" As the church's subjection to Christ is proposed as an examplar to wives, so the love of Christ to his church is proposed as a pattern to husbands; and while such exemplars are offered to both, and so much are required of each, neither has reason to complain of the divine injunctions. The love which God requires from the husband in behalf of his wife will make amends of the subjection which he demands from her to her husband; and the prescribed subjection of the wife will be an abundant return for that love of the husband which God has made her due."
- From Matthew Henrys Commentary on Ephesians 5:21-33
As much as I dislike Rick Warren, I dont want to be disingenuous and misrepresent his ministry. His ministry requires no misrepresentation to be shown unbiblical, just a little research and an understanding of Biblical doctrine reveals this guy for the false teacher he is.
"Warren stresses that his role is always pastoral, not political. His ministry's PEACE Plan is an effort "to mobilize Christians around the world to address â€¦ the "five global giants" of spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, poverty, disease, and illiteracy"
This man is woefully ignorant of sound biblical doctrine. There is only one "global giant" of spiritual emptiness, and that is sin. None of those things cause spiritual emptiness, but are rather the result of spiritual emptiness. Man is spiritually empty because he is born with a sin nature inherited from Adam (Romans 5:12) and has sinned against a holy God (Romans 3:23). What is the point in fighting these issues without first adressing the real issue (man has sinned against a holy God, and is in need of a savior) by spreading the Gospel? It truly saddens my heart that so many are deceived by this charlatan.
Romans 16:17-18 "Now I beseech you, bretheren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them, 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."
The Saddleback pastor also says he opposes the criminalization of homosexuality. "The freedom to make moral choices is endowed by God. Since God gives us that freedom, we must protect it for all, even when we disagree with their choices. All life, no matter how humble or broken, whether unborn or dying, is precious to God."
If we are to take Warrens statement to its logical conclusion, then no one should be imprisioned for any crime because God gave them the freedom to make that choice. He offers no verse of Scripture to back his claim the law is unbiblical, except to take "Love thy neighbor as thyself" out of context. Now while I agree with SteveR that pastors arent obliged to endorse secular laws, but in standing against it, he has done nothing but corrupt the word the word of God, which I take issue with.
Genesis 50:20 "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day to save much people alive."
Althogh the movies in question are in my opinion evil, God can use mans vain attempts to defile his word to bring himself glory. Perhaps God will convict someone who watches one of these movies to open their Bible, read the real word of God, and lead them to salvation.
However, it is still my contention that Bible believing Christians should stay away from these unscriptural charades.
Shane, glad to hear eveything is okay. I gave thought to quit posting due to the negative atmosphere created by some as of late, but decided to stick it out because the fellowship I enjoy here is worth putting up with the occasional heretic. Anyways, Ill keep you in my prayers. God bless
Ephesians 6:23 "Peace be to the bretheren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."