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?