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
“It is nonsense to believe that you must compromise your beliefs, or water down your convictions in order to love someone, or even just treat them with dignity.
“Jesus was called ‘the friend of sinners’ by the legalistic Pharisees because he hung out with (and clearly loved) unbelievers,” concluded Warren. “I HOPE YOU will 1) Always believe that EVERYONE needs Jesus as their Lord & Savior. 2) Have the courage to associate with nonbelievers in order to love them and bring them to the Savior. 3) Consider being called ‘a friend of sinners’ a Christ-like compliment. 4) Refuse to pass on rumors until you’ve checked for the truth with the person accused.”
Nevertheless, Farah has big problems with Warren, such "the confusing message when he told 8,000 Muslims in 2009: ‘I don’t know if you have noticed this, but God likes variety.’
“Yes,” declares Farah, “God likes variety in the animal kingdom, in nature and even in the personalities of men and women. But he doesn’t like variance from His teachings – not at all. In fact, He has no tolerance for deviation at all. That’s the central message of the Bible Rick Warren claims to believe is his inerrant authority. That’s why Christians believe he sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay for those offenses. If God liked different views of the Creator of the Universe, such a sacrifice would have been unnecessary.”
Also skeptical of Warren’s outreaches to Muslims is John F. McManus at the John Birch Society’s magazine The New American, which sees something far more sinister behind Chrislam – a one-world religion and one-world government.
“It seems like yesterday,” writes McManus, “but it was during the 2008 presidential race that John McCain and Barack Obama debated their respective worthiness to be the next U.S. President in a televised debate at a famous church in Southern California. The host was Pastor Rick Warren and the venue was his Saddleback Community Church in Orange County.