Rick Warren Provides Definitive Clarification of “Sacramental Entrepreneur”

It’s an old joke that the S.B.C. in Southern Baptist Convention stands for Slowly Becoming Catholic. Rick Warren, Founder of the Purpose Driven multinational, made it a concrete reality at last week’s Vatican organized “Humanum” event.

Rick Warren was one invitee among dozens selected by Pope Francis for the colloquium “in order to support and reinvigorate marriage and family life for the flourishing of human society”. No, Christ and Him crucified was not mentioned except in passing. About the only faith not represented was Lutheranism – presumably because the Liberal ones don’t support traditional marriage or limits on abortion, and because the Confessional ones are still anathema since 13 January 1547.


The Bridge to Nowhere, Courtesy of urCan

During his address, Rick Warren made some astounding statements that underscore how easily he adopts theological postures that mirror a particular audience. In doing so he shows his now familiar disdain for Christian orthodoxy. The objective seems to be to amass the greatest number of “friends” and “likes” in the universe.

Especially notable was that Warren provided the most succinct and precise definition yet for the term “Sacramental Entrepreneur”. That is the the term coined by church growth organization FiveTwo. However, FiveTwo has never been able to provide more than several fuzzy definitions that revolve around “being the presence of Jesus — His sacraments — in their communities.” That begged the question: how are you the presence of Jesus?

Rick Warren has filled the gap and helpfully reminded us that church entrepreneurs have the same stripes irrespective of their denomination:

“My definition of evangelism is you build a bridge of love between your heart and theirs, and Jesus walks across. Before people will trust Christ they’ve gotta trust you. Before they wanna know is He real, they wanna know if you’re real.” YouTube, 18 Nov 2014

It’s not the gospel, but then this is Rick Warren who can make chameleons look like they’re stuck on blaze orange. Why use 1 Cor. 15 when you can make it up? Yet this perfectly encapsulates what we have heard and seen coming out of FiveTwo. They are building bridges for (another) Jesus to walk across. And the most important structure in the bridge is… you.

Incurvatus in se, indeed. Get busy, ye civil engineers of the Lord.

As if to emphasize this turn toward Rome, Warren added: “The Holy Father said this… we must avoid the temptation to come down off the cross, to please the people instead of staying on the cross fulfilling the will of the Father; the temptation to bow down to a worldly spirit instead of purifying it and bending it to the spirit of God.”

This from the man who insisted to John Piper that of course he was a monergist. He read all the works of Jonathan Edwards, don’t you know. But it seems very clear that Warren is interested in a very large Vatican order for all things Purpose Driven.

One final body blow from the Rev. Dr. Richard D. Warren: “The number one tool God uses to shape you is your spouse.” No room at the Bridge Builder’s Inn for the Holy Spirit.


Rick Warren Provides Definitive Clarification of “Sacramental Entrepreneur” — 66 Comments

  1. @Lloyd Cadle #49 You’ve made your position clear in accordance with your church’s doctrines. They are wrong, and I would encourage you to hang around this site to understand why you’re placing yourself in mortal danger by believing that you have something to present to God so that you can be sure of your salvation.

    You are within reach of the truth. Do not harden your heart to reject it.

  2. @Tim Wood #1 With the Scriptures that I cited, if taken in context with both the overall teachings of the NT and the OT it is impossible to be wrong. The referenced passages do not fit the theology of the Reformers, as they clearly demonstrate that one has to cooperate with the grace of God in salvation and works, as Catholic Bishop St. Augustine stated in my above referenced post.

    If one confesses his sins (what a wonderful sacrament) he is in a state of grace. He is thus abiding in the vine (Christ, John 15), and he is bearing fruit. The fruit is the good works that we are producing while in a state of grace. But, like St. Augustine says, God is only crowning the good works that He is producing in us, so He gets all of the Glory.

    We don’t even think about works, as they flow freely from the vine (Christ), as we receive grace from the Eucharist and Confession.

    It is a peace that surpasses all understanding. Because of this joy and tremendous peace, I love to go to daily Mass, sit and Worship Christ in the blessed Sacrament during Adoration and pray the Rosary. It is not a work, but a joy received out of gratitude. A taste of heaven while on earth!

  3. @Srsly? #4 All of it. I honestly have no idea what point you were trying to make. It might help if you responded with bullet points to specific text from the article so that the thoughts don’t run together.

