I recently read an article that was written by Rob Eshman, who listened to Rick Warren speak at the Sinai Temple’s Friday Night Live Shabbat services last week.
Mr.Warren has been labeled as America’s Pastor. Because of this many follow his teachings or methods without question. They defend his methods without discernment. Multitudes of churches are being destroyed by the tsunami of the Purpose Driven™ franchise takeovers.
It is disheartening knowing so many are being led down the wide path of destruction, yet interesting to watch, because it is Bible Prophecy unfolding before our very eyes. God’s Word tells us that His return will not take place until the great falling away. I believe that we are seeing the foundations being laid for that to take place.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
After reading the article written by Mr. Eshman, though he may have been sincerely impressed by Mr. Warren’s message and ability to speak eloquently, it does not change the issue that what Mr. Warren was teaching is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What follows below are some of the quotes or observations that Mr. Eshman makes or attributes to Rick Warren during his speech at the Jewish Temple’s Shabbat service, and my commentary on them.
Replicating Man’s Methods
In the article Rob Eshman’s writes:
“It is Drucker’s theory of “management by objectives” that Warren replicates in every endeavor”
Mr. Warren is taking the teaching, methods, and the philosophy of a man named Peter Drucker and using it to create a man made phenomenon known as “church growth”.
The church growth mantra is “don’t come against what God is blessing” in other words don’t question the Biblical soundness of the message, because numbers prove legitimacy.
We have seen a rapid decline of the timeless anchor of God’s Word as the final authority about man’s state, life and eternity in church after church. In its place sinful man is being esteemed as having a better understanding of modern man and his needs than the inerrant Word of God.
Let’s not forget the original lie that was spoken by the serpent that led to the decision that caused the spiritual and physical death of humanity “hath God said”.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, [emphasis mine] Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Therefore to elevate a man such as Peter Drucker or any man for that matter as knowing better than God himself how to build the church is building on a sinking sand foundation from the very beginning.
Remember that God’s “true” church will be built upon the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ. Not a man made methodology.
1Peter 2:4 -6 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
No mention of Jesus
According to Rob Eshman’s article Rick Warren never spoke the name of Jesus.
”The other secret to his success is his passion for God and Jesus. Warren managed to speak for the entire evening without once mentioning Jesus” [Emphasis mine]
This is not a success secret. It is a lie manufactured by the enemy of our souls and
being trotted out by men like Rick Warren. The Bible tells us that in the last days
there will be many who appear as part of the flock. Many who appear to tell the
truth, but they are really false apostles, wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
2 Corinthians 11:13 -14 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Jesus said that those who deny Him, He will deny them.
Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also
deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Making it a point to not mention the name of Jesus Christ to suit the audience is a denial of Him.
Without salvation we are destined for an eternity in hell. There is only one answer for
the “dead in our sins” state of being that we are in whether Jew or Gentile; that answer is Jesus Christ and what He did on our behalf at Calvary.
It is through Jesus Christ alone and His death on the cross that we are able to receive the gift of salvation through grace. Not of works … lest any man should boast. There is only one name under heaven by where men are saved. And that is Jesus Christ!
Acts 4:10 -12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. [Emphasis mine]
Therefore to be labeled America’s Pastor, and deny the Lord Jesus Christ by omission
shows gross negligence and a hardhearted willingness to let people perish in their sins.
Message tailoring = Manipulation
In Rob Eshman’s article he states:
“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”. [Emphasis mine]
You cannot have a true Christian message without the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ and His Gospel to those who are perishing is the Christian message.
Mr. Warren has built his purpose driven™ foundation from many faulty translations of the Bible. He is well known for “tailoring” his message by trolling numerous faulty translations or paraphrases such as The Message, to find the one that best fits his own version of theology. Junk in junk out!
If we have no lamp, nor anchor then we are ripe for the picking to be tossed about by every wind of doctrine.
Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; [emphasis mine]
Regardless of religious belief = Ecumenicalism
His teachings apply to 95 percent of all people, regardless of religious belief.” [Emphasis mine]
Mr. Warren’s insidious false gospel appeals to 95% of the people regardless of religious belief because there is no offense in a lie that says that it does not matter what you believe, how you live, or who you call lord, God still loves you.
