Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A HIGH PRICE

Lea Sylvester

What is the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ? We know from the scriptures that everywhere Jesus went there was a crowd of people who followed of him. Multitudes of people followed Him, as we are told. Is following Him the same as being His disciple?
Crowds followed Him every where He went.

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.” Matthew 8:1

And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.” John 6:2

A great multitude followed Him. Is that a bad thing? No. These followers saw His miracles, what He did and they followed Him for various reasons.

And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.” Matthew 4:25

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14

So we see that great multitudes of people followed Jesus wherever He went. When He saw them, He healed the sick. There are great multitudes of people today that follow something. Some say they follow Jesus Christ. Churches all over the country in the Western world have meetings each week and all of those people make up a great multitude of people. They are there for a reason. They are following after teachings and other things. Because there is a great multitude of people that are following Him, is this the same as being His disciple? In other words, is following the same as being a disciple? It is not the same thing.

It doesn't cost a lot to follow. One can get in the car, go to meetings anywhere one may choose. What is the cost? Fuel, an airline ticket? So, it doesn't cost too much to be a part of a crowd or to be attached to a group of people. Is this wrong? No. But, that's not what he told us to do, to just follow.

There are five questions posed here for consideration.
    1. Because large crowds followed and were healed and he had great compassion on them does this make them His disciples?
    2. If being his disciple is more than just gathering in a crowd then how does one become his disciple?
    3. What is the cost of being a disciple?
    4. Can you afford the cost? Will you pay the cost?
    5.When do you pay the price?

    In order to understand this question of following versus being a disciple, we must understand that we must develop a correct mindset. Hear what the Holy Spirit has to say here. There is a mindset we must have. It is not just action, it is how we think. It is what drives us, moves us, causes us to operate the way we do. It is a total way of thinking. It is not a name tag nor is it a title.

    The mindset of being a disciple is to understand how one must thinks, what one does in order to serve. It is a way of life. It is totally foreign to the way most think today. Without the proper mindset of a disciple versus the mindset of being a follower, one can miss what we are to do, think and be. One can think they will go worship and have praise and be a Christian. That is not a bad thing. But that is not the mindset of a disciple.

    Let's look at the mindset of a disciple. Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way that seems right to a man but the end is the way of death." Proverbs 14:12. "There is a way that seems right to a man but the end is death.” Proverbs 16:25. Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes. But the Lord judges and weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2.In those days there was no king in Israel. Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25

    When one does what is right in his own eyes, it brings death. This is what God's Word tells us. The entire chapter of I Chronicles 21 speaks to the mindset of a disciple. It drives home the mindset we must have. We see that David was moved by satan to number Israel. Joab asked why but the king's word prevailed and so it was done. The number was given to David; it was a large army. In verse 7 we see "Yehovah was displeased with this thing and He struck Israel."

    King David confessed his sin, asked that his iniquity be taken away. He repented. Yehovah sent word via Gad to David: "Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the Lord, I offer thee three things: choose one of them, that I may do it unto thee...Either three years' famine; or three months to be destroyed before your enemies, or three days the sword of the Lord...” I Chron 21:11-13.

    David had done what was right in his own eyes, here we see the consequences. David was greatly distressed. David said, “I will fall in the hand of Yehovah because great are His mercies but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” So the Lord sent a plague among Israel and 70,000 men died. And an angel was sent to destroy Jerusalem but the Lord said "enough!"

    David lifted his eyes and saw the angel standing between heaven and earth ready to destroy Jerusalem. David and the elders clothed in sackcloth fell on their faces and David said, "Was it not I that commanded the people, I am the one...but these sheep what have they done....be against me but not against all these people.” David was told to erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan. Ornan bowed before David and the king asked for the place to build an altar. He would pay the full price. Ornan tried to give it to him, but David said no. David was willing to pay the full price because he would not take what belonged to Ornan and give it to the Lord. In other words, he wouldn't give the Lord something that was cheap or easily gotten.
It was said that David would not accept a discounted offer for the payment of Ornans' property. No, David understood the need to not cheapen the worship. He demanded to pay the FULL price, or the King's Price for the acquisition of the property. Do you see a parallel here? Yeshua paid the FULL price for the acquisition of our salvation. He was able to do that because He had the perfect MINDSET of denying Himself, taking up His cross and following the Father's demands.
    What a powerful chapter of the Word of God! What can be learned from this? We don't come before God with cheap worship that doesn't cost us anything. We don't lollygag along and go along thinking that what we consider is right or is good is enough for God. Heaven forbid!

    We are not to do what is right in our own eyes. God's principle is this: there is only one approved mindset and it's called His "sop" (standard operating procedure). It is not just following, it is not just causally worshiping, it is not just wearing a cross. It is none of those things. There is one thing and it is found in two places: Luke 9:23 lays it out so very clearly: "Then He said to them all, if any one of you in this crowd want to come after me then deny yourself, take up your cross then you follow me." Deny yourself, take up your cross and then follow Him. This is not the sop of following along in a crowd, enjoying the niceties of worshiping.

    In Luke 14:25 we see more, "Now great multitudes went with Him and He turned and said if any one comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters, and even his own life also he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you intending to build a tower does not sit down first to count the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consult whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? ...So likewise whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
    There is a cost. There is not a big cost in following. The cost is whether you are going to be a disciple He calls His own. We are told in the Book of Acts that the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. If one reads history and understands what was happening there, one knows that Antioch was very much a pagan city. Who was it that called them Christian? Was it from among the followers or disciples? Did they name themselves? No, that was a pagan city. The ones who called them disciples were the heathen. The reason is that they saw that this group of people were more than just a crowed of people, but were truly disciples of Jesus. They saw their lifestyle and what they did. It cost them something.

    If your faith and your walk is not costing you everything you have, then stand back and see what is going before your savior. Do you want to follow or do you want to be named as His Disciple? You cannot be so without entering into the mindset shown here.

    Every day we must choose to be a disciple. It is our choice. We focus on pleasing the one who calls us. Today I will not just follow, I will be His disciple. This mindset will take us into a deeper or more serious judgment of our life; what we are willing to do for God. Using the definition of "Christian" as most people understand, it can be said that the USA is a Christian nation . Houses of worship are filled with multitudes. The question is, how many of that multitude is choosing and lives a lifestyle that says, "I am a disciple of Jesus"?

    All of the apostles and those writers of the "New Testament" never referred to themselves as anything except disciples, brethren, of like faith. They understood the cost and that's why most of them gave their life for the sake of God's Word and for the sake of their walk with God. This is a very bloody religion - to be a disciple of Jesus. We've taken it and have prostituted it out. We don't hear much about the true cost, we just like to see what it's like to follow. It is very costly. But oh, when that price is paid and when we get that mindset, we know He never leaves us, He never walks away, anything we might face in life we know we are not alone, because He is there.
We are instructed in Philippians 2:5-8:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Yeshua Messiah, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, andcoming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Here is the perfect picture of the cost of being a disciple with Yeshua. It cost everything! Everything you own, everything you are; family, reputation, self desires, etc. Without being a disciple, we are only followers, like most are.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IS AMERICA STILL BLESSED?





America was once a nation that was very blessed by God. I recall that the morals in the community where I grew up were much higher than the morals we have today.

Children were held accountable for their actions. They were taught to be responsible for the consequences of their choices; good or bad. There was most certainly a moral code within this nation. Throughout my nearly 50 years of living in this nation, I have witnessed the great decline of morality and of human life.

Back then, if a child stole candy from a store, was found out by their parents; those parents would take the child back to the store where the child had to apologize, return the stolen candy and face the storekeeper for what they had done. Most likely the child would undergo a punishment at home. Today most parents are too busy to even notice what their children are doing. If they happen to get caught, the child might be reprimanded, but allowed to keep the stolen candy.

I was raised in a very strict home. I addressed my father and mother respectfully as well as all those who were in authority over me (which seemed like everyone). Today, I hear children being verbally abusive, calling their parents names in public. And, it seems in every case where this has been witnessed, the parents never bat an eye at it. These children have no issues with disrespect and if they treat their parents in that manner, why should it surprise anyone that they have no regard for anyone else? Parents coddle their children thinking, "Oh, my baby is going through something hard." Life is hard and dealing with hardship is how we grow. This is why we have a nation of babies on our hands who do not want to take responsibility for anything and who feel that the world owes them something.

If I had spoken to my parents the way children today speak to theirs, I wouldn't be here today. I am in no way saying that my parents were abusive. But, we were expected to live up to certain standards and those were not low standards. These were based upon principles we learned in church. We were taught to honor and respect our parents. This was serious business. Not only that, the business of parenting was taken seriously. It is the highest honor or job God can possibly bestow upon someone, but today it is not thought of in that manner. Children are considered inconveniences, to the point that the preferred method of "birth control" is murder.

I thank my parents for teaching me respect. Today, we live in a country where it is okay for a 14 year old girl to obtain a "morning after" pill without the consent of her parents. I see young girls walking around dressed like little hookers. I recall one time thinking to myself, "My goodness, if their parents could see them dressed this way they would flip out." Then, I saw that the mother of the two girl was actually with them. Obviously the mother didn't care. How very sad. Many parents today say, Oh let them be free to express themselves. This is teaching them not to honor and respect their bodies as God has taught in His Holy Word. Parents are not minding the middle-aged man drooling at their young daughters.

50 years ago, people honored much more the Ten Commandments of God. We had small churches where everyone knew one another. Not like today where we have mega churches and we are slapped with a name tag. When I was growing up if a family in the community was suffering, perhaps because of a job loss, the men in the community pitched in to help that family pay the bills while the wives cooked and helped provide for that family. They loved and cared for one another.
The men helped their neighbors find jobs.Today, the husband, father, sits alone and worries with no support. He is lucky if he can borrow $10 for gas from a neighbor or friend to get to a job interview.

50 years ago, we didn't have the internet, cell phones or cable television. We always sat at the dinner table as family. Even if dad was running late, we would wait. Children weren't sitting there at the table texting their friends or checking Facebook. We had face-to-face communications with one another. We didn't get news of friends via Twitter. We waited to see them at the bus stop.

50 years later, we have homes always empty because both parents work to pay the mortgage, car notes
and for "things."The majority of Americans today need to have the brand new cars with all the bells and whistles. Back then, we were grateful that the car ran.

I bring up just a few key points to show a nation that once honored God in schools, courthouses and
homes. Now we have taken God out of all and have desensitized ourselves. Today, a child can't pray or read a Bible at free time in school. No, that child now gets placed on the evening news because it is taboo to do these things.
Today, it is normal for a woman to have three, four, even five children out of wedlock. Even at times these women are encouraged and supported to do so with people saying, "You go girl! You don't need a man." Yet mama struggles to put food on the table and no neighbors to drop off a dish of food to help.

Yet, we still have people making statements that God blesses America. How can God bless a nation that has turned it's back on Him. America protests against the Ten Commandments, saying it is okay to have a man lie with a man or a woman lie with a woman. And, pastors are marrying gay couples under God! They succumb to the pressures of the secular world and do not obey the Holy Word of God. These will have their reward.

America, my friends, is not blessed. It is run by evil and greed. A lack of morality is at every turn. Abortion is the form of birth control. Divorce is at an all-time high. Couples would rather live together in sin because it is easier to do so than to commit to one another. Today, people barely even know who their neighbors are!

Children are being taught that it is more important to be involved in sports than to attend a church. Our homeless and veterans are tossed aside and there are more shelters for animals than for human beings. Our value of life has diminished greatly.

Churches were originally put into place to assist the less fortunate. Today, they are more concerned with how much is in the tithing bucket. When we fail to honor God in all things how then can we expect God to honor us?

If only America would turn back to morality and our God; if Christians would be shining examples of what God intended us to be! Seeing someone suffer and offering a prayer is not placing your faith in action. It is not helping your fellow neighbor. Prayers are heard on high, but God is waiting for us to act. To receive a blessing, we must be a blessing. When God sees us restoring Him back into this country, then and only then will we be called America the Blessed.

Be a friend to someone in need. Reach out to your community. Be the difference in your city, in your homes and in the lives of those who are hurt and needy. Be the light in your workplace, in your schools and in every opportunity that presents itself. Understand the difference just one person can make to a person who is lonely. Isn't a person worth time? People are busy and stressed. Christians have the answer!


REDEMPTION TRUST AND FAITHFULNESS

The first five books of the Bible are the “instructions” given to us by God Himself. Many think these were only for Israel but that is mere replacement theology. It is easy to see that the “law” was known by Abraham, Jacob and Israel. But, after the long captivity in Egypt and the subsequent Exodus, those who left were far removed from having practiced those things God had passed down through the Patriarchs. So, these were given to Moses, written by the very finger of God upon Mt. Sinai on what we call Pentecost. Isn't that interesting?

There is much wisdom written there in the pages of the Old Testament. Believers would do well to study intensely these things for they were put their for us to learn who our Father is and to give us foundational truth and His moral benchmarks upon which we are to base our day-to-day behavior. We see that Moses spoke the most direct oracles from God and they are those laws given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. An oracle is a direct and unequivocal divine statement directly attributed to the named deity.

The next most direct oracles come from The Messiah, Yeshua, in what we call the New Testament; yet even the bulk of these oracles are but repeats and reminders of what God spoke through the Old Testament prophets, or are the exegesis of the law He gave long ago. Of course, where most Believers get tripped up is that they think that what the Savior offered and spoke was brand new. This is because they have neither read nor been taught any of the Torah (instruction) nor the Old Testament.

So, even though it is generally painted in the churches that Jesus abolished the “old law” and gave mankind a “new law,” even He plainly says in Matthew 5:17-19 that this is not the case.

“Think not that I am come (g2064) to destroy (g2647) the law (g3551)or the prophets (g4396). I am not come to destroy but to fulfil(g4137).” Matthew 5:17-19

The numbers listed beside words or phrases above in the passage are as follows: “I am come”: (g2064) to come into being, arise, come forth, be established, become known. “To destroy”: (g2647) to dissolve, disunite; to overthrow, render vain, bring to naught, to subvert, overthrow, demolish. “The law”: (g3551) anything established, a law, or command, a law of which is produced by God. “The prophets”: (g4396) those who divulged, discerned, foretold, made known, announced. “To fulfil”: (g4137) to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally, to fill to the top, to carry through to the end, to bring to realization, to cause God's will (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be.

Rather, Yeshua went about separating God's Laws (as given to Moses) from traditions that men had developed over the centuries about those laws; traditions that had become the basis of Judaism (and much of it wrong-minded), and which were often set against the very laws of God. And He also explained and expounded on the divinely intended meaning of the laws and how many of the words of the prophets concerning the coming Messiah (now present) were fulfilled in Him. And so, He does not say that He is invoking new laws nor changing old laws, either.

