This morning, for five ot ten minutes, Fox and Friends featured Rick Warren, famous Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose Driven Life.” This was obviously a promotion for Rick’s special on FoxNews one day soon.
I don’t particularly like to pick on a fellow “Pastor” but I must.
Warren announced that he is launching a “network” of churches and church people to “change the world.” His ambitious plans are to include five billion church people throughout the world to give the people of the world a “purpose.” He says he wants to include all churches, synagogues and religions.
Striking to me was the complete absence and avoidance of the words “Christ” or “Jesus.” That is quite an omission for a supposed minister of Jesus Christ. What else are we to conclude except that his message is one of a “social gospel” or a philosophy of social redemption. Such is not a Biblical message.
We see a 2000 year old Biblical warning about such philosophies in the verse, Colossians. 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
The Apostle John spoke of those who would substitute man’s philosophy for the message of Salvation in Christ by God’s Grace in 1 John 4:5 “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.”
The world is still in the same condition as it was 2000 years ago. Here is the Apostle John speaking of Jesus Christ in John 1:10 “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.”
The world still knows Him not!
We do not need another P.E.A.C.E. group as Warren calls his movement. We need dedicated believers in Jesus Christ telling the world “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
The world needs to hear “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
It amazes me to see this man speak for five or ten minutes on FoxNews and never mention his Savior Jesus Christ. The Saddleback church, of which he is pastor, has a reasonably clear Statement of Faith yet he seemed unwilling to share that with the millions of FoxNews listeners this morning. We can pray he will do better and share salvation in Jesus Christ on his already recorded special to be aired later on FoxNews. I am not very optimistic.
Philosophy and vain deceit will not save the world. Man will not save the world. The only salvation for this corrupt world is for believers in Christ to go into the world and share their belief and trust in the Savior Jesus Christ alone.
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