God loves you so much He gave His only begotten Son so that we may have eternal life IF we believe in Him.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [Emphasis mine]
What Mr. Warren fails to tell those he is leading into the pits of hell with his poisonous feel good gospel, is that God is also a Holy God.
Psalms 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
God is a just God
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
God hates sin and does not wink at it, or call it a “problem” that a 12 step program conjured up by a man will fix.
Mr. Warren fails to tell those who he is leading down the wide road of destruction that the road to redemption is a narrow road and not many find it.
Matthew 7:13 -14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. [Emphasis mine]
The broad way is that 95%!
The message of Christ is a very simple, glorious message, but it is by no means an
easy one. It will cost you!
You must be willing to see your sin as He sees it; filthy, vile, and repugnant. You must be willing to turn away from your sin. You must be willing to accept the only method that God has provided for our salvation, and that is Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for our sins once and for all on the cross at Calvary.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. [Emphasis mine]
Romans 3:23 - 25 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [Emphasis mine]
More Than Enough?
In Rob Eshman’s article he states the following:
“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.” [Emphasis mine]
By saying this Rick Warren has set himself above God! How dare Mr. Warren who wears the title of America’s pastor make the determination that there are enough Christians to deal with.
This is the one of the most arrogant, heartless things I think I have read in quite a long time. Warren likens his Purpose Driven™ church model to a computer chip which will make any computer run better. It may make a churches outward appearance run better, but the church that buys the Purpose Driven™ franchise is profited zero spiritually or eternally! Rick Warren’s franchise is poisonous to the soul. It will steal, kill and ultimately destroy.
Our “purpose” on this earth is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are perishing, not to determine that there are too many Christians.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. [Emphasis mine]
Rick Warren’s statement alone “He said there are more than enough Christian souls to deal with for starters” should cause true born again Bible believing Christians to run as far from anything Purpose Driven™ as they can get! [Emphasis mine]
It is a treacherous death trap that is snaring the multitudes and will eventually lead
those who refuse to endure sound doctrine straight into the pits of hell. Not everyone
who names the name of Jesus will enter the Kingdom of heaven. That should be a
very sobering thought to think about!
Matthew 7:22 -23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done
many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity.
Universal Gospel = One World Church
Mr Rob Eshman’s states in his article:
“The success of Warren’s second book, “The Purpose-Driven Life” (Zondervan, 2002), demonstrates his ability to turn a particular gospel into a universal one.” [Emphasis mine]
There is only one true Gospel and it is only universal in the aspect that anyone no matter who they are or where they may have come from, can freely accept the Gospel as offered through Jesus Christ and Him alone. He is not a respecter of persons.
Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
There is only one true Gospel and it is quite exclusive and narrow. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and NO ONE comes to the Father accept through Him!
The gospel is not universal in the sense that anyone no matter what or who they believe in will be saved. That is a term and teaching straight out of the New Age movement and has nothing to do with the true Gospel as it is taught in the Bible.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [Emphasis mine]
Matthew 7:13-27 should cause everyone who calls themselves a Christian to examine their own heart to know whether they are in the faith or not.
2 Corinthian 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
How is one to know they are in the faith if they are being taught a false universal jesus?
This is why it is of such importance to test the spirits to see if they are of God or not.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
What Jesus are people being led to?
“As Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe told the capacity audience of some 1,500, “The Purpose-Driven Life” turned the self-help model on its head by asserting that the answer to personal fulfillment does not reside with the self.
“Looking within yourself for your purpose doesn’t work,” the book begins. “If it did, we’d know it by now. As with any complex invention, to figure out your purpose, you need to talk to the inventor and read the owner’s manual — in this case, God and the Bible.” “The Purpose-Driven Life” has sold 25 million copies in 57 languages.”
Though lip service is paid to the Word of God being the manual, the Purpose Driven franchise is replacing the Scriptures in churches everywhere. The typical response from many when confronted with the Purpose Driven™ doctrinal errors is “Don’t judge it, look at how many people Rick Warren is reaching”
The more accurate question should be; who is he reaching them for? Is he leading people to the Jesus of the Bible or to a slick merchandising program that promotes a false jesus?