It is interesting, to say the least, how God's Word is often twisted and changed to mean whatever one chooses it to mean. Another example of this is the “Holy War” described in Deuteronomy that Israel is about to begin for the conquest for the Land of Canaan. We must be careful not to get sucked into a debate or a defense that the current “Holy War” of the Muslims against the world (called Jihad) is the same thing that God has ordained in the Torah regarding the taking of Canaan (the promised land).

This is one of those many instances when the meaning of a small phrase changes over the years and takes on a different context; but that small change in meaning can have larger consequences. This writer has heard Muslim spokesmen, news commentators, journalists and even pastors discuss the Muslim Holy War as being comparable to the Old Testament War of Moses and Joshua upon Canaan.

The difference between the two is night and day: Islamic Jihad is about forcibly converting the world to their religion. It is about an army of Muslims violently establishing a worldwide Caliphate (that is, a one-world Islamic theocracy); it is about killing those who choose not to convert as a direct instruction from the Qur’an (although the Qur’an does seem to give somewhat of an out to Jews and Christians who might have their lives spared if they'll agree to be ruled by Islam and submit fully to the Islamic government).

There is no thought in the Torah of the conquering of Canaan in order to spread the religion of the Hebrews to foreigners. The mentioned war was not about converting those of the pagan Canaanite religions to the worship of Yehovah, and killing the holdouts. Rather, it was a war over land; a very specifically called-out piece of land (and very defined). In fact, Moses carefully recounts in the Book of Deuteronomy how the Israelites avoided conflict with the Edomites and Moabites wherever possible because they rightfully owned the land they possessed since the Lord had set it aside for them and had assigned it to them.

So, we must never fall prey to the specious argument that what Islam is currently doing is somehow akin to what the Hebrews were doing as they conquered Canaan. Nor should we imagine terrorism or the terrorist purpose and mindset as being akin to the Old Testament conquering of Canaan. God's only earthly Kingdom was to be within the well-defined boundaries of what was currently on record as being the Land of Canaan, and not beyond.

There was no command to convert Canaanites, nor was there a command to commit genocide upon them. The goal for the gentiles of Canaan was to be driven out; only those who chose to stay and fight and fight to the death rather than leave were subject to be being killed. In perhaps the oddest irony, it is not the “Old Testament God” who says to Canaan and other foreigners, “Convert or die” as so many misinformed Christians think (and is at the core of much Christian opinion on the Old Testament, the law, and on the Jewish people); rather, the only God-directed “convert or die” scenario in the Bible is in the New Testament, in the Book of Revelation, when Jesus Christ is leading the armies of heaven (usually called Armageddon) in which the only people who are allowed to remain alive on the face of the planet are those who accept Him as Lord and Master. Armageddon is a battle for the entire earth, not for Canaan. There is nowhere for those who are against the Lord to move.

Moses, for a short time, and then his protege, Joshua, would lead God's people in a battle for an earthly kingdom located in a specific place. As followers of The Messiah, we are to lead a battle for a spiritual kingdom. Joshua (his given Hebrew name was Yehoshua) would lead a battle using spears and swords; Jesus (His given Hebrew name is Yehoshua) has instructed us to put down our spears and swords and to lead a battle using primarily our faith, the Gospel truth and our loving deeds. Yet, when Yeshua returns, He will fight a bloody physical war just as Moses and Joshua did.

One more thing about “Holy War” is that a Holy War is not one that is led in the name of God, but one that is actually led by God. That is, it is made clear that God has gone ahead to defeat those whom are intended to be defeated.

As we read Deuteronomy, we see the second generation of Israelites to come out of Egypt finally preparing to go into the Promised Land. Moses reminds them that they could have already been there had their parents been obedient. They should have already been there. Let not you and I lose the point of this as it applies directly to us and to our reluctance to lay hold of the victories God has already given us, but expects us to go forward and claim in deed and in action.

Israel was basically spiritually and physically dormant for 40 years because they lacked faith. They marched in circles, marking time, merely existing. They weren't any closer to the Promised Land in year 40 than when they were barely over a year after they left Egypt. And rather than entering into God's promised land as He bid them, they said, “No thanks, looks a little scary...think we'll just march back to our previous lives in Egypt.” 

You see the problem was that the first generation believed in God, but they didn't trust Him. They constantly irritated Moses by asking the rhetorical question: “Why did God bring us out here just to die?” They knew who He was, they believed He existed and that He was their God. But they didn't trust in His ability to care for them or His determination to protect and guide them. And so it took Israel 40 years to gain what they could have had much earlier.

James, brother of Jesus, put this in another way:

“You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?” James 2:19

In other words, “works” is exercising trust and obedience which puts faith into action. This God-principle of passive faith versus active faithfulness remains. Acceptance of redemption is one thing; acting on the obligations you now have to God as a redeemed person; and on the commands of God that are really only for the redeemed anyway, are another. Israel was redeemed before God gave them His laws and commands. But, even as redeemed people they were utterly useless to the Lord, His Kingdom and His purposes for them until they were ready to trust God and act on that trust.

It cannot be stressed enough that the current modern passive attitude of Christianity is wrong and powerless. Our doctrines have literally turned the God-principle expressed here on its head.

We have made our acceptance of God's redemption (our salvation) as the first and last obligations or acts of obedience to the Lord that are needed or required in our walk with Him. No. No. First we accept our redemption (and, as Paul says, that isn't really to be considered an act of work or a good deed on our part) and once that occurs, now we are expected to act upon our trust in God. And guess what happens if we don't act? We're basically put into a state of dormancy. Want to get saved and then go into suspended animation? Fine. The Lord has a name for that; it's called rebellion.

When we are redeemed and then given the knowledge that every last redeemed person has obligation to meet, and every person has a purpose for being elected to the Kingdom, for one to not pursue those obligations is disobedience. Do you wonder why perhaps you've been a Christian for 10 or 20 or more years and don't seem to be much further in your walk than when you first were saved? Do you feel like you're walking in circles like the Israelites and know in your heart that there really isn't any noticeable difference between you and the world? Then here's a question for you: Is what you are doing wrong? If you are not doing according to God's will then you are exactly where Israel was for 40 years. If you don't trust God and insist on sitting on the sidelines that is disobedience. You are wandering and God is waiting and He can wait a lot longer than you can wander. But, oh how miserable is our condition when we choose that route. How miserable were those Israelites who couldn’t grasp that believing in God is not the same thing as trusting God sufficiently to live it out. And redemption is not a good work of man; redemption was then, and is still today, a good work of God. Our good works are what happens after redemption (in obedience to our Father and for Him). And, without those good works, as James says, our faith is a dead faith.


God alone is the lawgiver. Men don't have to decide what is right and what is wrong; they simply must apply what God has already told them is right and wrong in His eyes. What is right and wrong in the eyes of men is to have little to no bearing on anything. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

REBELLION


Then all of you approached me and said, 'Let us send men before us, that they may search out the land for us, and bring back to us word of the way by which we should go up, and the cities which we shall enter.' And the thing pleased me and I took twelve of your men, one man for each tribe.” Deuteronomy 1:22

The passage of scripture above gives Moses' account of sending twelve representatives of each tribe of Israel to reconnoiter or observe the Land of Canaan which God had promised to them. A casual reading of this scripture as well as passages found in Numbers 13 make it seem as if God wanted to send them to determine the conditions of this land. But, why would God need these men to tell Him what they would find? The Hebrew word for send is the key to understanding this. Shelah-lekha literally means “send for yourself.” In other words, God told Moses, “if you want to send some spies, you have my permission.” The people came to Moses and in answer to his inquiry of God, Moses was told “if you want to send some spies, you have my permission.” After all God knew what was there in the Land of Canaan. It was the people of Israel who were unsure.

There is a difference between spying and scouting. Some bible versions say 12 were scouting, others spying. It's a little like the difference between shoplifting and shopping. They were instructed in Numbers to go scout out and see the land in order to reassure the people. It was like searching for a new community to buy a house, not like the preliminary to a military operation. And, if it had been a military operation, most certainly the leaders of the tribes would not have gone, and they wouldn't have sent 12; 2 or 3 would have been more appropriate because stealth would have been key.

This account in Numbers 13 is very interesting and one reason is because we find in verse 16 that one of those named to go was Hoshea, Son of Nun. Hoshea became known as Joshua, or more accurately in the Hebrew, Yehoshua. So what's the difference between Hoshea and Yehoshua? It is astounding. Hoshea means “God saves.” Yehoshua means “Yehoveh saves.” And of course our Savior's given Hebrew name was Yeshua, which is just a contraction of Yehoshua, Yehoveh saves. Jesus, Joshua, Yehoshua, and Yeshua are all the same name, just in different dialects and languages, from different eras. And, looking ahead to the book of Joshua it would be Yehoshua (Joshua) and not Moses that led the people into the Promised Land. We see a type and shadow of the the Messiah here. Moses led them to it but not into it; for that it took Yeshua, Jesus the Christ.

We know from the account given by the 12 scouts after returning 40 days later that Joshua (Hoshea) and Caleb were the only two who, despite the fact that they saw strong walls, strong men and what seemed like insurmountable odds, spoke against the other ten who had stirred a frenzy among the others by inciting fear into them. The two scouts who trusted God said, “The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us; fear them not.” Numbers 14:7-9

It is interesting to read the account of the ten as they reported to Moses and Aaron the hint of the bent of these scouts because they say “we came to the land where you sent us.” They didn't refer to it as the land the Lord promised or the land that was sworn to Abraham. In other words, they disassociated themselves from the Promised Land, from the covenant, and from God. For them, this was simply a political/economic matter.

The account we are given above directly parallels our world today on many levels. The political climate in the Middle East is not about the land that belongs to God Almighty. It is about politics. And, it is a very contemporary parallel and one that is going to have a deep and lasting affect upon we the Church.

God had led His people, Israel, to the Promised Land; but ten men, trusted and respected leaders, decided to stand in the way of God's people entering that land of promise. These men did what any good leaders would do: investigate, evaluate, and then come to an honest and pragmatic conclusion without emotion. Ten leaders who lacked faith and trust but who had authority denied 13 million Israelites (who looked to them them for leadership), their God-ordained inheritance. And many within the Church today are doing the same thing by working so diligently and effectively to introduce us to the Messiah but then denying His (and thus our) connection with His own people, the Hebrew people, and His own land, Israel.

The account of the people's reaction to the ten reports of the Land of Canaan caused rebellion not against Moses, but against God Almighty. Their refusal to take God at His word was the greatest affront to His holiness. And, there would be grave repercussions. Fellow Believers, often we think that the main thing we're to listen to the Lord about is to NOT do something that we shouldn't. But equally often, as was the case with the 12 scouts, our rebellion against God is that we don't do things that we clearly should do. Instead, we focus on the obstacles and look away from Him and grow afraid and impatient. We think: well it if it's difficult and dangerous then certainly it can't be from the Lord. If God has set this deal up, it's going to be easy and without problems. If we encounter problems and difficulties and it doesn't go like we envisioned, we must be going against God's will. That kind of thinking has probably snatched more blessings and victories away from individual Believers and groups of Christians than any other. It is a false assumption.

Who can look at the Bible and find one word that abrogates God's often-stated covenant that the Land of Canaan belongs to His people Israel? Where do we find a single statement that says for the sake of world peace and humanity Israel should be pushed to give up part, if not all, of their sacred land inheritance. Yet, at least half of the Church today sides with Israel's enemies and the matter of the land. Entire denominations have openly denounced Israel's right to the very land spelled out in detail in the Word of God. Some of the Pro-Israel half believes it's only fair to divvy up at least some of that land and give it to those poor Palestinians. After all isn't that just simple love and justice like Jesus taught us? And, if we love the Palestinians the only responsible response is to carve off more of the Promised Land and force Israel to give it to them for their own nation.

The consequences for those who seek to thwart God's plan for His people, Israel, to claim their land inheritance is severe. Ten of those 12 scouts were about to find out just how seriously God takes His covenants, His commands, and the rights and duty to His people to assume their place in the Land of Promise. The Church today is also about to find out that the Lord God does not change, and He does not make idle threats, and that He has not gone back on His promise to the set-apart nation He created through Abraham.

As Believers today when we accept our salvation we go right on living as though it never happened. God brought us up to the promised land, and then we got cold feet and ran right back to the world much like when things seemed hard, the Children of Israel cried out to run back to captivity in Egypt. And, usually, we think we're taking God with us when we choose to go back to the world But is that really the case? Aren't humans funny creatures? How quickly we forget the pain and anguish of our past lives, our lives before God, and we'll go back for even more after we've escaped it for a time. This truth is so prevalent among men that there are Proverbs written to warn and remind us about our self-destructive human tendencies.

Note to the wise: you can't be against God on the one hand and on the other say you are for God. We cannot have the world and have God for we cannot serve two masters. Choose which you will serve for certainly you will serve one. Church, let God arise! Stand upon His word and upon His promises! He has never failed to keep His word and He never will. But, the world and those of it will certainly always disappoint.





Sunday, December 22, 2013

DID OBAMA SET OUT TO DESTROY PHIL ROBERTSON?

It has been suggested by unnamed sources [unnamed by this writer] that United States President Barack Obama this past November planned  to “destroy” an American reality television program called the Duck Dynasty.

According to this source on 21 November, Obama hosted a number of high profile liberal journalists to an off-the-record meeting in the White House where the subject of the American celebrity chef and cooking show television host Paula Deen was discussed, particularly the left-wing medias involvement in destroying her reputation and multi-million dollar business over alleged racial remarks she was said to have made and that surfaced in June 2013 during a US Court case that was ultimately dismissed in August 2013 proving her innocence.
Regular visitors( on what is loosely called the Georgetown Party Circuit) further report that during Obama’s November meeting with these left wing media supporters he “openly wondered” if the same tactics used against Deen could also take down the “Big Duck,” a slang reference used by these media elites to denote the Duck Dynasty program.

Important to note, is that Obama’s antipathy towards rural, Southern and Christian Americans has long been evidenced, including his comment about these peoples in April, 2008 when he stated:


Obama’s wholesale abandonment of Christians is not only against those in America, but also against the thousands of Christians being slaughtered in Syria by the Islamic rebels his regime supports and his left wing media apologists continue to ignore.

The main supporter behind Obama’s “instigated plot” to destroy the Duck Dynasty program, this report states, was Kevin Brockman, Executive Vice President of Global Communications for Disney/ABC Television Group, and who this past May (2013) was elected Chairman of the Board of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

Though virtually unknown to the American people, this MoF report continues, Brockman is one of the most powerful left-wing media moguls in the US and has been described as Anne Sweeney’s “right-hand man.”

