non-believers & buying into heresies such as “Kingdom Now,” “Dominionism,” or “Restoration Theology.” Where these heresies reign, as they do at Saddleback, you will find that the focus subtly shifts from salvation in Christ alone, through faith alone, to misguided efforts to restore mankind & the earth through “community” works, sustainable living, and social justice. How convenient that these just happen to be the vehicles which the United Nations is using to further it’s own agenda to restructure society & unite the world under its governing body of global elites.

(197) Rick Warren introduces "The Devil Plan" by Marsha West, RenewAmerica, 1/24/11
In his new endeavor to help Saddleback congregants get healthy, Pastor Rick has enticed unsuspecting people, many of them professing Christians, into drinking his witch's brew.

(198) VCY America Interviews Saddleback Health Seminar Attendee – Apostasy Exposed! at Lighthouse Trails, 1/28/11
On January 27th, Ingrid Schlueter of VCY America interviewed Jennifer Pekich on the CrossTalk radio program in what is probably one of the most important shows that VCY has ever done, in our opinion. Jennifer had recently attended the  health seminar at Saddleback Church, in which Rick Warren brought in three leading “health” specialists to train Saddleback’s congregants how to be healthy. CrossTalk explains: "Why should these men cause “red flags” to come up for Christians? Jennifer attended the Daniel Plan kick-off gathering on January 15. From her notes she shares how from Kundalini Yoga to Transcendental Meditation, these men are steeped in Eastern mysticism and the occult. In addition, through it all, numerous U.N. buzz-phrases could be heard; phrases such as “sustainable living,” smart growth,” “public-private partnerships,” and more." Are Rick Warren and his associates attempting to restructure the church and society by warming Christians up to a fanciful sounding global plan? Decide for yourself when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

(199) Rick Warren Wants You To Develop Your "Ultramind" by Ken Silva, 2/4/11
Yoga is “wonderful,” and recommending meditation “developed by Buddhists”; when was this ever part of Protestant spirituality? Answer: It never has been. Now I realize Rick Warren is the spiritual equivalent of the Teflon Don, but even so, isn’t it about time someone within the leadership of the SBC finally stops hiding behind its Idol of Autonomy and looks into what’s going on at Saddleback Church, arguably it’s most visible church? And I’ll ask this question again of Dr. John Piper: Do you seriously think this Daniel Plan of neo-pagan humanism from Rick Warren is theological and doctrinal and sound?

(200) Rick Warren’s “Daniel Plan” Doctor Oz Will Lead Mass Hypnosis on TV by Lighthouse Trails Research, 2/5/11
Christian Research Network has posted a video clip where Rick Warren’s Dr. OZ is announcing that on Monday he and a fellow doctor are going to ”hypnotize America.” If you haven’t kept up on what is currently happening at Saddleback Church with Rick Warren, please read the following articles where it documents that Rick Warren is using New Age promoting doctors to get his congregation healthy. Meditation is one of the techniques that these doctors advocate. If you think that this is just about Saddleback Church and has nothing to do with you or your church or your grown children’s churches, please think twice about that. The repercussions of what is happening right now at Saddleback could be astronomical, and yet … once again, there is absolute silence (no pun intended) from Christian leaders.

(201) 3-Legged "Health" Care - The Agenda of Rick Warren's "Daniel Plan" by Herescope, 2/10/11
When Rick Warren launched his Daniel Plan prescription for health several weeks ago as a massive campaign to alter the health of evangelicals in American, many discerning saints expressed shock and dismay at his open association with New Age doctors. While this fact is upsetting, there are equally disturbing issues about Warren's Daniel Plan that cannot be ignored.

(202) Rick Warren, The Daniel Plan, And Dominionism by Ken Silva, 2/12/11
What’s at the rotten core of all of this is dominionism; which at its own corrupt heart is the belief that God is bringing about His dream that the Christian faith will make this world “a better place.” Likely you’ll be hearing more about this; but for now, against this backdrop you should be better able to see the dominionism that seems to be at the heart of the ministry of Rick Warren. 

(203) Rick Warren Speaks Out Against Those Warning the Church of Meditation by John Lanagan, My Word Like Fire Ministries, 2/14/11
Perhaps stung by criticism about his Daniel Plan alliance with three well known New Age doctors, Rick Warren simultaneously addressed and sidestepped the meditation issue during a recent sermon.1 Warren never acknowledged his own promotion of teachers of anti-biblical meditative practices such as contemplative prayer, never addressed the Daniel Plan controversy, but seemed to accuse instead the Christians who sounded the alarm about Eastern/New Age meditation advocates Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman.

(204) Interfaith Tony Blair to Speak at Saddleback on Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan by Lighthouse Trails, 2/16/11
The following news story  is posted for informational and research purposes only and in no way is an endorsement of the Christian Post, a regular media outlet for Rick Warren. Regarding Warren and Tony Blair coming together at the upcoming Saddleback Civil Forum, the two share much in common when it comes to plans for the world. One thing they share is their views on the problem with what they term fundamentalism or extremism. Blair states that  ”religion must be rescued from extremism and irrelevance and used as a force for good at a time of global turmoil.”1 Rick Warren “predicts that fundamentalism, of all varieties, will be ‘one of the big enemies of the 21st century.’ ‘Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism – they’re all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.’”2 The question remains as to whether Bible-believing Christians will be included in their definitions of fundamentalism and extremism in the near days to come.

(205) SPECIAL REPORT: Rick Warren’s “Apologetics” Weekend Should Apologize for Representing “Another Gospel” by Lighthouse Trails, 2/27/11
This is our last Special Report for 2010. It may be the most important article we have written all year. It is long and detailed, but we hope you will take the time to read it. Please consider distributing it to those in your own mailing lists who may be interested in the welfare of the church today.

(206) Rick Warren and Saddleback Unveil Tony Blair Peace Program by Ingrid Schluter, Crosstalk Blog, 3/3/11
Rick Warren believes the world can have peace without the Prince of Peace. He is awarding Tony Blair, a pro-abortion, Roman Catholic convert with a peace prize in a few days at Saddleback Church. Click here for Warren’s details. As we see Dr. John Piper’s open embrace of Warren at his Desiring God conferences, one of which will be held at Warren’s church in April, we are reminded of the emergence of a new spirituality that is without the cross of Jesus Christ (just ask Tony Blair about his plan to unite world religions), of “peace” without the author of peace, Jesus Christ, and of an apostate evangelicalism that has now linked arms with the United Nations to push Agenda 21 goals.

