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Rick (Martin Luther) Warren: Reformation Generation

This article is about a month old. HT: Ken Silva for posting this on Slice of Laodicea.

I have mixed reactions when I first read this article. I don’t know if I was more insulted, irritated or is it just buffoonery.

“We’re going to have to shift from self-centeredness to God-centeredness,” he said in an interview with Urbana. “The very first line of Purpose-Driven Life is, ‘It’s not about you.’ That’s a pretty counter-cultural statement, when everything in society says ‘It’s all about you.'”

Warren will also be shifting the focus from local orientation to global orientation.

“God has a place for your life that is bigger than simply your own community,” he said.
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“The next generation will be the Reformation generation,” said Warren, explaining a second Reformation is about being the church in the world. “My goal is to train them, to prepare them to finish the task.” (emphasis added)

I am irritated because this is typical of Rick Warren’s doublespeak. When he says we have to shift from self-centeredness to God-centeredness, this is laughable coming from Warren. Everything he does is about self-centeredness. God is a sideshow in Warren’s theology. How is it God-centered when Warren’s ultimate goal is to get everyone working toward how to care for the widow and orphan, support the oppressed, defend the defenseless, care for the sick, assist the poor, speak up for the foreigner, those in prison, basically all the marginalized in society? Where does God fit in that list of grandiose social enterprise? Warren’s new social gospel is not about telling the poor or the rich, the oppressed or the aggressor, the marginalized or the affluent that their social state will vanish. All are equal sinners before a Holy God and in need of a savior. Warren’s new gospel is that God has a purpose for you. That purpose is to meet the felt needs of others and to feed their ego. It is not about you? Sure, it is about you feeding the self-centeredness of others and indirectly others will be feeding your self-centeredness. Warren is just creating a circuitous self-centeredness.

I am insulted by his reference to reformation because it implies that Christian orthodoxy has gone awry. Is this true? Another possibility, this would be true for Martin Luther also, is that Warren is perverting the Scripture for his own self-glorification. Let’s test these two premises. Luther’s reformation was to bring authority, truth and conducts back in accordance with the Bible, sola scriptura. What is the outcome of Warren’s reformation if he is successful? His new gospel message is all about being good and doing good. Warren’s new gospel message and reformation is antithetical to Biblical Christianity Romans 3:12.

It is laughable for Warren to so egotistically (sarcasm: “The very first line of Purpose-Driven Life is, ‘It’s not about you.’ It is all about Rick Warren) considers himself as the next reformer in the likes of Martin Luther.

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