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  1. cecilia Makwakwa April 19, 2018 at 4:02 am

    people who talk a lot have read the scriptures for a different purpose. i.e. fault finding. How can eating with someone who is not sharing our faith make you false believer? Do not worry pastor Rick, Jesus is a friend of sinners and this He loves! He died because of the love for sinners! He accompanied Zacchaeus the so called sinner and dine with him before he even accepted Him. If I was to be condemned by my fellow believers just because before I accepted Christ I was not one of them, where would I have ended? Why condemn Pastor Rick yet you have your own relatives and friends who have not yet accepted Christ and you dine with them? Does it make you more a false believer/sinner? Brandon, keep on encouraging Pastor Rick as we pray for you both.
    God bless you all.

  2. donna eugenia May 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    only crazy people who believe that Jesus is a god, a false god is based on scripture verses many false

  3. Warren and his friend the hate monger and cribal, Scott Lively, have blood on their hands in Uganda. You can talk about “love” all you want in your fake church, but actions speak louder than words. Warren believes his religious dogma should be imposed on others through criminal law and in that sense has absolutely nothing in common with Jesus Christ and everything in common with the Taliban. He will answer for his crimes.

    • Wow I will pray for you. I’m sorry the enemy has calloused your heart so much that you can’t see the love of Jesus through pastor Rick. He is the first church to go to every nation, he spreads love and grace throughout the community, and walks the walk more than anyone I’ve ever met my whole life. I know him personally and I’m sorry that you don’t. I sincerely pray you see the light and see the true heart of real believers like pastor rick before it’s too late.

  4. THis is my concern here>> THE KORAN  is a book filled with hate toward us,,, the infidals… i HAVE read the book and it is hatefilled,, who can dispute that,,, So it Muslims say they follow those teaching I am a tad bit fearful of,, killl the infidals…. as I would be conciderd one,,,,

    • The Qur’an does contain a lot of “hate-filled” passages per say. However, these particular passages are generally taken out of context by many people that have the goal of promoting their beliefs. The passages about fighting are wartime passages. I have read the Qur’an as well. This is how understanding works. If a person already has some kind of prejudice for a religion before reading about it, the mind will work to confirm that prejudice. For example, let’s say I have prejudice against Judaism per say before I read the Tenach or Torah. Because of my prejudice, I will do anything to confirm my prejudice which includes taking verses out of context.

      • It is true that the Koran contains much incitement to war(Jihad). In Islamic history this was used to conquer other countries and build an Islamic empire. As a result of WWI, the empire was dismantled and the Islamic pope ( Khalifat )
        was abolished by the new Turks. Islam lost a reference point in matter of politics as well as religion. This gave rise to numerous religious fundamentalist references to take the interpretation into their own hands inciting Jihad and hatred against infidels . They are backed by lots of money from wealthy fundamentalist Islamic countries.On the other hand , there are those who are giving a new interpretation to Jihad as a struggle for justice , morality, good governance and national and community development . So today there is a fight for the soul of Islam. Let us pray that reformed Islam will prevail.

  5. What a great article, not only because it really DID clear the air about so many
    misconceptions flying around about Rick Warren but it really gives stuff to chew
    on because very few of us haven’t committed the error/sin of passing on info we
    really haven’t fact-checked. God bless Rick Warren and the whole church community
    there. They are an example of Christ for us all in so many ways. Pat Greene, Valencia, Spain

  6. I have been following this comment thread for 2-3 weeks and am dismayed at some of the negative comments…some of which have been taken down.  It reminds me of the McCarthy era when there was a communist behind every tree.  Well some of the brethren seem to think that there is an “apostate” behind every pulpit except theirs and their own…us four and no more attitude.  Be careful when someone says only I, We, know the TRUTH.  Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, if indeed, Muslims are the enemy then we are to love them even more.  I believe that all people are souls for whom Christ died.  If Paul, as wicked as he was before Christ miraculously saved him, could be appointed by God to be a voice to the Gentiles; then, why could not Pastor Warren be a voice to the Muslims.  I am hearing good things about how the gospel is reaching into the Middle East….Muslims are having dreams and visions leading them to Christ…God can do anything HE wants.  He can use anyone He wants and in any way He wants.  So before you Pharisees spew forth your condemnation of Rick Warren, better and stop and think just who your Jesus is??  I heard a good sermon this morning on “the Self-Made Jesus”.  People develop their doctrine and make Jesus who they want him to be…Democrat, Republican, Baptist or Pentecostal. The TRUTH is that  He is the holy Son of God who wants ALL to come to repentance. Some of you need to stop worrying about apostasy and just start spreading the gospel.  See how many you can win for Jesus…that is what HE wants you to do and he wants you to fill up heaven with “whosoever will”.That is what it means to contend for the faith!!!!  