(207)  Peace in a Globalized Society forum at Saddleback Church - A Special Report By Lighthouse Trials And Roger Oakland, 3/9/11
On March 7, 2011, Roger Oakland, founder of Understand the Times, International, and two other members from his ministry attended the Peace in a Globalized Society forum at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, which featured Rick Warren and special guest, former UK prime minister Tony Blair. Roger Oakland and his co-workers obtained eye-witness seats at the event that included well over 2000 people in attendance. Although cameras and recorders were not allowed in the main sanctuary where the interview took place, the UTT team took notes. What Oakland and his team heard caused them much concern – thus the reason for this special report. Warren and Blair spoke about Warren’s PEACE Plan and his “Three Legged Stool Plan.” Tony Blair spoke about his inter-faith Faith Foundation. Both speakers were noticeably excited about what they were doing for the world. According to a 2010 UK Observer report, “Tony Blair is preparing to launch a “faith 

Updated! (208) Rick Warren's New Age Health Gurus - Here Come the GURU-DOCTORS! by Sarah Leslie, 3/12/11
When Rick Warren launched his year-long Daniel Plan at a Saddleback Health and Fitness Seminar, he introduced three key doctors that would be working on this agenda with him. The fact that these three doctors are easily identifiable as New Age “guru” type doctors is indisputable. Their own public record is very obvious – each man in one way or another has connected himself with various elements of the New Age. One need only “google” their names to find their connections to activities, practices and personnel at high levels in the New Age movement.  Read this series by Sarah Leslie:

Part 1: Rick Warren's New Age Health Gurus - Here Come the GURU-DOCTORS!
Part 2: Reiki "Power" and Rick Warren's Health Plan
Part 3: The “WOO” Factor
(209) Since linking with Tony Blair it appears that Rick Warren is “waxing (becoming) worse and worse” by Cecil Andrews, Take Heed Ministries, 3/14/11
The Tony Blair connection was mentioned in my article ‘The political pals of Rick Warren’ that can be viewed here.  In particular I want to draw attention to two important subjects where both Rick Warren and Tony Blair are jointly in tandem  “deceiving and being deceived”. One subject is the ‘gay’ issue and the other is the ‘Interfaith’ issue. 

(210) Purpose Driven Dismantling Of Christianity By Marsha West, News With Views, March 19, 2011
The real danger to traditional Christianity is not from without, but from within its own ranks. Millions of professing Christians have conformed to the world and have been taken in “through philosophy” and “the tradition of men” and are “not after Christ.” (Col. 2:8) Not that this is anything new. The attempt to blend Christianity with paganism has been going on since the days of the early church. And here we are 2 millennia later, still fighting some of the same battles. 

(211) Question to the Berean Call: Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan? by The Berean Call, 3/24/11
Rick Warren, as a shepherd of thousands of sheep and one who has been called "America's pastor," is responsible to the Lord for what he is feeding them. Tragically, he has brought in hirelings (and worse) who will lead his sheep into meditative techniques that are "doctrines of devils" and will open them to direct communication with "seducing spirits" (1 Tm 4:1).

(212) Warren Jesus, Muslim Jesus or Biblical Jesus by James Sundquist, 3/30/11
By James Sundquist, who will give 22 scriptural reasons why they are not the same Jesus. He explains in detail the following: The Jesus discussed in the Koran & Haddith Scriptures. What Islamic Jesus says he will do when he returns to the earth. Is Islam a religion of peace? Is the biblical Jesus the same Jesus as depicted in Muslim Scriptures? Is Islamic Jesus the Prince of Peace, or another masquerade of the Prince of Darkness? This film has been updated to include Rick Warren's promotion of Mohammad and awarding Tony Blair with his Global Peace Plan annual award and includes John Wesley's published expose of the religion of Islam. James Sundquist's presentation was featured on Andy Andersen Live, WMCA Radio in New York, Prime Time Live, Moody Broadcasting Network, "Watchman on the Wall" national radio program, and recommended by Calvary Contender magazine and featuring in his book Rick Warren's Global Peace Plan vs. Scriptural Teachings on Peace, published by Southwest Radio Church. 1 hour film on YouTube.

(213) Saddleback’s Response to Criticism Over Daniel Plan – An Unscriptural Paradox! by Lighthouse Trails, 4/3/11

Recently, Saddleback Church issued a statement in response to criticism it has received regarding the use of Dr. Oz, Dr. Hyman, and Dr. Amen for their highly popularized Daniel Plan. All three doctors have helped Rick Warren create a health plan that will not only be used by Saddleback but by Purpose Driven churches worldwide. Potentially, millions of people across the globe could be introduced to this New Age-inspired health plan through Saddleback Church. Rick Warren says that some major grocery chains may begin to carry Daniel Plan foods (please see links below for our coverage on this topic). Many reading Saddleback’s response may feel that Saddleback has addressed the important issues satisfactorily surrounding this situation. But Lighthouse Trails finds the response seriously lacking. Below is a point by point synopsis of Saddleback’s response and our commentary.
(214) Impressions Ineffable . . .The Mysticism “Lite” of Rick Warren by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, 4/19/11

For me, the idea of guidance through “impressions . . . ideas . . . hunches [and] gut feelings” is mystic. Rightly, Warren attempts to guard against mysticism by instructing his congregation to submit any impression to the question, “Does It Agree with the Bible?”[16] Yet the irony of Warren's guideline is that, when invesigated, the very biblical passages he claims support his proposal that God speaks to people through impressions do not teach what he says they teach; namely, that if people will work-up the right attitude and withdraw, wait, watch, write and worship, God will speak to them through impressions, ideas, hunches and gut feelings. In his book The Witness of the Spirit, Bernard Ramm (1916-1992) wrote half a century ago: “To isolate Scripture from the Spirit, or the Spirit from Scripture, is theologically mischievous.”

