Is Anyone Else Tired Of The Diaprax Of False Teachers
Or Is It Just Me?
by Sandy Simpson, 6/2/08
I ran across this statement by Rick Warren in the context of his P.E.A.C.E. plan that he recently made at a "three-day Purpose Driven Network Summit last week hosted by his home church, Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.":
"Most churches only think about their own church and their own community," he told attendants, who represented 39 countries and 50 states. "But our mission is the global glory of God." (Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Network Summit, 5/08, as cited in Rick Warren Launches Coalition to Combat Five 'Global Giants', by Katherine T. Phan, Christian Post Reporter, Mon, May. 26 2008 04:31 PM, http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080526/32537_Rick_Warren_Launches_Coalition_to_Combat_Five_'Global_Giants'.htm)Warren has made this same accusation before.
Today, most local churches are sidelined and uninvolved when it comes to missions. (Rick Warren's letter on his web site regarding the P.E.A.C.E. plan, http://www.saddleback.com/home/todaystory.asp?id=6213)This broad brushing type of statement goes to the root of the diaprax that Warren has been feeding to pastors and churches that get involved in his P.E.A.C.E. "purpose driven" sideshow. Warren is attempting to co-opt the agenda of Christianity while clearly not understanding that many churches have been the backbone of change in the world and support of that change financially. It is true that SOME churches have done almost nothing, but to make this kind of statement about "most" churches without documented facts to support that claim is simply part of the diaprax to vilify the old to bring in the new.
This is rich coming from Warrren's whose own P.E.A.C.E plan is nothing more than disingenuous words.
During the five weekends of November, we'll teach five messages on the P.E.A.C.E. plan: a strategy to have every small group in our church, and then tens of thousands of small groups in other churches, become engaged in solving the five biggest problems in the world: Spiritual Lostness, Lack of Godly Leaders, Poverty, Disease, and Lack of Education. (Rick Warren's letter on his web site regarding the P.E.A.C.E. plan, http://www.saddleback.com/home/todaystory.asp?id=6213)There is no way that the Church is going to "solve" any of the five situations that Warren sites. As to "spiritual lostness", assuming he means unbelievers, the Bible is clear that few will find the narrow way (Matt. 7:14). It is not even our mandate to "solve" the other problems. We can help with poverty and we should give to the poor but the reality is that we will always have the poor with us (John 12:8). We will certainly not "solve" disease as the Tribulation will be full of pestilence (Rev. 6:8) and millions continue to die of disease which will continue to the end. Here we also have another instance where Warren vaults himself up while putting church leaders down by saying that his plan can "solve" the "lack of godly leaders". I wonder if he realizes that he is addressing himself with this statement? False teachers who speak untruthfully in the name of the Lord, like Warren has with his P.E.A.C.E. plan, usually condemn themselves with their own diaprax. It is an irony that is certainly not lost on God and should not be lost on us either.
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?