Rick Warren X Profile PictureThe 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 And Leonard Sweet Riding The “Tides Of Change” On The Heels Of Mysticism

Resisters Leave Or Die

Saddleback Church Is A Contemplative Church

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

6. Rick Warren And The Aspen Institute [Research Paper on Aspen Institute]

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.”

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“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.

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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

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“The video on exponential growth, presented by Warren, is one of the most shocking teachings I have ever seen emerge.”

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Muslim Woman Concludes “Islam Is All About Living A Purpose-Driven Life” After Hearing Rick Warren on ‘Lifeclass’

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, Discernment, Rick Warren | 11 comments

Muslim Woman Concludes “Islam Is All About Living A Purpose-Driven Life” After Hearing Rick Warren on ‘Lifeclass’

By Erin Benziger Do Not Be Surprised “I am going there to preach the Gospel.” This is the reason that frequently is offered when a well-known Christian leader ventures into a forum where some think he ought not go. Oftentimes the Gospel is preached, and Christians rejoice that the lost were able to hear the good news of salvation and forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. Other times, however, the Gospel is diluted, or not presented at all, in spite of ample opportunities to share it. These instances are unfortunate and grievous. Prior to...

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Rick Warren and Joel Osteen Join Hands With Oprah

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Blog, New Age, Rick Warren | 6 comments

Rick Warren and Joel Osteen Join Hands With Oprah

By Marcia Montenegro On October 5th, along with others on Facebook, I watched 3 hours of live taping of Oprah’s Lifeclass online. This included an hour of Word Faith preacher Joel Osteen with Oprah and 2 hours of megachurch Pastor Rick Warren with Oprah. These programs will air later on the OWN network (Rick Warren’s two shows will air in early 2013). God’s Word First  Before discussing this, let’s look at God’s word. First of all, we are told to handle God’s word correctly: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman...

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Peale, Schuller, Warren and New Age Leader Bernie Siegel

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Blog, New Age, Norman Vincent Peale, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller | Comments Off on Peale, Schuller, Warren and New Age Leader Bernie Siegel

Peale, Schuller, Warren and New Age Leader Bernie Siegel

By Warren B. Smith Mountain Stream Press Why do Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuller, and Rick Warren all make specific reference to author Bernie Siegel – a New Age leader with a spirit guide named “George”? On paper, Siegel is an unlikely person for church figures to be quoting, referencing, and even praising. That is, unless Siegel is a merging, overlapping, interconnecting link between the New Age and the church – much like Rick Warren’s colleague Leonard Sweet praising New Age leaders in his book Quantum Spirituality. Here a little,...

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Rick Warren Mentor Peter Drucker: “I’m Not A Born Again Christian”

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Blog, Bob Buford, Ken Blanchard, Leadership Network, Peter Drucker, Rick Warren | Comments Off on Rick Warren Mentor Peter Drucker: “I’m Not A Born Again Christian”

Rick Warren Mentor Peter Drucker: “I’m Not A Born Again Christian”

By Ken Silva Apprising Ministries Apprising Ministries wishes you to know that there’s absolutely no doubt about the effect of business guru Peter Drucker (1909-2005) upon Southern Baptist megapastor Rick Warren. This is quite clear, e.g. in Rick Warren: Peter Drucker Changed My Life where you can see video of Warren absolutely fawning all over Drucker while making that particular admission. While discussing this in Rick Warren, Manny Pacquiao, And The Influence Of Peter Drucker, which I posted last Saturday night, it apparently caught the...

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Commercialized Apologetics

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Blog, Discernment, Rick Warren | Comments Off on Commercialized Apologetics

Commercialized Apologetics

By Mike Oppenheimer Let Us Reason Ministries Commercialization is seen in nearly everything today (not just on TV or in magazines) presenting professional images to convince the public that particular products are superior. It can be a music group, a household good, a car, and even religion, church, or a ministry. In selling a product, image is everything as the advertisers make their appeal to the masses. An example: Recently, a politician spoke of the state he was canvassing for the people’s vote, of how all their trees are the right...

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