VIDEO Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive, Rick Warren

Purpose Driven…Seeker Sensitive…Church Growth…Market Driven

Rick Warren

Rick Warren is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, California, currently the eighth-largest church in the United States. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent devotional, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies.

This must-watch video represents extensive research on the teachings, activities and partnerships of Rick Warren:

Concerns:

  • Protoge 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.

Rick Warren and Elton John at senate hearing on global health programs.

Rick Warren and musician Elton John at senate hearing on global health programs.

Helpful articles

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Book:

Who’s Driving the Purpose Driven Church By James Sundquist

YouTube:

James Sundquist exposes false teacher Rick Warren

Rick Warren false prophet – Elliott Nesch

What the Bible says:

“I will also choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.” ~ Isaiah 66:4

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” ~ Matthew 7:15

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Prepare the Child

Prepare the Child

 

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:4

A phrase on many parenting websites says, “Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.” Instead of trying to remove all obstacles and pave the way for the children in our life, we should instead equip them to deal with the difficulties they encounter on the road ahead.

The psalmist wrote, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes . . . , which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children” (Ps. 78:4–6). The goal is that “they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands” (v. 7).

It’s a wonderful privilege to share God’s Word and His plan for our lives with the next generation.

Think of the powerful spiritual impact others had on us through what they said and how they lived. Their conversation and demonstration captured our attention and kindled a fire in us to follow Jesus just as they did.

It’s a wonderful privilege and responsibility to share God’s Word and His plan for our lives with the next generation and the generations to come. No matter what lies ahead on their road through life, we want them to be prepared and equipped to face it in the strength of the Lord.

Father in heaven, we seek Your wisdom and guidance to prepare the children we know and love to walk with You in faith.

 

Through conversation and demonstration, help prepare children to follow the Lord on the road ahead.

INSIGHT:Psalm 78 is an “historical psalm” (a psalm full of historical facts). Other historical psalms are Psalm 105–107, 114, 135, and 136. In Psalm 78 Asaph recounts key events covering 450 years of history, reminding the Jews that God has commanded them to teach their children and children’s children about Him so that future generations will love and worship Him (vv. 5–8). In His covenant with Abraham, God said Abraham was chosen for this same purpose: “so that [Abraham] will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord” (Gen. 18:19). Deuteronomy also emphasizes that parents have been entrusted with the sacred duty and divine privilege of teaching their children about God (4:9; 6:6–9; 11:19–21).

Look for opportunities this week to talk with your children, grandchildren, or others in your life about God and His Word.

Standing on a Firm Foundation

Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:15

When was the last time you had a Bible study on the topic of feet? In all likelihood, you haven’t ever had such a lesson. In fact, you might even be squeamish at the thought of focusing on feet. The apostle Paul, however, did not avoid the subject. He made feet a focal point of one of his most powerful messages: the discussion in Ephesians 6:10-18 about the armor of God. Let’s take a closer look.

Four times in four verses (vv. 11-14 NIV), Paul declares that the armor’s purpose—the value in putting it on piece by piece—lies in its ability to help us “stand,” “stand against the devil’s schemes,” “stand [our] ground,” and “stand firm.” And of course, armor would be incomplete without shoes—which Paul identified as “the preparation of the gospel of peace” (v. 15). Clearly, he knew Christians needed to be on a solid foundation when facing opposition.

The Roman soldier’s sandals had an often overlooked feature: a long spike at the heel of the shoe. Its purpose was to allow the warrior to plant his feet firmly in the ground when an opponent approached. With his feet secured in this way, the soldier had an obvious advantage: He would be able to stand his ground. This part of his uniform enabled him to keep his footing even as he faced the danger.

That is precisely what the heavenly Father wants for every one of His children: the ability to stand firm in the face of troubles. This is possible, however, only when we plant our feet on a firm foundation—the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. Is your faith well grounded?

Right Thinking

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, . . . honest, . . . just, . . . pure, . . . lovely, . . . of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Our lives are surrounded with ungodliness and demands that often bleed away our thoughts until we are worn and weakened. Reflect for a few moments on this inventory of empowering thinking.

  • Truth—Literally “that which is not hidden”; Jesus Himself (John 14:6); the Word of God (John 17:17; Psalm 119:11).
  • Honesty—Not just accuracy, but “sober” and “venerable”; sometimes “magnificent” or “great”; used of church officers (1 Timothy 2:2; 3:8).
  • Justice—Righteous, just, right, suitable; “The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom. . . . The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable” (Proverbs 10:31-32).
  • Purity—Morally and sexually chaste; closely connected with “holiness”; the emphasis is on physical and mental purity (1 John 3:2).
  • Loveliness—Beauty, friendship, delight, and wonder are all suggested by the “good love” of this word (Luke 12:27).
  • Good News—This takes discipline, because there is far more bad news than good in this world; we are admonished to take “inventory” (dwell on, recall) the “good reports” (Proverbs 25:25).

