There is no joy in sharing yet another Rick Warren tweet today. In fact it makes me very sad. But for the sake of helping you understand just how corrupt the Church in America has become, please consider today’s tweet of importance and concern. For some time now, we’ve been warning about the Secular Humanism creeping into the Church and corrupting biblical truth. Humanism sees sin at the edge or periphery of human life. It considers human beings to be basically good. Now it appears that Rick Warren, America’s Pastor, whose tweets are read and shared by thousands of his followers, may be embracing this idea: This tweet seems to be saying he disagrees with God about our depravity without a savior. He quoted this Scripture: “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.” (ESV), but appears to shame those who would believe that God’s Word is truth. Throughout the Bible, we are told that indeed our sin is filth before a holy and righteous God. The Bible says that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Biblical Christianity teaches that sin permeates the core of our life.
Consider the words of R.C. Sproul:
Despite this verdict on human shortcomings, the idea persists in our humanistically dominated culture that sin is something peripheral or tangential to our nature. Indeed, we are flawed by sin. Our moral records exhibit blemishes. But somehow we think that our evil deeds reside at the rim or edge of our character and never penetrate to the core. Basically, it is assumed, people are inherently good.
The Bible teaches the total depravity of the human race. Total depravity means radical corruption. We must be careful to note the difference between total depravity and "utter" depravity. To be utterly depraved is to be as wicked as one could possibly be. Hitler was extremely depraved, but he could have been worse than he was. I am sinner. Yet I could sin more often and more severely than I actually do. I am not utterly depraved, but I am totally depraved. For total depravity means that I and everyone else are depraved or corrupt in the totality of our being. There is no part of us that is left untouched by sin. Our minds, our wills, and our bodies are affected by evil. We speak sinful words, do sinful deeds, have impure thoughts. Our very bodies suffer from the ravages of sin.
We are "dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1); we are "sold under sin" (Romans 7:14); we are in "captivity to the law of sin" (Romans 7:23); and "by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Only by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit may we be brought out of this state of spiritual death. It is God who makes us alive as we become His craftsmanship (Ephesians 2:1-10).
A couple days ago, Rick Warren tweeted that we shouldn't try to look for the cross in every verse of the Bible. Does he not know that today's verse in Psalms points to the cross? The irony. I'm glad Pastor Warren is laying his cards on the table and taking a clear and firm stand. Will his followers finally wake up?
Here are more passages for reflection: Jeremiah 17:9 Romans 8:1-11 Ephesians 2:1-3 Ephesians 4:17-19 1 John 1:8-10
- Rick Warren's unsettling tweet (standupforthetruth.com)
- RICK WARREN, SELF PITY AND CHRIST JESUS (Apprising.org)
- Rick Warren and the Eisegesis of the Cross (SAID Radio.com)
- Rick Warren Takes Swipe at Cross-Centered Hermeneutic (alittleleaven.com)
- How deep is the Saddleback quagmire? (standupforthetruth.com)
- Kay Warren Preaches Sunday Services at Saddleback Church (christianresearchnetwork.org)
- Rick Warren: 'Finding the Cross in every verse is eisegesis...' (steakandabible.com)