(215) Saddleback Church of Rick Warren Using Rob Bell Teachings by Ken Silva, 5/23/11
Now we see “flow going on here” at Saddleback Church, one of the most influential congregations in the Southern Baptist Convention, to “the Emerging Church” in the person of Rob Bell. As a matter of fact, two years ago in Saddleback Church Pastors Using Rob Bell Teachings I told you they’d already made that fateful decision. Not really all that surprising considering this August 2009 tweet from Rick Warren to Rob Bell: RickWarren: “thenoomaguy Hey Rob, Just wanted to encourage you to ignore critics. If you werent impacting & making a difference, theyd ignore you. rick” (http://tiny.cc/xtipp, accessed 5/22/11) Why would a pastor want to turn his flock toward those who preach a different Gospel?

(216) Van Impe ministry abandons TBN in clash over Islam (and criticism of Rick Warren & Robert Schuller) by Bob Unruh, WND, 6/18/11
A Christian ministry’s decision to expose as “false teachers” several celebrity ministers it believes are corrupting biblical teachings has prompted a rift, with Jack Van Impe Ministries dropping plans to work in the future with Trinity Broadcasting Network, where it has broadcast for more than two decades. “I Will Not Be Silenced! I will not allow anyone to tell me what I can and cannot preach,” Van Impe said in a statement when TBN would not allow his program to air. 

(217) John Piper Interviews Rick Warren At Saddleback by Ken Silva, 7/5/11
Since this article went online at Apprising Ministries the page to the interview of Rick Warren by John Piper appears to have vanished. However, I was able to retrieve the video page—at least for now. AM already has the pdf transcript on file and put it at the bottom of this piece, but unfortunately right now it does seem to appear at the website.

(218) 24 Signs That Your Church Is Going Purpose Driven From Southwest Radio Church Ministries, 7/28/11
Twenty four things you will see in your church if it is going "Purpose Driven"

(219) Saddleback Church Hosts First 'Radicalis' 3-day Outdoor Festival at Understanding The Times, 8/16/11
Hoping to inspire a new youth movement among college-age Christians, Saddleback Church held its first three-day outdoor festival featuring music, art, and teaching, at its 170-acre conference center in San Juan Capistrano. More than 500 people from churches and colleges in Southern California attended the event called "Radicalis Festival," which ended Saturday morning. Many of those attending the festival slept in tents set up on the conference center's soccer field. Warren is now, in a sense, passing the Radicalis baton to the next generation of Christian leaders, college-age ministry Pastor Brad Baker told The Christian Post.

(220) Question: Why are you and other "discernment" writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan? by The Berean Call, 8/28/11
All three of the medical doctors are practitioners of various forms of Eastern mystical meditation and occultism, which they promote in their well-being programs of body, mind, and spirit. No doubt their medical science education gives them valuable insights into the workings of their patients' bodies, but what of mind and spirit?

(221) Rick Warren: 9/11 National Prayer Day Planned 2 Blocks From Ground Zero at Understanding The Times, 9/2/11
Comment from Understand the Times: Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan is designed to work together with all religions and Tony Blair who has the Faith Foundation. In light of Warren's plan to fill the spiritual vacuum caused by 9-1-1, it would appear Warren will plan that the One World Religion will become even more of a reality. Perhaps he will have Blair ask the pope to head it up with headquarters in Jerusalem.

(222) “God’s Dream”: A Deceptive Scheme? by Warren B. Smith, 9/20/11
“God’s Dream” is a term Robert Schuller adopted years ago and has popularized for more than thirty-five years. As previously mentioned, it appears that Rick Warren first encountered the Schuller concept of “God’s Dream” in 1974 as a twenty year-old. Six years before he started Saddleback Church, he read Schuller’s 1974 book Your Church Has Real Possibilities. 5  In the last chapter of his book, Schuller introduced the term “God’s Dream” in his exhortation and charge to budding young pastors

(223) Rick Warren Makes Bold Move Unveiling Centering Prayer Devotion by Lighthouse Trails, 10/16/11
During the first week of October, Rick Warren made a bold move, revealing his true affinity toward contemplative (centering) prayer. The majority of people who saw this will probably not have recognized the significance of this endorsement, which has led us to put out this communiqué. It was done in a simple Twitter posting on Rick Warren’s Toolbox Twitter account, where Warren wrote a “Tweet” telling followers to go to his Pastors.com website where a step-by-step process in centering prayer (i.e., contemplative prayer) is given. The message told followers to click over to the website for “easy steps” on how to practice “centering prayer.” Once at Warren’s website, readers saw the following post ...

(224) Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims by Carlos Delgado, OC Register, 2/27/12
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.

(225) When Apostasy Runs Amok by Jan Markell, 3/1/12
But Rick did it again coming out of the shoot into 2012 and I am being a bit outspoken about this.  He's leading an effort to heal divisions between Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques. He is proposing theological principles that include acknowledging Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

(226) Apprising Ministries Exclusive On Rick Warren, Jim Hinch and Islam by Ken Silva, 3/5/12
Apprising Ministries has long been a leading critic of the semi-pelagian (at best) doctrine of Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Rick Warren. In articles like Rick Warren And Teachings Of Demons I’ve also clearly documented his sinful ecumenicism as well. Of course that’s merely one of the fruits festering within apostatizing evangelicalism because of its foolish fascination with corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism.

(227) Rick Warren, Islam, and the Real Issue by Eric Barger, 3/7/12
Warren can deny the word "Chrislam" all he wants. He can line up surrogates to speak for him day and night. But until he recants the Yale document and clearly defines that Islam's prophet, Isa, isn't Jesus Christ and that Islam's false god, Allah, isn't Jehovah, lots of us are going to speak louder and louder. No matter how you slice it, to confuse Islam's deity with God Almighty is a denial of the one true and living God and His only Son. 

(228) Does Rick Warren Believe Christians & Muslims Pray to "Same God?" by Understanding The Times, 3/9/12
Rick Warren denied the contents of a February 23 Orange County Register article that said Warren's church and Muslims worship the "same God." However, documents recently released by Jim Hinch to Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries show how Hinch came to his conclusion in his story "Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims." The OC Register reporter shared a part of the King's Way document that was agreed upon by local Muslims and Warren's church. This document shows how Hinch came to his conclusions.