    • Antoine Haddad March 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I agree with you. It seems that most negative comments show an ignorance of Islam. Like Christianity, Islam is not one . There are many sects , many schools and many interpretations. The most fundementalist reactionary school is Wahabbism, the Saudi version of Islam which is very anti-Christian . In fact , most of the attackers of 9/11 were Saudis. Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia is fully supported by the USA.This version of Islam,  which is on the increase because of oil money, is a 19th century development. Before oil money started pouring, it was hardly known in the Moslem world.There are lots of Moslems who respect Christians and like to work with them for the good of society and humanity . It is not a sin to cooperate with such people and plant a seed . This is an act of love and caring. Only through love and prayer can that seed grow.
      We should encourage moderate islam without compromising the Gospel . For the sake of Christians in the M.E. , of whom i am one, let us temper our voices against Islam and commend Pastor Rick Waren and others, for such initiatives of dialogue and understanding. Only through friendship and love can the Holy Spirit use us in God’s plan of salvation. 
      Antoine Haddad

    • I was one of the people who was hearing all the things about Pastor Rick, and I believed them until my Pastor picked up the Purpose Driven Church and convinced me to read it before we started our church here in Florida. After I was done reading the book I agreed with my Pastor that the Holy Spirit inspired the writing. I started to investigate further and lo and behold at the back of the book was this site with the answer about crislam that I had been hearing about. I have started to read the book a second time and am starting to preach it to the churches that I counsel. Sorry Pastor Rick and thank you for listening to the Lord. I also am looking at non-believers with a different attitude. God BLess your work!!

  7. Rick speaks with a forked tongue. He talks a big talk but when it comes down to it, he wimps out and talks about joining with Muslims to end stereotyping and rudeness, like he did at the Islamic Society of North America on July 4th, 2009. He is two-faced, he twists the word of God and will lead many astray with his lies. He has linked up in ministry with New-Agers and Muslims and eastern occultic mystics. He’s also a member of the New World Order organization of the Council on Foreign Relations. His watered down, seeker sensitive gospel is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  8. I had been married to a Muslim. While I was unequally yoked and did not know it at the time. I have since sought God out for the saving of the Muslim people.  I was lead back to the OT teaching in the book of Esther, and the mercy and favor that was given to God’s chosen by the Persians. God spoke to me, saying the Muslim believers are just gentiles who had a false teacher. To me that puts an end to how the Good News should be shared with them.  We are to love them as neighbors, and shine Christ’s light into their darkness, being careful not to act with evil deeds like the scribes and Pharisees.

  9. EMMANUEL FRIMPONG March 20, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Thanks so much for this wonderful article, as a christian I must bow my head in shame for not witnessing the way I should yet judging and critising unbeliever in my heart. I have been given another chance to repent through the reading of this magnificent eye opening interview. God have mercy on us all…. AMEN

  10. Brandon, I read your article, and all the comments concerning it.  Honestly, I am left with more questions than I had previously about Pastor Warren and his purposes.  Comments were made   and links given that contradict what Pastor Rick professes in your article.  You work for and with Saddleback, so this does not exactly make you unbiased.  The saddest part for me is if you read all you can stomach from both “sides” (which I have done in an attempt to find truth), you come away knowing that some of these Christians are lying.  Satan must love this!