Anne Sweeney, this report continues, is the most powerful women in US television history and as Co-Chair of Disney Media and President of the Disney–ABC Television Group donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Obama’s reelection campaign and jointly owns with the Hearst Corporation mass media group the A&E television network the Duck Dynasty program appears on.

According to “cocktail chatter” overheard by Russian diplomats in Washington D.C. these past few weeks regarding Brockman, this report further states, this most powerful of television executives has made it his “personal mission” to destroy the Duck Dynasty programme due to his and Obama’s belief that all objections to homosexuals and their lifestyles, and all references to Christianity must be obliterated from American mass media exposure and popular culture forever.

What has made the Duck Dynasty program a target for the rabidly pro-homosexual Brockman and his anti-Christian agenda were the rapidly rising numbers of Americans flocking to this basically wholesome Christian and family based television show that is currently averaging an incredible 14.6 million viewers (when including seven days of DVR playback) thus making it one of the top 6 TV programmes in all of the United States.

To the exact faux social uproar instigated by Brockman against the Duck Dynasty program, this report says, involves comments made by this television families patriarch, Phil Robertson, simply stating the Christian religious belief that homosexuality is a sin; a common view that is shared by nearly half of all Americans, including the Islamic faith.

As to how Brockman began his attack against the Duck Dynasty program, was his approval to allow this interview of Phil Robertson to appear in a left-wing US publication, and which a close source to the family was quoted as saying about, “You have to ask yourself, why this interview happened and why it became public.”

The answer to that question is “chillingly obvious” in that the Obama regime and its left-wing media allies, like Brockman, are following the script written by the Nazi German regime of last century on how to demonize and ostracize an entire religious belief system; which in the former culminated in the vile 1940 anti-Semitic film The Eternal Jew depicting those of Jewish belief as vermin, and in the latter depicting normal American Christians, like the Duck Dynasty family, as unwashed, uneducated, bigoted vile human beings only worthy of scorn and ridicule.

If these left-wing media driven politically correct mobs,” who like Brockman are destroying the very foundations America was founded upon will succeed it is not known. But, with more Americans having signed up for an A&E boycott because of their attempting to destroy the Duck Dynasty programme in the past 24 hours than signed up for Obamacare in 3 months, it does appear that this latest attempt by the Obama regime to destroy family, honor, honesty and faith has, at least for the moment, hit a stumbling block. 


Monday, August 27, 2012

CLEAR AND CONCISE DECEIT


CLEAR AND CONCISE DECEIT

Lea Sylvester

Having studied God's Word for at least 30 years now, I have learned that the only “tool” one really needs
in order to understand the Bible is the guidance of the Holy Spirit, discernment (from the Holy Spirit) and
studying passages in context. A concordance is a handy research tool, too. Each study brings new things to
light. We should seek God with all of our heart and one way to know Him better is by studying His Word. The Bible “interprets itself” and if one seeks to understand it, God reveals incredible messages contained within His Word. Even so, many professing Christians say that they can’t understand The Bible.

Because of this and other “reasons” various translations of the Bible have come and gone over the last 30 years. Several “translations” have not only made it “easier” for a person to understand passages, but have changed the entire meaning of passages. Therefore, they do not understand the “meaning of passages” better; they aren’t even getting the meaning of them at all because they have been removed or changed.

The creation of false Bible translations is the most obvious way in which the Word of God has come
under attack recently. For instance, "The Message Bible" is sold as a translation, it is a paraphrase that
is meant to be reader-friendly, but it distorts the meaning of Scripture. Some noted Bible scholars have
noted the losses to the Word of God in "The Message Bible" and have referred to them as "paraphrased
lies.”

"The Antichrist is only an anarchist; the simple words "falling away" are removed; the whole idea of
a "Restrainer" is missing; the judgment of Antichrist is a ‘puff’; there is no picture of Christ's glorious
return; the wicked are “banished” rather than damned. These are basic doctrinal tenants of the Christian
faith.

And yet, rather than protest vehemently over such an assault on the Bible, many of today’s “church
leaders” or “prominent Christians” lend their names to the endorsement of the book, i.e.:

Amy Grant, Benny Hinn, Bill Hybels, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Billy Graham, Chuck Swindoll, Cynthia
Heald, Gary Smalley, Gordon MacDonald, J.I. Packer, Jack Hayford, Jerry Jenkins, Jerry Savelle,
Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, John Maxwell, Joni Eareckson Tada, Joyce Meyer, Keith Miller, Kenneth
Copeland, Madeleine L'Engle, Max Lucado, Michael Card, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Rebecca
St. James, Richard Foster, Rick Warren, Rod Parsley, Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Tony Campolo, Vernon
Grounds, Walter Kaiser Jr., Warren Wiersbe are among those that do. Notice that several “Anti-Israel/
Pro-Palestine” proponents are among these.

Much has been written about the apostasy of the church today. This can be attributed to several things; one
is the fact that people don't know God's Word; they don't understand it and churches do not teach it. It is a
problem and this is one way the enemy is taking over our churches today. There are spirits in our material
world working diligently today in all facets of what is called "Christianity." The spirit of antichrist is
the prime mover in this prophesied formation of the end-times "church" whose ultimate destiny is to
become a one-world religious system under the control of the devil incarnate.

One way we can recognize where the devil is as work is in the attack on the Word of God, the Bible.
This seems to be coming at us from all directions – in both conservative and liberal factions of the
visible church. There’s nothing new under the sun; Satan has always cast doubt upon God’s Word in an
effort to deceive God’s people.

"Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he
said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?" Genesis 3:1

It is disturbing that one can no longer walk into a church service and observe most of the congregation there with Bibles in hand, ready to read along with the sermon. A problem is there mostly aren't sermons any longer. They are abbreviated messages directed at various topics; canned sermons. Sure, some are timely. But, the church needs to be fed by the Word of God. Replacing Bibles are large screens, with text appearing on them supposedly supporting whatever it is the message is addressing. Along with that, “sermon notes” are given out in “bulletins” (not like your Mother and Dad's bulletins, or what we may remember from twenty years ago, that were actually about happenings affecting the congregation/membership that week: who was sick, who had babies, various announcements, etc.). Instead, we see slick, four-color printed little booklets that are more “corporate” than anything. It is what can be called “corporate promotion.” And, that is exactly what it is and nothing more.

Disturbing also is the use of The Message as an “authoritative source.” I have questioned this practice with
several people and am told “it's just used IN ADDITION TO the Bible.” Ah! But isn’t it true that if one
uses text to support writing or a sermon or a speech or whatever, then one is giving credibility to that text as
authoritative? “The Message” has no authority relative to God’s Word, and never should be given any. What is going on here?

Many large ministries as well as local churches use this book. Many people use it and it is foreign to one who is familiar with God's Word. Passages from The Message are nothing like God's Word and therefore should never be used in replacement or “reinforcement” of an idea or scripture to reinforce a point.

Research into this book has been astonishing. Unfortunately, the errors in this paraphrase (it's not a
translation) are numerous and serious. The Message cannot be relied upon to tell the truth and, in fact,
it is dangerously misleading.

Here are only a few examples of how this paraphrased book has distorted God's Word. John 1:1
actually says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
The Message renders it, "The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The
Word was God, in readiness for God from day one." That garbling is an improvement?! It is confusing
at best, and misleading at worst, changing the meaning. "In the beginning was the Word" is changed
to "The Word was first." First before God? And what does "in readiness for God" mean? In verse
5, "the darkness comprehended it not" is rendered, "the darkness couldn't put it out," changing the
meaning entirely.

In John 14, "full of grace" becomes "Generous inside and out," while "truth" becomes "true from start
to finish." "Generous" and "grace" do not mean the same, nor does "true from start to finish" convey
the rich meaning of Christ being "full of truth." In John 29, "which taketh away the sin of the world"
becomes "He forgives the sins of the world." There is a world of difference between taking away the
sin of the world by paying the debt mankind owed, and forgiving sins!

In John 3:5, the verse: “Except a man be born of the water and the spirit” becomes “unless a person
submits to this original creation-'the wind hovering over the water' creation, the invisible moving the
visible, a baptism into a new life” again obscuring, complicating, changing the true meaning.

In John 3:17, "but that the world through him might be saved" becomes "He came to help, to put
the world right again," a destructive change in the meaning. "Saved" means to be redeemed, rescued
from the judgment we deserve for our sins; whereas "to help, to put the world right again" sounds like
social or political reformation. In John 3:36, "the wrath of God abideth on him" becomes, "All he
experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that." How can anyone experience darkness
from God, when I John 1:5 says of God, "in him is no darkness at all"? Serious error is added to
serious error!

I Corinthians 1:17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel" is perverted to
read, "God didn't send me out to collect a following for myself but to preach the Message." It important
that Paul, a former rabbi, is a follower of Christ — The Message says "of God." The main point Paul
makes is that baptism is not part of the gospel — The Message misses that completely. "Lest the cross
of Christ should be made of none effect" is changed to "...lest the powerful action at the center —
Christ on the Cross — be trivialized into mere words." There is a vast difference between the eternal
effect of "the cross of Christ" as the Bible states it and "Christ on the Cross" as The Message puts it and
Catholicism depicts it. Christ is not on the cross; the work is finished! In verse 30, "sanctification, and
redemption" is changed to read "a clean slate and a fresh start" — both trivializing and misleading.

Hebrews 11:1 "the substance of things hoped for" becomes "the firm foundation under everything
that makes life worth living," a totally different meaning, with hope for eternity expunged. In verse
4, regarding the lamb, which speaks of Christ, the "more excellent sacrifice" offered by Abel, the
comment is interjected, "It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference." On
the contrary, the sacrifice he brought was important to his belief, and without the proper sacrifice there
could be no forgiveness no matter what was believed.

In verse 7, "became heir of the righteousness which is by faith" is changed to "became intimate with
God," again an entirely different meaning which leaves out the vital phrase "righteousness which is
by faith." In verse 16, "God is not ashamed to be called their God" is twisted into "God is so proud
of them." Never! Attributing the human evil of pride to God is blasphemy and leaves the dangerous
impression that if God is proud then it isn't so bad for man to be proud as well.

In verse 35, "that they might obtain a better resurrection" becomes "preferring something better:
resurrection." Again the meaning is changed completely. It makes it sound as though resurrection is
dependent upon good works. It was not a question of whether they would be resurrected, but of the
reward they would receive in the Resurrection.

These are only a few among many errors, some extremely serious. It is appalling that any mere man
would change or ignore the meaning of God's Word under the vain delusion that he could improve
upon what God has said and the way He has said it! It is even more appalling that a leading evangelical
publisher would publish this blasphemy, Christian bookstores would sell it, and Christian leaders
would praise instead of denounce this perversion!

Look up, your redemption draweth nigh! Stay fast and strong in the WORD OF GOD and do not be
deceived. If you have comments or questions please direct them to sylvester.lea@gmail.com

SOMETHING EVIL COMES THIS WAY


RICK WARREN'S GLOBAL P.E.A.C.E. PLAN
vs.
SCRIPTURAL TEACHINGS ON PEACE


This is an older study of how "Pastor Rick" works his shell game. In an effort to educate anyone who might want to know the truth (or perhaps you don't); read on.....the truth is the truth...and the TRUTH shall set you free! By the way, I make no apologies whatsoever for publishing, writing and pointing out the false prophets, doctrines and other heresies in our churches, society and other places today. Jesus instructed us (as Christians) to do so. 
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  TABLE OF CONTENTS

DEDICATION
INTRODUCTION
1.     OPENING SONG AT RICK WARREN'S GLOBAL P.E.A.C.E. PLAN INAUGURATION
2.     WHAT IS MISSING
3.     WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF EVIL?
4.     WHO'S LEADING?
5.     NEW REFORMATION
6.     GUARANTEES SUCCESS
7.      HOW IS IT FINANCED?
8.      FEAR OF LORD
9.      BLOOD OF JESUS
10.  PEACE AS THE WORLD KNOWS
11.  WRATH OF THE LAMB
12.   ISRAEL
13.   INCLUDES MUSLIMS
14.   NEHEMIAH COVENANT
15.   ABUSE OF AUTHORITY
16.  FALSE TEACHINGS AND FALSE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
17.   SECRECY
18.   PERFECT PEACE OR IMPERFECT PEACE?
19.   WHAT ABOUT THE CURSES?
20.   ALLIANCES
21.   HOPE
22.   CONCLUSION

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WHICH ADDRESS RICK WARREN'S GLOBAL P.E.A.C.E. PLANRICK WARREN'S
GLOBAL P.E.A.C.E. PLAN
vs.
SCRIPTURAL TEACHINGS ON PEACE
 BY JAMES SUNDQUIST

DEDICATION

Dedicated to the churches of Jesus Christ our Savior in the 67 countries in which Rick Warren has tested his pilot P.E.A.C.E. Plan in 2005, the 131 countries[1] he has been working on for the last two years, to those who speak the 56 languages in which Purpose Driven Life has already been translated, and to rest of the nations throughout the uttermost parts of the earth that he has targeted to consummate the roll-out for his plan in 2006.  This is also dedicated to the tens of thousands of churches which have already been stolen by Rick Warren's teachings and to the saints who were purpose-driven from those churches for opposing his teachings and covenants, many of whom now have no church and to all of those pastors and church members still on the fence about Rick Warren's teachings..  We hope this will help alert you to the magnitude and scope of this religion and movement and sound an alarm to those Christians who have never heard of Rick Warren.

INTRODUCTION

The following documentary compares Rick Warren's Global P.EA.C.E. Plan to Scriptural Teachings.  (See section on New Reformation in this document for description of Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Acronym.)  Warren announced his Global P.E.A.C.E Plan on April 17, 2005 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California to an audience of 30,000 people, during a church service marking the 25th Anniversary of Saddleback Church.  Earlier in 2005, Warren had  previewed it when he disclosed on CNN's Larry King Live:
“And we're right now doing a test pilot of the PEACE plan in 67 countries. We're about a year and a half into it. It's a two-year test plan. We plan to go public with it -- well, now, it's going public on LARRY KING -- but we plan to go public with it in 2006, which is to mobilize hundreds of thousands of small groups that have done the 40 days of purpose in churches and communitiesand civic groups and corporations -- churches that have done 40 days of purpose in groups to do these five things around the world. And that's really why I was in Rwanda, Uganda andKenya, to test that."[2]

1.  OPENING SONG AT RICK WARREN'S Global P.E.A.C.E. PLAN INAUGURATION

PURPLE HAZE
Rick Warren launched his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan April 17, 2005 during Saddleback Church's 25th Anniversary celebration.  During the unveiling he sang the Purple Haze song, written by Jimi Hendrix about the psychedelic drug LSD and demonic visions. Here are the lyrics:

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze Lyrics

Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things just don't seem the same
Actin' funny, but I don't know why
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky
Purple haze all around
Don't know if I'm comin' up or down
Am I happy or in misery?
Whatever it is that girl put a spell on me
Purple haze all in my eyes
Don't know if it's day or night
You got me blowin', blowin' my mind
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?

