Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Rick Warren Leads Through PEACE

(BP) - asking Christians to do what we are all supposed to be doing anyway.
Thousands of churches around the world will be setting out to eradicate five "giant problems" that oppress billions of people, Rick Warren told a crowd of 30,000 celebrating Saddleback Valley Community Church's 25th anniversary April 17 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

"Billions of people suffer each day from problems so big no government can solve them," said Warren, Saddleback's pastor. "The only thing big enough to solve the problems of spiritual emptiness, selfish leadership, poverty, disease and ignorance is the network of millions of churches all around the world."

Saddleback Church celebrated its 25th anniversary by combining the congregation's usual six weekend services into a single gathering at the stadium south of Los Angeles. It was the first time in many years members of the church family had been able to assemble at the same time. The event included greetings to the congregation from President George Bush and evangelist Billy Graham and featured music from Michael W. Smith, Salvador and Tait.

Warren used the occasion to announce his vision of a spiritual awakening that would sweep the world as Christian churches tackle the problems that Jesus Himself confronted during His ministry.

"The Scripture shows us that Jesus shared the Good News, trained leaders, helped the poor, cared for the sick and taught the children," Warren said. "Our P.E.A.C.E. plan will just do the five things Jesus did while He was here on earth."

P.E.A.C.E. is an acronym that stands for "Plant churches, Equip servant leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick and Educate the next generation," Warren said. The emphasis calls for church-based small groups to adopt villages where spiritual emptiness, selfish leadership, poverty, disease and ignorance keep people from experiencing the kind of life God wants them to have, he said.


At 7:46 PM, Blogger Threefold Cord said...

Where do you stand on Rick Warren? I can't really tell through your links and articles. People either love him or despise him, it seems.

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous William Burke said...

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 (NKJV) For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman and they shall not escape.

If this does not utterly rattle to the core those who have walked away from sound doctrine to follow the erroneous teachings of the PDL/PDC movement (It is no longer just Rick Warren but he now has numerous pastors and clergy leading their people astray) then maybe you might also want to check a true Biblical text of 2 Tim 4:2-4.

May the Truth of God's word in your life overcome the shadow of darkness that this movement has cast upon that of the masses.


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