  11. Is there some way I can link this article to my Facebook page so that people visiting my page can read it?

  12. Rev. John P Lennon II March 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Pastor Rick, your friends don’t need any explanations as we have seen your ministry and track record all these years.  Thank you for your faithfulness to God, His Word, and His Work.  Keep on keeping on.  God bless!!
    Rev. John P Lennon II
    ABWE Ecuador

  13. Great interview.  This clarifies everything for me.  There will always be those who will never be satisitied.  I do believe we cannot paint everyone with the same brush.  When we didn’t back the Shah, the cream of the crop cam to the U.S. They make great neighbors with whom there is a mutual respect. Rick now has a target on his back.  Try to get the definitive response out to the media sooner, if possible

  14. I think it is wrong for the pastore to sit down with muslims for any reasons since they have a doctrine that they want to destroy Israiel and to kill all Americans. I think we are letting Pastor Warrent off too easy and must explain his association with the muslims more fully for me to buy it. The Reverend should not bread with the devil under any circumstances.

    • Steven Martinez March 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

      If you don’t sit down with Muslims, then how can you share the Gospel with them.  The Gospel is the message of God’s love, not God’s hate and wrath.  You, sir, do not understand the truth of the Gospel, if you think that Muslims are the enemy. 
      Rev. Steve Martinez, Bells, TX

      • But when Warren has spoken to Muslims, like he did at INSA, he didn’t actually preach the Gospel but watered it down by unscripturally saying he wanted to partner with Islam to end stereotyping and rudeness. This is not commanded or encouraged anywhere in Scripture. In fact Scripture commands us not to be yoked with unbelievers. Warren preaches an unbiblical message because he encourages religious tolerance and ecumenism, instead of calling Muslims to repent of sin and their false religion and turn to Christ for salvation.

    • I’m sorry, but you’re completely ignorant. It’s Israel that occupied Palestine. Sure, there are Muslims that kill. As there are Christians who always are let off because they get the label “mentally ill.” Wheras if a Muslim killed another, they would automatically be put under the label “terrorist”. Islam forbids that a person kill another under wrong circumstances. I think before you speak, you should learn something about Islam.

  15. Kelvin Lim
    The fields are full of people waiting to having a relationship with believers are at the marketplace. Jesus goes there very often. We spend too much time in the four walls of an institutional church, listening to messages, seminar, classes etc and yet millions are waiting for believers to foster a relationship with them. Get out there and see miracle of Jesus touching their needs through you!

  16. I have been hoping and praying that Pastor Warren would come back at these people…I wrote a letter to for their comments and lies about the book PDL and the Chrislam thing but did not send it.  I seemed that God said one week later this article comes out and also on the Christian post.  So now I have sent the article to them and plan to do the same to other ministries who are hurting the body of Christ with these untruths.  We don’t need this right now….let the body be the body in all of it’s diversity.

  17. Thank you so much Pastor Rick for sharing your faith. Because of you we have found a wonderful church in Cave Creek, AZ. that we love. I wish that people would not trying to promote themselves and go get one for more for God like you do!

  18. Veronica Galvez March 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Thank you Pastor Rick for not being afraid to preach what God has commanded us to. Also, for being in your face about it. Jesus told it like it was! Thank you for always making it about HIM. Your transparency is inspiring and I thank God for the resources he provides in people like you to help people like me have more courage to do the same. SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS!!!

  19. I am looking forward to the establishment of Rick Warren’s Church in SA Johannesburg, and later perhaps Cape Town…..God working through man all the time!
    Before saying anything, remember……before we open our mouth: Is it true?  Is it necessary?   Is it right?
    Walk with God

  20. Awesome article…  Thank you so much for great clarification… well said…. Thank you Pastor Rick for truly revealing Christ’s Heart so well.  God Bless

  21. hi Pastor Rick,

    i am lay Pastor in Zimbabwe and i a will be teaching over the Easter Conference on Finding Your Purpose in Life may i have your permission to make reference to your book Purpose Driven Life, i have just read it for the third time and i cannot find any other material on this subject as good as your book.

    God bless

    Joseph Maposa

  22. Hi, I am Catholic through and through but I read Rick’s Daily Devotional and have shared this with my friends. I admire Rick’s staunch defense of Jesus and our belief in God as the only God. 

