by Mike Ratliff
And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” (Revelation 22:10-11 ESV)
Every time I see or hear the phrase having to with Rick Warren being described as “America’s Pastor” there is a part of my me that I have to get help from my Lord to get control of because he most certainly is not my pastor nor do I consider him a genuine pastor of the Body of Christ at all. He seems to be everywhere. He is an expert in a process called Diaprax, which uses the Heglelian Dialectic to create compromise and change in the direction he desires within the visible church. He calls this transformation when it is nothing more than a form of works righteousness. What continually mystifies me, however, is how well known Christian leaders continually line up to be his friend or at least be part of the circus that is going on around him. The Word of God, Sacred Scripture tells us to not be yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). We have plenty of evidence that the Leadership Network and those “pastors” it has sponsored and let loose on the visible church are anything but genuine believers and this includes Rick Warren so what business do pastors like Dr. John Piper have in fellowshipping and participating in ministry with him?
We know about Dr. Piper’s invitation to Warren to speak at his conference. A few weeks ago I heard of Dr. Michael Horton participating in the 12 Cities / 12 Conversations tour sponsored by the Lausanne Movement. I was sent the video of the “conversation,” but I have never had the time to really listen to what was said. I asked the one who sent it to me to tell me what Dr. Horton said. Did he compromise? Did he agree with the stuff going on in the Seeker Sensitive, Dominionism movement? I believed at that time that if he went there and stood firm against that stuff then I would really like to watch that. Here is a link to the video. In addition to Horton, other panelists include Skye Jethani, Jim Belcher, Jena Lee Nardella, Miles McPhereson, Soon Chan Rah, and Kay Warren. FYI, the discussion doesn’t get rolling until around 16 minutes into the video (after all the introductory remarks).
Today, I got this quote from Dr. Horton about the conference:
“I had a great time at the Lausanne “Global Conversation” held at Saddleback Church and hosted by its pastor, Rick Warren. It was a privilege to be part of a distinguished panel of evangelical leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds. Before the panel discussion, Rick Warren interviewed me for his Purpose-Driven network. In the first interview he focused on my books and the work of White Horse Inn. In the second, he focused on the question, “What is the Gospel?” I appreciated the generous spirit in which Rick asked the questions and encouraged me to lay out the case we have for a new Reformation. It’s great to be able to discuss our differences as well as our common convictions in a spirit of friendship as well as mutual challenge. Our mission at White Horse Inn is to go to any forum that invites us where we have a chance to clarify what we are convinced is the proper message and mission of the church. Thanks for your prayers—and for making such opportunities possible. May God continue to open doors for an ever-wider hearing!”
Let me say here that I think Dr. Horton is an extremely gracious man. I agree with him in what he said here, but there is one thing that is very disturbing to me and everyone who reads this seems to overlook. That is that Rick Warren never does anything like this outside of the context of the Hegelian Dilaectic. He seeks common ground. He seeks compromise. He is not moving from his position one bit. Do not be deceived about that. He is not budging one degree towards the Reformed Theology that is held by Dr. Michael Horton and the efforts of the Whitehorse Inn to recover the gospel in the Church in our time. No, if anything, he is out to destroy all of those things for if the church went that way, he would be out of business. The issue I have with Dr. Horton going there to do what he did is that he assumed that he was dealing with other Christians while, as we have seen in our last several posts, that is seriously in doubt.
On the other hand, I think that Dr. Horton did stand firm here, never wavering, and did present the proper message and mission of the church. However, is it too late for that with this bunch? Our God is Sovereign. He can do what He wants any time He wants. If He desires to bring us a revival and turn the tide of apostasy back on Rick Warren’s head then I am all for it. I suppose Dr. Horton going to that “conversation” may have been a bit like Paul going before all those philosophers at the Areopagus in Athens. There were a few converts from that and from there he traveled to Corinth and planted a significant church there. Whether Dr. Horton’s participation in this conference will bear eternal fruit or not is in God’s hands, not ours. It will be revealed in repentance from within that apostate camp. Let us pray for that and for God to continue to open doors for an ever-wider hearing. Let us also pray for God to give Dr. Horton the needed wisdom and discernment.
Soli Deo Gloria!