(229) Rick Warren Doublespeak by Understanding The Times, 3/9/12
Rick Warren is an expert at saying one thing one time and then making public statements saying that he did not say what he said. On March 25, 2011 Rick Warren spoke at Saddleback along with Tony Blair and they explained their coming idea for a PEACE Plan that could unite all religions. Warren is a master at double-speak. 

(230) Rick Warren Says No Kingsway Document And No Saddleback "Staff" Involved by Ken Silva, 3/12/12
To get to the bottom of this, someone needs to sit Rick Warren down and make him define the words he’s using.

(231) Saddleback’s Interfaith Initiatives Pastor Teaches Kingdom Circles (the New Emerging Missiology) by Amy Spreeman, Stand Up For Truth, 3/13/12
With all the buzz about the interfaith aspect of Saddleback Church’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and the controversy over the King’s Way initiative that partners Rick Warren’s church together with the Islamic community, many question just how Saddleback is reaching Muslims after promising not to convert anyone to Christianity. Could it be that not converting anyone is one reason Pastor Warren is getting so many questions about Chrislam?

(232) Looking to the Past to Unravel Confusion About Rick Warren, Islam, and Warren’s All-Inclusive “Second Reformation” by Lighthouse Trails, 3/14/12
A recent Orange County Register news story titled “Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims”  has caught the attention of many people including several online news sources. The story resulted in a rebuttal by Rick Warren, denying the allegations the article made. For those who are trying to figure out what Rick Warren’s true beliefs are regarding Muslims and Christians uniting, we think the best way to unravel the confusion is to take a look at the past. 

(233) More On The Kings Way Presentation At Saddleback Church by Ken Silva, 3/16/12
Apprising Minsitries continues our coverage of what’s becoming Kings Way-gate. Unfortunately, leading Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren seems to be sounding more like SBC politician Bill Clinton than a Christian pastor.

Updated! (234) Rick Warren once again caught up in controversy by Marsha West, Renew America, 3/21/12
Rick Warren has been pushing interfaith dialogue for years. So it's no surprise that he's attempting to build a bridge between Christians and Muslims. There's nothing wrong with doing that as long as the primary purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mark 16:15-16 However, Jim Hinch stated that he was told by Pastor Tom Holladay "King's Way was an effort to build bridges of friendship and cooperation, not an attempt to evangelize." (Online source) Rick Warren once said, "I see absolutely zero reason in separating my fellowship from anybody." In his ecumenical outreach, Southern Baptist Pastor Rick Warren has associated with the apostate Roman Catholic Church, the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. These last two organizations have as primary goals setting up a global government and bringing all religions of the world together, respectively. Pastor Warren awarded the former Prime Minister of Britton, who is a recent convert to Catholicism, the annual International Medal of PEACE.  Read Part 1 & Part 2.

(235) Rick Warren, Emergents, and Muslims by Joe Schimmel, Good Fight Ministries, 3/30/12
Video on the issue of Rick Warren's beliefs on Muslims.

(236) Rick Warren's Saddleback Church Men's Group Studies Joyce Meyer by Ken Silva, 5/10/12
Now consider that the men’s group of Saddleback Church, the flagship of one of Rick Warren—one of the most influential pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention—was studying the mythology of Word Faith prosperity teacher Joyce Meyer since as early as August of 2011

(237) Commercialized Apologetics by Mike Oppenheimer, 5/28/12
It becomes a concern when one sees Rick Warren host apologetic conferences with those who have different concepts of faith. Saddleback’s 2010 Apologetics Weekend conference included: Philip Yancey, Peter Kreeft, and Scot McKnight. McKnight, Kreeft (not to mention Yancey) is what Warren considers apologetics? Yes, they are apologists, but is it for biblical Christianity? What are we to expect from someone (Warren) who believes he is building the kingdom of God on earth (through unity of all faiths) and hosts an “apologetics” conference?

(238) Rick Warren Gives Hearty Endorsements on Covers of Two Books by Meditation-Promoting Authors by Lighthouse Trails, 6/25/12
LT Note: As we prepared the news story below about Rick Warren’s recent endorsement of Dr. Daniel Amen’s new book, it came to our attention that Rick Warren has also this year placed his endorsement on the back cover of Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book, The Blood Sugar Solution.  Hyman, like Amen, is a proponent of eastern-style meditation practices. In his book, Hyman calls New Age meditation advocates such as Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, Dr. Oz, Daniel Goleman, and Christiane Northrup his “co-creators in medicine’s transformation” (p. 374). Rick Warren’s endorsement sits on the back cover along with the names listed above. His endorsements of these two books will have profound implications on untold numbers of people, including Christians.

(239) Rick Warren’s Panacea: A fig leaf P.E.A.C.E Plan by Mike Oppenheimer, 7/11/12
Why is there such controversy surrounding Rick Warren, his Purpose Driven teaching and PEACE plan? This video shows systematically what Warren has progressed into and where he is taking the church. Borrowing from his mentor, business manager Peter Drucker, Warren implements the 3-Legged Stool into the church(uniting the sectors of government, businesses and 'faith'). Warren believes he has found the answer which will result to solve the worlds problems. He continually exposes the church to non biblical concepts and is willing to align himself with the world and those of other religions for what he deems a greater purpose. From promoting a health plan with doctors that introduce eastern type meditation’s, word faith teachers and others who espouse interfaith practices Warren has become the quintessential ecumenist for our age. His PEACE plan is open to anyone and everyone, even atheists. For a Christian, unity has to be based on the teachings of Scripture not on uniting with others who oppose Christ to do generic good works. This is forming a globalization of Religions (he calls 'Faiths'), uniting with the secular, with political organizations, building a unity as they did in Babylon. This introduces Humanism as the common denominator for unity. In this video we answer why Warren’s fig leaf P.E.A.C.E plan produces works without fruit and misleads the church off the narrow road we are to be on. With numerous video and audio clips in a power point presentation this is a must see for all those whose church has become involved with Warren’s teachings and methodology.

(240) Rick Warren’s Panacea - A peace Plan for the WHOLE WORLD that is waiting by Mike Oppenheimer, 7/11/12
Being against non biblical things, teachings and ways is what salt and light is about. But it becomes a tightrope walk when one is trying to address what is coming inside the church, especially when one is Americas pastor. Warren has invented what he terms a Peace plan for the world- our mission is now to solve the five greatest problems we face on planet earth. He seems disconnected to Bible prophecy that warns about the world getting worse or when they say peace and safety, sudden destruction will come. Warren does not put much stock in prophecy, his reasoning is that no one knows, so let’s not bother. There is now over one quarter of the Bible null and void.