(c)1967 Jimi Hendrix, Smash Hits album[3]

“The cause of death [of Jimi Hendrix] noted on the coroner's report was inhalation of vomit after barbiturate intoxication.”[4] 
David Cloud's  research about Jimi Hendrix reveals:
Music was Jimi Hendrix' god. Apparently Hendrix attended church some in his youth, because he later testified: "I used to go to Sunday School BUT THE ONLY THING I BELIEVE IN NOW IS MUSIC" (Hendrix, cited by Curtis Knight, Jimi).
Hendrix and the occult
Hendrix was deeply involved in occultism and mysticism and these themes permeated his music. His song "Voodoo Chile" glorified voodoo practices such as out of body experiences.

"Well I'm a voodoo child/ Lord I'm a voodoo child/ The night I was born/ Lord, I swear the moon turned a fire red/ ... My poor mother cried out now the gypsy was right/ And I seen her fell down right dead/ ... 'Cause I'm a voodoo child/ Lord knows, I'm a voodoo child..."
In fact, Hendrix believed he was possessed by the devil. Girlfriend Fayne Pridgon said:
"HE USED TO ALWAYS TALK ABOUT SOME DEVIL OR SOMETHING WAS IN HIM”...and having some root lady or somebody see if she could DRIVE THIS DEMON OUT OF HIM" (sound track from film Jimi Hendrix, interview with Fayne Pridgon, side 4, cited by Heartbeat of the Dragon, p. 50).[5]

Pharmaka (pharmakeia)
Scripture is very clear about pharmaka, the Greek term for “drugs.”  The King James Version Study Bible states the following about pharmaka:
“Witch (mekashep) denotes a form of magic. The root means "to cut up," and thus may refer to one who cuts up herbs and brews them for magical purposes (Gr. Pharmaka, drug). The term is used in Micah 5:12 for some such material as drugs or herbs used superstitiously to produce magical effects. The noun therefore means enchanter or sorcerer (Ex. 7:11; 22:18; 2 Chr. 33:6; Dan. 2:2; Mal. 3:5). (KJV Study Bible)”
Also see:
"And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived."  Revelation 18:23  Note: the word “sorceries” is rendered “pharmakeia” in Strong's Lexicon:



Is this the example Rick Warren wants to set in leading his sober and vigilant billion-man Christian army?  Even if Rick Warren sang Purple Haze in jest to inaugurate his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, it still has the appearance of evil and is a bad witness for a Christian. Rick Warren's justification for defending the singing of Purple Haze before his congregation, is like saying “Well, I just did a séance with all of my friends just for the fun of it and to help set the tone and stage for the New Reformation.”  What a song to pick; one whose author regularly took LSD and promoted a psychedelic culture! Is Purple Haze the type of song Jesus would ever sing?  Is this the kind of song Jesus will sing when he launches his Global Millennium Peace Plan?  It is astonishing that Rick Warren would choose a song which glorifies drugs used to produce magical effects.  This is not the way to attain either personal perfect peace or the Global Peace that Jesus Christ himself will usher in with the Millennium. It was commonly known to all of us who grew up in the '60s that this song was identified with LSD.  This song should be a red flag for any Christian that grew up then.  But for the children of the children of the '60s who do not know to what the song was originally referring, it is a clear stumbling block and brings to mind the following Scriptural warning:
"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea." - Mark 9:42

Promoting a song which glorifies evil, and/or is well known and identified with the drug culture, and the fact that he has not publicly repented for it, should disqualify Warren from being a pastor at all, let alone 'America's Pastor' -  the title Time Magazine bestowed upon him:
“When Time magazine comes out and calls me, quote, "America's pastor," I can't tell you what that does in my life because it's something that I really didn't want. And some people say, "How could he be America's pastor when we're not all Christians?" Well, I can't, okay? You know, somebody has got to be America's rabbi, somebody has got to be America's imam, right? But if that is a role that I'm going to play for one segment of our society, then I want to represent them and the things they value – humility, integrity and generosity – with intelligence and integrity. Those are the three important values to me.”[6] 

If Rick Warren actually accepts the mantle of 'America's Pastor' he should be held to an even stricter accounting as an elder of elders. In actuality, there is no such biblical mandate for any single man having the authority to be any nation's pastor.  NOBODY needs to be 'America's Pastor' and nobody should be!
Now, Rick Warren seems to have assumed upon himself the role of the world's pastor, or as he puts it, the leader of a billion-man Christian army.   Didn't the first Reformation teach us anything?  Have we forgotten what Lord Acton said, “power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely?”[7] Not even the Apostles Paul or Peter possessed final authority over the whole early church. In fact, they taught against it!  For an in-depth study why the Bible does not support the absolute sovereignty of a single pastor in a church, see: Pastor is Master, Isn't He?The PZ Insider Report – Where has all the discernment gone? © Sunday, November 6, 2005,[8]
Music, particularly in the context of a church service,  needs to conform to the following Scriptural criteria – qualities completely lacking in Purple Haze.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.”  Philemon 4:8
The Scriptural criteria found in Philemon, to be sure, is exactly what we find in the kind of song Jesus Christ has in mind for His Global Peace Plan:
THEME SONG(s) FOR SCRIPTURAL GLOBAL PEACE PLAN
 SONG OF MOSES
“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.” Revelation 15:3
“And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” Revelation 5:9
“And they sang as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” Revelation 14:3

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2.  WHAT IS MISSING

What is startling about Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is not so much what it contains, but what it does NOT contain. 
There is no mention of our Adversary in spiritual warfare.  There is no mention of the Holy Spirit in Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.  Bob DeWaay exposes this fatal flaw in his new book  Redefining Christianity, Chapter NineUnderstanding the Purpose-Driven Movement, 21st Century Press, 2006.
Where is the Prince of the Power of the Air described in Scripture, which any Biblical Peace plan must take into account?

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2

Satan still has temporary possession of the kingdoms of this earth; he offered them to Jesus as a temptation in the Wilderness at the Lord's First Coming.  In fact, Satan will usher in a Global Peace with signs and wonders that will appear to defeat the giants of Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan.
 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].”  Ephesians 6:12

Warren’s plan implies we can simply restore the earth to its Garden of Eden status before Christ returns, but no temporal worldwide peace plan can ultimately succeed until these principalities are conquered and defeated.  This will be done by Jesus Christ himself on the Day of the Lord; they he will destroyed at the brightness of his Second Coming.  Where are the principalities in Rick Warren's Peace Plan? Where is the war?  When has the strong man been bound for good?
“Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.”  Matthew 12:29

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3.  WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF EVIL?

If anyone on the earth should be able to define “evil”, it should be “America's Pastor,” but this is not the case.  Here are some excerpts of what Rick Warren said at the July 2005 Aspen Institute, an organization that promotes the New Age [more accurately, the New World Order], where he was a featured speaker on the panel entitled: The Problem of Evil.[9] 
“In fact, I don't think evil and sin are the same... We don't know the answers...we really don't...none of us are going to come out at the end of the day and say 'got that one figured out.'  If you do please write the book on it and I will buy it.....I don't think it [evil] is the same thing as sin...I don't consider myself an evil person because I sin...I think you have to reserve the word 'evil' for 'evil'....I haven't yet found a good definition of it...maybe Peter has. I was the one who suggested this topic by the way because I wanted to hear what Alan and Peter had to say about it because these are two men I have respected for years read all their stuff and I really came to take notes....We can become an evil person by making bad choices....I think evil is metastization where it just takes over....”
Later on in this panel discussion, Rick Warren continued...
“You're a good man (referring to Alan Wolfe)...when we begin to compartmentalize our lives we're headed for evil [emphasis mine]...I don't act one way with Alan and another way over here with Mrs. Resnick and another way over here with Alan Simpson...OK...I am the same no matter where I am. What you see is what you get.  Rick Warren has integrity because he doesn't act one way with one crowd and another way with another crowd.  He is integrated...and when what I see in our society today is a misunderstanding of character that thinks I can compartmentalize this area of my life and then go do this the next day and that's how they would justify it. And I think that total compartmentalization is a myth and moves us towards more and more evil.....as I pointed out yesterday, Abraham Lincoln and Washington said things that President Bush could never get away with today.  There was far more God talk.  Go to  the Second Inaugural Address of Lincoln.  Read it in the Lincoln Memorial.  And it is full of God is on our side talk.”

I can't imagine any Christian wanting the pastor of their own church, let alone following him globally as the leader of hundreds of thousands of churchesto be someone who is still looking for a good definition of “evil.” Scripture tells us that “God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6a)  We already have the ultimate authoritative book which defines “evil”and good: the Bible. 

Rick Warren proceeds to remark that he doesn't know objectively what evil is, but that he would recognize it if he saw it.  Are we to depend on his subjective assessment of what constitutes evil?  We don't need Rick Warren's subjective assessment of what constitutes evil because we have the objective criteria.  The word “evil” occurs 613 times in the Bible (KJV) and Scripture goes into elaborate detail defining and describing not only what evil is but who is evil.  Subjective definitions of evil produced gnosticism and mysticism, Christianity's earliest heresies, as evidenced by the teachings of the Desert Fathers, now being imported into the church by Rick Warren and the Emerging Church Movements.[10]
Contradicting his earlier statement that he could not find a good definition of evil, Rick Warren then goes on to define it by telling us that sin doesn't become evil until it metastasizes, that sin in and of itself is not yet evil.  This may sound right, but is it?  My father was a physician and often talked to me about the word metastasize, particularly as it corresponded to whether cancer was malignant.  So when I heard Rick Warren describe the process and meaning of “metastasize,” I knew he was wrong.  Medically, metastasize is defined:
“To spread to another part of the body, usually through the blood vessels, lymph channels or spinal fluid.”[11]
This definition virtually echoes the Scriptural process of unholy leaven in a lump, i.e., it spreads until the entire loaf is leavened.  When Jesus warns us of the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod, and when the apostle Paul cautions that a little leaven leavens the whole lump, they are not saying that leaven is not evil or wicked until it spreads (i.e., while it is still little), but it is already evil at the beginning before it spreads throughout the entire lump. 
“Your glorying [is] not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”  1Corinthians 5:6
“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”  Galatians 5:9
From Rick Warren's analogy, we would be led to believe that sin is not evil until it spreads.  But sin is evil, period!  It does not need to spread (metastasize) to become evil.  Even if this were true, who decides at which point of sins' spread now qualifies as evil?  Rick Warren? Scripture?  It is supremely ironic that Rick Warren would give us this definition of evil because later on in the panel discussion Rick Warren warns of the danger of absolute power.  He describes why there are three branches of government, to balance power and keep each branch in check (i.e., to keep it from fully metastasizing to become completely evil).  Yet he retains absolute sovereignty in his own church and trains thousands of Purpose Driven Churches to vest a single pastor with the authority to cast the vision for the church through his surrogate Dan Southerland's Church Transitions organization, which has already trained 100,000 church leaders.  Warren should heed his own advice given on Larry King Live: “You give a guy a little bit of power and they turn into Stalin.”[12]  And yet Rick Warren is quite forthright in announcing that  he is going to be THE general of his billion-man Christian Army.[13]   Warren tells us Abraham Lincoln said that God is on our side,  but that is not what Lincoln actually said.  Here is Lincoln's comment from a conversation in the White House during the Civil War.  Note that, in fact, Lincoln says quite the opposite of what Warren alleges:
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."
Warren also referred to Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address where we can read just how much God was on our side.[14]  (I did as Rick Warren suggested at the Aspen Conference...I looked up and read Lincoln's Second Inaugural address.)
Nothing like what Warren states is in this address.  Lincoln did quote Jesus Christ from Matthew 18:7:
“The Almighty has His own purposes. 'Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.'"
A Christian leader or pastor should be able to discern evil and be a discerner of spirits.  Otherwise, how does he detect doctrines of demons, false teachings, or when a wolf is in the sheepfold?  But believers don't necessarily need to have the Holy Spirit Gift discernment to spot a false teaching or teacher.  If we are good Bereans, we can ferret out a false teacher using the objective criteria of Scripture. 
Rick Warren, by his own testimony, can't do that, and so why would we want him as “America's Pastor” as Time Magazine has dubbed him?  I don't think so! 
Further, it is clear Rick Warren does not recognize a false teacher or evil in his own midst (or at least does not mark him as such),  Rev. Peter Gomes, his co-panelist, is openly gay[15], and is a universalist (confirmed by him at the Aspen Conference when Rev. Gomes was asked about his new book).  He is a Professor and Chairman of Christian Morals at the Harvard University -- what a mockery of God!  But Warren proclaims that he is a great admirer of Gomes and has read all his works.
Rick Warren's effusive praise of Peter Gomes is quite ironic, given that Warren now distances himself from Dr. Robert Schuller, who is also a universalist.[16]  It is difficult to believe that Warren would discover that Schuller is a false teacher in only the last few years, when his full-blown heresies were in full public view in 1990 as he took his “self-esteem” gospel to Russia (a message mirrored in Warren'sMarch 2005 Ladies Home Journal article).    Schuller's departure from Orthodox Christianity can be documented as early as 1982 when he published his well-known book entitled: Self-Esteem the New Reformation, Word, 1982.  (See the section in this document on “New Reformation.”)
Rick Warren further states at the Aspen Conference that he does not compartmentalize, that he is the same before all audiences, and that he is not duplicitous.  This statement is the height of absurdity! According to Warren's definition of evil, one who increasingly compartmentalizes his life, would then render Warren evil by his own definition as we read the doctrinal position statements of his Saddleback Church then compare it to his March 2005 Ladies Home Journal Column and you will clearly see how double-minded Rick Warren is.[17] 
Who's Laughing?
Upon being informed of Neal Donald Walsch's New Age PEACE Plan, during an interview, Rick Warren laughs, then laughs again louder.[18]
Warren, who has been dubbed “America's Pastor” and who is continually voted one or two in polls as to who is the most influential evangelical leader in America, should GRIEVE at the many who will be led away from God by Neal Donald Walsch.  Woe unto you who laugh now; blessed are those who mourn at the state of the world.  Christian leaders and all Christians should following the example of Jeremiah. He did not think what the leaders of Israel were doing to his people was very funny.  There is not one single example of Jesus or any of his Apostles laughing in the face of false teachings or false Peace Plans. Instead, they gave the strongest warnings.  Did the Apostle Paul laugh when false teachers were threatening the Church of Ephesus?
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”  Acts 20:28-31
Also see: Another Possible Gospel of Robert Schuller's[19] 

James 1:8 says that a “double-minded man is unstable in all his ways”.  Rick Warren does not and apparently can not discern good from evil, which may explain why he promotes false teacher after false teacher, as outlined in this document and the referenced resources.  His own SHAPE program, based on the teachings of occultist Carl Jung who believed good and evil should be balanced and reconciled, belies the claim that Warren knows what he is talking about regarding the definition of evil, let alone the idea that he can be trusted to run a Christian Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan. When he does not blur the line between good and evil, he obliterates it.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20

If the Lord Himself through Isaiah gives such a dire warning about calling evil good and good evil, wouldn't it be wise for all Christians to heed this warning?  And how are we to heed it if we “we don't really have any good definition of evil?”  Most assuredly, we don't want a pastor who doesn't have a handle on the definition himself, let alone seek to anoint him “America's Pastor.”  A host of Christians do not abide with this title.
For an excellent chart on Rick Warren's leaven, see Greg DeVoignes Hidden Leaven In The Church Growth Movement:  How it got in by Christian Research Ministries.[20]
For a list of churches in your State or Country which have ALREADY imported the Purpose Driven leaven, go to the Simplicity In Christ website.[21]
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4.  WHO'S LEADING?
Rick Warren expects to train and lead a billion-man Christian army.[22] 
The obvious fuzzy math problem with this proclamation is that there aren't that many true Christians on the earth -- the majority will choose the wide highway to Hell:
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14 also see Matt. 20:16 and 22:14
“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8
Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan contains no enforcement clause or declaration of who will enforce it whereas in Jesus Christ's worldwide peace, Jesus himself will rule with a rod of iron:
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” Revelation 12:5
It is Jesus Christ who will enforce the rule of ALL the nations, including the global governing of his worldwide plan of Peace (i.e., the Millennium).  He will not be initiating Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan; he will be enforcing his own.

