"Third, as both an Evangelical and as an evangelist, anyone who knows me and my 40 year track record of ministry knows that I would never agree to 'not evangelizing' anyone! I am commanded by my Savior to share the Good News with all people everywhere, all the time, in every way possible! Anyone who’s heard me teach knows that my heart beats for bringing others to Jesus."
The interview goes on to quote Warren to talk about his years-long efforts to build bridges between the Christian and Muslim communities.
"QUESTION: 'Building a bridge' sounds like compromise to many people.
WARREN: Building a bridge has nothing to do with compromising your beliefs. It’s all about your behavior and your attitude toward them. It’s about genuinely loving people. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Before people ask, 'Is Jesus credible?' they want to know if you are credible. Before people trust Jesus they must trust you. You cannot win your enemies to Christ, only your friends. It’s part of what Paul calls 'the ministry of reconciliation.' It is Christ-like to treat people with dignity and listen to them with respect."
In an earlier statement on pastors.com, Warren stated: “As an evangelist, I spend much of my time speaking to non-Christian groups. You cannot win your enemies to Christ; only your friends, so we must build bridges of friendship and love to those who believe differently so Jesus can walk across that bridge into their hearts. Besides, it is not a sin, but rather COMMANDED by Jesus that we love our enemies. In the past 10
years, Saddleback Church has baptized over 22,000 new adult believers—simply because we express love to those who don’t know Christ yet.
“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.
Warren at the McCain-Obama debate
“Many have wondered how Rick Warren was picked to host this important event. They weren’t aware that Pastor Warren is a member
of the establishment’s Council on Foreign Relations, the same organization in which can be found John McCain and numerous Barack Obama appointees and advisors.”
The Birch Society has historically placed enormous significance on “guilt by association.”
“Nor,” continues McManus, “were many Americans apprised of the decades-old goal of the CFR to have the U.S. succumb to a world government long promoted by this correctly named ‘Seat of the Establishment.’”
The Council on Foreign Relations denies having as goals a one-world religion or a one-world government.
“Had the CFR connection been understood,” accuses McManus, “many would know in a moment why Warren and his church had been selected. They would also know how Warren’s photo and a flattering cover story about him soon ended up in the CFR-friendly Time magazine.”