(241) Matthew 18 – And Heretics and Hypocrites by Paul Proctor, 7/11/12
This is probably one of the more misunderstood and misapplied Scriptures quoted today, especially among those who ingest Church Growth Carcinogens and Purpose Driven Lies. Because we have been inappropriately taught that unity and relationships are the most important things for Christians to pursue and protect in the church, these verses are often touted as the principal directive we should follow when addressing false teachers, which frankly, couldn’t be any further from the truth and only ends up protecting, sustaining and empowering them, which is probably why they teach it.

(242) Rick Warren’s Popular Broad Way Christianity Misses the (Biblical) Mark by Warren Smith, 7/12/12
LTRP Note: The following bullet points are not loosely put together assumptions or presumptions. They are well-thought out and well-researched conclusions that have been observed by many biblically sound Christians for a long time.

(243) 10 Scriptural Reasons Not to Be Involved with Rick Warren’s “Broad Way” Christianity by Warren Smith, 8/23/12
Unfortunately, many of today’s pastors have forgotten that Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and that we are to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). As a result, the church is now catapulting into great spiritual deception. For those who still rightly divide and depend upon the Word of God, the Bible warns that the coming deception will be so great that most of the world will be deceived (Revelation 13:13-14). Jesus warned that His way is not the broad way but the “narrow way” of continuing in His Word (John 8:31). And it is His way that leads to eternal life.

(244) Oprah Invites Viewers to “Participate in live tapings with Joel Osteen and Rick Warren” on Her Lifeclass October 5th at Lighthouse Trails, 10/4/12
Oprah’s taping new episodes of Oprah’s Lifeclass in Houston with Pastors Joel Osteen and Rick Warren on Friday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, respectively.

(245) Rick Warren and Joel Osteen acquiesce to Oprah by Marsha West, 10/12/12
Is there no end to the lack of spiritual discernment within the Christian community? Even some of our Church leaders are showing a startling lack of discernment. And if we can't trust our leaders to help us stay on the straight and narrow path, who can we trust? On October 5th, Southern Baptist preacher Rick Warren sat down with New Age/New Thought high priestess Oprah Winfrey for an interview. Although Oprah claims to be a Christian she most assuredly is not as I clearly demonstrate ...

(246) Looking to the Past to Unravel Confusion About Rick Warren, Islam, and Warren’s All-Inclusive “Second Reformation” by Lighthouse Trails, 11/22/12
A recent Orange County Register news story titled “Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims”  has caught the attention of many people including several online news sources. The story resulted in a rebuttal by Rick Warren, denying the allegations the article made. For those who are trying to figure out what Rick Warren’s true beliefs are regarding Muslims and Christians uniting, we think the best way to unravel the confusion is to take a look at the past. There are a number of telling statements that Rick Warren has made over the past seven years that paint a very clear picture of Warren’s goals regarding this issue.

(247) Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and Oprah by The Berean Call, 11/24/12
On October 5th, 2012 Southern Baptist preacher Rick Warren sat down with New Age/New Thought high priestess Oprah Winfrey for an interview. Although Oprah claims to be a Christian she most assuredly is not as [shown in past articles]. Joel Osteen, who is said to be "one of America's most influential spiritual leaders," appeared on the show prior to Warren to promote his new book, "I Declare: 31 Promises To Speak Over Your Life." Around 45,000 people attend Lakewood Church each Sunday to hear Osteen preach the word-faith prosperity gospel "lite." It's really not surprising that he was invited to appear on "Oprah's Life Class." The duo has become fast friends ever since she and Tyler Perry attended a Lakewood service some months back. They soon discovered how like-minded they are. In fact, Osteen has this Oprahesque declaration on his website: "The words we speak set the course for our life. If you want to know what you're going to be like in five years, listen to the words you are saying about yourself today."

(248)  Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order at James Sundquist Media, 11/30/12
Can the Church borrow the marketing tools of the world and apply them to the Church? What is the history of the Church Growth movement and its false premises? Who is involved in the new evangelicalism and second reformation? Why are these movements embracing contemplative mysticism? How does this movement play into the New World Order? These questions and more are answered in Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker-Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order. Church of Tares chronicles the man-centered pragmatism of these evangelical Christian movements in comparison to the Bible's instruction for building the Church of Jesus Christ. As a sequel to The Real Roots of the Emergent Church, Church of Tares documents the connections between the liberal Emergent Church movement and the Church Growth movement. Both movements' leadership were discipled by business management guru Peter Drucker, who was attracted to the megachurch movement as a social phenomenon that could bring about his "new society" and New World Order. Megacurch pastors Rick Warren and Bill Hybels as well as Leadership Network founder Bob Buford all acknowledge Drucker (who professed not to be a Christian) as their mentor and have built their organizations upon his secular business management philosophies rather than the foundation of Jesus Christ. The fruit of these movements is great compromise of the Gospel and the Great Commission. Rick Warren claims to be ushering in a new spiritual awakening and second reformation with his P.E.A.C.E. Plan. But this reform appears to be a social reformation rather than a spiritual one by joining together in ministry with unbelievers to fight global giants. Such compromise has led to the affirming response letter to the Common Word document which declares Muhammad to be a prophet and the Bible and Qur'an to be of the "same Divine origin."  Here is the link to the video on that page.

(249) Rick Warren Apologist: “Leonard Sweet is about as Christian as anyone can get.” by Warren Smith from A “Wonderful” Deception, 12/5/12
Given all of Leonard Sweet’s New Age/New Spirituality sympathies, Rick Warren has continued to work with Sweet and promote him rather than separate himself from him and expose him as the Bible admonishes him to do.