  23. Given that the Koran and Haddith portray Allah as a brutally merciless God who commands Muslims to kill all infidels (anyone who won’t submit to Allah) how is it that Rick signed the Christian Response to ‘A Common Word Between Us and You’? This document speaks of an all merciful Allah despite the Koran telling Muslims to war against the infidels, especially Jews and Christians. Are you aware that the Koran never speaks of the love of Allah toward mankind? The article Rick signed talks about a loving Allah but that love does not exist.

    If we are to love God, then we must always tell the truth. We can love Muslims without lying about Islam. We are called upon to love all men but not to love their false religions or pretend they are something which they clearly are not.

    I think that if Rick wants to truly redeem himself then he needs to recant from signing that blasphemous document. The basis of the document is that Allah and Jehovah are the same God and that is a terrible lie. Allah never had a son.

    The document can be found at

    • Mick, I’ve been over A Common Word with a fine tooth comb. It’s merely a response on the part of Christians to express a willingness to engage in friendly dialog with Muslims. It is not a theological treatise. Even the Yale committee issued a frequently asked questions document that expressed that signers had a broad array of specific beliefs about theological matters.

      •  Hello Brandon,

        Whenever we sign a document we agree to what is written in it so the lies it contains become our lies. There are many things which would be said but I will just comment on a couple of quotes from the document.

        Quote 1) “If we can achieve religious peace between these two religious communities, peace in the world will clearly be easier to attain. It is therefore no exaggeration to say, as you have in A Common Word Between Us and You, that “the future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.”

        Who says that the world’s future depends on peace between Muslims and Christians? God doesn’t.
        Islam, like all false religions, is an enemy of Christ; how can Christians have peace with God’s enemies?

        Quote 2) “What is common between us lies not in something marginal nor in something merely important to each. It lies, rather, in something absolutely central to both: love of God and loveof neighbor.”

        Love is common??? Islam does not love its neighbour.
        The Koran and Hadith command Muslims to kill Jews, Christians and all other ‘infidels’ – Read the Koran – Surah 9:5, Surah 9:73, Surah 8:39, Kill unbelievers unless they convert – Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol 1, b.2, Hadith #24 etc, etc.
        Brandon, is the Islamic idea of love your kind of love? When Islam has the upper hand it kills its opposition.

        I could mention many other things but this is enough. The people who signed this document are in grave error. They are trying to equate God with a god and it can’t be done.

        We are to love and evangelise the people but not pretend their religion has common ground with us. It is as antichrist as any religion can be.

        God bless,

      • The problem is that as soon as you get to the dialog table and want to share the gospel you have to go back and renege on the things that were affirmed in A Common Word.

        A Common Word suggests we can move toward world peace by getting the two religions to work together. To you really believe that? Do you beleive it is a peace that that will be founded on truth? And at the point (if ever) the gospel is presented clearly, then that peace with the world will be broken.

        Jesus said,

        “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

        Was Jesus for conflict? No, but presenting the true message to a world that hates the truth, it becomes inevitable.

        It’s time we take a hard look at our purpose driven lives to make sure they aligned with God’s purposes.

        The scripture says that friendship with the world is an act of an adulterous people. Not meaning friendship with people in the world, but friendship with the system of evil in the world. And that would include any belief that true peace can come apart from the truth of Christ. Any other peace is no different than the false peace that will come with the anti-christ.


    • I think we are letting Rick off to easy for eating supper with muslims who have vowed to kill Americans and flew jets into the NYC twin towers killing 3,000 innocent Americans.

      •  Greetings,

        I am feeling a little confused from your comment so please allow me to request clarification.  Are you saying that all Muslims are guilty of the acts of a few jihad-radicals?  Are you saying that all Muslims, regardless of whether or not they had anything to do with that travesty are guilty?  It is reportedly Christian/Americans, which you appear to have allegiance to, who have committed  horrible atrocities, war crimes, torture in Guantanamo – would you say that you are guilty?  Why or why not?  Answering these questions will help me understand your perspective much better, I think.  Thank you.


      • Shari, excellent point. If you hold all Muslims responsible for the acts of a few Muslims, or for the acts of a few rogue governements, are Christians then responsible for all acts committed by all Christians? 

        These discussions should not center around the acts of a few, or the beliefs of a few, but rather on the actual content of someone’s faith.

      •  Lets then focus on the “actual content of someone’s faith”.