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5.  NEW REFORMATION
Rick Warren says his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is the New Reformation.[23]  However, Robert Schuller already said his Self-Esteem gospel is the New Reformation.  He even wrote a book about it nearly 25 years before Rick Warren's plan [24]
What does Rick Warren mean?  As Christian author Warren Smith points out:
“The problems weren't new, but... his P.E.A.C.E. Plan methodology of confronting these 'Giants' would be a revolution”.[25] 
In Rick Warren's plan, P.E.A.C.E. is an acronym for: Planting Churches, Equipping Leaders, Assisting the Poor, Caring for the Sick, and Educating the Next Generation.  The five 'Giants' he refers to which he plans to obliterate are: Spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, Extreme poverty, Pandemic Diseases, and Illiteracy and education.
“Even in villages where you cannot find a clinic, a store, a school, or a post office, you can often find a church. The PEACE Plan will address these five "giant"  problems by Planting new churches... Equipping leaders... Assisting the poor...Caring for the sick... and Educating the next generation....I now believe that I know why God is blessing this book [his Purpose Driven Life] in such an unusual way. It is more than just a message that God wants to get out to everyone(which is huge).  I now also see that God is using this phenomena to expand the platform for us to mobilize thousands of local churches for global world missions through the PEACE plan.”[26]  
From a Christian biblical perspective, global evangelism has always been the mission of the true church.  However, this must be qualified.  The church is led by elders who then equip the saints.  In addition, the biblical references to the poor and sick refer first and foremost to saints of the household of God, and then to our enemies. 
In promoting his Plan, Warren is redefining the mission of the church. His idea is that we are to wipe out world problems and make the world a better place to live in before Christ returns.  His program screams of Dominionist Theology[27] which teaches that Christ can't return until the Church takes over the earth.  And his billion man army reminds me of another two other “army” movements in the name of Jesus: The Army of Joel and the Manifest Sons of God who promote the false teaching in which they think the Lord has given them a mandate to take over the earth for Jesus so that he can return.
Though “P” for Church Planting can still be found on Rick Warren's website describing his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, he changed the acronym to have “P” stand for “Participation” in his keynote speech at the Religious Newswriters convention on Sept. 29, 2005,[28]  where Warren states that he is getting 400,000 churches to participate in his plan. The mission of the church as defined in Matthew 28; Luke 24; and Acts 1 is to preach the gospel and CALL PEOPLE OUT OF THE WORLD. Once converted, people are taught to “obey everything that Jesus taught.” Part of this teaching is giving alms, but that is hardly the key mission of the church, as Warren claims. In fact, Christ tells us NOT to give alms before men to be seen by men; Warren brags about his almsgiving to the whole world. 
From a worldly perspective, history is replete with peace plans and men of peace...even those claiming the name of Jesus.   Rick Warren thinks Muslims can help his peace plan with “spiritual lostness” (see Section on Islam for reference) in spite of the fact that they themselves are totally lost.  Warren’s plan is not new; it is simply revisionist history.
Rick Warren:
“GOD'S DREAM FOR YOU—AND THE WORLD”  October 27, 2003 Email to Saddleback Church.[29] 
God never sleeps, so God doesn't dream (who could give God a dream?)!  But even were God to have given Rick Warren his dream, God gives instructions which are 100% truth, not falsehood or any percent falsehood!  One should also note that the dreams God does give even to non-believers in God, primarily are warnings and deal with judgment.


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6.  GUARANTEES SUCCESS

Rick Warren:
“The Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan IS GOING TO HAPPEN”[30]
“You are not a part of Saddleback Church by accident...I say this without fear of exaggeration—God is going to use you, and all of us together at Saddleback, to change history![31]
Boasting about tomorrow:

“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1
"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14 KJV
“For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin." James 4:13-17
Other Scriptural warnings against Presumption:

Num 15:30, Dt 6:16, 18:20, Isa 45:9, 1Co 10.9, 2Peter 2:10,Gen 11:4, Num 14:44, 20:11; 2Ch 26:16, Luke 12:19


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7.  HOW IS IT FINANCED?
Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan's initial funding is generated by the royalties he receives from his book  The Purpose Driven Life and tithes and offerings from his Saddleback Church in California.  He also promotes reverse tithing.[32]  Additional income is derived from his companion books and study guides and the 115,000 pastors who subscribe to his Pastors.com Rick Warren Ministry Toolbox and pay to download his sermons.  However, this is just seed money; his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan will require funding vastly exceeding what has currently been financed, if it is to transform every nation on earth..  To fully succeed, Rick Warren is going to have to forge alliances with Heads of State, Corporations, and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).
I am utterly astonished that someone could write a book saturated with false teachings, promotion of false teachers, false translations, and even blueprints for how to practice psychology, then validate his own righteousness by declaring repeatedly how he is going to give 90% of the royalty income from his sales back to the church, charities, and of course, to finance his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.  Rick Warren has made his fortune by “causing my little children to stumble,” deceiving 30 million readers of his Purpose Driven Life book, leading astray 20,000 members of his own church, 400,000 church leaders he has trained, 20,000 churches in a host of denominations and 165 countries, which he hopes to turn into purpose-driven countries under the banner of his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.[33]
We also constantly hear of how modestly Rick Warren lives.  This reminds me of the Vatican.   The Pope isn’t rich; the wealth is held by the Roman Catholic Church.  However, as the absolute sovereign authority over its assets and distribution of funds, does he need to technically own anything?  Likewise, Rick Warren has absolute authority over Saddleback Church and his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.  He is simply taking money from one pocket and putting it in the other; it is still in the same pair of pants.   It would not matter if Rick Warren gained the whole world from the sales of his book and gave all of it to finance his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, if his fortune was made from a book of false teachings.  Warren should refund the money from his books sales, and his publisher Zondervan needs to remand and recall his book!  Further, Christians and churches who bought his book should strongly consider having a bonfire and pitching his books into it, as the early Christians did in Acts 19:19 when they burned all of their magic arts scrolls.
Rick Warren has rejected correction and refused to make restitution -- the fruit of repentance.  Even if there were such a person as “America's pastor,” Rick Warren has not met the first essential criteria: being faithful to God's Word.  As a pastor, he must meet the requirement of an elder, to be able to rightly divide the truth.  (For elder qualifications, see 1 Timothy 3.2-7 and Titus 1: 6-7, and the Pastor is Master, Isn't He? article[34].   A true elder must defend, contend and confess The Faith without equivocation or waffling.  It is bad enough that much of Warren’s income was received from unsuspecting non-believers who could not discern the falsehood of his teachings.  Even worse, he has plundered from tens of thousands of church treasuries and individual Christians who bought his book.
Some prominent Christian leaders who should know better say that before Jesus ever criticized anyone, he always found something good to say about them.  This is inaccurate.  Jesus did this with individual churches, as with five of the seven churches in Revelation, but he never did this with a false teacher.  Neither did any of the prophets of the Old Testament nor any of the Apostles in the New Testament. NEVER!  Christian leaders who defend Rick Warren think that giving profits to charity somehow sanctifies Warren's false teachings in the book which generated the royalties.  Furthermore, even if the income came from honest gain, tithing should be voluntary.  Warren forces members of his own church to sign tithing covenants,[35] putting Christians back under the law.  The Apostle Paul condemned the Galatian church for doing that. 
Paul teaches that we are NOT to give out of compulsion, but this doesn't stop Rick Warren.  It would be bad enough were he to require this only of his own megachurch, but he trains leaders in his Purpose Driven Church franchises to do the same. 
This still doesn’t take into account the destruction left in Warren's wake in all of the churches who paid for his Purpose Driven Life book and materials, to facilitate transition from a New Testament church model to Purpose Driven church polity.  Many members of these churches did not just lose $20 paying for one of Warren's books, they lost their church or were purpose-driven out.  In many cases, these were senior members or charter members who had helped build their church.  I wonder what all those saints forced out of their churches thought when Rick Warren had the audacity to state the following on Larry King Live on CNN:
“One is a reformation of the church in America and the other is a return of civility to society when people who disagree can still get along and like each other even if they disagree.”[36]
For documented case studies of the consequences for Christians who opposed Rick Warren's teachings and refusal to sign his covenants, see Spiritual Euthanasia[37]
Also see Bob DeWaay Redefining Christianity, Understanding the Purpose-Driven Movement, 21st Century Press, 2006, and Dr. Noah Hutchings, The Dark Side of the Purpose Driven Church, Bible Belt Publishing, Southwest Radio Church, p. 8. 2005.  
Rick Warren tells us how much he is giving to the church and repeatedly advertises this in the market place.  So let's see what the Lord commands regarding this practice:
"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly."  Matthew 6:1-4

As bad as it is how Rick Warren made his fortune in the first place, as bad as it is that he touts it before men, as bad as it is what happened to a host of saints who resisted his teachings and takeover of churches, and as bad as it is that the unholy leaven of Warren's teachings has virtually if not permanently taken over once God-fearing sound doctrine churches, imagine the greater consequences for using the income from his false teachings and spiritual abuse of authority to finance components of his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan outlined in this document.  Warren may succeed with his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan; after all, he has guaranteed it.  But what will be the cost?  Who will pick up the pieces of the dismembered Christians left chewed up by the propeller in the wake of his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan once it is consummated? There is no room at Rick Warren's table for those Christians he calls “resisters.” His co-conspirator Dan Sutherland of Church Transitions calls leaders who oppose or question this movement 'Sanballats,'[38] but there will be room at the table for all true saints who will take their place when they sit at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.  See Matthew 26:26-29 and Revelation 19:19


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8.  FEAR OF THE LORD
It it not surprising that there are no published statements by Rick Warren mentioning the fear of the Lord in his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, because he does not teach it in his Purpose Driven Life book, the trunk from which the branch of his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan grew.  In fact, he teaches the opposite:
 “We give ourselves to him, not out of fear or duty, but in love.” The Purpose Driven Life, page 77, Zondervan, 2005.

It is not surprising that Rick Warren leaves out the fear of the Lord, as later he states:

“We obey God, not out of duty or fear or compulsion, but because we love him and trust that he knows what is best for us.”  The Purpose Driven Life, page 95, Zondervan, 2005.
And a third time:
We don't serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy, and deep gratitude for what he's done for us.” The Purpose Driven Life, page 228, Zondervan, 2005.
Warren quotes Psalm 147:11 (CEV):

 “The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love.” The Purpose Driven Life, page 64, Zondervan, 2005.

In the spirit of omission so prevalent in Warren’s publications, this mangled translation takes away the most important qualifier—the most important phrase—“for those who fear him.”

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
—Psalm 147:11 KJV.  According to Strong's Lexicon, the Hebrew word for “fear” is 'yare' which means reverence and fear.

But of course we obey and give ourselves to Him out of the fear of the Lord. For more documentation on the fear of the Lord, see the article Fear of the Lord (Rock Salt Publishing) and Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church?, Chapter 3, p.34, Bible Belt Publishers, 2004.

