Thursday, March 16, 2006

Is Rick Warren a Fundamentalist?

Is Rick Warren a fundamentalist? Here is Warren speaking to an ecumenical religious group:

"Now the word 'fundamentalist' actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity, and when I say there are very few fundamentalists, I mean in the sense that they are all actually called fundamentalist churches, and those would be quite small. There are no large ones--I am an evangelical. I'm not a member of the religious right and I'm not a fundamentalist ...Today there really aren't that many Fundamentalists left; I don't know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren't that many Fundamentalists left in America."

But then on his website for pastors, Warren, or one of his staffers, writes:

"Within Christianity, there's a large group of believers who affirm that there are certain facts about our faith that must be embraced, even if it isn't popular to proclaim these facts as true. These are facts such as -

1) Jesus was God in the flesh,

2) God raised Jesus from the dead, and

3)The Resurrection opened the singular path available for men and women to intimately and eternally connect with God.

These are among the fundamental truths of our Christian faith (or, to use another phrase, they are foundational truths to our faith).

Now, if you believe that these fundamental truths are essential to the Christian faith, then you are a "fundamentalist" in the very basic sense of the word, and within that definition and context Saddleback Church is unapologetically fundamentalist."

So which is it? Paul Proctor knows: "So, before a very diverse, secular and ecumenical audience, Warren says he IS NOT a fundamentalist. Then, in a later damage-control article, written for the benefit of Christian pastors who subscribe to his website and buy his Purpose Driven products, 'Saddleback Church is unapologetically fundamentalist.' Handy, huh?"


Blogger Blessed Hope Messages said...

I agree about it being convenient for him, but what about all of those he is misleading with his double-talk? What about all of the pastors that subscribe to his methodologies and philosophies and then turn around and promote the same in their own churches? My sister's church uses his sermons and "personalizes" them by changing up the graphics to fit the needs of that congregation. She does the graphics for her pastor and told me that he gets his messages from Saddleback. What ever happened to originality? Even many pastors don't think for themselves anymore or study the Word for themselves. It us up to each one of us individually to study to show ourselves approved. We can not rely on big-name pastors or anyone else to get us into the kingdom.

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