For the first time in almost a decade, Saddleback pastor Rick Warren is bringing his Purpose Driven Conference for pastors and leaders back to the United States, and inviting a worldwide audience to stream it online (for a mere $199). The conference takes place at his Lake Forest, California church in just a few days: June 28 – 30.
In his official invitation, Warren reminded his audience:
“A pastor’s job is not to impress but to influence.”
But the question is, influence them to do what?
The Bible says a pastor's job is neither to impress nor influence his congregation. His job is to preach the Gospel. True faith comes by hearing the Word of God:
"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction. For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires" (2 Timothy 4:2)
That’s what the Bible says. Let’s take a few minutes to look at the event, what Warren says about it, and then some concerns about the pattern of influence he has had on the visible church.
In a promotional video, Warren says this is the most influential conference in existence, and that he has been teaching millions of pastors around the world to build processes and paradigms for growth. The key, he says, is to keep growing by being fast, fluid and flexible.
Of his conference, Warren says it is God’s mandate to bring the training back on American soil as part of his P.E.A.C.E. Plan:
"Now that the PEACE PLAN is mature and impacting millions of people around the world through thousands of churches, God has shifted my focus from church planting to church renewal, beginning in America."
He explains that the Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church, but we have discovered so many new apps over the last ten years."
"We need to introduce a new generation to the paradigm all together, and we need to introduce our old friends to what we've learned in the last ten years."
Over the past several decades, there have been many red flags and concerns voiced by Christian leaders as to why Rick Warren’s activities, partnerships and teachings are a counterviet of what the Bible teaches. Because there are so many, I’ve bulleted these so that you can read an do your research:
- Protégé of Peter Drucker, to create consumer-driven mega-church model
- Cited as the father of the Emergent Church Movement.
- A strong advocate of contemplative prayer, and encourages pastors to use Centering and Breath Prayers.
- Signed on to “A Common Word Between Us” that seeks common ground between Muslims and Christians.
- Gave the invocation at the presidential inauguration in January 2009, praying to Isa of the Qur’an along with Jesus.
- New Age proponent Leonard Sweet, who calls himself an emergent church leader, trained many of Warren’s church leaders and pastors at the 2008 Saddleback Small Groups Conference.
- Uses The Message paraphrase of the Bible for much of his writings.
- Promoted on the “speakers corner” of the Islamic Society of North America, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and a financier of the Hamas terror organization.
- Supports the work of Tony Blair and his global spiritualization movement.
- Supports the “Catholics Come Home” campaign.
- In spite of photo evidence, denied his involvement in King’s Way, a bridge-building movement with Muslims at Saddleback.
- Creator of the controversial P.E.A.C.E. Plan
- As part of the P.E.A.C.E. plan, his top missions pastor was photographed teaching that Muslims don’t have to convert to Christianity to be saved.
- Created the The Daniel Plan: God’s Prescription for Your Health to get the folks at Saddleback Church healthy. To create his alleged biblical plan, he elicited the aid of unbelievers — Dr. Mehmet Oz., a Sufi Muslim, Dr. Mark Hyman, a secular Jew and New Ager, and Dr. Daniel Amen, a professing Christian who dabbles in Eastern mysticism.
- Promoter of the problematic The Bible, Son of God and A.D. miniseries, and packaged church sermons and video Bible studies.
- Gathered with the Pope at the Vatican, along with Russell Moore, Muslims and Mormons to promote unity around family issues.
Finally, if you've ever wondered what the "big deal" is about the fruit of the Purpose Driven Church created by Peter Drucker and championed by Rick Warren, Bob Buford and Bill Hybels, you'll want to check out the ultimate video titled, Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker-Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order:
It’s an excellent film to watch with your small group, church leaders and family members. This must-watch video is several hours long and represents extensive research on the teachings, activities and partnerships of Rick Warren, and answers all the questions you may have from a sound biblical perspective:
"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?"
- People might not go to heaven if you don’t tithe by Jeff Maples
- PSEUDO-MISSION: Rick Warren’s 3-legged Church by Sarah Leslie
- The Dialectic of War and P.E.A.C.E by Sarah Leslie
- Rick Warren’s new book “Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” awash with doctrines of demons by Marsha West
- Purpose Driven Dismantling of Christianity by Marsha West
- Rick Warren and Joel Osteen acquiesce to Oprah by Marsha West
- Rick Warren on Roman Catholic EWTN Network by Ken Silva
- Rick Warren and Lifeway to Release Video Bible Study on “Son of God” film by Ken Silva
- Rick Warren’s “Power of a Campaign for Revival and Spiritual Awakening” by Amy Spreeman
- Be skeptical of Dr. Oz’s remedies and Rick Warren’s “plans” by Marsha West
- Saddleback Church raising $71 million for its largest expansion yet (bereanresearch.org)
- Rick Warren Will Speak at Papal Mass in Philadelphia (bereanresearch.org)
- Rick Warren and 21st Century ideological Reduction/Case Study (Post 6 in the study “Church Growth Movement)
- What do Rick Warren, Russell Moore, Muslims, Mormons and the Pope have in common? by Amy Spreeman
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