Rick Warren – Heretic? Dr. Michael L. Ford For several years I have been receiving material on Rick Warren and the Saddleback Valley Community Church that has been critical and disturbing. Much of it has been aimed at identifying his doctrinal failures and this has increased with the publication of the book “The Purpose Driven Life” which has now sold some 22 million copies. I bought the book to see if the theological shortcomings listed for the book was present but illness has hindered my purpose. There are two things that have troubled me all along about the Warren phenomenon. The first is I am suspicious of anything receiving great acclaim across wide denominational lines. The second is when money becomes great temptation follows. I do not have to research his theology in his book now to see where Rick Warren stands because it has been exposed when he addressed the Pew Forum on Religion in May of 2005. There he challenged the very essence of Christianity. He seems to think the fundamentals of the faith are “a very legalistic narrow view of Christianity.” The Five Fundamentals of Faith are: 1. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2. The Virgin Birth. 3. The Blood Atonement. 4. The Bodily Resurrection. 5. The inerrancy of the Scripture. Rick Warren went so far as to say that there are not many fundamentalists around anymore. But then we are living in the Last Days and as the Bible predicts the time sees a great falling away from the truth. Being in the majority does not make one right. It is not surprising once you know his attitude toward the fundamentals to learn that he is accepting of Catholicism as a Christian religion. He sees an “evolving alliance between evangelical Protestants and Catholics, particularly in the evangelical wing of Catholicism.” Nor would you be surprised to find out that he looks for a global peace plan based on ecumenism and interspirituality. Mr. Warren fails the test of true faith once delivered to the saints. He is an apostate in my book.
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