Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rick Warren's recent challenge (revised)

Rick Warren recently tweeted:

I challenge any church in America to match the spiritual maturity, godliness & commitment of any 500 members of Saddleback

Besides the sheer arrogance of it all, one thing which struck out the most was the utter man-centeredness of this tweet. The best of Christians are always struggling with sin, and they come to realize how far they fall short as they grow in godliness. Warren's tweet seeks to compare the supposed "maturity" of his members with others. When one compares with other men, one can always look good. After all, "I am not as bad as this or that guy". But when we compare ourselves to the objective standard of Christ and his holiness, things start to look different. The holy prophet Isaiah was undone before the most holy presence of God (Is. 6), and I'm sure none of Warren's flock or even Warren himself can compare to that holy prophet.

Warren's tweet continues to reveal how man-centered he is indeed. After all, this is the type of fruit we should sadly expect from a man-centered "gospel" (Mt. 7:15-20).

P.S: Rick Warren it seems has taken his tweet down. Here is a snapshot of the tweet as linked from Facebook:

PPS: Rick Warren's latest tweet states:

I delete tweets when people misjudge motive. It's a waste of time to blog a full explanation to those who want to argue

So yes, that was Rick Warren and not a hacker who tweeted that.

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