        Do you know within the five daily prayers that Muslims are obligated on fear of hell fire to say, there is the following?

        “English translation”

        Guide us to the right path.
        The path of those upon whom thou has bestowed favors, Not of those who thou has cursed once nor of those who have gone astray.

        Did you know that “those who thou has cursed” refers to the Jews, and that “those who have gone astray” refers to Christians?

        So in essence, the Islamic prayer is a direct curse on Christians and Jews that Muslims are obligated to say five times a day?

        Did you know that the belief in Allah and the Last Day is one of the pillars of Faith in Islam, that this pillar of faith shared by all Muslims includes the following belief?

        Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
        Sahih Muslim 41:6985, see also Sahih Muslim 41:6981, Sahih Muslim 41:6982, Sahih Muslim 41:6983, Sahih Muslim 41:6984, and Sahih Bukhari 4:56:791

        How do you think God feels about “working together” with people who hold these beliefs and ideals?
        Do these beliefs hold ANY similarity to “love thy neighbor as thyself”?

        I understand reaching out to all people, Muslims included, but did Jesus ever spend time “working together” with the pharisees, who were just as lost as everyone else he reached out to?

        Did Jesus ever pull any punches about the truth, and consequences, of what a person believed?

        John 6
        44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
        45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.

        What brings people to Jesus, the voice of the Father, or our charming personalities and good intentions?

        I am also troubled by Ricks apparent misrepresentation in regards to Muslims and your churches partnerships.

        Can you reconcile this quote from above, “our church has never had any partnership with a mosque.”

        with this speech by Rick in 2009 at the ISNA 2009?

        “We invited 2 imams and 18 pastors, those in the area to come and involve themselves in training….
        and that training began to multiply in the mosques and in the churches together.”

        What about the souls of those that were helped by the imams trained by PEACE and your expectations about them being led to Christ?

  24. Pastor Rick, thank you for settting things straight and HOPEFULLY ending all the “speculation” that Christians have been spreding. I have been a supporter-not financially- of Saddleback since I  attended the Confeences for Church Leaders years ago.
    Bless you keep up the great work.

  25. Thank you Rick for setting the record straight.  I knew what your intentions were, but other people needed to hear it from you.  I was so tired of hearing people rant about your faith & mission.  Thank you for standing up to these people.  

  26. I  pray for Pastor Rick and all the Pastors at Saddleback each and every day for protection and strength to continue on, and reaching one more for Jesus. Saddleback is a special place…and we are spreading the love…

  27. This is a fabulous article. Well said, Rick! I am so excited to see a church with these types of goals and attitudes towards others. since I have been attending Saddleback my love for and attitude has radically changed towards non-believers! thank you for God for using Rick to preach the Gospel!

  28. Bellymanhowie March 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I am grateful you come to set the record straight. I heard but never believe. I have been reading some of your materials and I saw nothing in them that even suggested the rumors. Keep doing God’s work.

  29. Antoine Haddad March 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    It is a truly biblical and inspiring article. However ,one correction,comment. The name of God in Arabic is Allah. The Arabic bible uses the word Allah all through old and new testament. For example: John 1;1:” In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Allah and the Word was Allah”.The word Alah for God preceded Islam . It was used by Jews and Christians and other monotheists in Arabia before the advent of islam
    Antoine Haddad 

    • You are correct, Antoine. There is no other word for “god” in the Arabic language other than “Allah.” So whether we refer to Jehovah or any other “god,” “Allah” is the name we would use. To clarify, we do not see Allah (as described in the Qu’ran) as the same as Jehovah (as described in the Bible). Semantics can be tricky.

      • Wow!!!!!!!!!! that means we need to be very careful the way we use the name Allah as if it refers to some other God. Like in my own language God is referred to us NYAME whiles the smaller gods are also called NYAME or ANYAME. Thanks alot Pst Cox.

      • I agree. Christians see God in a different way from Muslims and Jews. Muslims and Jews see God as absolutely unique meaning that He is so perfect that nothing can resemble Him. That’s just our point of view. I don’t think disagreeing creates problems. It’s disagreeing without disrespecting. When I encountered these one group of people, they could not understand the concept of respectful disagreement. The people looked down on me, so my wife did not associate with them.

