Three Reasons Why Rick Warren is a Heretic

Rick WarrenOne of the figures in current evangelicalism that is very controversial is Rick Warren.  Many evangelicals love Rick Warren and many evangelicals have major problems with Rick Warren.  Some people see Rick Warren as the arch-heretic.  While technically his theology is orthodox (he affirms the Trinity, deity of Christ, salvation by grace, etc.), that does not mean that he can’t be a heretic.  I am going to share three reasons why Rick Warren is a heretic.

1) Rick Warren is known for his role in helping the poor, hungry and sick.  This of course is a liberal heresy.  Christians should only preach spiritual salvation.  Once there is assurance of heaven, our job is done.  There is no biblical support for Christians helping those who are suffering (Leviticus 19:9-10, Matthew 25:31-46, Galatians 2:10).

2) Rick Warren is known for being too respectful to people of other religions, especially Muslims.  Although Rick Warren does affirm salvation by Jesus alone, he is willing to work with Muslims on certain projects and is respectful towards them when he talks to them.  This of course is unacceptable.  Christians should blast people of other faiths and use every opportunity to destroy their false beliefs.  Our job is not to connect with other people, our job is to argue how correct we are and how foolish everyone else is.  The fact that Muslims keep coming back to Rick Warren and are willing to hear what he says tells us that he is not being harsh enough.  There is no biblical support for being respectful toward people of other faiths and of building bridges where we have things in common (Acts 17:22-34).

3) Rick Warren is far too popular and respected by non-Christians.  He is often found on secular talk shows and news programs.  Non-Christians, instead of hating him, seem to respect him.  This is a clear indication that something is wrong.  A person’s orthodox theology can be measured directly by how much they are hated by non-Christians.  If non-Christians like you, you must be a heretic.  True preachers of the gospel are despised by non-Christians and are continually mocked.  There is no biblical support for Christians being respected by non-Christians (Acts 2:46-47, 5:13).

This proves that Rick Warren is a heretic.  If you are confused by my arguments, please look up the Bible quotations.

Please read my followup post: Three Reasons Why Rick Warren is Not a Heretic.

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51 thoughts on “Three Reasons Why Rick Warren is a Heretic”

  1. Your three reasons/accusations against Rick Warren are all irrational and full of flaws…please try to give more reasonable and believable accusations before you post such things against a man of God…

  2. I was like… OMW! I’m glad I scrolled down through the comments! So, since I’m here, I have a question: A friend posted something about the “Emergent Church” and Rick Warren on Facebook. According to her, it’s bad. I was previously unaware of the term Emergent Church. Can someone please point me in the right direction? I’m Baptist in my beliefs, so what’s the deal?

    1. In a nutshell. Thessalonians says “the end cannot come unless there is a great falling away”. the falling away is actually apostasy in greek which means a rejection of truth.. So Rick Warren is part of this apostate church in practice.. BUT if you know the truth of the Bible, Rick will agree with you. He just wont preach it. Rick is really part of the NWO one world governement and one world religion movement. He is a member of the CFR. This NWO ( new world order ) movement wants “everyone to get along”. The problem with this is that the Lord Jesus Christ is divisive !! after all Jesus said ” if they hated me they will hate you also”.. Rick tells people what they want to hear..
      ( so we can all get along , he is not being weak or a coward he is following the agend of a guy called Peter Drucker ) homosexuals are told “i dont oppose gay marriage” Christians are told “I support marriage” see video of Rick speaking , judge for yourself what he said..
      a full documentary here
      emergent church is the next generation of the apostasy.

      1. Thank-you Tim for posting you are a voice of reason. I pray that the church will open her eyes to these emerging church teachers.

