The Sins of Rick Warren: #5 - Hypocrisy Is The Pure NAKED Truth! The Bible Says So! At Least In MY Version!
By Paul Proctor
March 15, 2006
Rick Warren: ...I am an evangelical. I'm not a member of the religious right and I'm not a fundamentalist ...Today there really aren't that many Fundamentalists left; I don't know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren't that many Fundamentalists left in America."
Over time the term [Fundamentalism] came to be associated with a particular segment of Evangelical Protestantism, who distinguished themselves by their separatist approach toward modernity, toward aspects of the culture which they feel typify the modern world, and toward other Christians who did not similarly separate themselves.
Pastor Rick's Saddleback website sings different tunes when it comes to what his Saddleback Church believes. It's political, fundamentalist, homophobic, right-wing and...just plain hypocritical!
ABOUT THE BIBLE
Translation: Whatever Scripture we quote to you from whatever version, you'd better believe it word for word!The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Today, those with HIV and AIDS are often treated as outcasts, forcing them to hide even from family members out of fear or shame. It is likely that someone in your workplace or church is HIV-positive and you don’t know it. Because Jesus loved, touched, and cared for those who were sick, we must too.
We care because God cares. We care because people matter to God and to us.
Translation: We don't give a rat's ass about churches not doing squat during the 80s and 90s. We only care about good PR for the present.
Like the disastrous George W. Bush, Rick Warren points to Saddleback's extensive work in Africa regarding AIDS:
(Max Blumenthal, The Daily Beast)
However, an investigation into Warren’s involvement in Africa reveals a web of alliances with right-wing clergymen who have sidelined science-based approaches to combating AIDS in favor of abstinence-only education. More disturbingly, Warren’s allies have rolled back key elements of one of the continent’s most successful initiative, the so-called ABC program in Uganda.
"Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden, for it is an enormous sin." Lev. 18:22 (TLB)
Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor 6:9-11 (NIV)
From Wikipedia about TLB:
The Living Bible (TLB) is an English version of the Bible created by Kenneth N. Taylor. Unlike most English Bibles, The Living Bible is a paraphrase. Mr. Taylor used the American Standard Version of 1901 as his base text.
>>>>Taylor never intended for his paraphrase to be used as the reader's sole source of Biblical knowledge, or as an aid to scholarly study.
Warren: I'm not a Fundamentalist - the Saddleback website does give some indications to a Fundamentalist philosophy, however.
Warren: We just do what the Bible tells us to do - depending on which version suits us.
Will the real Rick Warren please show himself before too many people are hoodwinked? Before too many people are harmed?
Just a thought.