Feel the Love Tonight? Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel

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Feel the Love Tonight? Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel

By Heather Clark | christiannews.net

Warren-John-1WASHINGTON — Controversial megachurch leader and author Rick Warren raised concerns Wednesday after joining hands with homosexual singer Elton John during a speech before a congressional hearing on AIDS funding, and joked what would happen if the two kissed.

“It would be the kiss heard ’round the world,” he said.

Photographs show the two raising their hands as they sat down to the witness table and laughing as Warren issued the caution to John. The incident drew concerns from Christians across the country.

“Elton John, the man who has worn more wigs and dresses than Marilyn Monroe, we expect this from. But Rick Warren claims to be a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” wrote Geoffrey Grider of Now the End Begins.

Here was his perfect opportunity to lovingly and graciously tell not only Elton John, but all of Congress, that without being born again they will die and go to a Devil’s Hell. But instead, he holds hands with a gay man, and jokes about kissing him,” he said.

Warren, the leader of the nearly 20,000 member Saddleback Church, is known for his best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life.” Elton John, a world-renowned singer recognized for his hits “Candle in the Wind,” “Rocket Man” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from the film “The Lion King,” is also known for his same-sex “marriage” to his partner David Furnish.

Warren, who believes that homosexual behavior is sinful, has raised concerns in the past for other statements made about homosexuality, including omitting any instruction that men must repent of homosexual behavior in order to be saved.

As previously reported, in 2012, during an interview with the Huffington Post, Marc Lamont Hill asked Warren if he believes homosexuals will go to Hell. Warren replied that they will not.

“No, not because they’re gay,” he said. “We go to Hell because we choose to reject the grace of God.”

When Hill asked what happens to a homosexual that accepts Jesus, Warren responded enthusiastically.

“He’s going to Heaven!” he declared. “Without a doubt.”

Warren has also expressed remorse for making a video in support of California’s Proposition 8, which sought to enshrine marriage as being between a man and a woman, because it was seen as his admonition to the nation.

“I learned that anything I say now privately is now public. And I actually learned from that mistake of going, ‘Oh, wait a minute, everybody took that like I was pontificating to the whole world,’” he said.

“I would not have [done it again],” Warren stated. “I would not have made that statement. I wanted to talk to my own people as a duty, because as a shepherd, I’m responsible for those who put themselves under my care. I’m not responsible for everybody else. I am responsible for the people who choose to be under my care and ask me a question.”

Concerns have additionally been raised over Warren’s call for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics, as he appeared at the Vatican last fall to speak at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.”

“We have far more in common than what divides us,” he said in a video released by the Catholic News Service.

11 Comments on “Feel the Love Tonight? Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel”

  1. MrsJW

    Of course he would be doing this because he hasn’t taken a stand for Christ ever. It’s ok, we will all have our day before the Lord and there will be nothing that we can do to defend our foolishness. “Buts” don’t work when you stand in God’s presence. So, let him keep taking and digging a bigger hole for himself. Satan loves company and is going to have him as one of his own if he doesn’t repent.

  2. Terry Thompson sr.

    There is a study that shows most Christian in our churches don’t know their bible. A lot of people are there cause the place they worship at looks good. A lot of people In our Chuches have become like pro sports. This is my team. This is my Pastor. People want something like in the scriptures , that Moses had to deal with , the golden calf. Somebody or something to put there hands on. So when they see pastor Warren and the king of swinging to gather. What’s wrong with that. What part does darkness has to do with the light.Rick always been this way all the time. He’s a deciver. All these preacher’s and pastors that does these things are decivers. They are among us. Iam a Pastor and love God’s word. All of it. Not just the part that will make you shout ,but the part that will make you better. When we show our congregation these things as God reveals it .They say , what’s wrong with that. Thank God for Ex ministries, and the real Watch men in this last and dark hour. Thank God for true Pastors and Preacher’s who’s not afraid to call this mess out. Continue to un cover mess. Preach Rev.Lewis. Peach.

  3. Paula

    We all become so aghast and incensed when we see and read such crap (can I use the word crap on this site??), but then I have to remind myself. It makes no sense me getting all bent out of shape and getting my knickers in a knot. All that we see happening among supposedly Christian leaders has already been predicted in Scripture. This is all part of the great apostasy that is about to take place before the appearance of the antichrist. We must pray daily for God to protect us from the spirit of deception that has crept into the church. Many, many, many leaders all over the world are deceived and here’s that word again, have fallen into a place of compromise. Let him who thinks he stands takes heed lest he falls. We are all subject to the spirit of deception and must ask God daily to keep us in His truth. As long as we stay in the Word, we will not be deceived.

  4. Angela Williams

    He is quite detrimental to the body of Christ. I feel great sadness for those that follow his doctrine of devils. I pray that he repents and gets saved my Jesus. As it stands, he is doing Satan a great service. He’s definitely a Trojan horse.

  5. walk23

    Wonder what Mr. Warren would think of the Scriptures pointing to God being a just God and no respecter of persons ? God did destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. What would He now say to those for punishing their sin and now let present day practitioners of the same sin inherit His Kingdom ? I was under the impression that those who are called to preach the Gospel aught to have an understanding of The Word. I was also under the impression of those who preach The Word aught to be like minded with what The Word says. What does the Scripture say about two walking together being agreed ? From observation it certainly does not appear that Mr. Warren with The Spirit within him. for the Scripture also says if you don’t have His spirit, then you are Not His. It certainly appears Mr. Warren is preaching and practicing one than I learned and his fruits (works) aren’t of God.

  6. James Cooks

    Trickey Ricks Warren….False Prophet
    No Soul Joel Osteen… Motivational Speaker For unrighteousness
    Creflo Who Wants Your Dollar….Pimp n the Pulpit
    T.D Snakes ….Master Deceiver
    Juanita Bynum..Lost, Confused, Liar, and leading women away from God

  7. itiswhatitis

    I believe Mr. Warren started out with good intentions but that old saying about the road to hell comes to mind. This faith walk is a daily denial of self. If we miss a day then we can be steered into the wrong path and off of the tracks of our Savior. Lord, please help Rick Warren to turn back to his first love. Please show him the compromise in his life so that he can turn back to You with his whole heart. Lord, he lost his son and I have to believe that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches has blinded him to his true condition. Grant him a heart of repentance. In Jesus name, amen.

  8. Jack

    Jude:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

    Jude: These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

  9. Jeanne

    Warren has shown for a very long time ‘what he really believes and with whom he really stands’, and from what I’ve seen and read it isn’t with God/Jesus or Their Word. These really are the last days.

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