Double-speak and incomplete gospel statements have become the norm for the best-selling author and star pastor Rick Warren.
This post is not about the sin of homosexuality, but it is about pastor Warren and the false gospel he affirmed in the strongest terms to date.
Let us look at his statements in context. The following is part of a recent interview with the Huffington post.
“I have many, many gay friends, and have worked around the world with them in gay organizations to try to stop AIDS,” Warren said.
“What about the love part, though? I hear about the AIDS part,” asked the interviewer.
“It’s not illegal to love somebody,” Warren replied.
“But you think it’s a sin,” the interviewer said.
“No, it’s not a sin to love somebody,” Warren said.
“It might be a sin to have sex with them,” he added. “It might be.”
Then Warren was asked if homosexual people will go to hell.
“No, not because they’re gay,” he said. “We go to Hell because we choose to reject the grace of God.”
When asked what happens to a homosexual that accepts Jesus, Warren responded enthusiastically.
“He’s going to Heaven!” he declared. “Without a doubt.”
In the strongest terms to date Warren has appeased the LGBT community (even though they will still not be happy with a half endorsement). The Bible clearly says that “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” (Lev 20:13). In the context of homosexuality Warren tells us that it ONLY “might be a sin.”
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals… will inherit the kingdom of God.” Warren tells us the opposite, that is such people ‘without a doubt‘ will go to heaven.
This is a half truth which will derail the salvation of many. Satan told Adam and Eve a half truth as well and we are now reaping the results of their actions.
Rick Warren does not have the fortitude to deliver a complete gospel message, which makes it a false gospel .
The full gospel message in this situation is that a gay person can be saved and go heaven without a doubt if he/she repents of the sin of homosexuality including the homosexual lifestyle, and puts their trust in Christ for delivery from this (and any other) sinful passion. This applies to any sinner bound in the chains of darkness not just the homosexual.
When will Rick Warren stop preaching a false gospel to the lost?
I have been trying to found a quote by a social commentator. He made the prediction back in 1984 that the church in US will be taken down by the gay movement.
The prop. 8 in California was found unconstitutional because”to many Christians came out to vote”. That was written in the court opinion.
It is only a matter of time until the Christians will be put in the same club with the KKK.
These are excellent times for the true church, the fakes are going to l leave, and it is a great thing that finally God found the church in this country to be worthy of persecution…
bold statements Gabe… bold statements… are you ready for persecution?
To be saved one must repent. To repent means to turn away from our sin and follow our Saviour. Yes, a “former” homosexual can go to heaven, but anyone who continues to ‘practice’ their sin has not the Holy Spirit, has not been born again and is not a child of God.
These erroneous teaching’ of Warren help no one.!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for having the boldness to make this public statement.
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Mr. Progressive himself. “I only know one color, paint it liberal that is very grey, after all the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was not homosexuality, but inhospitality, you know not properly entertaining guests.”
Where are the men of God who will speak the truth no matter what! A day is coming when people who say one thing but live otherwise will suddenly be rolled up like Ananias and Saphria. We need the literal fear of God present and active. Those who fear the Lord keep a short account with God.
Manny, I have some RW defenders that I am dealing with on the issue of homosexuality… do you have a source for the above quote… I am assuming it is a RW quote
Delight, sorry it took so long to answer your request: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kimberlyknight/2013/06/yo-pat-the-sin-of-sodom-and-gomorrah-was-not-about-homosexuality/ This is where i took off on the inhospitality.
“When will Rick Warren stop preaching a false gospel to the lost?”
This is one I hope I’m wrong on, Delight, but I think Mr. Warren will only get worse. He continues to take steps in the wrong direction.
I use the verse from 1 Corinthians a great deal. I recently discussed it with a gay client. She goes to a Christian Church and her pastor has warned her about her lifestyle and she still refuses to repent.
I am in complete agreement with:
“a gay person can be saved and go heaven without a doubt if he/she repents of the sin of homosexuality including the homosexual lifestyle, and puts their trust in Christ for delivery from this (and any other) sinful passion. This applies to any sinner bound in the chains of darkness not just the homosexual.”
It applies to you and me, to Mr. Warren and my client.
I wonder which is worse, a “man of God” leading people astray or living a gay lifestyle? Looking at Jesus as our role model, I would guess it to be the former.
Yup I agree they will go to Heaven IF THEY REPENT and turn from their ways! Whats with Warren, sheesh…like Joel Osteen who said pretty much the same thing
That was my point… a half truth can be misleading…. A half gospel is a false gospel…
the term “gay christian” has been tossed around so lightly in society (and unfortunately churches) today. this is an oxymoron — if one is truly a follower of Christ, they will realize that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination against God (whether they’re ‘born that way’ or not). for someone to be a ‘gay christian’ is simply not possible. thanks for posting.
Rick Warren signed a letter written in response to a letter written by Moslem Clerics that was titled A Common Word to Us and You. The response written by Christian clergymen in the US equated Allah with God, Mohammed with Jesus Christ, and the Bible with the Koran. The conclusion of the letter was that we serve the same God. Here is the link: He is a heretic for sure.
Here is a link to my blog http://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/walking-in-truth/
Eliza, welcome to Delight in Truth.
I have seen this document in the past and have discussed it many times on FB, and blogs. There are troubling things in there for sure. There are those in our faith who have given their lives for biblical positions which are now being compromised in documents like this one.
Thank you for pointing it out!
Here is a great link to what is going on in the church with the promulgation of false gospels. It is good to be warned.
It must be nice to be so certain of God’s wrath against particular individuals. All these comments are perfect examples of why the Supreme Court sees hate, not gospel, from Christians. I’m dealing with reactions to homosexuality (and many related issues of fellowship involving besetting sin) in my conservative seminary (no, not Fuller). It’s to big a subject for a single post, and it is unlikely I’ll ever be back so I’ll just ask a couple rhetorical questions:
Does repentance result in sinlessness? Immediately? How long should it take?
We know God CAN do it, but does he always (or even usually) heal compulsive or addictive behaviors or besetting sins?
How should we respond to sinners who come to Christ if we don’t agree with their doctrine? How much disagreement can be tolerated before we publically call them names and condemn them to hell? How many times do we forgive?
I certainly have to live in tension with my own problems with sin. I wonder why God didn’t make me a ruler like the rest of you. “We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!”
We will never be sinless until our glorification. However, the new birth certainly changes our attitude toward sin. Before “metanoia” we used to delight in sin. After, we hate sin. That is the big difference.
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Homosexuality is perversion. The world today is like the emperor that liked new clothes. The world today is hungry for something new and the homosexuals promise some new and glittering lifestyle. The reality is the world goes into it stupid and naked. It is a child needed to cry out: They have no clothes, they are perverted. They departed from humanity!