RICK WARREN 



RICK WARREN


MOST RADICAL POULAR EXPRESSIVE THINKER AMOGST THE FLOCKERS

Rick Warren is the latest dark star in the Christian world today.  His two books have mesmerized the apostate and ignorant Christian masses.  He has taken his “ Seeker friendly" program to thousands of churches around the country and throughout the world.  

Richard Duane Warren was first seen born January 28, 1954 and is an American evangelical Christian pastor aggressive leader and author.

He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California that is the sixth-largest megachurch in the United States (including multi-site churches).

He is also a bestselling author of many Christian books, including his guide to church ministry and evangelism, The Purpose Driven Church, which has spawned a series of conferences on Christian ministry and evangelism. He is perhaps best known for the subsequent book The Purpose Driven Life which has sold more than 30 million copies, making Warren a New York Times bestselling author.

Warren holds conservative theological views and traditional evangelical views on social issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, abstinence-only education over the use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS, and embryonic stem-cell research.

During the 2008 United States presidential election, Warren hosted the Civil Forum on the Presidency at his church with both presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. Obama later sparked controversy when he asked Warren to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration in January 2009.


EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Warren was born in San Jose, California, the son of Jimmy and Dot Warren. His father was a Baptist minister, his mother a high-school librarian.   He was raised in Ukiah, California, and graduated from Ukiah High School in 1972, where he founded the first Christian club on the school's campus.

Warren received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University in Riverside, California; a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1979) in Fort Worth, Texas; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Warren has been married to Kay Warren since June 21, 1975. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. He considers Billy Graham, Peter Drucker, and his own father to be among his mentors.

Because of the success of his book sales, in 2005 Warren returned his 25 years of salary to the church and discontinued taking a salary. He says he and his wife became "reverse tithers," giving away 90% of their income and living off 10%.

Warren's youngest son, Matthew, took his own life April 6, 2013, after years of struggling with mental illness. Almost a year after his son’s suicide, Warren launched a ministry to educate the Church on its role to help people struggling with mental illness and the Church Gathering in March 2014.

In the year following the suicide, Warren says that more than 10,000 people wrote to him about their struggles with mental illness within the Church.

Warren says he was called to full-time ministry when he was a 19-year-old student at California Baptist University. In November 1973, he and a friend skipped classes and drove 350 miles to hear W.A. Criswell preach at the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco.  Warren waited afterwards to shake hands with Criswell, who focused on Warren, stating, “  feel led to lay hands on you and pray for you!”

During his time at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Warren worked at the Texas Ranch for Christ, a ministry facility of Billie Hanks, Jr., where he began writing books. He co-wrote two books, The Victory Scripture Memory Series and Twelve Dynamic Bible Study Methods for Laity with Billie Hanks, Jr., and Wayne Watts.

In April 1980 Warren held Saddleback Church's first public service on Easter Sunday at the Laguna Hills High School Theater with 200 people in attendance. Warren's church growth methods led to rapid expansion, with the church using nearly 80 different facilities in its 35-year history.The church now averages nearly 20,000 people in attendance each week.

Warren has been invited to speak at national and international forums, including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the African Union, the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, TED, and Time’s Global Health Summit. He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) since 2005.

Warren was named one of "America's Top 25 Leaders" in the October 31, 2005, issue of U.S. News and World Report.  Warren was named by Time magazine as one of “ 5 World Leaders Who Mattered Most in 2004" and one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2005).

In 2006 Newsweek called him one of “15 People Who Make America Great".  In August 2008, Warren drew greater national attention by hosting the Civil Forum on the Presidency, featuring senators John McCain and Barack Obama at Saddleback Church.  The forum marked McCain and Obama's first joint appearance as the presumptive Republican and Democratic presidential nominees and was broadcast live on national television.

In December 2008, President-elect Obama chose Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration ceremony. The decision angered pro-choice and LGBT advocates and led to criticism of both Obama and Warren.  Obama defended his choice of Warren, saying that although he disagreed with the minister’s positions on abortion and same-sex marriage, there should be room for dialogue on such difficult social issues.