Scripture says much about fearing the Lord:
“The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10

"There is no fear of God before their eyes" Romans 3:18.  According to Strong's Lexicon, the Greek for “fear” here is “phobos” which means “fear, dread, terror, reverence”.
“Let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”  Hebrews 12:28-29
Without this critical ingredient, Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan does not have a legitimate beginning or foundation.
There is no expiration date on the fear of the Lord (it will be present even during the Millennium, Jesus Christ's Global Peace Plan on earth); any true peace plan for the earth must contain this pillar.  The Antichrist's peace platform certainly won't contain it.  At the end of the Age, an angel from Heaven affirms that fearing the Lord is an everlasting command which therefore must extend it through the Millennium:
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him;....:”  Revelation 14:6-7


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9.  BLOOD OF JESUS

Rick Warren quotes 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (he doesn't cite translation, but it is from the CEV):
“God sent Christ to make peace between himself and us”[39]
A sound and complete version of these verses will say:
“And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”  2Corinthians 5:18 KJV

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2Corinthians 5:19
Reconciling all mankind to God requires exclusively the applied shed blood of Jesus Christ.  As that discerning old lady in that old hamburger commercial asked 'Where's the beef?', we need to be asking of Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. plan: “Where's the 'blood' (of Jesus)?”
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission (forgiveness)” Hebrews 9:22

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10.  PEACE AS THE WORLD KNOWS
Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is peace as the world knows it. The World loves his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan because it prescribes a peaceful kingdom now for the earth rather than “Thy Kingdom Come” (when Christ returns).  Warren seeks to prepare a place for us that where we are, Jesus may be also.  But Jesus has gone to Heaven to prepare a place for us that where he is, we may be also.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send  peace, but a sword.”  Matthew 10:34 (Luke 12:51)
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”  I Thessalonians 5:3
“They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”  1John 4:5-6

For an in depth study of how this applies to Rick Warren's teachings, see: See Bob DeWaay's book  Redefining Christianity, Understanding the Purpose-Driven Movement, 21st Century Press, 2006.
The world hates true Christians because their message is that God's peace plan requires repentance and reconciliation to Christ alone:
 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.” John 15:18

 “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” 1John 3:13

 “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26

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11.  WRATH OF THE LAMB
Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is a Dominionist[40], “Kingdom Now” Peace Plan.  He completely turns eschatology upside down and what isn't upended has glaring omissions of critical Biblical End Times passages!
Only until the Captain of the Hosts, the true leader of the billion-man (or more) army, the Lord himself descends, will the real Global Peace Plan (The Millennial Kingdom) be inaugurated.  See Revelation 19-21.  Also see Dr. Noah Hutchings, The Dark Side of the Purpose Driven Church, Belt Publishing, Southwest Radio Church, p. 8. 2005.
Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan contains no plan for destroying the Antichrist, False Prophet, and binding Satan.
Jesus Christ will destroy Antichrist and False Prophet with the breath of his nostrils at (AND NOT BEFORE) his return and cast Satan into the bottomless pit for the thousand year reign of His Millennium.
If Warren’s plan succeeds, it will leave most of the population on the earth intact, absent the wrath of the Lamb.
Just prior to and in conjunction with the Lord's return, “There will be wars and at least one-half the world's population will be killed... “[41]
Rick Warren consummates his final peace plan for the earth without war.  But this is impossible because the global peace that the Lord will personally bring to the earth when he returns will not happen until the Lord first sends the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, in particular the red horse who will take peace from the earth:


“And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”  Revelation 6:4


When the Lord returns, he will first make global war before he inaugurates his Global Peace plan, better known as The Millennial Thousand Year Reign of Christ.





"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"  Revelation 6:15-17  

Even if the saints as the church could take dominion of the earth before the Lord's return, they could not do so until after the Antichrist is temporarily given power to make war against them and conquer them!!

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”  Revelation 13:7

So there will be no permanent final global peace until these things be fulfilled. Then and then only will the Scripture be fulfilled:

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become [the kingdoms] of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”  Revelation 11:15


See Revelation Chapters 19-20 for more details.
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12.  ISRAEL

Warren has already approved of his Purpose Driven Life book to be translated into Hebrew by MAOZ Ministries to soon be distributed in Israel.[42] 


The long term impact of MAOZ Ministry in Israel  presenting and translating Warren's Purpose Driven Life book into Hebrew to distribute to Israel:

Warren is already in the process of turning Rwanda into a Purpose Driven Country with his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, and he now has his sights set on Israel.  His idea of a Global P.E.A.C.E. plan is to go into a village and form an alliance with a “man of peace.”  This could be a Muslim Cleric in charge of the Temple Mount.  Were Arafat still alive, the winner of the Nobel "Peace" Prize, he would have been “the man of peace” for the Palestinians.  He would not sign the last peace plan because he said he would be assassinated for giving up absolute rule of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which he said belonged in total to all Muslims.  This book campaign by MAOZ will help pave the way for Warren to get Israel to sign one of his Peace Plan Covenants to convert Israel into a Purpose Driven Country. (Remember, Rick Warren's plan is global, so it must include Israel).
Warren has already formed an unholy alliance with the United Nations and even brags how they are interested in his P.E.A.C.E. Plan.   Here is some recent proof that the United Nations is the enemy of Israel;
“The United Nations held a "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" last week. A large map of “Palestine,” with Israel literally wiped off the map, featured prominently in the festivities. The ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York and was attended by Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Presidents of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly....During the festivities, a map labeled a "map of Palestine” was displayed prominently between UN and PLO flags. The map, with “Palestine” written in Arabic atop it, does not include Israel, a member of the UN for 56 years.[43]

Let us take warning about The Man of Peace who will sign a covenant with Israel with this Scripture prophecy:
“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”  Daniel 8:25


And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”  Daniel 9:27

Also see Psalm 83,[44] which describes what the Lord is going to do to the surrounding nations who will come to take plunder of Israel.
Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is a plan put in place without addressing Jacob's Trouble(see Jeremiah 30:7), which must FIRST come before the Lord's Global Kingdom of the Prince of Peace is established on earth!
Take warning!  We must be on guard against THE man of peace who will destroy many with peace...a man who loves covenants and enforces them...will it be The Covenant with Israel?   This man of peace will do away with resisters to his peace plan and those who refuse to sign his covenant.  Rick Warren has already trained tens of thousands of pastors how to get rid of what he calls "resisters" and "pillars" who would refuse to sign his covenants. We have already witnessed what happens to saints in a host of denominations who dare to oppose his teachings and refuse to sign his covenants.[45] Also see Dr. Noah Hutchings, The Dark Side of the Purpose Driven Church, Belt Publishing, Southwest Radio Church, p. 8. 2005.

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13.  INCLUDES MUSLIMS

In an interview at The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, describing his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, Rick Warren states in reference to “they” in referring to leaders in any village in the world that Rick Warren will recruit to participate in his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan:

“They don’t have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim,”[46]

Here are two more quotes regarding his position on Islam:
“'I would trust any imam or priest or rabbi to know what is going on in a community before I would any government agency.'
But, powerful as churches can be in working for the powerless, they can't succeed without governments and nongovernmental organizations, Warren said.
Warren predicts that fundamentalism, of all varieties, will be 'one of the big enemies of the 21st century...Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism - they're all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.'"[47]

One of the pillars of Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is to “Plant Churches” (i.e., it is the “P” in P.E.A.C.E.) even though, depending on his audience, he says the “P” stands for participation).  But it should be obvious to every Christian that MUSLIMS DON'T PLANT CHURCHES.  They wouldn't plant churches any more than they would build a Jewish Temple or synagogue.  Though there are Christian churches in some Arab countries, there are none in Saudi Arabia, the center of Islam.  In fact, the Islamic “Global Peace” Plan is to destroy churches.  In Islamic Law, according to the Koran and the Haddiths, there is no room for Jews, Christians or a Jewish nation.  Their global peace plan divides the world into two spheres: the House of Peace (Submission) and the House of War.  Once all infidels (yes that's us) are destroyed, there will only be the House of Peace (submission).  It won't contain the Nation of Israel, and it won't have Jesus sitting on David's Throne. Matching the Apostle John's own definition of the spirit of the antichrist, Islam does not believe that Jesus Christ is God who came in the flesh.  Rick Warren is proposing unholy alliances with not just Islam, but any religion which qualifies as a candidate according to these Scriptures:
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” 1John 2:22


“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 1John 4:3

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” 2John 1:7

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?   And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,"  2Corinthians 14-17

Rick Warren bases this component of his Peace Plan on this Scripture:
“And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.”  Luke 10:6

However, this Scripture actually refutes Warren’s contention.  Even if this “man of peace” were a Muslim, he would have to repent of being a Muslim and be born again as believer in Creator/Messiah Jesus Christ and renounce Islam. 
“Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”  Isaiah 26:3
A Muslim's mind certainly is not stayed on Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Savior, but on Allah!  Yet Rick Warren believes a Muslim in any village could help him build his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.
For more information and Scriptural support describing Islam's Plan for Global Peace and worldwide domination, see Islamic Jesus vs. Biblical Jesus.[48]  Here is a list of twenty comparisons addressed in this article between the Islamic Jesus whom Muslims call “Isa” and the Biblical Jesus.  The Islamic position on the identity of Jesus is taken from the Koran and Haddiths, which together comprise the ultimate authority in Islam.  Most Muslims are not aware of most of these texts.  Likewise, most Christians are thoroughly versed in their own Biblical Scriptures defending or describing the identity of Christ, let alone the Islamic Scriptures describing Christ.





Muslim Jesus vs. Biblical Jesus: Twenty Scriptural Reasons Why They Are Not the Same Jesus
A Compilation and Comparison by James Sundquist

1.    Islamic Jesus was created and not eternal

2.    Islamic Jesus is not the Lamb of God who was slain
3.    Islamic Jesus will not return until Judgment Day
4.    Islamic Jesus prophesied (but did not send) the coming of Mohammad
(Islamic Jesus did not send the Holy Spirit)
5. Islam says Salvation is found only in the Five Pillars of Islam
6. Islamic Jesus is an involuntary Slave to Allah
7. Islamic Jesus was never crucified and therefore was not resurrected
8. Islamic Jesus is not the God in the flesh as the Messiah
9. Islamic Jesus can not be worshiped
10.               Islamic Jesus not fit to be intercessor
11.               Islamic Jesus will judge by the Law of the Quran and not by the Gospel
12. Islamic Jesus is simply another prophet
13. Islamic Jesus lands on a Minaret in Damascus, Syria
14. Islamic Jesus returns on the wings of two angels
15. Islamic Jesus destroys Antichrist at Lydda (in Israel)
16. Islamic Jesus who returns will not be pierced
17. Islamic Jesus will marry a woman and have children
18. Islamic Jesus will break every cross
19. Islamic Jesus will die forty years after his return
20.                RE LOVE: (There is no concept of Agape Love found in either the Koran or the Haddiths).

See full article for the scriptural truth compared to the lies from the writings of Islam. (Courtesy BE ALERT Newsletter, Moriel Ministries, November 5, 2005)[49]

I strongly encourage you to read Simon Altaf's new book entitled Yeshua or Isa?  Simon Altaf is a former Sunni Muslim, now a devout Christian and scholar.  He concurs that it is impossible for any Muslim to be a candidate for Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.[50]

Islam also has a completely different Angel Gabriel than the Bible teaches.  Islam teaches that Gabriel said that Mohammad is The Comforter referred to in our Scripture.  The Bible teachers that Gabriel announces the birth of Jesus our Messiah.  But it was Jesus who then said that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter that Jesus alone would send.  This was confirmed and fulfilled in the Book of Acts at Pentecost, several hundred years before Mohammad was even born.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” John 14:16
“But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”  John 14:26

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:” John 15:26

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7

“ But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  Acts 1:8.

Muslims have beheaded Christians and Jews for fifteen hundred years and will be responsible for beheading of Christians in the Antichrist's Global Empire, believing they are doing God a favor:

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4

Islam has a different Jesus, a different Gabriel, a different Comforter, and a different Peace Plan.  Yet Rick Warren wants to form alliances with Muslims to implement his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan? 


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14.  NEHEMIAH COVENANT
Rick Warren uses the fact that Nehemiah invoked a covenant in Israel in the Old Testament as a rationale that he has the right to invoke them in the church.  In the following interview, Richard Abanes asks Warren:
“Why do you have covenants? Some people say they're cultic.”
Rick Warren:
“Is the Nicene Creed cultic?”[51]
“This weekend, I'll unveil our Global P.E.A.C.E plan”[52]


So was this P.E.A.C.E. Plan of Rick Warren's like the Council of Nicea for the whole world, where many Christian leaders met to represent all Christians?  Surely a key difference is that the Nicene Creed isn’t a covenant. It is a statement of faith, a summary of beliefs and doctrines outlined in Scripture, reflecting Orthodox Christianity, not a promise about certain church ordinances.  This can't be compared to Rick Warren's covenants.  Warren has made a false analogy.   Ironically, the Nicene Creed was the product of an ultimatum set down by the Emperor Constantine (another example of the Leaven of Herod) in 325 A.D.  In like manner, Rick Warren forces compliance with his own covenants.
Nehemiah's Covenant was a renewal of an existing covenant, not a new one. In addition, the existing covenant was God's, not man's. The laws enumerated in chapters 9-10 in Nehemiah were laws already given by God to the Israelites through Moses. Note in verse 29 of Chapter 10 that the covenant was also a curse, and the oath was to bind themselves back to the Law of Moses and back to its curses. Warren is seeking to put his congregation back under the Law; the very thing Paul condemned the churches in Galatia for attempting to do! What was Rick Warren thinking?  His list of requirements were NOT given by God to the Church but by Rick Warren himself.  In fact, they defy Christ's own commands regarding oaths.  Even Nehemiah did not take the draconian measures against the Israelites who did NOT sign the Covenant that Rick Warren has trained Purpose Driven Church pastors and Purpose Driven Churches to do with members who refuse to sign his covenants.  Imagine what Nehemiah would think of Rick Warren holding negotiations with an Islamic leader in Jerusalem regarding the desirability of Nehemiah building a wall around Jerusalem.  Israel should mark Rick Warren as a national security threat!
In defending covenants, Rick Warren compares the relationship of a Christian and the Church to a marriage. Such a comparison would lead us to believe that Christians are the Bride of Christ and the Church is the Groom.  This violates every passage in Scripture which clearly states that Christ is THE GROOM. The Church is simply the collection of individual Christians who comprise the as-yet-unconsummated Bride of Christ. This false analogy is one of the most important keys to see how Rick Warren has deceived the church into swearing loyalty to him and the pastors he recruits in churches throughout the world. Warren's mandatory covenant creates misplaced loyalty and a false foundation for church government, completely corrupting the church and those who sign on to Warren's form of government.  For more information exposing the fatal flaws of this type of church government and polity, see: Pastor is Master, Isn't He?The PZ Insider Report – Where has all the discernment gone? © Sunday, November 6, 2005.
You can also listen to Rick Warren's interview on the Drew Marshall Show and James Sundquist's interview response to Rick Warren (scroll down to July 2 ).[53]

There is only one New Covenant for Christians!  See Jesus Christ's and the Apostle James' warnings about more oaths and covenants beyond the New Covenant!  Matthew 5:33-37, and James 5:12.  Also see Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church? Chapter Two, Bible Belt Publishing, 2004.[54]


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15.  ABUSE OF AUTHORITY
Documentation and case studies of the consequences of refusing to sign Rick Warren's covenants and opposing his teachings can be found in the following:
Spiritual Euthanasia
MEDIA SPOTLIGHT • VOL. 28 - NO. 3 SUMMER 2005 PAGE 13, Al Dager Director

Bob DeWaay, Redefining Christianity, Understanding the Purpose-Driven Movement, 21st Century Press, 2006
&
Dr. Noah Hutchings, Dark Side of the Purpose Driven Church, Bible Belt Publishing, Southwest Radio Church, 2005.[55] 
In spite of the pandemic abuse of spiritual authority documented above, the Council for Christian Colleagues and Universities is now adding insult to injury...a reproach to all of these victims, by awarding Rick and Kay Warren the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Christian Leadership at the 2006 CCCU International Forum on Christian Higher Education.[56]  The CCCU, to date, is still going through with this award, in spite of all of the documentation I sent them on Rick Warren.  There has been no response to my subsequent follow-up sent them on Rick Warren.

