October 16, 2012

Rick Warren's teachings indistinguishable from Islam/Chrislam?

In February I linked to a post from the Orange County Register where Rick Warren was building bridges to Muslims.

After that he insisted he was not promoting Chrislam (via twitter, hardly the place to correct the article, which the author insists was accurate).  Well, obviously some Muslims are getting the message that his teachings are equally applicable to them.  So whether he calls it Chrislam is irrelevant.

Wardah Khalid (Author, Young American Muslim) has weighed in very positively on her time spent listening to Rick Warren and Oprah.

'I Have Aha Moment Exhaustion!' My Afternoon With Oprah and Pastor Rick Warren 

But discerning Christians have been saying what she's saying for years...and they have not been intending it to be a positive observation.  Specifically, that Rick's teachings aren't actually Christian, but rather they are basically a general-revelation-inspired moralism that appeals to all sorts of non-Christian (works-salvation, works-sanctification) religions, including Islam, and should not be a part of any church that wishes to be faithful to the only Word of God that can save souls.

But NOOOO, of course he's not promoting Chrislam, because he said so!
"Yes, I realize that Pastor Rick is Christian, and well, I am not, but I was familiar enough with his work to know that much of the spiritual advice he gave his Christian followers resonated with Muslims as well. (His book, "The Purpose Driven Life," is the best-selling non-fiction book in the world). Thus, it was with anticipation and excitement that I entered the Hobby Center last Friday afternoon to watch the show."

... be still my beating heart.
I have always been a big fan of Oprah Winfrey. Growing up, I remember faithfully watching her show every day after school (after my cartoons ended, of course)
Well there's her problem...aside from being in a false religion.
"'You can waste your life. You can spend your life. Or you can invest your life. The best use of your life is to invest it in that which will outlast it. Invest it in serving others. And that's what it means to live a purpose-driven life.' -- Pastor Rick Warren
This last quote really struck home with me. Islam is all about living a purpose-driven life." (emphasis mine)
Nope, Jesus was not mentioned in the article.   "Isa" of the Quran was not even mentioned.

So, Rick has wasted yet another opportunity to save souls.  So, setting aside the unbiblical soteriology implied in Rick's memoir of his father's death, what about this claim that his dad's delirium on his death bed about 'saving another one for Jesus' is something that motivates Rick?  Rick deliberately hides the one thing that can save them, every chance he gets... the offense of the cross, that cross where Jesus paid for sins for all who believe, for those who count their own righteousness as worthless, worthy of nothing but death and hell, and accept Jesus' righteousness credited to their account.

Rick desires to be a friend of the world, it seems... and every public appearance underscores that priority.

"You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." -- James 4:4

I pray for Rick's repentance.