Rick Warren and the Great Deception of the Laodicean Age [Excerpts]
The news media is now calling him the most influential religious leader in America. The Economist Magazine, in an article that was reprinted in many newspapers across the country, called him the "next Billy Graham" and "The most powerful evangelical in America." This billing most certainly set the stage for the candidate forum between Presidential hopefuls, Democrat B. Hussein Obama and Republican John McCain at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
In announcing his presidential forum, Warren said, "The reason we are hosting this historic event is to stake out common ground for the common good." To any discerning Christian, these words alone should send shivers down your spiritual spine. "Common ground for the common good" is a slogan of the Communitarian Network--a group of globalist communists who think belief in God is OK so long as God does not supplant the power of government. A "common ground" example is that it is acceptable for devout Christians to work with homosexual activists on a common cause like diversity training in public schools--something that advances the homosexual movement albeit with seeming Christian approval.
Even the world knows what Rick Warren is doing is, well, not quite right. Scott Thumma, a professor of sociology of religion at Hartford Seminary and a supporter of Warren wrote: "Four years ago, it would have been--dare I say--sacrilegious, or at the very least downright strange, to picture Democratic nominee John Kerry and President Bush (the evangelical heavy-hitter) meeting together in a megachurch. Compromise might be a necessary evil in politics. And evil it is when Christians compromise the word of God to find common ground for the common good. In an interview with PBS, Warren defined his Kingdom Now view of the Christian church, saying, "I don't even insist that a gay person has to change their beliefs." Warren gave an example of asking Eric Sawyer, the leader of the radical homosexual activist group ACT-UP, "How can I help you get your message out?" Sawyer's reply was, "Use your moral authority." And Warren told PBS, "I'm working with these guys." Paul writes in Ephesians:5:11, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."