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16.                                                                                                                                                                                                          FALSE TEACHINGS AND FALSE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS

Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is built on the foundation of his Purpose Driven ChurchPurpose Driven Life (now sold over 30 million copies), and his Discovery 101, 201, 301 (SHAPE), and 401 Classes.  His Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is the outgrowth of his Discovery 401 Class which is the global component, though everything he teaches has already gone global, Discovery Class 401 is a more detailed blueprint involving the nations of the world.
“God accepts me as I already am,” according to Rick Warren's March 2005 Ladies Home Journal column...and in his series every month after that first article.  See Paul Proctor's article: It's Your Choice.[57]
This is diametrically and diabolically opposed to Scripture:
“He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1John 5:12
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” John 3:36
For more information documenting Rick Warren's own false teachings, see Chapter Four of Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church?  Chapter 4,[58] see also sites documenting Rick Warren's false translations of the Bible[59] and Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church?, Chapter Three, Bible Belt Publishing, 2004.[60] and What are the Roots of Purpose Driven Church color chart.[61] 

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17.  SECRECY

Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is built on the foundation of his Purpose Driven Church teachings which include secretly introducing heresies  into the church by training leaders (while not telling the congregation) how to remove “resisters” and “pillars” in the church and forcing members to sign his covenants. Here is an example from a long-time member of a church in Michigan:
“The pastor and the rest of the 'staff' disappeared for a week to some secret Southern location and none could 'disclose' the reason.  Top secret,” without the congregation knowing anything about where they went or why they went, but it was to obtain training in Rick Warren's leadership principles on how deal with anyone opposing Rick Warren's teachings.”
Location:
Safe Harbor Church
3552 South Pipestone Rd.
Sodus , MI 49126 , a Church of God Prophecy Church
And here is what has been going on at Grace Assembly in Wake Forest, NC:

“Resisters were pushed out not just for opposing Rick Warren, but for merely asking what was going on, or for pointing out error.  It is now evident that some were removed because they actually resisted the "Transitioning" methods.   Many left on their own, not really understanding the undercurrents, but after being hurt by being removed from their positions, sometimes learning about their removal from someone else, or even in the church bulletin!  If covenants were required, it was only on staff.  I have been told that staff members were not to talk about certain things.  My estimate of departed members/attendees is between 45 and 60, most of them staffers or leadership and/or volunteer workers from a church of 150 to 200.  There are many more who came and left quickly, before becoming involved.”[62]

And here is what Scripture says about secret things:

 “The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.”  Deuteronomy 29:29



The secret things belong to God, not to Rick Warren, who privily (secretly) introduces these heresies in churches just like Safe Harbor (which is no longer a safe harbor).  The saints there couldn't defend themselves until it was too late!
 “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:” Galatians 2:4
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2Peter 2:1

“Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth [them] out of the church.” 3John 1:10
“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.”  3John 1:19

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18.                                                 PERFECT PEACE OR IMPERFECT PEACE?

Rick Warren said that as his plan was developed and perfected, it would be shared with all of the other churches around the world.  Warren’s 5-Step P.E.A.C.E. Plan format is similar to one proposed by New Age leader Neale Donald Walsch, who also claimed to be inspired by God.[63]
Rick Warren's Peace Plan and other teachings copied from others
·       SHAPE (was already created by Joe Weider, fitness giant)
·       Purpose-Driven already published by Tony Robbins (search Amazon for details)
·       Personality Profile (“P”) in SHAPE already conceived by Carl Jung
·       5 Point PEACE Plan already conceived by Neale Donald Walsh
·                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           God's Dream (Robert Schuller and Bruce Wilkinson)
God's Peace Plan and Blueprint is original and perfect and already given by Divine Revelation of Scripture.  By contrast, Rick Warren first gets input from non-Christians and pagan leaders to formulate his peace plan, THEN he tells the churches.  He will share it with them after seeking counsel from the ungodly, without even having received the churches' input, accountability, or correction from fellow elders at his own church or churches all over the world?
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17

Christians certainly can use the word peace.  However, to claim a blueprint is directly from God when it can easily be confused with a New Ager’s Global P.E.A.C.E. plan raises a concern.  God is not the author of confusion; a clear and DISTINCT signal would be sent by him:
“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? I Corinthian 14:8
“For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” I Corinthians 14:33
If Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan is really inspired from God as he claims, it should already arrive perfect.  It wouldn't need perfecting!  Furthermore, Jesus Christ's Global Peace Plan is inaugurated at his return, not before.  When it begins, there will be NO wicked on the earth, only mortal believers and immortal glorified saints, for he will have destroyed the wicked, the AntiChrist (and his peace plan), and bound Satan!
“[There is] no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”  Isaiah 57:21  
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19.  WHAT ABOUT THE CURSES?

I have already addressed some of the glaring omissions in Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, but there are two contingencies which he fails to account for which would also prevent his plan from succeeding.  First, he does not mention that the reason the five “giants” he identifies exist in the first place is because of the curse in the Garden of Eden due to the Fall of Adam.  The whole earth is under judgment and will remain so until Christ returns to reverse the curse.  It is not a question of what we can do to reverse the curse in an attempt to usher in Global Peace but of who must reverse it.  It can't happen until Christ returns to set up his kingdom.  Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan is just another human potential movement.  Second, Warren does not mention the curse at the Tower of Babel where God confounded the languages.  Prior to that time, the world spoke one language; an impostor peace plan is one which still retains the confusion of languages.  This still remains yet another still-binding judgment of God on mankind. 
Rick Warren touts human potential, but human potential was at the core of why God destroyed the Tower of Babel.  Had God not destroyed the tower, the people desired could have achieved anything, including a global man-made peace plan.  The real global peace plan will be Christ's kingdom he sets up on earth when he returns, and when he does, he will reverse this curse as well.  The Antichrist may attempt to do this, but anyone other than Christ himself who tries doing it is a pretender. 
Even if Rick Warren were to succeed  in slaying his five giants (which he has guaranteed), his P.E.A.C.E. plan is still inferior to the peace plan the Lord himself will set up.  However, it lines up perfectly with Satan's peace plan.  The counterfeit peace plan must first come, ushered in by the Antichrist, before the Lord’s global peace will be ushered in by the Lord himself.  Christians should not buy into any global peace plan that will precede the Lord's worldwide peace plan. 
The Lord's Prayer tells us “thy kingdom come;” Rick Warren promises us kingdom now!  Jesus Christ told us that the time when he will set up his kingdom on earth is determined by the Father.  Jesus Christ's Global Kingdom of Peace can not be set up until he restores the kingdom of Israel when he returns.  Jerusalem will be the capital of the world, and Israel will be the preeminent nation on earth.  It will not determined by Rick Warren.

“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”  Acts 1:6-7

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20.  ALLIANCES

Rick Warren had been talking to world leaders over the last year, getting their opinions and factoring them into his 5-Step P.E.A.C.E. Plan.[64]  He recruits Soldiers from Enemy Camp, or promotes them, or votes for  for enemy camp, including those who endorse Rick Warren's teachings:
Here are just a few examples of the unholy alliances Rick Warren has formed leading up to the launch of his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan:
August Turak (New Ager) Warren voted $100,000 Grand prize (unanimously) Templeton Foundation Power of Purpose Awards, 2004
Peter Drucker
Philip Yancey[65]
Richard Foster[66]
Rwanda: First Purpose-Driven Nation; President Paul Kagame, Summer 2005.[67] 
Bill Hybels who promotes occultist Carl Jung (MBTI) and gave Muslim Cleric a platform and   spoke with Rick Warren and Blanchard at Willowcreek Sumulcast Summit, August 2005
Richard AbanesRick Warren and the Purpose that Drives Him [Harvest House] book which         promotes Rick Warren and slanders critics.  Rick Warren promotes this book.  James Walker, President, Watchman Fellowship, endorses Richard Abane's book on Rick Warren.
Youth Specialities[68]
Nicky Gumbel (ALPHA COURSE)[69]
Ken Blanchard[70]
Ken Blanchard was the featured speaker at First Assembly of God Church in Phoenix on November 27, 2005.  I listened to this sermon on compact disc. I was so shocked and dismayed at the list of false teachers he embraced in this speech, I was compelled to write Tommy Barnett, their Senior Pastor, who had invited him. To date he has not responded to any of my emails or follow-up inquiries.   Here are some excerpts from that letter:


December 9, 2005

Dear Pastor Tommy Barnett,
I just finished hearing the CD of Ken Blanchard speaking at your church recently.
I can only hope you are simply not aware of Ken Blanchard's teachings and endorsements, including many he touted in his sermon to your congregation.

The most startling of all was his glowing view of Nelson Mandella. Are you aware that Mandella is a devout Marxist? Here is a quote from Mandella...can you possibly think this is Christian that Blanchard would be his devotee?

NELSON MANDELLA:

“When you don’t feel good about yourself, it is hard to feel good about anything or anyone else…The only way to get out of this vicious cycle is to begin to believe in ourselves...You are a child of God…We are all meant to shine as children do. We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us it’s in everyone

Don’t wait therefore for someone to tell you how wonderful you are. Just simply believe it, know it! Look deep within yourself. As we get to know and affirm ourselves for who we are, we become aware of the divinity that we share. What better place to find God than within ourselves.”[71] 


I find it equally astonishing that you or at least one wise among your congregation would not stand up and challenge Ken Blanchard's glowing endorsement of Norman Vincent Peale, a mentor to Robert Schuller, whose heresies are well-known.  Blanchard further endorses, in his sermon to your congregation, Rick Warren (SHAPE), Bill Hybels and Zig Ziglar, who all three promote occultist Carl Jung's Temperament Divination and Personality Profiling.  I proved that Warren is a false teacher in my last email to you.  Blanchard also promotes Jung via DISC Profiling, invented by Wonder Woman comic strip author William Moulton Marsden who used Jung archetypes to create a female heroine who put men in bondage).[72] 





Blanchard also spoke glowingly of John Ortberg, who signed a letter[73] to President Bush appealing to him to give some of the land of Israel to the Palestinians, bringing a curse upon himself from God to anyone who tampers with Israel's God given boundaries. (God has married ["Beulah"] that land to Israel....no one else has a right to divide it up....read Psalm 83 if you doubt what God will do to those who dare to carve up the Land of Israel).  Blanchard also commends Bob Buford whose account and defense of Mother Teresa (95%) [Percent represents Buford's idea that she only need 5% to close the gap to 100%  between her and the Lord]*,  who saw no reason to convert a Buddhist, is beyond the pale.

I remain shocked and saddened that you would not know about at least some of these false teachers that Blanchard promotes and endorses.  I was compelled to bring this all to the attention of the listeners of Sonlife Radio Network (72 stations), and will continue to do so in the upcoming national radio interviews I will be doing in 2006 exposing Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan vs. Scripture.

I hope and pray that you take heed to my words and those of Dr. Opal Reddin [in her  October 27, 2005 open letter of appeal and warning to all Assembly of God Churches, which she wrote on her deathbed, one month before she was promoted to Glory. [Dr. Reddin was a matriarch in the Assemblies of God denomination]**.  I have spent thousands of hours researching these men's teachings. I also hope that you go before your own congregation and repent for having brought Ken Blanchard to speak to and mingle with your flock.

Kindest regards in Christ,

James Sundquist
Director
Rock Salt Publishing

*Brackets added since this letter was sent in order to explain 95% reference to Mother Teresa.

**Brackets added since this letter was sent in order to identify Dr. Reddin for the reader.
Faith Based Initiative which will dock neatly with Rick Warren's SHAPE Program and his databasing his members
President Bush who has said Islam is a religion of peace and thinks surrendering the Land God gave to Israel will bring peace.
Chuck Colson (ECT signatory)
Hugh Ross (astronomer)
For documentary expose on Dr. Hugh Ross' false teachings see; James Sundquist, DOES GOD EXPECT MAN TO BE ABLE TO TELL TIME? THE AGE OF THE EARTH & THE FUTURE OF THE EARTH[74]
Roman Catholic Church
Here is a quote from Rick Warren, who addressed 2,400 theologically conservative Anglicans on November 12, 2005 at Hope and A Future conference of the Anglican Communion Network, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, during an interview:
Rick Warren:  "I really do feel that these people are brothers and sisters in God's family. I am looking to build bridges with the Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the Catholic Church, with the Anglican church, and say 'What can we do together that we have been unable to do by ourselves?' "[75]
For extensive documentation on Roman Catholicism and Rick Warren's alliance, see Richard Bennett's (former Roman Catholic priest) Berean Beacon site.[76]
&
Roger Oakland's, Understand the Times site, particularly Upon This Rock: Biblical Christianity and Catholicism - 7 DVD's 12 presentations.[77]
I also refer you to Factnet for more information on Roman Catholicism.[78]
Nonbelievers Too Can Be Saved, Says Pope Benedict XVI:

“Whoever seeks peace and the good of the community with a pure conscience, and keeps alive the desire for the transcendent, will be saved even if he lacks biblical faith, says Benedict XVI.”[79]  (Special thanks to BE ALERT Newsletter) 

This is a supremely ironic a hypocritical statement, given that when this pope was Cardinal Ratzinger, as guardian of Doctrine for Roman Catholicism issued the following instructions:

The Vatican told Roman Catholic theologians that it will not tolerate public dissent from church teachings.[80]

It should not come as a surprise to pastors promoting Rick Warren's programs, is that dissent is not tolerated in Purpose Driven Churches either, as I point out in my Spiritual Euthansia article.

The irony of Pope Benedict's statement is further compounded by the fact that the Council of Trent, which is still binding, anathematizes everyone who is not Roman Catholic wherein no one can be saved unless they are Roman Catholic. This contradiction could not be more clear.  Why then is Rick Warren going to build a bridge to this religion to advance his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan?

Bono (Rock Star) who leads the multitudes in singing his lyrics:
            Jesus, Jew, Mohammed - all true. Jesus, Jew, Mohammed - all true..." [81]

Christian & Missionary Alliance

National Association of Evangelicals aka NAE (Ted Haggard, President, 45,000 churches, 30 million members)[82]

General Baptist Convention

Evangelical Covenant
Assemblies of God denomination
Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist World Alliance
Emerging Church[83]
[Note: This is by far only a partial listing of the alliances Rick Warren has formed.]