(250) Falling Short ... Rick Warren by Mark Mullins, CWM, 12/6/12
Rick Warren is a challenge of our naivety as Christians. The Lord Himself warned us that the children of this world were wiser in their generation than the children of light (Luke 16:8). Rick Warren carries all the credentials of a sound evangelical and many Christians will look no further and simply welcome him into the fold. After all his father, grandfather and great great-grandfather (converted under Spurgeon apparently) were Baptist pastors. He plainly knows his Bible and can hold his own with the likes of John Piper in debate over doctrinal issues. However those evangelical credentials mask a much more sinister side to Rick Warren. The Lord Jesus also warned us to "beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing". This article documents quotes by Rick Warren that demonstrate that he does not possess the virtues of integrity and humility which he himself extols and which are the hallmarks of a genuine Christian. Instead he is found to be untruthful and boastful. His global peace plan, while holding out humanitarian aims that cannot be faulted, involves a denial of The Gospel by making good works a point of unity in place of doctrine. This is further evidenced by his compromise over Islam where he is willing to concede that the God of Islam is the same God of the Bible in the face of the plain evidence that the God of Islam is no god at all. This is a man to stay well clear of.

(251) Rick Warren Expresses Regret Over Making Video Supporting Biblical Marriage; Family Group Concerned at The Berean Call, 12/20/12
A pro-family group is calling into question recent statements made by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in California, surrounding his regret over creating a video in 2008 that expressed his support for Biblical marriage.

(252) Rick Warren Uncertain if Homosexual Behavior is Sinful, Says ‘Gays’ Go to Heaven by Heather Clark, Christian News Network, 1/11/13
Controversy is stirring over recent comments made by Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life and megachurch leader of Saddleback Church in California, who stated that homosexual behavior “might be” sinful, and that he believes homosexuals go to Heaven.

(253) Treason in the Church: Trading Truth for a "Social Gospel" by Berit Kjos -  September 2006
Infiltration and deception have been tools of conspirators through the ages, and the Church has been a primary target! After all, God warns us that "the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." (1 John 5:19) One of his most effective schemes is to redefine God's Word and divert Christians from His unchanging Truth to man's shifting ideals. For example, God calls us to serve the poor and fills our hearts with love for the needy. That's why His true followers around the world have willingly given their lives to share His truth and love in perilous places. But today's world-centered church illustrates a different kind of service. Designed to please man rather than God, it trains its servers to hide the "offensive" truths of the gospel. Like Rick Warren, it uses the Bible to validate its purposes but emphasizes organizational behavior rather than Biblical beliefs -- in short, deeds instead of creeds.[3] Behind its noble appearance hides a postmodern version of the century-old "Christian Socialism."

(254) Rick Warren Preached No Gospel at Ted Talks by Way Of Life Literature, 1/17/13
When Rick Warren, one of the most influential pastors in the world, was invited to teach at Ted Talks in February 2006 to a mixed secular audience of some of America’s most prominent thinkers, a forum that he knew would be recorded and heard widely beyond the immediate audience, it was a wonderful opportunity for a Baptist preacher to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  That is what the apostle Paul would have done. 

(255) Reiki "Power" and Rick Warren's Health Plan by Berit Kjos - March 9, 2011
Is Rick Warren telling the truth? Does the Bible really say that "God wants us to be as healthy physically as you are spiritually"? No, it does not!  Though Jesus often healed the sick and continues to do so today, our spiritual and eternal life with Him is far more important than our physical and temporary life on earth. Countless faithful martyrs have faced torture and death because they refused to compromise their faith! Of course, we should take care of our bodies and help each other, but our highest priority is to trust God and follow His narrow way no matter what the cost.

(256) Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan and UN Goals by Crossroad, 1/29/13
Read Part 1: The Emerging Global 'Church', Part 2: Equipping Leaders to 'Lead like Jesus'?, Part 3: Small Groups and the Dialectic Process, and Part 4: Dealing with Resisters who Refuse to Compromise

(257) Rick Warren and his bother, "His Eminence" Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York by Ken Silva, 1/30/13
“Now I don’t agree with everything in everybody’s denomination, including my own. I don’t agree with everything that [Roman] Catholics do or Pentecostals do, but what binds us together is so much stronger than what divides us,” he said. “I really do feel that these people are brothers and sisters in God’s family. I am looking to build bridges with the Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the [Roman] Catholic Church (source)

(258) What's Next For Rick Warren by Roger Oakland, 2/11/13
One doesn’t have to be a prophet to answer this kind of question. Common sense and an analytical mind can make predictions just by adding up the facts. Warren’s three-legged-stool plan that involves the cooperation of the world’s governments, businesses, and religions has not yet been perfected. While Warren has positioned himself with relationships with world leaders like former Prime Minister Tony Blair of England, who has a similar interest to unite religions together for the cause of peace, there is much more to be done.

(259) Meditation Advocate Oprah Winfrey Interviews Contemplative Advocate Rick Warren for Her ‘Lifeclass’ at Lighthouse Trails, 2/26/13
LTRP Note: A number of years ago, former New Age follower Warren B. Smith told Lighthouse Trails editors that he believed one day Rick Warren would share the television stage with Oprah Winfrey. And he believed that when it happened most Christians would not find it troubling that “America’s Pastor” would pay homage to Oprah even though no one has done more than Oprah in bringing to the American people’s attention the teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality. She has helped to rise to fame figures such as Marianne Williamson (A Course of Miracles agent), Wayne Dyer, Gary Zukav, and many more. On February 24th 2013, Rick Warren and Oprah sat together on her Lifeclass TV show. A Lighthouse Trails reader wrote to us and asked: “How does a pastor go on national television to answer life’s questions and never mention the name of Jesus?” We didn’t watch the broadcast ourselves, but we don’t find it hard to believe if Rick Warren did not mention the name of Jesus or share the Gospel on Oprah Winfrey’s show. We did, however, read the new edition of The Purpose Driven Life and knowing that the new edition has the same New Age implications that the first edition had helps us to understand why Rick Warren wouldn’t have a problem sharing the TV platform with Oprah ( see: SPECIAL REPORT: RICK WARREN RETAINS UNBIBLICAL POSITION IN NEW 2012 EDITION OF THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE )

(260) Rick Warren Asked Us To Fast And Pray For Apostates To Elect Their New Pope - And John Piper Tweets Agreement by Ken Silva, 3/13/13
Join me today in fasting and prayer for the 115 Cardinals seeking God's Will in a new leader. - Rick Warren

(261) Evangelical Leaders Luis Palau and Rick Warren Salute Pope Francis – What Are the Implications? by Lighthouse Trails, 3/18/13
Several Christian media outlets are announcing the “friendship” between evangelical mega-evangelist Luis Palau and the new Jesuit Pope who was elected at the Vatican in Italy this past week. Headlines are letting Christians know that one of their most popular evangelists has a special relationship with “Pope Francis.”

