12 June, 2007

Rick Warren to Join Together for the Gospel


In news that is both shocking and rocking the evangelical world, Rick Warren announced this weekend that he is now a Calvinist and is joining up with the ranks of C.J. Mahaney, Al Mohler, Mark Dever and Ligon Duncan to support Together for the Gospel.

Warren shocked his congregation at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest on Sunday when he brought up his newfound convictions.

"After much study and prayer I'm convinced that Calvinism is Biblical and true" said Warren. "It is, therefore, my conviction to start preaching and teaching the doctrines of the reformation here at our church, and for me to start fellowshipping with others of like-minded views."

Tominthebox News Network spoke with members of Saddleback after the service, many of whom were very upset.

"This is horrible" said Trisha McElhannon. "I've been coming here for three years now and have been perfectly happy. Now I don't know what I'm going to do. Pastor Warren has just gone off the deep end."

"I'm still waiting for the 'Ha! April Fools!' to come out" said a shocked Danny Petterson. "I'm just disgusted with this whole situation."

"He needs to get some therapy" said Eric Coleman. "That's all I'm going to say."

Warren declined to comment to TBNN after the service, but released a statement;

"I know this is going to be difficult for many to accept, but in the famous words of Martin Luther 'My conscience is captive to the word of God!' I look forward to building relationships with those with whom I have disagreed for so long. I am excited to now be part of the Together for the Gospel team."

While most in Warren's own congregation were upset about his theological shift, he was welcomed by many in the reformed camp.

"We're glad to have in on board now" commented C.J. Mahaney. "We look forward to fellowshipping with him and growing with him over the years."

Warren is now slated to speak at the 2008 Together for the Gospel conference to be held in Louisville, Kentucky. He will be speaking on the subject of his upcoming book The Purpose Driven Calvinism.


pilgrim said...

Good label for that post.

Although what Calvinist wouldn't really like him to be become one?
Maybe not for the reasons given, but still...

Brian Hamrick said...

Will he precede or follow Hillary in the speaking lineup?

Jeff said...

I thought you would appreciate that as I was reading your post and having a good laugh, my son was reading over my shoulder and asking why this guys name was "to-mint-he-box"? Pretty interesting name! Keep up the funny stuff.


"These are my principles, but if you don't like them I have others."
(Groucho Marx)

Someone you know said...

It's been said, If you can't beat them join them. And you know, he couldn't beat the truth of God.

Lee Shelton said...

"... Rick Warren announced this weekend that he is now a Calvinist ..."

If I were a dispensationalist, I'd probably say that this was one of the signs of the Apocalypse.

Sewing said...

So in Victor Borge fashion, are they "Together Five the Gospel" now???

Ray Fowler said...

Love the photo!

Joseph said...

Re: Jeff... My Latin teacher in high school (in Georgia) was at a restaurant, and couldn't figure out what a particular sign said; it didn't seem to make sense. She was reading "e-aht more-ay poh-soom". I can't remember the Latin translation, except that 'possum' means 'to be able', but the words just weren't making sense in Latin. After consulting her husband, he pointed out that the sign said (in English) "Eat More Possum."

Someone you know said...

Labeled -Never Going to Happen-
Probably not, But let us not forget (Hebrews 4:12)
12For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

If God through his Word and the working of the Holy Spirit was able to change me, Rick Warren and others all have a chance to see the truth of God's Word

Timotheus said...

Not quite as good as Hillary, I think...

Anonymous said...

Sad. I'm not a Calvinist, but I would rather see Warren affirm the doctrines of grace than continue on the path he's currently on and leading people down.

Sewing said...

Amen. Warren is no Osteen, that's for sure...but one doesn't have to be a Calvinist to pray that he would preach a purer gospel.

justone said...

"Purpose Driven Calvinism" just about gave me a heart attack, good work!

"Amen. Warren is no Osteen, that's for sure..."

Think we'll ever see "Your Best Calvinism" Now?" or maybe "Become a Better Calvinist?"

Rhett said...