Christianity in the Crosshairs

By Gary Brown

Progressives have been moving our nation at breakneck speed away from Christ and toward secular socialism.  However, the devastating reality to all Americans is that prominent Christian leaders have joined them.

Instead, the church should be leading the way to bring this nation back to Christ.  It was unquestionable faith in Christ that kept this nation strong during the revolution and the early days of the Republic.  It only makes sense that if we are going to regain our strength we need to come back to Christ.

2 Chronicles 7:14 admonishes, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Hebrews 11:6 says, “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Romans 8:8 adds, “Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”

Matthew 28:19-20, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

What pleases God; humility, seeking his face, turning from our wicked ways and faith in his Son.

This week I watched a video featuring Rick Warren, the pastor of the Saddleback Church in southern California.  Over the years I have been a Rick Warren supporter.  Back in the early ninety’s I attended several of his “Purpose-Driven Church” seminars.  Rick grew a church from nothing to one of the most influential congregations in the nation.  I personally know many pastors who embrace his purpose-driven model.

I believe in his heart Rick is doing what he believes is right.  This is why recent developments I know to be true are disturbing to me.  As well intended as Rick is, it breaks my heart to report that he is sacrificing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the name of religious consensus, global peace and world unity.

First, I watched a video of Rick speaking at a 2006 TED conference which was a secular event.  TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. In this video Rick plainly indicated that God is pleased when we act within our talents to make this world a better place.

http://www.ted.com/talks/rick_warren_on_a_life_of_purpose.html

Really?  It pleases God when we become good people and we work together to make this world a better place?  Not according 1 Chronicles 7:14, Hebrews 11:6 and Romans 8:8.

Secondly, my world was further rocked when I discovered Rick’s relationship with Tony Blair’s new Faith Foundation.  Tony’s video emphasized the importance of each world religion embracing their common “world values.”  Then in the name of peace, faith unity and helping others he asks that we sign a pledge that “together we will demonstrate that religion can be a force for good in today’s world.”

When you look at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Religious Advisory Council you find Rick Warren’s name.

http://www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/pages/about-us

Is the purpose of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ to join together with people of other faiths in order to make the world a better place?  Is the biblical directive for the world to see that religion is a force for good in the world?

It is time for us, as Christians, to be who we are.  America needs the church to be the church.  For me; I am a Christian.  I am a pastor.  I believe my role is to speak to the church.  With prominent Christian leaders leaving their Christian faith out of their public message I must speak up.

I am sorry Rick, God is not pleased when we come together to make the world a better place.  God is pleased only when in faith we repent of our sin, confess Christ and place our faith, our life in his hands.

The Moral Liberal, Contributing Editor, Gary Brown, is the President of the Idaho Values Alliance, and Founder and Executive Director of Reach America.