  4. @Tim Wood #3 Yes, I enjoy Titus Chapter 3. A few highlights briefly:

    Verse 5: He saved us in Baptism by His mercy and grace, not on the basis of our achievements on our part.

    Verse 7: Justified by grace in that we are made righteous by God-we become heirs in hope of eternal life, a future hope rather than a present assurance. See also Tit 1:2, Rom 8:24-25, Eph 1:13-14, 18, 1 Tim 6:18-19.

    Verse 8: St. Paul says that we should be careful to apply ourselves to good deeds. See also Tit 2:14, Eph 2:10 and Hebrews 11:6.

    Verse 14: St. Paul says that we should “let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and to not be unfruitful.”

    Again, the Catholics that I know are going to Confession (John 20:22-23 and James 5) and partaking of the Eucharist on a regular basis. Christ is working in us His grace to live our Christian lives in peace and joy. I don’t even think about my works. They flow freely from the Vine, John 15.

  5. @Lloyd Cadle #5 Lloyd, you can’t post a list of micro proof texts and expect a productive outcome. For example, the selection of Stephen’s speech works against your presuppositions because you have pulled the verse completely out of context. He makes his speech after being condemned for trusting in Christ alone rather than his works. Did you note verse 53 which warns that you have to be perfect in the law (Matt 5:48) or you too will be condemned?

    God does not grade on a curve – if you are a true synergist then the requirement is to be perfectly sinless. I don’t know you from Adam, but I do know that you are sinful, because you have inherited Adam’s disease, as I do.

    It’s all or nothing.

  6. @Tim Wood #9 You still didn’t give me a brief summery on the above referenced passages which prove that the Bible and God’s grace is synergistic. Please do so or just admit that you can’t explain them properly or they cannot be reconciled to fit your theology.

    Verse 53 has nothing to do with US being perfect in the law. It is about the Angels delivering the Torah to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Those Jews didn’t keep the commandments of the Torah.

    Meanwhile, you mention Matt 5:48, which has nothing at all to do with Acts 7:51. Matt 5:48 is a part of the New Cov’t Sermon on the Mount which is a teaching by Jesus on Christian living and His perfection of Old Cov’t moral laws. Jesus is talking about the church imitating His perfect compassion and mercy and not about works-righteousness. In Acts 7:51 Stephen is addressing the Jews with the long line of sinners from Old Cov’t. history, the violators of the Torah given to Moses at Mt. Sinai.

    You make the mistake of mixing New Cov’t laws with Old Cov’t ones. You mix the Law of the Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) with the new Law of Christ and lump them all in together and call everything “works-righteouness”, which is disastrous hermanuetics.

  7. It’s probably a safe bet that Lloyd has not read C.F.W. Walther’s Law & Gospel. The chapter on his Thesis #5 I pray serves all well to read, or re-read once again:

    “The first manner of confounding Law and Gospel is the one most easily recognized — and the grossest. It is adopted, for instance, by Papists, Socinians, and Rationalists, and consists in this, that Christ is represented as a new Moses, or Lawgiver, and the Gospel turned into a doctrine of meritorious works, while at the same time those who teach that the Gospel is the message of the free grace of God in Christ are condemned and anathematized, as is done by the papists.”

  8. @Lloyd Cadle #9 Lloyd, the fastest way to settle this is for you to clarify exactly which things you are doing that will save you in addition to what Christ has done. You are a proud synergist, so please just set out what you have achieved in terms of “perfect compassion”.

  9. @Marc from Cincy #11 I am in a hurry, so I will be quick.

    Your authority is not the Bible it is Luther, Walther, etc. The Reformed have Calvin as their authority. Calvary Chapel had Chuck Smith. And on and on it goes since the Reformation.

    In fact, if I get upset in my church I don’t have to submit to their elders, I can just start my own church under my own authority.

    If a person believes in Christ, and they are not confessing their sins, they are hell bound. Stats (and I don’t them in front me) say that a high percentage of Christian men today love their porn on the Internet. Many live lives that practice the sins of Gal 5. They are deceived into thinking the blood of Christ will allow them to live an antinomian lifestyle without repentance. It is all over the place.

    Better do what the Sacred Scriptures tell you to do and not what your own personal authority tells you what you want to hear.

  10. @Lloyd Cadle #12

    “Better do what the Sacred Scriptures tell you to do and not what your own personal authority tells you what you want to hear.”

    Ultimately, though, it’s all about faith. Period.

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