It happens so often that pastors and churches want to be so relevant in society that they completely disregard the teachings of the Bible. In the end, the gospel is thrown on the dung heap of relevancy, and as a result thousands are left to fend for themselves on a very slippery slope on the wide road leading to hell.
"(13) Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. (14) For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Mat 7:13-14)
The problem with that search for relevancy, as Rick Warren is so eagerly searching after, is that it actively attempts to widen the narrow gate that leads to life.
The problem with this scenario is that it is not the narrow gate that is really being widened (since that is an impossibility), but the way from the hard road that leads to the narrow gate of life is lost. Instead of finding this road again, the road that leads to the wide gate of destruction is found.
This seems to be the road that Rick Warren has chosen. Only time will tell!
On Larry King Live this past Monday, Rick Warren, on the issue of Prop. 8 (which changed the California constitution to say that marriage is between one man and one woman), said:
"During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never -- never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop. 8 was going."
However, just weeks before the 2008 U.S. elections, Rick Warren said the following:
"The election's coming just in a couple of weeks, and I hope you're praying about your vote. One of the propositions, of course, that I want to mention is Proposition 8, which is the proposition that had to be instituted because the courts threw out the will of the people. And a court of four guys actually voted to change a definition of marriage that has been going for 5,000 years.
"Now let me say this really clearly: we support Proposition 8 -- and if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support Proposition 8. I never support a candidate, but on moral issues I come out very clear."
This last quote stands in clear contrast to what he said on Larry King Live, which makes Rick Warren a liar. It is impossible for him to have forgotten what he had said on such an important issue just five months ago.
What is the meaning of this?
Does Warren so badly want to curry the favour of the ungodly that he would be willing to lie on national, no, international television?
You can read the whole story at Rick Warren disavows support for Prop. 8.