In a recent story in the L.A. Times Relevant Rick is sounding more and more like leaders within the Emergent rebellion against the Bible like Brian McLaren–leading Guru of the Emergent Church–and Rabbi wannabe Rob Bell, who are far more known for their social activism than for their fidelity to the historic orthodox Christian faith. Concerning the subject of adoption, one of the most trendy and relevant issues du jour in his semi-pelagian $new evangelical$ religion, Rick Warren is quoted as pontificating:

“We’ve got some people who only focus on moral purity and couldn’t care less about the poor, the sick, the uneducated. And they haven’t done zip for those people,” said Warren, a mega-church pastor in California and author of the best-selling “The Purpose-Driven Life.” (Online source)

Whoa, one can just imagine the applause and the rapid raising of the “Whatever It Takes” signs! The only trouble is; this really isn’t true for the majority of the Church of Jesus Christ. I’ve pointed out many times there’s absolutely nothing in proper Reformed Biblical Christianity that prevents anyone from assisting their fellow man. In fact this is actually a secondary phase of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, Rick and his man-centered relevant (aka “missional”) new evangelical$ together with his fellow neo-Gnostics of the Emergent Church have now succeeded in completely turning the Gospel backward.

The primary and foremost mission of the Church of Jesus Christ becomes immediately evident with what the Master tells us here – So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). And what is it that God the Father sent God the Son to do in the power of God the Holy Spirit? I’m so glad you asked – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). This must come first; that’s pretty clear. And if you don’t think men are eternally lost apart from the genuine Gospel then why bother calling yourself a Christian?

This brings us to a really relevant piece of this particular L.A. Times article for those who are following this developing story about Rick Warren openly embracing Porn mogul “brother” Rupert Murdoch as a born again Christian:

Warren hastened to say that he also opposed abortion and gay marriage. But too often, he said, Christians these days are defined by their “big mouth” — what they argue against, not what they embrace. He pointed to a verse from the Book of James that calls caring for orphans an essential element of a “pure and undefiled” faith.

“It’s time for the church to stop debating the Bible and start doing it,” Warren said (Ibid).

Uh-oh, haven’t we just read Rick Warren rebuking “the Church”? Yes, I do believe we have. And yet Warren is not actually pastor over the entire Church, even though for many $new evangelical$ churches he is their PDL pope. And while we’re at it, since when did Rick Warren have the authority to reverse the Reformation? Yet at Purpose Driven.com the apostate Roman Catholic Church is included in his Purpose Driven Churches. But I have already pointed out in Rick Warren: A Purpose Driven Pornographic Response to Chris Rosebrough and Ken Silva that Warren has boldly exclaimed on his own website that he is Rupert Murdoch’s pastor.

However, when he is called by me as a fellow Southern Baptist pastor to publicly rebuke “brother” Murdoch’s blatant exploitation of women as he continues expanding his distribution of pornography suddenly Warren can’t because Murdoch isn’t a member of Saddleback. Then why is it Rick Warren can suddenly turn around and feel that he has the authority to discipline the entire American Christian Church? Well, as I told Allie Martin of American Family Radio News the other day, and whether he’ll follow through I don’t know, but this claim to be Rupert Murdoch’s pastor by Rick Warren is a legitimate issue.

So many of us have time and time again seen the Scripture-twisting Warren consistently employs with his patented PDL Play-Doh Bible full of new translations which he twists and shapes any way he pleases. Well now brother pastors you are going to have to step up and call Rick Warren out for yet another issue. Rick Warren, you need to publicly repent for your outright hypocrisy. And here Rick, read it from one of your own favorite “translations”–the Message:

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt?”

“It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.” (Matthew 7:1-5 [well, kinda-sorta])