These excellent and praiseworthy matters should dominate our thinking in a conscious “inventory” of the attributes on this final list. If we do so, God promises His peace in our lives. HMM III

Underneath His everlasting arms

Deuteronomy 33:18-29

Deuteronomy 33:18

Here is a blessing for the traveler, and a blessing for the stayer at home. In both cases it is given to the children of God to rejoice, for the Lord is with them. If we go only where we ought, and dwell only where we should, we have the Lord for our companion, and, therefore, may constantly rejoice.

Deuteronomy 33:19

It is a happy office to call others to worship the Lord, and a happy providence which makes the salt sea and the sandy waste minister to the supply of our needs.

Deuteronomy 33:21

It is a blessing from God to be decided and vigorous in executing the will of the Lord. Too many are weak and undecided.

Deuteronomy 33:22

Strength and courage show themselves in bold enterprises. Dan leaped and increased his territory. We ought to be bold for the Lord Jesus, and enlarge the boundaries of his kingdom.

Deuteronomy 33:23

What richer words were ever spoken of mortal men. He has a fulness indeed who is full with the blessing of Jehovah.

Deuteronomy 33:24

A sweet prayer for our minister. Let him have thousands of spiritual children, let him furnish the saints with acceptable teaching and edification, and may he practically manifest that he is abundantly anointed of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 33:25

Blessed promise. A rough road needs strong shoes, and they shall be given us; weary days need plenteous grace, and it shall be afforded us. Our strength shall always be equal to every emergency. Hitherto, the saints of God have proved the promise to be true, and they need not fear that it shall ever fail them. Moses now turns his thoughts to his God, whom he magnifies in glowing language.

Deuteronomy 33:25

None in earth or heaven is so good, so ready, and so able to bless his people.

Deuteronomy 33:27

Very sweet is that word, “underneath are the everlasting arms,”—they will break our fall, or prevent us from falling; they will embrace us, give us repose, and finally lift us up to everlasting glory.

Deuteronomy 33:28

God’s people must maintain the separated condition if they would be safe:

Deuteronomy 33:28

Earth’s fountains and heaven’s dews both bless the chosen. All things are full of benediction to those whom the Lord sets apart for himself.

Deuteronomy 33:29

As there is none like the Lord, so there are none like his people. They are happy in the present, and secure for the future—since this God is their God for ever and ever.

 

Afflicted soul, to Jesus dear,

Thy Saviour’s gracious promise hear;

His faithful word declares to thee

That, “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

 

Let not thy heart despond, and say,

How shall I stand the trying day?

He has engaged, by firm decree,

That, “as thy day, thy strength shall be.”

 

Is Jesus Testing You?

John 6:5, 6

After ministering to multitudes for numerous days, Jesus and His disciples privately retreated to the top of a mountainside just outside Jerusalem. It was the time of the feast, and before He and the twelve entered the city, “… Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples” (John 6:3).

The word “sat” is the Greek word kathemai, implying that they reclined on the slopes of the mountainside. Certainly they must have been tired, because they had been ministering to multitudes of people who were following them for many days. So before Jesus and His men entered Jerusalem to resume their ministry activities, they took a break on top of a mountain apart from the crowd, where they could enjoy a cool, refreshing breeze and a welcome rest.

Suddenly, “… Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him…” (John 6:5). The word “saw” is from the word theaomai, our word for a theater. It means to really look, like a patron who attends a play and carefully watches every act, listening attentively to every word because he doesn’t want to miss anything important in the play. By using this word, John lets us know that Jesus carefully looked out at this crowd in amazement—observing the entire scene, analyzing the size of the crowd, and determining what needed to be done for them.

The words “great company” in Greek are the words polus ochlos. These are exactly the same words used to describe the massive number of soldiers who came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (see April 4). This was a massive crowd of people.

As that vast crowd marched toward Jesus on the mountainside, Jesus turned to Philip and asked, “… Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” (John 6:5). The word “buy” is the Greek word agoradzo, from the word agora, which describes a marketplace. When it becomes the word agoradzo, as it appears in this verse, it means to purchase something at the marketplace. But this was a strange question for Jesus to put to Philip, because they were seated on top of a remote mountain where there were no markets!

In fact, Mark 6:36 tells us the disciples were worried about where to buy food for this crowd. In fact, they pleaded with Jesus, “Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread….”

