New accusations connect Rick Warren with Chrislam
After an Orange County Register article describes Saddleback Community Church's outreaches to the Islamic community, pastor taken to task on conservative websites
But did Warren say that Christians and Muslims worship the same God? In response to the new rash of rumors, Brandon Cox, pastor at a
"Pastor Rick Warren has often said that 'you never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends.' And he’s gone far past the limits most believers are willing to broach in order to form friendships and love a world in need of Jesus. Because of this, he’s often the target of unfair criticism and unfounded rumors. If you’ve longed for Pastor Rick to clear the air with boldness and clarity, keep reading. It’s the transcript of an interview between Rick, the Christian Post, and myself. Read on…
"QUESTION: Do people of other religions worship the same God as Christians?
"WARREN: Of course not. Christians have a view of God that is unique. We believe Jesus is God! We believe God is a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Not 3 separate gods but one God. No other faith believes Jesus is God. My God is Jesus. The belief in God as a Trinity is the foundational difference between Christians and everyone else. There are 2.1 billion people who call themselves Christians… whether Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, or Evangelical…and they all have the doctrine of the Trinity in common.
"QUESTION: A recent newspaper article claimed you believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God, that you are 'in partnership' with a mosque, and that you both agreed to 'not evangelize each other.' You immediately posted a brief refutation online. Can you expand on that?
"WARREN: Sure. All three of those statements are flat out wrong. Those statements were made by a reporter, not by me. I did not say them … I do not believe them… I completely disagree with them … and no one even talked to me about that article! So let me address each one individually:
"First, as I’ve already said, Christians have a fundamentally different view of God than Muslims. We worship Jesus as God. Muslims don’t. Our God is Jesus, not Allah. Colossians 2:9 'For in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.'