Rick Warren has shown his true colors this morning, taking a swipe at Ken Silva, Ingrid Schlueter, and Chris Rosebrough all in one fell tweet (retweeted supposedly from one of his supporters, who uses the fake "ApprisingMin") Apprising Min is a moniker that is used to try and mock and discredit Ken Silva. This is much like when Richard Abanes, former music ministry member at Saddleback, and un-official ankle biter for Rick, created a parody site for Ingrid's Slice of Laodicea blog, calling it Slice of Laodicea Church. He even made it look almost exactly like hers. Don't any of these people have an original idea?
Rick has protected his tweets but if you go to his main page you can scroll back and find it, at least until he becomes embarrassed enough to delete it. The time stamp is approximately 10-7-2010 about 3:30pm give or take. (estimating from the '19 hours ago' that currently shows on the twitter feed as I write this).
Even I must admit, attacking those who would call you to repentance in 140 characters or less takes some talent and creativity and innovation. But Rick tops them all by managing to attack THREE of his critics at once within the Twitter parameters! I think that must deserve a trophy of some sort to put in his umpty thousand book library. Since he is so keen on mentioning all his good works in every public appearance (his tithing is now up to 91 percent, I'll have you know!), I figure that's about the only prize he's going to get per Matthew 6:1-4.
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Hmm... that reminds me also of this tweet:
But I digress.
Back to the point about Pirates who don't do anythng, Chris Rosebrough had an excellent response:
It's also been discovered that Rick's Re-tweet of the snide comment against Ingrid, Ken, and Chris was not actually a re-tweet at all. No tweets on the ApprisingMin or DespisingMin feed actually say what Rick seems to be attributing to them. Perhaps he thinks RT means "reply tweet" (but generally if someone is replying to a specific tweet, they use the reply link and it will show up as "in reply to (whoever)" and then you can click on that link to see what the tweet was.
Perhaps they deleted the original that had been re-tweeted. But if so, then the re-tweet by Rick would also disappear. Unless he copied and pasted it into a new tweet of its own. Regardless of how the tweet originated, those words went out under the authority of Rick Warren himself, whether or not he has minions posting his pithy little catch phrases for him. (Maybe one of these days when he tweets something egotistical or foolish he'll get really clever and claim his account has been hacked!)
Right after posting the Pirates-who-don't-do-anything tweet, Rick posted this:
Oh you mean bullies... like those who spend quite a bit of time and energy threatening legal action against and bullying their critics? And "pastor's" sycophants who stalk and harass and try to impersonate and steal the identity of the pastor's critics? Those kinds of bullies Rick?
He also seems to be answering those who have been upset with Desiring God for inviting him and their endorsement of his 50 minutes of expounding man's traditions and a little dash of God's law on Friday night last:
How about guilt by endorsement and promotion, Rick? Way to sock it to that straw man, Mr. Spock.
Incidentally there have been a couple other general swipes at his critics the last few days:
HMMMMM..... I guess it doesn't really pay to speculate, but it's sure tempting as to why he isn't INGORING these perceived insults.
Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it. --Psalm 141:5a ESV
At the very least, I pray something of the truth is finally getting through to him and cracking that self righteous facade.
Psst... Rick! Don't believe everything that you think! The Bible says that we can't be trusted to tell ourselves the truth!
(edit for new info)
More commentary at Airo, including quite a few good links, some of which I have posted previously: Rick Warren responds To His Critics
Ken has put up his post on this just now also: Apprising Ministries, Rick Warren, & Twitter