 More controversy ensued when it was announced that Warren would be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr Annual Commemorative Service on January 19, 2009, the day prior to the inauguration.  On January 20, 2009, Warren delivered the invocation, which was generally praised for its positive message.

In January 2009, Warren and the Reader’s Digest Association partnered in the launch of the Purpose Driven Connection, a quarterly publication sold as part of a bundle of multimedia products.

In November 2009, the partners announced that the magazine had not drawn enough paying members and would cease after publication of the fourth issue that month.  His program is based on the program that Robert Schuller of Crystal Cathedral infamy developed a few decades ago.  Warren has also thrown in some New Age mumble jumble, and he uses some of the New Age techniques.  He teaches lukewarm, sour milk to his sycophantic parasites who remain in perpetual, spiritual infancy. 

His following of the Schuller debacle which ended in a 43 million dollar loss for the church, the son of Schuller getting fired as Pastor and finally the Church closing and bought by the Catholic Archdiocese.  Bottom line, the Schuller show reminded me of the Apprentice and the son got fired.  It would of made a good reality show like the one we are seeing in Washington today starring Donald J. Trump, certified Liar in Chief and a first cousin to Mr. Mephistopheles. 


STRONG ON POLITICAL AND SOCIAL VIEWS

Warren holds conservative theological views and traditional evangelical views on social issues such as:  Abortion, same-sex marriage, abstinence-only education over the use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS, and against embryonic stem-cell research.  There are others who do not agree with him and his presumptions and personal beliefs.

Warren has an initiative for global action and service, the "P.E.A.C.E. Plan". The letters in the acronym stand for the five points in the plan:   Plant churches that promote reconciliation; Equip servant leaders;  Assist the poor; Care for the sick; and Educate the next generation.

In February 2006, he signed a statement backing a major initiative to combat global warming, thus breaking with a number of other high-profile conservative evangelical leaders.

The combination of Warren’s tone on political issues central to US evangelicals and his concern for social issues has resulted in the characterization of Warren as one of a "new breed of evangelical leaders." It has also been misunderstood by the media, according to Warren, as indicating a shift in position on traditional evangelical issues, a shift he strongly denies.

In a conversation with atheist author Sam Harris in Newsweek magazine, Warren spoke out against evolution and in favor of creationism. He also said, when questioned on whether religion is beneficial to society, that brutal dictators such as Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and Pol Pot were all atheists.

In 2005, during the Terri Schiavo controversy, Warren stated that withholding feeding to Schiavo, a woman in a persistent vegetative state, was "not a right-to-die issue." He then called Michael Schiavo’s decision to remove her feeding tube "an atrocity worthy of Nazism,"  and while speculating about Michael Schiavo's motives, he suggested that Schiavo wanted Terri to die because, if she regained consciousness, she might have "something to say that he didn’t want said." 

Two weeks before the 2008 US general election, Warren issued a statement to his congregation endorsing California Proposition 8, which would amend the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry,  a position consistent with the official position of his church’s denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention.  After the measure passed, Warren's church and others were targeted by protesters.

In an interview with Belief. net in early December 2008, Warren again sparked controversy by appearing to equate same-sex marriages with marriages between siblings, marriages between multiple partners, and marriages between adults and minors. He later released a video message explaining that he does not equate gay relationships with incest or pedophilia, but that he opposes the redefinition of marriage.

In a December 2012 interview, Warren publicly said that religious freedom will be the civil-rights issue of the next decade.  He publicly denounced President Obama's record on religious freedom, saying that Obama was “absolutely unfriendly” to religion.

In a May 2014 article in The Washington Post, Warren expressed his support for David and Barbara Green, the owners of Hobby Lobby, in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case centered on the company's request for a religious exemption to certain portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandate that companies provide employee health insurance. Warren wrote, “The  Administration wants everyone to render unto Caesar not only what is Caesar’s but also what is God’s. If it wins, the first purpose on which the United States was founded would be severely damaged.”

Warren has also criticized American Christianity generally for not standing up for the religious freedoms of religious minorities. Among religious freedoms, he includes the freedom to worship, to practice beliefs and values, and to convert.

       

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