To: " Someone who told me they did not want to hear anything from Rich Warren.
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:46 PM
Here's one that is not about, or views of, Rick Warren.
I have heard the damage reports about how Warren's book 'Purpose Driven Church' has swept away some churches from the people who once had been leaders of them. And I think I have been told that 'Open Bible' church was one of them. Perhaps you know of others. His concepts might be considered a new age Methodism, making yet another denominational schism. Yet he is one who speaks publicly for Christ and who may have a part in Presidential inauguration - as well as Tony Perkins - and admittedly some gay people who misrepresent themselves as 'clergy'. I'm sorry I took interest in what it was that was being said to the extent I did not consider the source. There is a lesson in this to me in this.
GOD has our nation and we individually in our nation in a fiery purging furnace to remove the dross. If we are so involved in finding faults and making accusations (Satan is the accuser of the brethren) that we have been thrown off track - derailed - from proclaiming Christ and making disciples, we have ourselves been sidelined and are 'apostate'. We need to be more focussed on that it is Christ who sanctifies. His purity and His salvation can not be defiled though lepers touch it thinking to make it unclean. Christ says all power and authority already are His - not yet to be given.
As far as the label 'apostate', has Warren rejected and defected from loyalty to Christ? Whether or not he we can count him 'true' to our Savior, there is more malaise to our nation if Christ is not mentioned than when Christ is spoken of by a heretic. For lack of vision the people perish. Michael Newdow and Rick Warren are no threat to us. And the more things we take offence at, the more Christians can be pigeon-holed, set to in-fighting, and worn to a frazzle, stopped from communicating with one another and from evangelism. Media chooses pundits to get us focussed on so that we feel embattled against more and more; and feel boldly assertive about less and less. We can't afford to be parochialized to such an extent that like ground-hogs we are relegated to tunnels and never come out to enjoy the light in which Christ shines over and through all the world. Is our self-protectiveness for our own holiness really? Doesn't it end up being a denial of our faith in the Sovereign LORDship of Christ?
Maybe why we look for strokes from each other in sending and receiving private e-mails is because we have become too hen-pecked (therby embarrased, ashamed) to be courageously willing to step up to the commission given to us to public witness - and take the heat for doing so.
-Philippians 1:15- Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
-Philippians 1:16- The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
-Philippians 1:17- But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
-Philippians 1:18- What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
There are people talking about Christ both in complimentary and derisive ways. Our focus is not on them, but we are looking to Jesus our Savior, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We are running this race without looking back and without encumbrances of things people want us to carry for them as we run (Hebrews 12:1-3).