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Internet spreading new accusations connecting Rick Warren with “Chrislam”

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New accusations that mega-church pastor Rick Warren is promoting a new world religion that will usher in the Antichrist– are raging again, despite Warren’s adamant and frustrated denials.

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Fanning the flames on the Internet this time are none other than The New American magazine, the official publication of the right-of-center John Birch Society and conservative columnist Joseph Farah.  Renewed interest in “Chrislam” and Warren was apparently sparked by an article in a local newspaper, the Orange County Register.

Warren, pastor at southern California’s Saddleback Community Church in the Los Angeles suburb of Lake Forest, is accused of trying to merge Christianity and Islam. When asked, Warren shakes his head in amazement – saying it’s “the lie that won’t die,” but which keeps resurfacing.

So, what’s causing all the chatter?

“The Rev. Rick Warren,” writes the Register’s Jim Hinch, “one of America’s most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

“The effort, informally dubbed King’s Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed 8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C.”

Hinch then notes that Saddleback worshippers have invited Muslims to a Christmas dinner and even played interfaith soccer at a picnic in Irvine “attended by more than 300 people.” The game was not Christians vs Muslims, but “pitted pastors and imams against teens from both faiths,” reports Hinch. “The teens won.”

So, what’s wrong with a dinner and soccer game?

“I’ve had a number of issues with Rick Warren over the years,” writes syndicated conservative columnist Farah, a former executive news editor at the right-of-center Los Angeles Herald Examiner and  Sacramento Union newspapers. “But, with his latest effort to find common theological ground with Muslims and suggesting Christians and Muslims — Continued on Page Two



  • http://www.lstcccme.wordpress.com jhubers

    Bravo to Rick Warren for his efforts to live a truly Christian life. Boo to those who seem to believe that Christian = judgmental. That Muslims and Christians worship the same God has been the default position of Christians stretching back to the advent of Islam. Our own Jonathan Edwards, who certainly could never be accused of being a “universalist” held it. So have most evangelical missionaries who have worked among Muslims over the years. To say that this is close to “heresy” is to redefine “heresy” in an unintelligible way. The true heretics are those who fail to understand that the heart of the Gospel is love for God AND neighbor. Mr Farah comes close.

  • http://GodblessRickWarren benelchi

    Jhubers,

    I too agree that Rick Warren is to be praised for how he has handled this situation. Unfortunately, I can not agree with a general comparison to Evangelical Missionaries working with Muslims; some like Rick Warren have taking very healthy stands, but others (from well known Missions organizations) have truly done the very thing Rick Warren has been falsely accused of doing or worse.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Fizz

    Ok, ‘in love’ a little leven, levens the WHOLE loaf! and may I say that the Bible states ‘Come out from among them’… it sounds like you’ve joined forces and my friend, Jesus NEVER did that. Sure you resch out in love but you don’t team up! Sorry, you sound like you’re about to make a big mistake. (if you already haven’t) You must be aware and awake in the Light of the ONLY True and LIVING God, Jesus Christ, the ONE of the Bible… Read it!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Javier Gutierrez

    The Gods honest truth is that Rick Warren has put himself in this position. The bible is clear that he should not even give the appearance of evil, yet he keeps hanging around his budies Chrislamic buddies. There is a reason that Calvary Chapel pulled his books…False teaching. Rick Warren is a false teacher, plain and simple.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Debz

    ISA???
    Isa (Jesus in the Koran) is not the only-begotten Son of God nor the Messiah. NO. He is viewed as a prophet who was appointed by Allah to “prepare mankind” for the coming of Mohammad by killing every Christian and Jew who doesn’t convert to Islam by BEHEADING them!! Islam denies that Jesus is the Son of God and also denies His deity!!

    Out of the 360 Arabic deities Mohammad could have chosen from ALLAH was the Arabic MOON GOD. Many believe the moon god represents Satan, me included.

    “Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.” – John

    He may not be THE Anti but he sure has the spirit and he definitely is a false teacher.