(262) Rick Warren Endorses 2013 Book, “Catholics Come Home” – Calls Catholic Evangelization “Critically Important” by Roger Oakland, 4/2/13
See what “America’s Pastor” is saying about this 2013 release on the Roman Catholic” new evangelization program to bring back the “lost [Protestant] brethren” to the “Mother Church”: “The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this new evangelization project.” —Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

(263) Desiring God Or Desiring Influence? - Rick Warren and John Piper - Who pipes for whom? by Lance Goodall, 4/4/13
John Piper sat “eye to eye” with Rick Warren on May 1 2011 at Saddleback Church in an interview on some Evangelical doctrinal questions.[3] RW’s The Purpose Driven Life, with over 32 million copies sold as of 2012, and available in over 50 languages, is falsely claimed by the author to be the best-selling non-fiction book in history.

(264) “Son of Pastor Rick Warren Commits Suicide” at Lighthouse Trails, 4/7/13
The youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren has committed suicide, according to a family statement released Saturday. Matthew Warren, 27, took his life following a lifelong battle with mental illness, Warren and his wife, Kay, said in the statement.

(265) Unleashing Catholic ecumenism on the evangelical church by Mike Oppenheimer, 6/21/13
Rick Warren’s Catholic conduit; a denial of the gospel.

(266) Deceived by the Dialectic Process by Crossroad, 6/27/13
This process was described in our article "Small Groups and the Dialectic Process," which summarizes the strategies taught in Leading Congregational Change (LCC). "This is a book you ought to read before you change anything," wrote Rick Warren in his hearty endorsement on the back cover....

(267) Hymns – Why Do Some Modern-Day Christian Authors Dislike Them? by Lighthouse Trails, 7/28/13
“[W]e made the strategic decision to stop singing hymns in our seeker services.” Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Church, p. 285

(268) Al Mohler And SBTS Executive Team Visit Rick Warren by Ken Silva, 8/10/13
Christian apologist Bob DeWaay put it well when he said of Rick Warren that he has “file card orthodoxy.” DeWaay explains it’s as if Warren has an orthodox profession of faith he stores away in a file cabinet. Then whenever someone questions Warren about his beliefs he pulls it out and shows it to them. Afterward Warren puts it back and it really doesn’t appear to influence what he does, how he writes, or how he preaches. It’s not a very useful orthodoxy. We have much reason to question what Rick Warren actually believes. 

(269)  Warning About New Age Influences in Rick Warren's Daniel Plan, Podcast by Chris Lawson and Ray Yungen,  Recorded: Oct 18, 2013 / Released: Oct 21, 2013
Chris Lawson and Ray Yungen discuss the serious compromise of Rick Warren allowing New Age doctors and various Alternative Health (New Age) practices on his Saddleback Church 'Daniel Plan' website. The dangers of "occultism" and the sympathies of Warren's New Age doctors (leaders/advisers) are discussed in detail, as is The Daniel Plan website promotion of the "4-7-8 Breath Technique," a method that comes directly from yogic literature and is used by "occultists" to enter Altered States of Consciousness.

(270) Shibboleth by Jamie Smith, 11/7/13
Moriel Ministries Comment: Jamie Smith is a Christian writer from a church in Sheffield, England that is a Moriel affiliated fellowship. As a tent maker Jamie works in medical financial management but his ministry is in Christian writing & publishing. Jamie has authored a four part series entitled “Shibbeloth” which presents an interesting , insightful and comprehensive perspective and analysis of a number of serious issues presently confronting The Body of Christ. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.

(271) Rick Warren Fears God's Disapproval Yet Addresses "My Islamic Brother" by Ken Silva, 12/16/13
Yet inspite of all of this, (in a video clip in this article) you’ll hear Rick Warren, whom we saw John Piper insist is actually doctrinal and sound, refer to a practicing Muslim as his “Islamic brother from Italy.” We realize that likely Warren refers to this follower of Islam as brother in the Adamic sense; i.e. the family of human beings. However, in today’s time of timid tolerance, that’s not the way non-believers hear it. So, we have another example of Rick Warren creating an unnecessary obstacle in the way of someone possibly coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ and beginning a real relationship with the one true and living God.

(272) Letter to the Editor: Search for a Biblical Church Reveals Deceit and Deception by Lighthouse Trails, 12/17/13
I wish to make comment on “How To Find a Good Bible Believing Church” on page 15 of your Research Journal. My personal experience in searching for a biblical church is one of deceit and deception. After attending one church a number of times, I wrote (a congregational) explaining the danger of the existentialist message preached and the dangers associated with Rick Warren.

(273) Rightly Dieting (?) but Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth by Harry J. Monroe, 12/30/13
All of this came to mind when today's mail arrived with an advertisement from a Christian bookstore featuring prominently a new book by Saddleback Community Church pastor Rick Warren entitled, The Daniel Plan.  Noticing that one of the medical doctor co-authors had the first name of Daniel, I briefly hoped against hope that this doctor had given the diet his name. Alas, it was not to be.  According to the product's website, which also features, in addition to the book, a DVD, study guide, cookbook, and journal, "The Daniel Plan is not just another 'diet.'  It's a healthy lifestyle based on the Old Testament story of Daniel."  Given that no one can really read the story in Daniel chapter 1 and construe it as some sort of tale of either diets or healthy lifestyles, it is easy to reach the conclusion that the Word of God has been reduced to a mere marketing tool designed to hawk this set of products.

(274) Rick Warren Addresses Chrislam Controversy by Ken Silva, 1/13/14
In the article Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims, published 2/23/12 in the Orange County Register and written by staff writer Jim Hinch, it was reported that Rick Warren of Saddleback Church was working on an interfaith document aimed at healing “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.”