There was simply no place nearby to purchase bread for the people on that mountaintop. Even if there had been a local shop nearby, it wouldn’t have been possible to purchase enough bread to feed a crowd that size—a crowd of “five thousand men” (John 6:10), plus “women and children” (Matthew 14:21). Yet in spite of the huge crowd and the impossibility of the situation, Jesus asked Philip, “… Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”

John 6:6 goes on to tell us the reason Jesus asked this question: “And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.” The word “prove” is the word peiradzo, which means to put to the test, to test in order to prove, or to test in order to expose the truth about the quality of a substance. An example of this is how the word peiradzo was used to describe the purifying fires placed under molten metal. The metal may have looked strong, but only a blazing fire could expose all the hidden defects. Once the defects were exposed, they could be scraped off and removed, but without the test of fire they would remain undetectable. This test wasn’t just done for the sake of testing, but to assure that the metal would be purer, finer, and stronger. In other words, the purpose of the test was to make the item better.

Jesus asked Philip this question to expose any deficiency in His disciple’s faith. You see, these disciples had lived in the presence of Jesus and had seen Him perform every kind of creative miracle, including turning water into wine, cleansing lepers, and even raising the dead. Miracles were nothing novel to them. But at this moment, they were being confronted with a problem that was totally different from anything they had faced before—they needed food to feed a multitude!

It is amazing to me that after seeing Jesus perform possibly thousands of miracles, the disciples didn’t immediately say, “Lord, we trust that You can provide for all these people!” Instead, they went on a food search and frantically tried to solve this problem by themselves.

Philip certainly didn’t consider a supernatural solution. In verse 7, he and the other disciples began to “grasp at straws” as they went looking for a way to solve this problem through natural means. Philip told Jesus, “… Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little” (v. 7). Philip didn’t realize God’s stores of supernatural provision are always more than enough!

It is simply a fact that new challenges often expose a deficiency in our faith and accentuate any weak area in our lives. Jesus knew exactly how He was going to meet the need, but He asked Philip the question so Philip’s lack of faith would be exposed—and so the disciples would see that there was still room for improvement in regard to the level of their faith!

Don’t be surprised if Jesus asks you to do something that seems impossible to your natural mind. When He tells you that He expects you to take a leap of faith and accomplish what others say can’t be done, His request may expose the fact that you need to work a little more on your faith! What a blessing that Jesus would ask us to do things that reveal who we really are—for only then will we really discover the areas of our faith that need improvement!

So the next time Jesus gives you a fabulous, impossible-looking job to do, rejoice if it reveals a little shakiness in your ability to believe. Now you know that you have a deficiency in your faith walk—and you can start today to do something about it!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I want to thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your great plans. You could use someone else, but You have chosen to use me. For this, I am so thankful to You. If there is any faith deficiency in me, please expose it NOW so I can get it fixed and be prepared for any assignment You give to me in the future!

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that I am ready for God to use me! My faith is growing. It’s getting stronger, and the deficiency in my faith is being reduced day by day. There was a time when I was weak, but now God’s Word is making me stronger. There was a time when I would have doubted and feared, but now I am filled with faith. In fact, I’m excited about taking on ANY assignment Jesus Christ wants to give me!

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Has Jesus ever asked you to do something that seemed impossible? How did you first react to the Lord when He put the big question to you and asked you to do something that seemed so impossible to do?
  2. When you stepped out to do what He asked, what happened? Did you see His miraculous power at work and learn that God can do the impossible?
  3. What should you be doing right now to improve the level of your faith so you have no deficiency the next time Jesus asks you to do something that is impossible in the natural?

 

Principle Or Expediency?

Which do you choose when your survival is at stake: Principle or Expediency?

 

Expediency… of course! Isn’t survival the name of the game? Few of us, after all, have the “gift” of martyrdom!

 

Only a fool would die for a principle… Unless he had grasped the fact that a holy God will ultimately hold him accountable for his actions:

 

Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know thatGod will bring you to judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9b)

 

The other evening my wife and I were interacting with a couple whose business is in a free fall. As we discussed options to rescue their company, it became apparent that without batting an eye they had already chosen a path for survival that was in clear violation of Biblical values.

 

Patently, they had opted for EXPEDIENCY OVER PRINCIPLE.

 

In reflecting on this couple’s unwillingness to trust God in a time of crisis, I was reminded of Christ’s question:

 

When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)

 

I wonder.

 

Because, when push comes to shove, only a man with a deep abiding faith in God and His promises would even consider choosing PRINCIPLE OVER EXPEDIENCY.

 

Daniel was one such man, as he chose to live a Biblically principled life amidst unprincipled, hostile pagans. Often his decisions were made at great personal risk:

 

The administrators and the satraps (governors) tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” (Daniel 6:4)

 

Like Daniel, we are confronted daily with choices between PRINCIPLE OR EXPEDIENCY.

 

How we choose will be determined by whom we trust and fear the most:

 

God or man.

 

 

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