Rick Warren is a big time "tweeter" and uses this forum to hand out endless thoughts of sage advice. Just recently he tweeted:
If you need ideas for Christmas sermons, I've got 30 years of them to share thru Saddleback Resources http://bit.ly/c0V0dI
The web link he gives is to a place where people can buy his sermons. Sorry that I was a bit late on sharing this but you can always avail yourself of this tweet and get in early for next Christmas . . .
Anyway, back to Warren's sermon at last years Desiring God conference.
The following commentary corresponds to the following video from 7:45 to 13:55
I am amazed that Rick Warren has studied this subject for 33 years. Especially when it has produced a big pile of man centered advice on how to fix our lives and the conclusion that the mind is the believers greatest asset. Actually, when I say believer I am assuming that is what Warren means because it is hard to find him ever differentiating between believers and unbelievers - which is a MAJOR problem in his book "Purpose Driven Life" where biblical covenants are applied without this differentiation. We'll probably get to that issue later on . . .
Here it is, eight minutes in and we have our first "six principles" that all pastors "must teach" their congregations (he's also going to lecture them about the necessity of humility, yes it's coming).
Principle 1: Don't believe everything you think
Perhaps Warren should take his own advice on this one when he uses terms such as "you need to hear my sermon" and "you must teach these six principles". Don't believe everything you think! I think I had that principle nailed when I was six and hit a schoolyard full of wise guys. Warren is sitting there lecturing an audience that is predominantly Calvinistic on this point. Calvinism is usually defined in the five point acronym "TULIP" (though it is much broader than this). And what does the T stand for - total depravity. Perhaps if Warren took counsel from some of these reformed guys he is lecturing here, he might start substituting his self esteem/self help pop psychology with instruction on man's total depravity. If you know you are depraved then "don't believe everything you think" becomes a big no-brainer! The fact that Warren thinks this is so important to teach may well be a reflection of the biblical literacy of his own congregation - the one he shepherds! Furthermore, if Warren really understood human depravity, then he would probably spend a lot more of his pulpit time offering Christ centered solutions instead of a big list of things we need to do.
Warren does use this principle to touch on the subject of our depravity but it becomes the supporting point when it should be the main point. Also, when he talks about sin it reminds me of diet coke. A lightweight version of the real thing and with a bad aftertaste of lameness. We can only hope that he proclaims the sinfulness of sin with far greater force in his own congregation although this is not a usual "felt need" for a pagan.
I just can't believe that John Piper, who authored the immensely profound "Desiring God", would invite this guy. Reformed pastors actually paid to hear this . . . more to come . . .
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