There are a host of Scriptures which warn us against unholy alliances...both in the Old and New Testaments.  Here are two:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
“And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” Mark 8:15 (Religious-political alliances and merging church and state vs. separation of church and state)
If Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan came directly from God, then why is Warren obtaining part of it from man, especially unredeemed man?  This would be tantamount to Moses going to the Israelites for the rest of the blueprints for the Ark of the Covenant or the Tabernacle, or Solomon getting the blueprints for the Temple from the Philistines, or Ezekiel obtaining the blueprints for the Millennial Temple from the nations surrounding Israel.
Why is Rick Warren seeking counsel from the ungodly when Scripture warns the believer not to:
“Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful”  Psalm 1:1.
Why is Rick Warren supporting a $100,000 Grand Prize to August Turak, a known and published New Ager and rewarding Ken Blanchard, an endorser of a number of New Age books and a promoter of the occult-based DISC Profiler[84], with authority to help train his billion-man Christian Army? Scripture warns us:
Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.”  Proverbs 17:3
For more information and alliances and false teachers Rick Warren promotes, see:
What are the Roots of Purpose Driven Church color chart.[85] 

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21.  HOPE

Just when it appears that there is no hope because of Rick Warren's take-over of churches throughout the world as he launches his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, I received the following letter from a pastor's wife in Dallas, Texas, whose family left Valley View Christian Church In Dallas, Texas, a congregation that her husband had served for nearly 34 years, along with a couple hundred others.  Consequently they have since formed a new church. Now I must emphasize that many who left this church did not do so with the knowledge that it was THE INFLUENCE OF Rick Warren's teachings and programs which were behind the changes at the church....until after they left, as much of the infiltration of Warren's ideas, including the transformation process did not APPEAR to be dangerous at first. This letter should not only encourage the saints throughout the country who have been wounded by this movement, but also help equip them to be brave enough to take similar action. The following account is eerily similar to the accounts both Kaycia Key and I have heard reported and documented from Christians who have left or were purpose-driven out of other Purpose Driven Churches around the country:

December 14, 2005 and January 9, 2006

Hi James,
Our newly founded church, Cornerstone, is doing very well, has such a sweet spirit. We have over 250 members and we are meeting in facilities provided by Dallas Christian College. We have to use the gymnasium for worship services because it's the largest area to meet. We're too big for their chapel. We also have refugees from a myriad of other churches.

Ron and I are having an Open House this weekend to try to thank everyone for all the love and support we've received....so that has kept me pretty busy.
I finally got to get a little further into your book and another one that someone else sent which echoes the same concerns you have. I am so grateful to you for identifying some of the causes of my fear and concern for the Lord's church. The Deceiver certainly has come as an "angel of light" in these days.
I recently read an article in Christianity Today, five pages of Rick Warren's Global Plan to end world poverty. It was sad and frightening to read all those pages and only one mention of Jesus...a mention about how Rick Warren was there to restore the hands and feet to the body. And as you point out, his theology is definitely skewed. Have seen numerous articles corroborating your book...



Many who left Valley View Christian Church did so in great part because the leadership had developed an irrational and irrecoverable rupture in our common faith, belief and vision of Christ's churchafter we studied and implemented the Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren.
The church had been experiencing problems between the elders and the congregation and people were quietly (and some not so quietly) beginning to leave. When the elders brought in a new preaching minister people grew more unhappy and then after we did the Purpose Driven programs the rift developed into the rupture of faith and our vision for Christ's church to the point a "re-visioning" even the foundational charter. To try to overcome this growing rift the elders, and Ron and I, agreed to submit ourselves to a Biblically based reconciliation process under the direction of a professional Christian reconciliation group to try to overcome this mindset which had come upon the church. But three days later the elders reversed their decision and asked Ron to resign, with six months severance or be fired and receive two months severance. Ron, my husband and Senior Minister, said that under these circumstances, they would have to fire him, because he said he could not resign when he had lived up to his end of the agreement. Ron Key did not, as some may thought (or been erroneously told) start a new church, but was asked to become the minister of the new church, once it was founded.
Since then the church has grown to about 275-300, several of whom were refugees from other churches in the area who were also leaving because of many of the same issues with leadership that had developed in their respective congregations after Purpose Driven Programs. We are also now being able to share in love with more people about the perils of Warren's programs. Believers, who sensed something amiss, but were not aware of the dangers in his teachings and who knew nothing (like me) of the congregations that have developed splits after having implemented his "purpose driven" ideas. As one of our members and past elder at VVCC stated " The question is not whether the congregation will obey their elders, but whether the elders will obey Christ
Kaycia Key
[reprinted by permission]

The ultimate question is not whether Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E Plan or  the Purpose Driven Life bears witness with spirit of the elders or members of a church, but whether Rick Warren's teachings bear witness to the Scriptural teachings of Jesus.


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22.  CONCLUSION

Rick Warren, through his Purpose Driven LifePurpose Driven Church, and his Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan has usurped the mantle and authority belonging only to Christ not unlike the Papacy, which has presumptuously set up the Pope as the vicarious head of the Church.  We appeal to all Christians to sound the alarm on His Holy Hill!  God is a jealous God, and Christ, not Rick Warren will secure the ultimate victory and will establish his own Kingdom, so help us God!
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” – 2Corinthians 11:3
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” –  2 Corinthians 11:14-15
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen,
vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”–  Colossians 2:18
“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.” – 1Timothy 4:3

CHURCH GROWTH MOVIE
http://christianunplugged.com/church_movie.htm

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ADDITIONAL VALUABLE RESOURCES
WHICH ADDRESS RICK WARREN'S GLOBAL P.E.A.C.E. PLAN

Pastor Bob DeWaay
Critical Issues Commentary

Twin City Fellowship has just launched a “discernment tool” so people can check Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life book against the Scripture.  This is a new discernment resource that will help you navigate The Purpose Driven Life on your own, page by page, day by day—all 40 Days of Purpose.  This tool allows you to be the Berean you want to be without wasting precious hours hunting for the texts:
Here’s how it works.  We’ve positioned the comparisons side-by-side for each of the forty days to coincide with Warren’s text so you don't have thumb through the book’s index, then through each one of the bibles Rick Warren references, and then find it in a real bible (a translation.)  The left column quotes Rick Warren's source for his teaching and the right column consistently quotes the New American Standard Bible version of that same scripture.  What you find when you read and compare may surprise you.  
We invite you to visit our site:
Please share your findings with others you feel may need to have this tool.
Regards,
Pastor Bob DeWaay
Twin City Fellowship, Minneapolis, Minnesota
&
The Dangers of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines Issue 91 - November / December 2005 by Bob DeWaay at: http://www.cicministry.org/commentary/issue91.htm
Pastor Gary Gilley
Gospel According to Warren, July 2005 Newsletter
http://www.svchapel.org/Resources/Articles/read_articles.asp?ID=112
Berit Kjos
Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan and UN Goals - Part 3 of 4
Whom do we serve?


List a Scriptures on Peace:
Scroll down to: “From Jane: When I read Rick Warren's peace plan I must say I was deeply alarmed, especially because of his world wide influence deceives so many unsuspecting people.”

Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan

Lynn & Sarah Leslie
What is Transformation

RICK WARREN’S GLOBAL VISION, PURPLE HAZE, AND NEW AGE ASSOCIATION

James Sundquist interview by Prophezine Magazine
http://www.abrahamic-faith.com/James/James_prophezine_interview.html

Crosstalk, VCY America

Go to search engine and type in “Rick Warren” for radio broadcasts and documents


The Purpose Driven Church in Africa...Loren Davis Interview Audio http://www.soundwaves2000.com/rammaker.asp?id=155a&d=11-17-05a

Loren Davis, Evangelist Missionary to Africa
Moriel Ministries
Rick Warren Connections - Especially to the Ecumenical Third Wave New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and "Positive Thinking" Movement


Dean Gotcher

Mike Oppenheimer
A Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan

Robert Klenck, M.D.
What’s Wrong with the 21st Century Church? http://www.crossroad.to/News/Church/Klenck1.html
http://www.crossroad.to/News/Church/Klenck2.html

Roger Oakland
PURPOSE DRIVEN ECUMENISM?
by Roger Oakland
http://www.understandthetimes.org

Richard Bennett (former Roman Catholic Priest)
The Adulation of Man in the The Purpose Driven Life & The Purpose Driven Life: Demeaning the Very Nature of God http://www.bereanbeacon.org/articles/rick_warren_purpose_driven.htm

Former Catholics for Christ
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/2594/

Paul Proctor
7/09/2005 interview on John Loeffler's Steeling of the Mind radio show interview: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/PaulProctorInterview.mp3

REBUILDING THE TOWER OF BABEL by Mac Dominick
http://cuttingedge.org/news/rtb1.html http://cuttingedge.org/news/rtb2.html

Chris Carmichael, Discerning a Christian Flip-Flopper: Why Rick Warren Has Critics
http://christianunplugged.com/christianflipflopper.htm

Warren Smith interview on Southwest Radio, December 15, 16, 2005
http://www.swrc.com/broadcasts/2005/december.htm

The Necessity of Separation from Heresy, Discernment Newsletter, Jan-Feb 2006, Discernment-Ministries, Inc.
http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLJanFeb_2006.htm


A Critique of the Purpose-Driven Life, Part I, by James Sundquist, The Conservative Theological Journal, Volume 9, No. 27, August 2005.

A Critique of the Purpose-Driven Life, Part II, by James Sundquist, The Conservative Theological Journal, December, 2005.

Who's Driving the Purpose Driven Church book review,
The Conservative Theological Journal, December, 2005.

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[1] TIME Global Health Summit Press Conference, Nov 1, 2005 http://www.time.com/time/2005/globalhealth/transcripts/110105warrenpc.pdf
[3]  http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2553&
[4]http://www.classicbands.com/hendrix.html
[5]  Distributed by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Copyright 2001.   http://www.wayoflife.org/fbns/jimi-hendrix-experience.html (emphasis mine)
[6] http://pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=80
[7]http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/288200.html
[8]  http://rock-to-salt.cephasministry.com/pastor_1.html
[9]  Source: July 8 morning session: American Experience: The Problem of Evil, Rev. Peter Gomes, Pastor Rick Warren, Moderator: Alan Wolfe, Aspen Institute Conference, July 8, 2005, compact disc.
[10] For more information on Desert Fathers see: http://www.abrahamic-faith.com/James/Part%20X%20Enneagram%20Profiling%20vs.%20Scripture%20Documentary.html and The Emergent Church, Albert James Dager, Media Spotlight, Volume 28, Number 4, 2005.
[12] CNN Larry King Live, December 2, 2005
[15] http://www.creationists.org/resp0013.html
[16] For proof of Dr. Robert Schuller's promotion of universalism listen to Warren Smith interview: Warren Smith interview on Southwest Radio, December 15, 16, 2005 at http://www.swrc.com/broadcasts/2005/december.htm
[18] Richard Abanes, Rick Warren and the Purpose that Drives Him, p. 23, Harvest House 2005
[22] http://www.wayoflife.org/fbns/rickwarren-globalvision.html
[23]  http://www.abpnews.com/news/news_detail.cfm?NEWS_ID=842
[24] Robert Schuller, Self-Esteem: The New Reformation, Waco, Word Books, 1982
[25] Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, p. 126, Conscience Press, 2004
[26] http://www.saddleback.com/home/todaystory.asp?id=6213   (removed)
[27] See Bob DeWaay's CIC article for a good expose on Dominionist and Reconstructionist Theology entitled: The Dominion Mandate and the Christian Reconstruction Movement;http://www.cicministry.org/scholarly/sch001.htm
[29] Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, p. 123, Conscience Press, 2004.
[30] Ibid, p. 124
[31] Ibid, p. 129
[32]http://www.beliefnet.com/story/177/story_17718_2.html?rnd=6
[33] http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=20603
[34] http://rock-to-salt.cephasministry.com/pastor_1.html
[36] CNN Larry King Live, December 2, 2005
[38]Bob DeWaay, Redefining Christianity, 21st Century Press, 2006, p. 57.

[39] Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, p. 127, Conscience Press, 2004.
[40]For an excellent article by Sarah Leslie on the relationship between Rick Warren's Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan to Dominionism see: Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism athttp://www.discernment-ministries.org/ChristianImperialism.htm
[41]Bible Believer's Evangelistic Association, GOD'S PLAN FOR THE AGES.
[42]  October 29, 2005 Email from Cookie Schwaeber-Issan, Partner Relations Maoz Israel, maozisrael@maozisrael.org.  MAOZ website is: http://www.maozisrael.org/
[43] Arutz Sheva, December 8, 2005: http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=94461.  Special thanks to December 10, 2005 Be Alert Newsletter
[45] http://www.abrahamic-faith.com/False-Teachers.html
[47]Paul Nussbaum, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 8, 2006
[50]  Yeshua or Isa? is now available at: http://www.abrahamic-faith.com/Books/y.html
[51] Richard Abanes, Rick Warren and the Purpose that Drives Him, p. 31, Harvest House, 2005
[52] Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, p. 124, Conscience Press, 2004
[53] http://www.abrahamic-faith.com/False-Teachers.html
[54] http://www.swrc.com 
[55] http://www.swrc.com
[56]  http://www.cccu.org/news/newsID.387/news_detail.asp
[62] SOURCE: Leon O'Dell leonodell@earthlink.net
[63] Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, p. 127-128, Conscience Press, 2004
[64] Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose, p. 127, Conscience Press, 2004
[65] http://www.takeheed.net/YANCEY%20&%20lasciviousness.htm
[66] http://www.abrahamic-faith.com/James/Richard-Foster.html
[67] http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1093746,00.html
[68] http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/pdym.htm for comprehensive list of Ken Blanchard's New Age endorsements
[70] http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/management/blanchard.htm
[73]  Support for a Palestinian State within the present borders of Israel and at the expense of Israel is also a common view within the Church Growth Movement, as evidenced by a July 23, 2002 Letter to President Bush containing the following statement signed by John Ortberg:
"We commend your stated support for a Palestinian state with 1967 borders, and encourage you to move boldly forward so that the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for their own state may be realized."
Source: http://www.northpark.edu/centers/middle/mideast.letter_to_bush.htm

[74] http://www.nwcreation.net/articles/theageofearth.html
[75]http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05316/605324.stm
[76]  http://www.bereanbeacon.org/articles/rick_warren_purpose_driven.htm
[77] http://understandthetimes.org/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=UTTS&Product_Code=UTRDVD&Category_Code=DVD
[78] http://www.factnet.org/disc/messages/3/8816.html?11144486160
[80] Dave Hunt, Global Peace and the Rise of the AntiChrist, Harvest House, 1990, p. 138.
[81] Paul Proctor, TAKING YOUR KIDS OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL IS NOT ENOUGH! Source: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/secure/cwnetwork/article.php?ArticleID=399
[82]Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism at http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ChristianImperialism.htm
[83] http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un-2.htm
[84] http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/text/peace-un-2.htm