Losing a family member, especially a young son or daughter is the most painful event one can go through. Our condolences go to pastor Rick Warren and his family who lost their son to suicide after a long struggle with depression and suicidal ideation.
Delight in Truth is a critic of Rick Warren and some of the positions he has taken over the years with respect to controversial social issues, but this tragedy makes everything pale in comparison.
Doctrinal points, accuracy of biblical teaching, styles of sharing the Gospel and their controversies matter not at this time.
The only thing that matters is the comfort that God can provide to Rick Warren and his family via the Holy Spirit, our Comforter.
There will be time to talk about mental illness, suicide, antidepressant treatment, and salvation issues in the setting of suicide.
Now we grieve with the Warren family for their loss.
Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Beautifully said. I, too, have been a critic at times, but you are absolutely right, none of that matters right now. Compassion and love, the thinks Christ has taught us to show for one another, must prevail. Thank you!
Welcome to Delight in Truth and thank you for your thoughts!
We must pray for Pastor Rick Warren and his family and church at the loss of their 27 year old son. I can relate to them we lost our 20 year old son 10 years ago. I’m a pastor as well.
Pastor, welcome here and please accept my condolences for your loss. There is not greater pain than losing a child. I hope the eternal Comforter, our Helper in time of need, the Holy Spirit will continue to comfort you.