(275) Is Rick Warren’s Claim that his book is the “Best Selling Non-Fiction Hardback Book in History”, TRUE? by Perfect Peace Plan, 2/4/14
“BESTSELLING NON-FICTION HARDBACK BOOK IN HISTORY” (Publishers Weekly), the Purpose Driven Life has sold over 32 million copies“ SOURCE: http://www.purposedriven.com/books/pdlbook/#purpose & http://media.zondervan.com/images/product/original/9780310329060.JPG THE FACTS: THE BIBLE: 6 BILLION +

(276) T.D. Jakes Conference To Feature Saddleback Church Leaders by Ken Silva, 2/14/14
Well, now it appears that all of this Jakes baggage is also fine by their fellow Evangelical Ecumenical Magisterium[1] member Rick Warren as well. You see, Jakes’ upcoming Branching Out (BO) conference has Word faith preacher Brian Houston of Hillsong Church, BO will also be giving us the notorious WF royalty Frederick K.C. Price; and they don’t come anymore committed to WF heresies than Price. In addition, BO has many sessions and breakout sessions; one of these is Organizational Management for Music Leaders. That particular breakout session features two leaders from Rick Warren’s own Saddleback Church...

(277) Treason in the Church: Trading Truth for a "Social Gospel" by Berit Kjos -  September 2006
Infiltration and deception have been tools of conspirators through the ages, and the Church has been a primary target! After all, God warns us that "the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." (1 John 5:19) One of his most effective schemes is to redefine God's Word and divert Christians from His unchanging Truth to man's shifting ideals. For example, God calls us to serve the poor and fills our hearts with love for the needy. That's why His true followers around the world have willingly given their lives to share His truth and love in perilous places. But today's world-centered church illustrates a different kind of service. Designed to please man rather than God, it trains its servers to hide the "offensive" truths of the gospel. Like Rick Warren, it uses the Bible to validate its purposes but emphasizes organizational behavior rather than Biblical beliefs -- in short, deeds instead of creeds.[3] Behind its noble appearance hides a postmodern version of the century-old "Christian Socialism."

(278) Rick Warren’s Ecumenical Pathway to Rome Continues by Roger Oakland, 4/15/14
And in his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life (released in 2002), Rick Warren makes several favorable references to well-known Catholics: page 88 (Brother Lawrence, a Catholic mystic), page 108 (he mentions Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen and Catholic panentheist St. John of the Cross), and twice he mentions Mother Theresa (pages 125 and 231). But in this EWTN interview, Warren takes his views of the Catholic Church to even “greater” heights and admits he is in favor of the Roman Catholic New Evangelization program (set up to win the “lost brethren” back to the Mother Church). In the near future, we will be breaking the interview down into smaller segments, providing written transcripts and comment 

(279) Updated! Rick Warren, Roman Catholic Mystics And Pope Francis by Roger Oakland, Lighthouse Trails, 4/21/14
LTRP Note: This series by Roger Oakland is one of the most significant stories we have ever covered. You will come to understand this as the rest of the series unfolds. If you have not read our articles/booklets The New Evangelization From Rome or Finding the True Jesus or The Jesuit Agenda, we encourage you to do so to help come up to speed on the Road to Rome issue. Considering the millions of Christians being influenced by Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven movement worldwide, what is happening here simply cannot be ignored.  Read Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3.

(280) Updated! Spirit-Led or Purpose-Driven? by Berit Kjos, 5/3/14
Our website began to receive requests for information about The Purpose Driven Life last year. So Andy and I bought the book, read it quickly and were troubled by some of its claims, promises and paraphrased "Bible" references. But we also found many true and encouraging pages. Since we didn't want to criticize Rick Warren or confuse those who apparently were helped by his book, we left it on the shelf.  Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 & Part 6.

(281) Rick Warren Endorsing "Catholics Come Home" by Ken Silva, 5/10/14
Now that you are aware of how the deceitful spirits (cf. 1 Timothy 4:1) are using their evangelical dupes at this particular point of attack, let me remind you that just about a year ago Stand Up for the Truth asked the key question Does Rick Warren want you to “Come Home” to the Catholic Church? We read: "Make no mistake; this Catholics Come Home movement is not just to bring “lapsed Catholics” into the system of Rome. ( see The Eucharest: the New Evangelization targets you, Christian!) It’s target is everyone, including Bible-believing Christians. The project’s founder, Tom Peterson, has opened the doors to entice Protestants and people of other faiths to Catholicism;…" Well a year later Rick Warren, one of the highest profile ministers in the SBC (Slowly Becoming Catholic), continues to endorse this Catholics Come Home movement as well as the book Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life. At its website Warren is the only evangelical endorsement: “The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this New Evangelization project.”—Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

(282) Dave & Tom Classic - Rick Warren (Part 1) by The Berean Call, 5/23/14
Program Description: In this special edition "blast from the past" program, Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon engage in an eye-opening discussion on Rick Warren and The Purpose Driven Life . Includes a Q&A session with questions from listeners and readers of The Berean Call. 

(283) Rick Warren and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy - Rick Warren's Ecumenical Path to Rome Continues by Roger Oakland, 5/24/14
Some who have read the previous four parts to this series dealing with Rick Warren’s interview with Raymond Arroyo of EWTN may still be asking the question: Why would Understand The Times spend so much time and energy on this topic? What is wrong with “America’s Pastor” expressing his support for the Roman Catholic Church and many of their beliefs and practices? The answer is simple. Bible-believing Christians are called to “contend for the faith” [1] . When a Christian leader publically makes statements or endorsements by saying or doing things that contradict the Bible, the leader needs to be addressed in a public manner so those who have been influenced can be put back on track. 

(284) Rick Warren's Ecumenical Path to Rome Continues by Roger Oakland, 6/29/14
Understand the Times has posted a new commentary called Rick Warren And The Chaplet Of Divine Mercy. This is part 5 of a 5 part series on the topic of Warren's interview with Raymond Arroyo of EWTN. For those who are not familiar with EWTN, then more information is necessary at this time. EWTN stands for Eternal Word Television Network. This American-based network is better known as the Roman Catholic Television Network founded by Mother Angelica, which began broadcasting in 1981. 

(285) Matthew 18 – And Heretics and Hypocrites by Paul Proctor, 7/17/14
Every now and then I get a terse email from someone who has taken exception to my candid comments on Rick Warren, asking questions like: “Have you ever spoken with him personally about your objections and concerns and tried to work through your differences privately as scripture teaches, rather than attack him publicly as you do?” The scripture they usually cite is, of course, Matthew 18:15-17


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