RICK WARREN: FROM TOLERANCE TO RESPECT
July 17, 2009
Christianity’s premier change-agent and facilitator, Rick Warren, is now attempting to move the compromised church, again via the Hegelian Dialectic, on to the next step of the global “transformation” toward that long-awaited one-world religion, telling Muslims at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America: “Tolerance is not enough.”
According to a report posted on the ISNA website, Warren went on to say: “People don't want to be tolerated, they want to be respected, they want to be listened to. They want to be valued."
Adding to that, he said: "I am not interested in interfaith dialogue, I am interested in interfaith projects…Talk is very cheap."
First of all, if “talk is cheap” and Warren is “not interested in dialog,” why is he dialoging with the enemies of Christ? And, if “talk is cheap,” what’s the value in “listening” to the talk of those who reject Jesus as Lord and Savior? This is just a brief example of the disingenuous doublespeak Warren is widely known for.
You see, by doing this from an Islamic stage, many applauding Christians watching him, Christians desperately wanting to be loved and accepted by the world, will be expected to do the same themselves and reciprocate by “listening” to, “respecting” and even “valuing” Muslim beliefs, practices and a pagan god named “Allah.”
This is nothing new for Warren. It is business as usual. I have addressed his infamous interfaith activities in previous articles ad nauseam which I will provide links to at the conclusion of this piece so as not to waste time covering old ground. For the same reason, I will also include links to previous articles on the subject of “tolerance.”
Tolerance, you see, was merely a transitional tool that the church growth movement employed years ago to uproot Christians from their scriptural stubbornness and move them ever-so-carefully, via the dialectic, away from divisive biblical absolutes (so called “traditions”) in order to “unite” them with a more “diverse” (ungodly) world and call it “evangelism” – even though one would be hard pressed to find the word “tolerance” in scripture.
This is how you widen the gate and broaden the way to spiritual success and church growth – by creating imaginary shortcuts to salvation and self-serving end runs around personal sacrifice and suffering that make more people like you in the name of Jesus.
Dictionary.com: “Respect” – (verb) – to hold in esteem or honor
Ten years ago, most Christians would never have considered “respecting” any form of paganism or those who practice it, including Muslims. No, they first had to learn how to tolerate it. And with the help and encouragement of smiley-faced church growth leaders and promoters, Christians now tolerate paganism – so much so, that it has now infiltrated and found a home in the evangelical church. So, that being accomplished, it’s apparently time to discard the now obsolete tool of tolerance, move forward, and learn how to “respect” paganism.
This is just a continuation of the same new age “unity in diversity” agenda we’ve known about for years and have heard gurus and global socialists espouse from academia to Hollywood. As always, the compromised church simply follows along at a distance, doing whatever they’re told – always impressed by the charm, cleverness and credentials of worldly men leading them astray.
The CGM refuses to recognize, much less teach or preach, vitally important scripture verses and biblical principles like “Friendship with the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4) and “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2nd Corinthians 6:14) choosing instead to twist the Apostle Paul’s 1st Corinthians 9:22 account of being “made all things to all men” into a license for practicing “whatever it takes” to promote global peace and unity and the brotherhood of man as if the Lord Jesus cares not what Christians do as long as we do it in His name and involve everyone – which is heresy.
As a side note, I was mildly encouraged, if not amused to finally see an article in the Baptist Press this week, titled, When the bubble bursts, criticizing some of the practices and principles of the church growth movement – (be it too little too late) – its author mentioning the damage it’s done over the years in the church’s search for “relevancy,” which frankly, is a ridiculously unbiblical notion in and of itself – something that begs repeated rebukes.
You see, I submitted numerous articles to the Baptist Press and other Christian publications like it from around late 2000 to 2002 in a vain attempt to warn them and their readers about the church growth movement and its leaders. I should also point out that the Baptist Press still publishes pro CGM articles and authors; so, it’s not like they have repented or anything – they’ve only attempted to demonstrate more “balance” in their reporting, if you want to call it that.
Now that the dumbed-down church is practicing “tolerance” as a “biblical” principle, Warren can now move Christians further down the road to ruin by encouraging us to “respect” other religions, beliefs and values as if that too is biblical. After we learn to honor and esteem those who worship Allah, what’s next in the transition – embrace Allah? Will Warren then tell us that respect is not enough?
Oh sure, the “America’s Pastor” cloaks it all in benevolent lingo – but the new age objective is still the same: Bring all the world’s religions together into one big happy family to find common ground and do good works.
Well, blending Christianity with paganism is not a good work. And I would suggest that the “common ground” found will ultimately be worshipping and serving the antichrist whether Warren recognizes that or not.
I have no doubt that many Christians who follow Warren’s lead have been convinced that his interfaith efforts are just a shrewd way of getting non-defensive, open-minded access to Muslims and others for purposes of proselytizing and conversion. Maybe he’s just looking to expand the market for Purpose Driven products – who knows?
Whatever the case, the end is the same: Confusing the undiscerning and uniting good and evil into a synthesized spirituality of interfaith kingdom building here on earth where all gods, religions and beliefs are considered equally valid.
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.” – 2nd Corinthians 4:1-5
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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.