The Spiritual Direction of Rick Warren
“As Rick Warren moves ahead toward his global peace agenda, working with virtually anyone or any group who rallies behind him, he has moved to the forefront of evangelical leaders who are propagating the contemplative prayer movement (i.e., spiritual formation). In essence, he has become an evangelist for contemplative spirituality. For those who realize that contemplative (that is mystical meditation) is the driving force behind the kingdom-now, heaven-on-earth emerging church movement, this is an alarming deduction.” From Rick Warren Plays “Catch Me If You Can” While Promoting Mysticism
SPECIAL REPORTS ON PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE:
RICK WARREN ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER:
1. Rick Warren encourages the use of Breath Prayers in Purpose Driven Life (pp. 89, 299) and on pastors.com
2. Pastors.com recommends several contemplatives: Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, Thomas Merton, Jan Johnson and many more.
3. Kay Warren Recommends Henri Nouwen’s book, In The Name Of Jesus, and says this about Nouwen’s book, “[I]t hits at the heart of the minister… I highlighted almost every word!”
4. Warren speaks in 2004 At The National Pastor’s Convention (put on by Youth Specialties) where Yoga, Labyrinths and Contemplative Prayer are used and promoted.
5. Rick Warren integrated Youth Specialties and Group Publishing leaders (who are very contemplative) to train at his 2005 Purpose Driven Youth Ministry convention. Youth Conference Speakers
RICK WARREN ON THE EMERGING CHURCH:
New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet, who trained church leaders and pastors at the 2008 Saddleback Small Groups Conference, is accepted by Rick Warren as a trustworthy source of Christian leadership. However, Sweet’s view of the value of small groups lines up more with the New Age and Alice Bailey than it does with biblical Christianity. In his book, Quantum Spirituality, Sweet states:
“The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people “in-phase” with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another.”
“Rick Warren and others say we need to pay attention to the emerging church. Things are changing, they say and the “emerging church” has the answers for our generation. But what will the emerging church emerge into? Could it be a form of Christianity that embraces experience rather than God’s Word?” –Roger Oakland, Understand the Times.
RICK WARREN ON POOR BIBLE TRANSLATIONS:
Rick Warren uses the paraphrase, The Message, for much of his writings. We bring this to your attention because we believe too many people are using The Message as a literal translation, which it is not.
RICK WARREN ON THEOLOGY:
“Warren teaches that God ‘created the church to meet your five deepest needs’ just as the Roman Catholic Church says, ‘The Church is the mother of all believers.’ Warren, like Rome, has switched from obedience to the Word and Person of the Living God to submission to a church to achieve one’s needs. It is the oldest and cleverest temptation known to man.”
–Richard Bennett, The Adulation Of Man In The Purpose-Driven Life
“The Purpose Driven Life maintains and promotes a poor theology stemming from an inadequate bibliology. Verses are used out of context…” –Tim Todd
“The video on exponential growth, presented by Warren, is one of the most shocking teachings I have ever seen emerge.”
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