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FRONT PAGE  |  9/21/2019
WEDNESDAY, APR 1, 2009  |  13 comments
Saddleback Church Trains 2,400 New Members; Baptizes 800
Saddleback Church in southern California trained nearly 2,400 new church members on Saturday. It was the largest membership class in the megachurch’s 30-year history.

Of those who participated in the church’s introductory membership session, Class 101, about 800 were baptized afterwards. Founding pastor Rick Warren personally taught the program and then, with the help of other Saddleback pastors, spent more than three and a half hours baptizing the hundreds of new members.

Attendees were walked through three areas in their faith life: God’s plan and purpose for everything; the history, faith and future vision of the church; and the importance of membership. ...


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FR  Find all comments by FR
Yes, thawing out up here at near 60 degrees north of the Equator.
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News Item4/1/09 8:37 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Faithful Remnant wrote:
There sure is a lot of boasting in numbers these days, like "I go to a bigger church than you. We baptized people all day, etc..." Gets old after a while.
Hi FR,

Kinda makes you wonder how many of them come in through the strait gate, doesn't it?

So you're still in Euroland or thereabouts?

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News Item4/1/09 7:58 PM
Faithful Remnant  Find all comments by Faithful Remnant
There sure is a lot of boasting in numbers these days, like "I go to a bigger church than you. We baptized people all day, etc..." Gets old after a while.
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News Item4/1/09 7:21 PM
Publican | Northern Hemisphere  Contact via emailFind all comments by Publican
Whew!
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News Item4/1/09 4:40 PM
itsaboutheremnant | wales  Find all comments by itsaboutheremnant
ok thx neil the name is saddleback church not where it is and its in a forest with a lake but not on saddleback mountain which is somewhere else where they have aids, i should think there probably are gays there at saddleback because pastor brownback himself has AIDS plus that name is a bit gay you know like an "in joke' for gays that they would find funny they would be in a bar and say 'hello brownback !' and have a snicker he he !type of thing
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News Item4/1/09 2:36 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
itsaboutheremnant, sorry to sound pedantic, but it is just called "Saddleback Church," located in Lake Forest, CA, & I cannot say whether it has any "gays."

Now just to confuse matters, Sen. Sam Brownback participated in a summit on AIDS there in 2006.

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News Item4/1/09 2:31 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Matthew 23
13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye enter not in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering in to enter. 15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves.

It's not all Catholics who lead people astray! [URL=http://www.biblebb.com/files/pdlflaw.htm]]]Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Life: A Seriously Flawed View of God[/URL] and a little longer essay on Warren (and Hybels), [URL=http://www.biblebb.com/files/gathw.htm]]]The Gospel According to Hybels & Warren[/URL].

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News Item4/1/09 12:19 PM
itsaboutheremnant | wales  Find all comments by itsaboutheremnant
ok thx theres a church called saddleback mountain but dusnt have gays
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News Item4/1/09 11:46 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
No, "Brokeback Mountain" is the sodomite cowboy film. Saddleback is more mainstream popular entertainment.

Warren's statement about the church as the foundation of the truth is strikingly similar to Rome's, which is but one way that "evangelical" churches today are Rome-bound.

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News Item4/1/09 10:31 AM
itsaboutheremnant | wales  Find all comments by itsaboutheremnant
is that where they made the gay cowboy film ?
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News Item4/1/09 10:02 AM
Robert | North Carolina  Find all comments by Robert
“The Bible says the church is the support and foundation of the truth,” Warren said. “We in California know the importance of support and foundation, because we have earthquakes. If you don’t have a good support and a good foundation when an earthquake comes around, your house will collapse."

Actually, Pastor, the Bible says Christ is the Truth, and the only foundation of the church; and membership is conferred by the Holy Spirit when he baptizes us into the Body of Christ.

1 Cor. 3:11:
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Cor. 12:
12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14For the body is not one member, but many.

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News Item4/1/09 9:30 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
This article reads like a corporate press release.

Good point, Scott.

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News Item4/1/09 9:29 AM
Scott McMahan | Internet  Contact via emailFind all comments by Scott McMahan
The most important thing the article says: "Warren emphasized the importance of the five purposes for the church as well as individuals-knowing, relating, sharing, growing and serving."

None of these five has anything to do with sin, election, repentance, salvation, or Christ.

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