2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry".
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Rick Warren on Hannity and Colmes: He almost got it!
I was actually tracking with Warren for a time while he and Hannity were talking. The conversation was all about how Thanksgiving and Christmas have both really lost their meaning in a consumer driven society. Warren appropriately mentioned that many families fail to give thanks to God even on Thanksgiving! I really agree with this. The focus has become (for many) family, football, and shopping on Black Friday. Christmas has become less about Jesus Christ, God incarnate, God's gift to mankind , and more about business and sales and family and vacation. (It is kind of hypocritical, therefore, in my view to promote your book that you are trying to sell about Christmas...perfect Christmas gift!)
Now, I am sure Richard Abanes, professional apologist for Rick Warren will disagree with where Rick and I really parted ways. Alan Colmes( a Jew) basically begged Rick Warren to proclaim the Gospel. He went at Rick at least three times, giving him the perfect opportunity to say that Jesus Christ is the only way. Rick kind of partially quoted John 14:6 and said that Jesus is the way; but then Alan Colmes came back at him and asked if that means that you must take Jesus Christ as your Lord to be saved, and Rick dodged that question, as well as the follow up, asking if Jews, Muslims, etc. will be in heaven if they do not believe in Christ. Alan Colmes was giving Pastor Rick Warren ample opportunity to proclaim that it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this comes judgement. A perfect opportunity to say that God sent Jesus into the world not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him- but that whoever does not believe is condemned already. And he could have said that the wrath of God abides on those who will not take this gift. He could have proclaimed the good news. He didn't, except in code and pithy phrases from His book not the Word of God. The real bummer is when he told Alan Colmes to try Jesus for 90 days and if he didn't feel better or get his life improved, he could 'return Jesus' would get his money back. Everybody on the set thought that was really funny. God did not.
Many people who read this blog think I am too hard on the emergents and the wishy-washy seeker sensitive Pastors. This is the very reason. Rick wanted to be a 'bridge builder' (his words) and was more concerned about ratings and not being offensive than he was about preaching the truth. But he will not be asked back you may say. SO WHAT! If he proclaims the truth once with the millions of viewers out there, he will do more than many will do in a lifetime. As usual, and with his seeker sensitive aplomb, Rick Warren decided it was more important to sell books and not offend than it was to preach the Gospel. He thought it better to be a comedian, to make salvation into a sales pitch, to make Christmas all about me, and not the glory of God. For shame, Rick, For shame.