  3. Oh my goodness! You’d best be careful Stephen, next thing you know Westboro Baptist Church will either be wanting you to join them, or picketing your blog! 😉

  4. I see you as a nasty, spiteful man, devoid of grace. I think you need to re-read how Jesus handled his detractors.

      1. Stephen,

        As a former Saddleback member (I didn’t leave for unsavory reasons, just found a different, much smaller church), I enjoyed your post about Rick Warren. Still, sad as it is, I think we have to be careful when using satire. Our cultural climate and the degraded reading abilities of many, many average Americans has left us without the cognitive capacity to recognize satire. This is something I’ve been concerned about, especially with on-line sites that normally would be funny, like the Babylon Bee, but that I think the average “reader,” will unfortunately take as serious and in a wooden, prima facie sense. Love your blog, but perhaps just reconsider whether or not satire can or should be used to edify the church in our cultural context today. I wish it were possible, but it may not be. We have to respect the fact that many in the church just don’t have this level of literary sophistication and we need to reach them too. Just a thought.

        1. Thanks for your thoughts. Interestingly, I received a positive response from Rick Warren’s former pastor. I use satire sparingly but I do believe it has a place for challenging Christians. But I hear your warning.

  5. Wow, you nailed it Stephen. I definitely think you’re onto something here. Too often we see a very large portion of American evangelicals behaving in very aggressive manner. I’ve been thinking about it myself quite a bit. In fact their alliance with with Republican Party is mind-boggling and in my opinion not consistent with the biblical worldview. Warmongering, xenophobia, racism, guns, tax cuts for rich Fox news, Bill O’Reily, Glenn Beck, etc is what comes to mind when I think of the Republican Party That is not to say that the Democrats are significantly better because of their social views. I don’t even know how a sincere Christian could vote today when both parties are really out of whack for different reasons…

  6. I do understand satrie but this crosses the line of satrie and stupidity. I understand you point but as a non believer I see this as a vicious self centered attack.

  7. Hey! Don’t blame the education system for people being devoid of senses of humor! Obviously it is the church that causes a lack of understanding of satire!

  8. Obviously they all know how to read or they wouldn’t have left comments. And maybe they were all homeschooled. Ok and you do get my sarcasm, right? I don’t have to spell it out for you, do I?

  9. ok, the fact that several people believed this and others got offended at the humor is a sad commentary. This is why the world thinks we are a bunch of clueless, thin-skinned people. C’mon folks.

  10. just because you help the poor doesn’t make you outright a heretic, just because you are kind to muslims doesn’t make you a heretic. so if you’re respected by non-christians, you’re a heretic? i questions some teachings of rick warren, he is quite off the true gospel but i i have no problem with his lifestyle. the author is way over the line.

  11. I am seriously concerned for the people that are reading this and not getting it…I guess some folks are so intrenched that they can’t see anything beyond their own very narrow minded point of view. Regardless, it was a fun read, thanks for again drawing a line back to what matters most.

  12. Wow for a min there I was extremely confused. even concerned, By the time I was finished however your intent was clear. Now I can lol.
    I was thinking, Steve seems to have gone astray in his doctrinal thinking. Phew, what a relief to know that it is only your humor that is gone astray.

  13. Stephen…..after reading your article and then reading some of the responses I wonder about people and their lack of understanding satire. I thought it was well written. I LOVE your sense of humor!

  14. I loved this. I’m sorry you’ve had to assist so many to get the joke! But actually I thought you made a great point too.

  15. Well said! It’s a sad reflection on the state of christianity in the US to see how a large portion of American christians can be flag waving war supporters and yet stumble at seeing some like R Warren and a few others trying to reach muslims without displaying an arrogant or selfrighteous attitude. btw, I have been a missionary for 40 years and am presently minsitering in a partly muslim field

  16. I admit I am uncomfortable with Warren’s use of different translations to find a particular English word in order to make a point. But heretic? NO. The heretics are the ones who shove God into their small theological box and then declare everyone else wrong. They take pride in being the ‘in’ group qouting Mt 12:30 piously, but neglect to reflect on Mark 9:40. They talk about love, but act more like Pharisees than Jesus. A healthy dose of humility would help.

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