The famous Rick Warren of Saddleback Church gets the Skull and Crossbones Award for teaching a license for immorality.
On Rick Warren's website (https://www.saddleback.com), he is very open and bold about this shameful belief. Under the section
on Eternal Security, we read about his doctrinal belief which will
Because God gives man eternal lifethrough Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. (emphasis mine)
That single sentence speaks volumes about the faulty and dangerous doctrinal views of Rick Warren on sin, salvation, grace, the Christian life, etc., but there is sadly much more.
Of course, God hadn't really left David, and he doesn't leave you. He has promised repeatedly, “ I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (page 108, bold emphasis mine)
Being consistent with once saved always saved, Rick Warren will downplay the seriousness of any sin, including David's adultery and murder. Though he didn't touch on it directly, he would categorically deny that David died spirituallyduring that time, even though Scripture is clear:
If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it. (Ezek 33:18)
Portraying David's wickedness unlike how it actually was, Rick Warren says God hadn't really left David. Then Rich Warren makes a blanket statement about all people who have ever been saved. That statement was, he doesn't leave you. Rick Warren's theology screams out that no sin can cause God to leave Christians, since they are saved and will always remain saved. Perhaps he doesn't know the Spirit of the Lord left Saul:
Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. (1 Sam 16:14)
The never leave or forsake versein Hebrews refers back to Deut. 31, where we read this:
And the LORD said to Moses: “You are going to rest with your fathers, and these people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake me and break the covenant I made with them. On that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and difficulties will come upon them, and on that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come upon us because our God is not with us?'” (Deut 31:16,17)
Elsewhere we read this:
He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chron. 15:2)
Rick Warren interprets the Bible differently because he views Scripture as though eternal
For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. (Psa 37:28)
Rick Warren also wants us also to believe:
We grieve God's Spirit and quench our fellowship with him by disobedience, conflict with others, busyness, friendship with the world, and other sins. (ibid., page 109, emphasis mine)
According to Rick Warren, wolf in sheep's clothing, the spiritual damage created by disobedience (sin) is only our fellowship with God, when it is much worse. This is easy to prove since he mentioned friendship with the world, and other sins. QUESTION: How serious is it to be a friend of this world? James 4:4 is clear:
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
It seems as though that James 4:4 Scripture could be personalized for Rick Warren into this:
[Rick Warren], don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
To be a friend of the world is to also be an enemy of God. So how bad is that?
... raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Heb 10:27)
Enemies of God will go to raging fire, that is, as in the fiery furnace! Hence, what eternal security teacher Rick Warren has taught in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, is not only wrong, but much worse, and millions have been exposed to it!
Both popular Rick Warren and his book, The Purpose Driven Life, are dangerous snares to SOULS by teaching as he does. Remember that and warn others about Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.
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