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04 October, 2010 / theexpositor

Warren at Piper Conference-"Nothing happens till somebody starts dreaming. What we need today are great dreamers."

A great commentary at the website of Sola Sisters, concerning the message given by Rick Warren at the recent Desiring God 2010 conference hosted by John Piper. Warren was not able to attend the conference personally but rather submitted a video message. I will offer my comments on a future post.

But this is not the yielded life of a true Christian as taught in Scripture….coming up with big dreams and then looking for God to give us the "go juice" to accomplish what we desire.  In thinking this way, we create an idol in our minds of a "God" who is reduced to being the "power in our engines" and the dog that jumps through the hoops of our choosing.  No, the way we come to the Lord is with our hands open, humbly submitting our dreams, plans, wants, and desires to His perfect will (Matt 6:10).

In closing, let me put forth the troubling idea that, thanks to Dr. John Piper’s Desiring God 2010, a whole new audience is now being exposed to Rick Warren’s particular brand of Christian narcissism…..with Dr. Piper’s stamp of approval.  And so I’ll ask a question I’ve asked before: how far from orthodoxy does Rick Warren have to fall before Christian leaders will begin to "mark him out" and separate from him (Romans 16:17) – rather than continuing to give him a platform for teaching and preaching? Apparently, to Dr. Piper’s mind, we’re nowhere close.

You can view the entire message online at http://desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/the-battle-for-your-mind.

Again, I ask the question, what has been the opinions of the other speakers at the conference, Albert Mohler, R.C. Sproul, Thabiti Anyabwile and Francis Chan? Have they made any comments about Warren’s invitation to the conference and his message?

If any of you know, please forward it to me.

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4 Comments

  1. paul / Oct 4 2010 10 44

    good

  2. David Sommer / Oct 9 2010 6 54

    John Piper is under God’s judgment for having brought in a true heretic into his program. And remember, it is his program, not God’s!! Christ said, “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH…” You are touching something that doesn’t belong to you!!! Are you ready to face the consequences when you face the ONE who bought it with HIS own blood?? Are you?? YOU WILL!!! What is it going to take to get the Church awake?!! It seems it is ready to invite anyone as long as it has something new to present to the people. GOD’S WORD IS ENOUGH!!!! REPENT!!!

  3. James / Dec 6 2010 9 58

    Francis Chan gives an applause and praise to Rick Warren for his message during this message he gives at Dr. Piper’s conference. Here is the link to the whole message which appears to be wonderful and rich in my opinion:

    http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/think-hard-stay-humble-the-life-of-the-mind-and-the-peril-of-pride#/watch/full .

    I would be very slow to speak on behalf of any judgment that one such as John Piper may face. We are not those who dispose judgment we are simply aware of the fruits that others bear. I am in very great disagreement with the majority of what Rick Warren teaches and in very much of agreement with what John Piper teaches. I’m still confused as any as to why Warren was invited even though I watched Piper’s video as to why. I have no doctorate, as of right now, but I will wait for God’s judgments and not declare that others are going to receive it with exception to unregenerate sinners.

    • theexpositor / Dec 6 2010 16 31

      Great perspective James. Thank you.

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