    The facts:
    For 20 years, Van Impe’s program has been on TBN. Matt Crouch of TBN told Van Impe that they wouldn’t let him run his show about Chrislam. The reason Crouch gave was that Van Impe called out Warren and that he wasn’t allowed to rebuke other ministries. Bad for ratings.

    “O foolish Galatians, who hat bewitched you that you should believe a lie? You did run well, what hat hindered you? If any man or even an angel from heaven come preaching any other gospel than what we preach, let him be accursed.” – Paul

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Fizz

    Besides that Jesus Himself said in Luke 12:51-53

    ‘Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

    And that’s just the beginning, like “How can light have fellowship with darkness? Or, How can two walk together except they be agreed? and it goes on from there. Yes, love your enemies and pray for them but how is it possible to walk in agreement? I think Mr. Warren is climbing up the WRONG tree! I will be praying for him as God leads.. He needs to re-examine his walk with the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ellen

    Rick Warren you are a heretic. You have NO roots in the Word. You do NOT understand Islam. Cooperating with the Religion will make you lose or die by their rules and your head will be cut off. Islam has No regards for Christians or Jews. Just compare the attributes of Our G-d and Allah. Allah hates everything and only can be satisfied by killing it and that includes Woman. They will NEVER accept your efforts to fuse these 2 religions. I suggest you read the Quran and make your own assessment. How can G-d be the same as Allah when there are so many obvious differencens in the Word. Do you think G-d is an Idiot and has to adjust his commandments all the time? Just try to get it right before you are completely lost. There will be deception in the end of days and even the very elect will be deceived if that is possible. So are you already? On top and beyond you will be responsible at judgment day for the lies you want your congregation to believe.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Orville Covert

    http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2012/03/internet-spreading-new-accusations-connecting-rick-warren-with-chrislam.php

    This is a very good article of a visit with Warren that will help everyone a lot

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment gene

    Jesus said that no one comes to the Father but by Him…and that if we do not know Jesus we do not know the Father….how can it be the same God if, according to the things Jesus said,non-Christians can not know God…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Steve

    A Bridge too Far.

    The heart of the Gospel is more than human love for one another. Love is an outer manifestation we express to one another from one human to another. Being Born Again is an inner Transformation that results from acknowledging one’s sin, Believing that Jesus Christ (and Him alone) is the Son of God whom Died on the Cross for Our sins and Us turning away from our sin unto repentance. Any other Gospel is false preaching according to the Word of God.

    We do not and cannot by pure definition worship the same god as Muslims. Nor do they worship Ours. We do NOT have the same God nor do we have the same Christ.

    I’ve always felt unsettled in my spirit regarding Rick Warren but will definitely say he’s trying to build a Bridge too Far with this Theology.

    Respectfully,

    Steve

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Geeg

    I understand Pastor Rick’s heart in reaching out to muslims. Their intent is to worship the God of Abraham, who is, in fact, the God that Jews and Christians worship. The problem is that they are misguided in how to do that. I don’t understand what is wrong with opening up a dialogue and shining a light that can reveal Christ to them. We haven’t been called to erect walls of hatred. We have been called to shine a light. People who don’t understand that don’t even understand Christ themselves, imo. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God. Bless Pastor Rick.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Aaron Livingston

    The fact is the God that Islamists worship is in fact a Pagan Moon God, that even before Islam became a religion was still worshiped by Muhammad’s Fathers and forefathers. So they are fundamentally not the same. anyone who starts saying they are. is a heratic. As sharp as the truth is, the truth shall set you free.another note: Islam does not believe in Jesus as the son of God and nor will it ever give Jesus his proper authority. They see Jesus as just a brother and just a good prophet. Nothing more. Chrislam needs to be stopped along with the evil replacement-theology in the church’s today. God bless you all. and please research the proper truth of Islam

  • http://nopaleahealingjuice.com Nopalea Juice

    This is such a controversial topic because Pastor Rick just wants to help people.

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