  30. Great article.  Thanks for setting the record straight.  Unfortunately, due to the destructive nature of gossip, those seeds of doubt about Pastor Rick Warren and about his ministry can never all be collected and the damage can never completely be undone.  Satan is using gossip, just like he did here, to turn Christians and non-Christians away from Christ.  That is why I started the “Gossip Free” movement encouraging people everywhere to PAUSE before they speak, tweet, post, text, or e-mail.  I am encouraging people to ask themselves first if what they are about to say is private, attacking, untruthful, sensitive, or exagerated.  If it is, I encourage them not to say it because the negative effects it will have on the one they are speaking about are very far reaching and can NEVER be retrieved.  To find out more about Gossip Free, visit  God Bless

    Pastor Kevin Hester
    The Sanctuary
    Watervliet Mi

  31. I liked this article. I found this in my e-mail, and although I’ve never been a “fan” of Mr. Warren, I’ve gained an understanding of his mission that I didn’t have before. From my perspective I’ve always thought that he was the Pastor of the GOP. That may or may not be true but I do agree with his mission and stand on community members, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters. 

  32. Thank you for this article. It is excellent.  Quoting Pastor Rick, “This is an example of why I always doubt what I read in newspapers and blogs about ministries. Secular reporters trying to cover churches and theological issues often get it wrong”, my pastor has a policy of not granting interviews, especially not to secular reporters!  They don’t simply get it wrong, they sometimes they deliberately twist your words in order to put a sensational spin on things!

    That said, God bless you, Pastor Rick.

  33. The quote that holds true was”We are beating the bushes for mice and the lions are tearing us apart.”

  34. The quote that holds true was”We are beating the bushes for mice and the lions are tearing us apart.”

  35. I always love how genuine the response is. For years I have said when people would quote different quips about Pastor Rick, lets stop tearing each other to shreds and just for Jesus sake build each other up. The enemy does that all on its own. He doesn’t need any help.
    Years ago, my dad who is 97, drove a very well known evangelist around the country for meetings who was from England. He said Americans are tearing down English women for their large hats and England women are tearing down Americans for wearing a wedding band. It still holds true all these years later. But just would like to say, your in pretty good compnay with the Apostle Paul. Just keep pressing toward the prize. God has placed you here in this time and this place for His purposes not what others may think are His purposes.

  36. Pastor Todd Shields March 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Great Article!!! Thanks Brandon and Rick!! Definitely going to retweet and Facebook this!!!

  37. Is refuting falsehoods regarding Christ, which are posted on Facebook and other social medias, a “waste of time” and/or not building bridges?

    • Not entirely sure what you’re asking, but I would say that answering every criticism would distract us from promoting the gospel, but ignoring some of the bigger ones could hinder our influence.

      • I was refuting a comment that was left in response to a Facebook post. Basically, regarding homosexuality and God’s position on homosexuality. I was told that refuting this type of reply was 1.) Casting pearls before swine 2.) Pointless, because I hadn’t “built a previous relationship” with the person replying. and 3.) I was only trying to be right, I wasn’t being loving.

        I’m just wondering what you think. I do not troll around Facebook, responding/refuting people. But I believe that the Holy Spirit directs us to act on some things. Christ didn’t always stop long enough to “build relationships” before He talked to them about God. Sometimes He talked to huge crowds of people. Something Billy Graham made an amazing ministry by emulating.  Sometimes He talked to individuals, whom He had just met. And obviously He built relationships, especially with His disciples.

        Please don’t get me wrong. I don’t doubt that it is important to build bridges/build relationships; not at all. I believe that is probably the most effective way, when you stop and analyze it. But don’t we kind of leave out the Holy Spirit’s leading, by saying it’s the ONLY way to be effective? (I don’t think that is what you have done, BTW)

        Is it an always” thing? Or a “seek to do this” thing, as often as you can?

