Same soup, different bowl

The Christian Post carries this news item:

purpose-drivenPastor Rick Warren has teamed up with his book publisher and a crowd-sourced graphic design company to create a new cover for his bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. The 10th anniversary edition will also have a rearranged title in hopes of attracting readers from the millennial generation, says the book publishing company Zondervan.

The cover for What on Earth Am I Here For? The Purpose Driven Life features a tree, but unlike the original life-like, two-toned design, it has brightly colored leaves on a white background.

    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
(Matthew 23:27-28 ESV)

You can change the cover of the book but the inside is still the same.

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Bible gets endorsement from Rick Warren

In an article from the Christian Post

A growing disconnect between Bible ownership and Bible reading in America has made many Christian leaders throughout the nation worried.
Although approximately 88 percent of Americans reportedly own a Bible, less than half of those people read the Bible more than once a month, a previous study found.
Looking for a way to resolve the problem, several concerned leaders within Christian Bible agencies, denominations and ministries, gathered together this week in Orlando, Fla., for the Forum of Bible Agencies North America Summit.
Realizing that change began with their own selves first, more than 300 Christian leaders signed the Uncover the Word Commitment pledging to practice daily Bible engagement in their own lives as well as encourage it within their spheres of influence.
Mega church pastor Rick Warren and the president of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Samuel Rodriguez joined the call to action as well, challenging their fellow leaders to rebuild Bible engagement in North America.

I am greatly encouraged that Rick Warren has taken a pledge to start reading his bible.  Perhaps he will learn how to disciple his flock without inviting apostates to lecture from his pulpit.  Perhaps he will develop a biblical worldview instead of Fabian Socialism and communitarianism.

I will also pray that he reads from something other than The Message. There is hope even for someone like him!

Where are the Jeremiahs?

Many others have written of the New Age, mysticism health fest at Rick Warren’s church Jan 15th.  Lighthouse Trails did a great job of covering the event and exposing the apostasy that is running rampant.  I could blog the same thing and warn of the growing apostasy in the church but if you won’t be moved by the other discernment blogs out there why be moved by mine?

What concerns me is the lack of response from those who call themselves “Bereans” or bible believing fundamentalists.  What does John Piper have to say now about Rick Warren’s theology?  What about Chuck Swindoll or Charles Stanley?  Has John MacArthur made a statement on this yet?  Where are the men of God with a backbone like the prophet Jeremiah who will stand up and denounce this blatant perverseness for what it is?

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.  1 Kings 18:21 KJV

It’s time the shepherds of God’s flock quit halting between two opinions – either you are for or against New Age mysticism and apostasy.  Be a man of God and tell us where you stand.