November 13, 2008

Salve for Itching Ears: II

Dear Guests:

This is a continuation of Salve for Itching Ears: Rick Warren & Saddleback. In the thread under my article at Shaper Iron (SI) article Warren’s Saddleback: Salve for Itching Ears I was asked, “How is Rick Warren being in the same photo with candidate Obama any different than this?” He referred to the picture he posted of President Reagan and Jerry Falwell (see below).

Following is my edited reply to the questioner in the (
SI) thread.

To All:

Is there any difference between these two pictures?

Reagan and Obama: Do the polar opposite philosophies need any clarification for you to understand the difference between these two men?

1) Reagan broke the USSR (*
The Evil Empire); Obama wants to reconstitute the philosophy, i.e. devastating effects of Soviet style Socialism on our own shores. You do remember, “Spread the wealth,” don’t you?

2) Reagan would not negotiate with terrorists. His philosophy was to defeat them. Obama not only befriended and worked in cooperative efforts with domestic terrorists, he has stated his intention to meet with radical Islamic terrorist leaders without preconditions.

Falwell and Warren: Not as polar opposite as Reagan/Obama, but stark differences nonetheless. You would agree with that; wouldn’t you? I don't recall Falwell getting cozy with the United Nations (UN), such as Warren has.

I do know that Falwell said, the United Nations is “
the infrastructure, the stage on which the Antichrist will build his one-world government.” I’m not sure about that, but no doubt Falwell had an aversion for the UN, which IMO is a good idea for all of us.

Rick Warren speaks to and aligns himself with the UN that seeks to “
rid the world of ‘poverty, disease, and illiteracy’.” It must also be noted that through his cooperative efforts, Warren aligns himself with the same UN that seeks to “rid the world” of unborn infants through their murder while still in the womb.

While Warren is pro-life, he has a HUGE disconnect between preserving the life of the unborn and his embrace of Obama and the UN, both of which are radically committed to the slaughter of the unborn. I don’t recall Falwell embracing (literally or figuratively) pro-death candidates; do you?

Are you understanding the stark difference of philosophy between the men in the two pictures? Are you willing to acknowledge the radical philosophical differences between the Reagan/Falwell & Obama/Warren photos? Will you do that?

The main message of the Warren/Obama photo was to drive home the point that I put the photo alongside. Warren claims to be for the holy, but he routinely embraces the philosophers of the profane (Ezek. 22:8, 26).
Warren redefines ministry in terms of social activism. Warren’s Global Peace Plan for “Purpose Driven Nations” includes involving himself with the UN, Council on Foreign Relations, etc. in order to rid the world of “poverty, disease, and illiteracy” by forming entangling alliances between churches, secular businesses, and governments. This is an agenda completely foreign to the Great Commission and the NT church as laid out in Acts and the Pauline Epistles.
Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths...Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them,” (Ezekiel 22:8, 26).
Is there anything I should add to further exemplify the stark differences between the men (in the two photos) and their philosophies?


Redefining Christianity: Understanding the Purpose Driven Movement

An excellent book! Here is an excerpt:
Jesus said, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). Not even the greatest marketing genius can change this without redefining the church. Seeking the approval of the world is precisely what the Purpose Driven movement is all about.

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