‘what concord hath Christ with Belial?’

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Rick Warren calls for Christian-Muslim partnership

Sarah Karush – Associated Press Writer – 7/6/2009 7:35:00 AM

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Defying some of his fellow conservative Christian critics, one of the most prominent religious leaders in the country told several thousand American Muslims on Saturday that “the two largest faiths on the planet” must work together to combat stereotypes and solve global problems.

“Some problems are so big you have to team tackle them,” evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren addressed the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Warren said Muslims and Christians should be partners in working to end what he calls “the five global giants” of war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy.

Warren, founder of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, California, is the author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. His willingness to show support for U.S. Muslims is a huge gain for the community, which has endured intense scrutiny since 9/11.

A Southern Baptist, Warren has a record of upsetting fellow Christian conservatives by calling old-guard evangelical activists too partisan and narrowly focused. Ahead of his speech Saturday, bloggers who follow Warren had already denounced his appearance at the convention as cozying up to extremists.

Warren acknowledged the controversy during his 20-minute speech.

“It’s easier to be an extremist of any kind because then you only have one group of people mad at you,” he said. “But if you actually try to build relationships — like invite an evangelical pastor to your gathering — you’ll get criticized for it. So will I.”

In his speech, Warren also urged Muslims and Christians to speak out against stereotyping of any group and to respect each other even while disagreeing. Addressing Muslims who “have been in America for many generations now,” he urged them to help “the newcomers learn what it means to be American.”

Based in Plainfield, Indiana, ISNA is an umbrella organization for Muslim groups across the country. The annual convention, now in its 46th year, regularly draws more than 30,000 people for lectures, prayer, and socializing.

Many in the crowd were drawn to the session by prominent Muslim scholars such as Sheik Hamza Yusuf of the Zaytuna Institute in Berkeley, California.

Ann Zahra, 42, said she had never heard of Warren before Saturday but agreed with much of his speech. “The basics are the same,” said Zahra, of McLean, Va. “No religion teaches cruelty or disrespect or hatred.”

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Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

“Warren said Muslims and Christians should be partners in working to end what he calls “the five global giants” of war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy.” I would think that Warren would be more concerned about the ‘Dragon’ which will give power to the beast. Warren obviously has affixed his priorities on the things of a worldly sort. They only have their reward in this life.

It is pretty apparent that Warren is spending too much time writing what he thinks God’s purpose is for the Church instead of reading the word of God that clearly defines God’s purpose for His church… we don’t need Warren’s book, unless one is struggling with comprehending the word of God. This could very well be the reason that the ‘Purpose Driven Life’ sold 30 million copies world wide…

“Leave them alone, the blind need leaders. And when the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” 

 

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Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

 

It is so sad that Warren and Zahra think that “the five global giants” are the greatest enemy in the world. 

Anyone who denies the Son (Jesus Christ) doesn’t know God. But anyone who confesses the Son (that Jesus is the Christ) knows God also.

malachi

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4 Comments

  1. Good afternoon. Matthew 10:34, and Luke 6:26 come to mind here; along with your mentioning of II Corinthians 6:14-16. It’s astonishing that a person can be deviate so far from the warnings issued in scripture and partner up with the spirit of this age. We are indeed heading toward a one world governing entity that will have a universal religion based on tolerance of falsehoods.I pray that the Lord will grant Pastor Warren understanding as to the dangerous road that he has embarked upon. Thanks for shedding light on this issue. The hour is late indeed.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  2. Greetings timbob… Luke 6:26 is apropos and fitting for many in church leadership. Many are more concerned with “all men speaking well of them” than standing on the unadulterated word of God. God’s word exhorts us to leave peaceably with all men, if it be possible. Rom.12:18. There are many in the world that have a heart set on enmity with God, His word and His people. To live peaceably with them and stand upon the word of God is like trying to mix oil and water…. it just won’t stay in suspension.

    I used to think this type of error was spiritual misunderstanding but as you have clearly noted ‘the hour is late indeed’ and I am more incline to believe this type of spiritual delusion is in fact the paving of these last days. I now liken this to the exhortation that we get from John… “If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house neither bid him God speed.

    I am not faulting Warren for wanting to improve the world by slaying the ‘5 global giants’, but to do it under the guise of Christianity while giving this good work precedence over the gospel and that with those who have trodden under foot the precious blood seems to be quite blasphemous. If it is a good work that Warren has affixed his heart, then let the dead bury the dead.

    For the man that is brought from the depths of poverty and smitten with the vilest corruption only to live out the rest of his life of prosperity, health and peace, yet dies in that condition without Christ shall find himself a poor and suffering soul that shall spend an eternity in bondage in the prison of darkness reserved for Satan and his minions… where the worm dieth not.

    Seems that the eternal soul of man should be the priority of the man of God.

    Thanks for stopping by timbob

  3. Is Rick Warren trying to please God or men? Obviously, he is seeking approval of men because he compromises the gospel so as not to offend anyone. The fact is that Jesus offended everyone!! He spoke only what was true and called sin by its name! He was not a respecter of persons in that it did not matter if it was a high priest or a leper. He spoke ONLY the truth. The rich, young ruler was not offered a “seeker-friendly gospel” but the living word! What is wrong with the Pastors of these mega-churches? Have they forgotten that they will be held accountable for the words they speak? Do they know the penalty for darkening God’s counsel with words without knowledge? Sadly, they will soon find out!

    • God or men? I think timbob has hit the nail squarely upon it’s head with the reference in Luke 6:26

      “Woe unto you when ALL men speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets”

      Liken to the days of Ahab, he did not like Micaiah because he spoke the truth, but relished in the lies of the false prophets. Not any different in our day Marianne, and rest assured the false prophets of our day know how to tickle the itching ears.

      Concerning their accountability, I think the spirit of delusion is so strong that they cannot and do not comprehend this truth. Like Jude said..

      “they walk after their own lust, and their mouths speak great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage”.

      It is amazing how our day is not unlike Jude’s day and that the spirit of error and compromise is alive and well. He that hath ears to hear let him hear.

      Peace and Blessing in His Faithful name.
      malachi


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