Good Bye, Rick Warren

Warren Lie

A few days ago, I discovered something very interesting: I have been blocked on Twitter by Rick Warren.

The story goes that a few weeks ago it was a buzz that Rick Warren, America’s pastor, had begun to tweet.  Not only was he sending tweets, but it was also very clear that he was also responding to tweets.  Well, I found this quite the opportunity to dialogue.  Several replies did come, including one direct message thanking me for my observations.

I recently posted a pair of videos to start a conversation about the concept of “purpose.”  Recently I had run across a talk by Richard Dawkins titled “The Purpose of Purpose” and thought that it would be very interesting to set that talk up with one with the king of “purpose-driven” himself.  After posting it and engaging in dialogue about the topic and those talks, I personally invited Rick Warren, via Twitter, to view it.

And then he blocked me!

Seriously, this did not really bother me.  In fact, I took it as a sort of underhanded compliment.  There is much that is problematic about the “purpose-driven” message and a quick search on Google can show that. 

Yesterday, however, he sent out this message:

You limit what God wants to do thru your ministry if you only hang out with your kind of Christian Jn 10:16

Well, I must say that if it was not obvious that there were some places where Mr. Warren was off-message, this is one!  He has not blocked only me, but I received a message from Chris Rosebrough of the Fighting for the Faith radio podcast who confirmed that the same has occurred for him.

Rick, you seriously need to be checking your message.  You need to be spending more time with your Bible and see that there is much that you teach that is contradictory to the message of Scripture.  You also need to be looking deep within yourself and start modeling the message that Christ gave us 2,000 years ago.  If you want to hang out with Christians like you, fine.  Just don’t encourage others to do otherwise.

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About Aaron Gardner

Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

3 responses to “Good Bye, Rick Warren

  • RBH

    Aaron, this is symptomatic on a small scale of the encapsulation that has become endemic to that brand of Christianity. It shows up in a variety of ways. On the Web it’s blocking you and others on Twitter, controlling (or not permitting) comments on blogs, and so on. More perniciously, it is apparent in much of the home schooling movement and in the conservative Christian colleges. The goal is to insulate the faithful from potentially disturbing contradictory messages. It creates a closed cognitive world in which no matter where you look, you see only multiple repetitions of the same ideas, undisturbed by doubts or questions. As I see it, it is an admission of the fragility of their faith and the deep fear they have of losing it. Is a faith that must be protected so zealously from disturbance even worth having?

  • Aaron

    As I and others have argued elsewhere, Rick Warren does not preach Christianity when he is lying to people. It is this issue that causes him to shirk from his critics. I agree that when someone claims to be a Christian pastor, bases his ministry on his own interpretation of the Bible (instead of relying on centuries of scholarship) the result is the “admission of the fragility of their faith” because it is something that is created on the spot rather than being tethered to the Word of God.

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