Rick Warren Talks About Tim Tebow, Mormons, Gay Marriage and Exclusivity of Christ
In an Easter Sunday interview on ABC's "This Week," megachurch pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren talked about a range of cultural and political issues, including President Obama's birth control mandate, the intersection of religion and politics and whether one can get to Heaven by being a good person.
When asked if he believes that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven, Warren answered, "I do believe that, and I believe that because Jesus said it. See, I don't set myself up as an authority. Jesus said, 'I am the way.' He didn't say, 'I'm one of the ways,' he said, 'I'm the way, I'm the truth and I'm the life.' I'm betting my life that Jesus wasn't a liar."
Tapper noted that Warren does a lot of work with members of other faiths and asked, "Why would a benevolent God tell those friends of yours who are not evangelical Christians, 'I'm sorry you don't get to go to Heaven'?"
I was commenting on the article itself, not all of his known positions outside the article, what I remember of my history, Puritans would practice abortion, e.g., Abortion in Puritan New England, and of course this is wrong.
Of course there's contraception, and there's contraception coitus interruptus is a method that some Christians might approve of, strange while the the Romish Church disapproves of all forms of contraception 98% of their women practice various forms of it, some which would set a Protestant's teeth on edge. However, if I had thought about it some more, I would have removed that part of the quotation. His "Catholic brothers and sisters" of the laity are avid supporters of birth control, so in that respect perhaps it's good I included the whole quotation anyway?
Jim Lincoln wrote: Rick Warren wrote: "There is a greater principle and that is, do you have a right to decide what your faith practices. Now, I don't have a problem with contraception. I'm a Protestant, I'm an evangelical. But I do support my Catholic brothers and sisters to believe what they want to believe."
How could Warren's "No problem with contraception" view ever square with 1st Century or even 16th Century Christianity?
Most of what Ricky said was actually Christian! I would suggest you read the article, but Ricky still can come up with comments such as the following, (from the article)
Rick Warren wrote: "There is a greater principle and that is, do you have a right to decide what your faith practices. Now, I don't have a problem with contraception. I'm a Protestant, I'm an evangelical. But I do support my Catholic brothers and sisters to believe what they want to believe."