  38. Arve Hamalainen March 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Brandon, nice try to sell us FALSE PEACE.

    Why didn’t you ask Rick why he’s on the board of Tony Blair foundation & on the board of Council of Foreign Relations?!Why didn’t you ask him why there is no Gospel in the PEACE plan included?Why didn’t you ask him why would he work together with people who are involved with New Age, check out the DANIEL plan!?I agree there are many rumors going around, and we shouldn’t listen to the first rumor, but what about FACTS that speak for themselves?!I’d like to encourage you to read DECEIVED ON PURPOSE and A WONDERFUL DECEPTION by Warren Smith to get a little broader view on who REALLY Rick Warren is and who he is involved with!

    “Read the Old Testament, and you will find that the false prophets were always much more popular than the true prophets. Poor Jeremiah, how he suffered at their hands. He was not the only one. Why were the false prophets so popular? Well, is it not obvious, their message was this: they said, “Peace, peace,” when there was no peace. The charge brought against them was that “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying Peace, peace; when there is no peace (Jer.6:14) – these preachers and prophets who gave people the impression that all was well with them, and they were God’s people, that they had nothing to worry about. But the true prophet came, and he searched, and he probed, and he condemned, and he rebuked. And they said, “Who is this fellow?””Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Revival)


  39. Rich Maniscalco March 4, 2012 at 9:41 am


    Thanks for the article and the truth about Rick. When we take what we hear or read (whether secular or Christian)  about a Brother or Sister and we don’t get it from the horses mouth, shame on us. We become like our enemy,the accuser of the Brethren! 

    Oh for the day when we will decrease and He will increase in His Body. People will look at us and see Jesus and not us. Hasten the day our Mighty King!


  40. Terry Kimbrow March 4, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Great job, Brandon! Proud of all you are doing. Terry

    • Thanks Terry!!

      • Thank you for excellent clarification on Saddleback (and Rick W’s) stand re: Muslims, Christians and the gospel.
        Recently, a relative who is a committed Christian had mentioned some concerns about Rick W’s ministry regarding this very subject. Really appreciate having the facts and the truth.
        Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your inspiring Daily Devotionals by email.  They always challenge me in my walk with Him.
        Canadians also, are blessed by your ministry to share the gospel in our wonderful, diverse country.
        May God bless and protect your church and all associated with it.
        Patricia Kennedy Nicholls

  41. I am fired up to serve Jesus and put my confidence in Christ. Thank you Rick for being so passionate for Christ.

  42. Cecil O. Kemp Jr. March 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks much for this excellent article, Brandon. My understanding is the Biblical definition of success and significance is growing up into Christ-likeness and living a lifestyle that emulates Jesus. If that’s correct, then though Pastor Warren is not perfect…only Jesus was…Rick measures well in God’s eyes.  Count me among those who thank Pastor Warren for living and pointing us to the scriptural paradigm for living a special life…a DifferenceMaking life…one that counts for what really counts…now and in eternity.            

    • Thanks Cecil – that means a lot!

      • Cecil O. Kemp Jr. March 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        You’re welcome, Brandon.  

        My wife and I host The DifferenceMaker Online Radio Show.  

        Each Podcast, we feature either youth or adults and their DifferenceMaking stories.  Would love to showcase some of your teens and adults.  Let me know if that is of interest to you and if yes, how we can contact you via phone to discuss next steps.  

        Cecil    Click below to listen to the latest broadcast and learn more about the show:

  43. That is good and amen truly the points were driven in smoothly and it should be vomited to the leaders seminars
    Thank you God bless

  44. Thank you Pastor Rick.. by you expressing where you stand on all these points is very heartening for all of your brothers & sisters! I am involved in the CRI ministry here in Oregon & look forward each summer coming to the Saddleback campus for the CR Summit. Having you address us leaders is always such a treat;
     thank you for your faith, your teaching ability & most of all your fearlessness to pick up your cross & follow Jesus Christ.

  45. Great interview, thanks to Brandon, Rick and to Alex for posting on ChristianPost.Com. I struggle with the online forums, secular and Christian where one sees those who pose as Christians and Christians alike criticize publicly and attack Pastors and other Christians. The Apostle Paul said, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! ”  Galatians 5:14-15. IMO, we are their…. all Christians should seek to edify and hold up one another by fact checking and not using the Internet as a place to show how much you know, gossip or otherwise hurt others…. 

  46. Great article Brandon and Rick!