Yesterday I was invited by Dr. Wiley Drake, Second Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention to be a guest on The Wiley Drake Show. Among the things we talked about was the claim by America’s Mega-Pastor and PDL Pope Rick Warren to be the pastor of “born again Christian” Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Here we look at the facts regarding this claim by Warren. The Orange County Examiner informs us in November of 2006 that:

Warren says he is pastor to Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. subsidiary publishes “The Purpose-Driven Life” but also publishes tabloid newspapers featuring topless women.

“I don’t have to agree with 100 percent of what another person does in order to work with them on the 20 percent that we do agree on,” Warren says.

That pragmatic attitude has paid off. Murdoch was among the first to support the PEACE plan, donating $2 million.
(Online source, emphasis mine)

So now we can see that Rick Warren already at least knew about Murdoch’s newspaper which features soft core porn, however, apparently he made the chose to ignore that 80 per cent in sin and instead focus on “the 20 percent” that equaled $2 million. And claiming to be Murdoch’s pastor is not an isolated event either.

According to a piece entitled “New Yorker article on the ministry of Rick Warren by Malcolm Gladwell,” which “originally appeared in The New Yorker magazine on Sept. 12, 2005,” and then was also reprinted in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, Warren himself tells us again that he is Murdoch’s pastor and not only that but Murdoch also published his book:

“I had dinner with Jack Welch last Sunday night,” he said. "He came to church, and we had dinner. I’ve been kind of mentoring him on his spiritual journey. And he said to me, ‘Rick, you are the biggest thinker I have ever met in my life. The only other person I know who thinks globally like you is Rupert Murdoch.’ And I said, ‘That’s interesting. I’m Rupert’s pastor! Rupert published my book!’" Then he tilted back his head and gave one of those big Rick Warren laughs. (Online source)

This is very important because we have now seen from Warren himself that he feels he is indeed Rupert Murdoch’s pastor. This does two things; since one does not pastor an unbeliever, Warren must believe that Murdoch is a Christian, which then means as his pastor Warren is also personally accountable for Murdoch. And there’s no chance to mistake this, or that Warren was somehow misquoted, because apparently he was so pleased with The New Yorker article that Warren asked to have it republished at his own Ministry Toolbox website.

One final thing for now, note that when speaking of Jack Welch above Warren says, “I’ve been kind of mentoring him on his spiritual journey.” There’s no claim here whatsoever to be Welch’s pastor. However, in the case of Rupert Murdoch it now becomes even more obvious that Rick Warren was not joking, but rather is actually serious when he emphatically announces, “I’m Rupert’s pastor!”