If you take just the article I am commenting on here, you would have to say Rick Warren is leading people to his Purpose Driven™ franchise and his false jesus and not to the true Jesus Christ our only Savoir.
He had nothing to say about Jesus to a Jewish congregation, but plenty to say about his uncanny ability to build huge organizations and make lots of money.
If you look at the Word of God and take it literally, then the only conclusion you can come to is that Rick Warren is preaching and teaching a false gospel that can save no one. He is merchandising a franchise that he has created with the help of his gurus Peter Drucker, and Robert Shuller. Both of which have had a huge influence on his message and marketing. For more in depth information on this, read James Sundquist’s book “Who’s Driving The Purpose Driven Church” and Warren Smith’s book “Deceived on Purpose”.
According to Rob Eshman’s article:
”As Warren pointed out — with an odd ability to be humble and matter of fact about it it is reportedly the biggest-selling nonfiction book in American history. It brought him fame and fortune. Warren spent much of his sermon describing how he dealt with his new-found money and influence, turning his personal solutions into lessons on confronting the spiritual emptiness and materialism that all comfortable Americans face.
The pastor said he practices an inverse tithe — giving away 90 percent and keeping 10 percent of his income. He takes no salary from the church and returned the 20 years of income he received from it.” [Emphasis mine]
He is head Pastor of Saddleback. He is head over all the different “ministries” they run. He has sold over 25 million books and counting which equates to an enormous sum of money even at 10% being banked by him. He owns everything, so for Mr. Warren to imply he does not benefit from his own generosity is downright deceitful!
Giving = Life?
Rob Eshman’s states in his article:
“We do not go into this line of work to get rich,” he said. “If you give it to God, he will bring you to life.” [Emphasis mine]
No … the ONLY way God brings us to life is through His Son Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross at Calvary! Otherwise we are dead in our sins! ....It does not happen because you tithe 90% of your income or 10% or 100% for that matter!!
Ephesians 2:8 - 9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should
”Similarly, Warren has leveraged his fame to bring attention to AIDS in Africa and
other global problems. He said he’d just come from a photo shoot at Sony Studios
with Brad Pitt and was about to meet overseas with the leaders of 11 countries in 37
days. While he was at Sinai Temple, his wife, Kay, was at the White House.”
Mr. Warren is boasting about the company he keeps. Has Mr. Warren considered Mr. Pitts recent exploits with his mistress, having babies out of wedlock? I doubt it! It seems that the only enemy in Mr. Warren’s world is “Fundamentalist”
Rick Warren does a lot of “humble” bragging about his exploits and the famous people he meets and influences. I do not believe God is impressed. Not many mighty will enter the Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 1:26 28 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: [Emphasis mine]
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Influence by silencing the critics
Rob Eshman’s writes in his article of Mr. Warren:
“The purpose of influence is to speak up for those who have none,” he said.” [Emphasis mine]
Who speaks up for the poor saints Mr. Warren and his minions have chewed up, spit out, and destroyed because they had the audacity to oppose his purpose driven™ poison overtaking their church? How much of Warren's 90% tithe goes to the poor, lost, destitute orphans and widows he has purpose-driven out of church after church, denomination after denomination...all those he says “must die”? 
The saddest part in writing this article is knowing that Mr. Warren is followed by millions. He has set himself out as an authority and preaches anything but the true gospel.
Rick Warren had the opportunity to share the true Gospel with Rob Eshman and the Jewish congregation, but chose instead to “humbly” boast about his own exploits, and name drop with puffed up pride ... leaving this congregation truly poor because he failed to tell them the truth!
Rick Warren never once mentioned the name of Jesus Christ the only true redeemer!
That is not the mark of a Pastor; it is though, the thread bare suit of a ravening wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Tracye Gano is a freelance writer and designer currently working her way through the Christian Writers Guild apprentice program. She helps her husband Ray with their online ministry Prophezine. www.prophezine.com