A Preaching, Teaching, Healing Faith

A Preaching, Teaching, Healing Faith

Pastor Rick Warren talks about the importance of taking care of our body. Jesus had a threefold ministry – Preaching, teaching and healing. Remember, 1/3 of …


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  1. Gregory Hampton

    A quote from the below linked article:  "Warren managed to speak for the entire evening without once mentioning Jesus — a testament to his savvy message-tailoring. But make no mistake, the driving purpose of an evangelical church is to evangelize, and it is Warren's devotion to spreading the words of the Christian Bible that drive his ministry.

    Good for him and his flock — and not so bad for us either. His teachings apply to 95 percent of all people, regardless of religious belief. As he put it to a group of rabbis at a conference last year — using a metaphor that might be described as a Paulian slip: "Eat the fish and throw away the bones."

    Warren told Wolfson his interest is in helping all houses of worship, not in converting Jews. He said there are more than enough Christian souls to deal with for starters."

    Evangelism involves advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  No man can convert another to Christ, only Holy Spirit can do that. However, we must constantly speak the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all that may hear of Him so the Holy Spirit can convict the lost of the error of their ways so they may humble themselves and decide to come to the Lord.  Rick Warren utterly failed to obey Christ's instructions to us in Matthew Chapter 28: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.; as well as Luke Chapter 24: And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

    For Warren to not have preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone, but especially the Jewish people, was a gross abdication of his duty as a christian.

  2. Gregory Hampton

    Rick Warren of Purpose Drive Life fame loves to simplify the Christian life and ministry. This is evident in Saddleback Church’s statement of faith. 

    Consider this excerpt from the statement on “Who is Jesus?” — “Jesus Christ is God’s Son and an equal of the Father. He has existed from the beginning of time, yet lived on earth during the first century A.D.” 

    This is heresy. Christ had no beginning; He is the eternal God and Creator of all things. 

    Consider the statement on “What is Salvation?” — “Our disobedient nature has eternally separated us from our Creator. No matter how hard we try, we can never earn our way back into God’s presence. Our only hope is to trust Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience.” 

    This statement is so shallow and insufficient that it is difficult to know where to begin, but briefly, salvation is much more than a vague, undefined trusting “Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience.” Heretics on every hand could fit their theology into that. They say we are saved by Jesus’ life or His example or His suffering in general. Notice that there is no mention of the death, burial, and resurrection. In fact, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is not even referenced in the Saddleback statement of faith. No mention of the blood. No mention of repentance. The Saddleback paraphrase of the gospel is no gospel at all. 

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