All Things to All People?

Now that I have had more time to think about it, and I have read LMC’s post and thoughts upon the issue, I do believe Rick Warren is making a mistake. I posted on it here, and here. For those of you who do not know, it seems as though Rick has made two errors in judgment over the past couple of months. The first was that he went to Syria, and while there, made the statements that it was a peaceful nation for both Christians and Muslims to live. Of course, that is true as long as the Christians accept the fact that if they truly practice their religion, it will result in persecution. Christians are persecuted in Syria. That is a well known fact, so to say something like that is ill advised and does not build up the body of Christ there in Syria.

The other issue was that he invited Barrack Obama to speak at a conference on AIDS at his church. Again, I held my criticism towards Rick because Obama was not speaking at a worship service, but a conference.

Now, I may be wrong, but I believe the reason we see men like Rick Warren doing these things is that he thinks he doing right by operating under the principle found in 1 Corinithians 9:19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more. In other words, principles be damned if it means I can win more to Christ.

Not that Paul would have ever said such. But I take it that most mega-churches do this as if it were a noble thing. They are willing to look the other way when it comes to sin and wickedness so that they may reach some for Christ. I don’t think that was ever Paul’s intent. What he is saying is that he will give up his freedom in order to reach some, not give up his principles in order to do that.

Remember, the same Paul who wrote those words was also the same Paul that called for the Corinthian church to cast out the immoral brother from the fellowship. He is also the same Paul that barred women from the pastorate and men who did not meet the strict qualifications. He is the same one that scolded the Galatians for believing another gospel all together. He was not calling for an abandoment of principles in order to reach the lost, but setting aside freedoms in order to do so.

In other words, he is not advocating that we go a sleep with prositutes in order to reach them for Christ. Those who abuse the passage in 1 Cor. 9, never seem to realize that Paul would have never tolerated many of the abuses in the church done in the name of 1 Cor. 9.

As for Rick, I think he should have spoken boldly to his hosts in Syria. That is what Paul would have done. Remember the time that he stood before Herod? He didnt’ compromise his position so he could win their friendship. He stood for the truth knowing that it was going to cost him. No, Rick should have been honest with his hosts. If he was not going to be honest, then he should not have gone to Syria. He should have stayed home. He did nothing to further the gospel. He should have told them that when they persecute his brothers and sisters in the Lord there in Syria, that they are truly persecuting Christ. He should have told them that they would have to answer for that some day. He should have told them that they were sinners and they they should flee to the cross of Christ to find true forgiveness. As it stands now, what has he accomplished? What truth did he stand for? The truth of compromise? No, there is no room for compromise for those who are ministers of the gospel. We must stand for the truth.

I’m not saying we stand for the truth with an ungentle spirit, but we still need to stand for it nonetheless. But then again, men like Rick and the mega churches that they reprensent have been soft on the truth for years now. They have been compromising the truth for years. So it should come as no surprise that he would compromise on the truth in other areas as well. Is he truly being all things to all people? Maybe so. So much so that he is acting more like one who is lost, than one who has the message of the gospel.