I read the book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ and it was as if it was sent from God Himself, maybe the best book I’ve ever read besides the Bible.
How can the same guy who wrote that book say this? I answered my own question with a search on ‘Deceived on Purpose’. He’s a ‘new ager’!
March 1, 2012 by da Tagliare
Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California is the eighth largest church in the United States with an average attendance of 20,000 or more. Rick Warren is the founder and senior pastor of this mega church. He is also known for his popular book and program of church growth known as The Purpose Driven Church.
He has built his temple of thousands on a platform of liberal theology. His preaching is more emotionally based than spiritually based which is how, according to Warren, you build a big church. The bottom line of his philosophy is that it is more important to build a big church than teach sound biblical theology.
In his typical liberal fashion, Pastor Warren has joined a movement known as King’s Way. The movement’s goal is to bring Christians and Muslims together without either group trying to proselytize or convert the other.
As part of this effort, Warren announced that he wants to create a set of principles that both evangelical Christians and Muslims could agree to in the effort to bring churches and mosques closer together. One of those principles is that we both worship the same God. In other words, God and Allah are one in the same deity.
Sorry pastor but you couldn’t be more wrong. If you really believe this, it demonstrates just how far from the Bible you have strayed.
Yes, I know that Muslims trace their history back to the Ishmael, the son of Abraham and Jews and Christians trace their history back to Isaac, also the son of Abraham. Warren used this common history as the basis of making his statement on God and Allah being one and the same.
However, the Muslim view of Allah and is not the same as the Christian view of God. Here are some major differences:
- Allah is one in substance and person where God is one in substance yet three persons in the Godhead.
- One of the persons in the Christian Godhead is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- In Islam, Jesus was all human who was a prophet whose message has become corrupted.
- Christianity is based upon Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Islam believes that Jesus did not die on the cross but did bodily ascend into heaven (it was one of his disciples).
There are many other differences, but I listed these as they are critical to the Christian faith. Christianity is based upon the fact that Jesus was God incarnate who died on the cross, was resurrected from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the throne of God. Islam does not recognize Jesus’ deity, death and resurrection.
So who exactly does Rick Warren worship? Does he worship God and Jesus Christ or does he worship Allah who denies the deity of Christ? If he worships God, then he cannot believe that God and Allah are one and same. If he worships Allah, then he is not a Christian. You can’t have it both ways.