Rick Warren Expresses Regret Over Making Video Supporting Biblical Marriage; Family Group Concerned

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Rick Warren Expresses Regret Over Making Video Supporting Biblical Marriage; Family Group Concerned

By Heather Clark | christiannews.net

400px-Pastor_Rick_Warren-300x300A pro-family group is calling into question recent statements made by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in California, surrounding his regret over creating a video in 2008 that expressed his support for Biblical marriage.

During a recent interview with Marc Lamont Hill of the Huffington Post, Warren sought to clarify matters pertaining to his creation of a video years ago in which he stated that those who follow the Bible should support California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative. He had been accused of lying months after releasing the video for stating during an interview on Larry King Live that “[d]uring the whole Proposition 8 thing, I … never once issued a statement, never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop. 8 was going.”

“People say that I campaigned for Proposition 8. The meaning of the word ‘campaign’ means two different things,” Warren told Hill. “To me, that means that you go out and you speak at rallies, you do advertisements for it and stuff like that.”

“I never made a single statement on Prop. 8 until the week before, and in my own church, some members said, ‘Where do we stand on this?’” he explained. “[So], I released a video to my members. It was posted all over like it was an advertisement.”

Hill commented that Warren is a well-known pastor, and that he should be aware that any statement he makes will likely be distributed to the public.

“It might be disingenuous to say that you have a church of 20,000 people, and you have a book that 32 million people have read and 60 million have accessed,” Hill said. “To say that ‘I was just giving a message’ –“

“You know what? You’re exactly right, Marc, and I learned a lesson from that,” Warren replied. “And 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.’”

Hill then asked Warren if he could do it all over again, if he would still have created the video.

“I would not have,” Warren replied. “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.”

“So, I’ve had to look at how do I communicate to my people in a way that doesn’t look like I’m pontificating to the entire world,” he added.

Following Warren’s explanation, some are expressing concern, including Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. LaBarbera told Christian News Network that Warren’s comments made him appear as if he was ashamed to publicly stand for the Biblical definition of marriage.

“[Warren] regrets that the statement got out wider than his church. To me, that’s incredible because he should be happy that he had influence outside of his church to the whole body of Christ in California — indeed, to people all over the state voting on the issue who look to him for guidance,” he said. “And so, that troubles me that he even says now that he wouldn’t make that video. … That’s saying that he does not want to be a leader on the homosexual ‘marriage’ issue.”

LaBarbera stated that he believes many pastors are becoming inward and exclusive about their beliefs, when they should be using their influence outside of the four walls of the church.

“[Warren] used the word ‘pontificate.’ You’re not pontificating. You’re putting your voice out there as a spiritual and moral leader, and that’s what pastors need to do,” he said. “They need to get outside of this mindset that I’m only allowed to talk to my church.”

“The question is, are Christian leaders self-segregating on the moral issues because they’re under the gun of the pro-gay culture?” LaBarbera asked.

He stated that the fear of man should never be an excuse to run from the Christian responsibility of publicly standing for truth.

“The homosexual activist never agonizes and says, ‘Wow, I don’t think I should talk beyond my group of homosexual activists,’” LaBarbera explained. “They’re pontificating all the time. They’re telling us what to think. They’re telling us that we’re bigots if we are against homosexuality, or even if we’re against same-sex ‘marriage’ now, they call you a bigot or a hatemonger or a homophobe.”

“I get the fact that [Warren] is under the gun by the homosexual lobby. We all get it,” he continued. “The homosexual lobby is aggressive and loud and vocal, and they want him to shut up about homosexuality being a sin, and they want him to conform to their ideology, but he can’t.”

LaBarbera stated that just like Warren is unashamed to proclaim the need to be involved in humanitarian work, he should likewise make use of his platform to uphold God’s definition of marriage.

“I just wish he would stop backtracking and seeming embarrassed about helping to protect marriage,” he said. “He doesn’t have any qualms about preaching to everybody in the world the need to have compassion for people with AIDS, and he’s right about that. But, he also in the same way [should] be outspoken and non-defensive about helping to protect the historic definition of marriage.”

As previously reported, Warren also came under fire for other comments made during the Huffington Post interview, during which he stated that homosexual behavior “might be” a sin, and that he believes homosexuals will go to Heaven if they “accept Christ.”

Rick Warren’s office did not return calls for comment by press time.

 

23 Comments on “Rick Warren Expresses Regret Over Making Video Supporting Biblical Marriage; Family Group Concerned”

  1. Vernell

    It is so sad that the devil wants to shut up all the influential Bishops, Pastor’s, and Minister’s of America. He wants them to bow down to his agenda and thats what they are doing. Will the real Paul’s, Moses, Daniels’s of our time take a righteous stand and NOT be afraid! God help Rick Warren.

  2. Jennifer

    Rick Warren not standing firm, now makes his congregation second guess their views and what does it matter if his statement got out. Being true to God and being a firm leader in righteousness is what matters.

    Even if he’s worried about losing funding, those in his congregation that want truth will pull together to make sure the church stands tall. But with wavering faith because your scared of the Lgbt group… you can lose those strong believers that are some what a back bone in your church with Christ guiding.

    Don’t cave don’t get quiet.. then your condoning it.. and don’t try to make it right with them. The truth is truth! In love of course, but TRUTH is power! Jesus is Lord!!

  3. Jack

    Psalms 40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart ; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation : I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

  4. Darryl

    This man has many fears of totally following the bible. He doesn’t want to put the constraints of the Word of God on the people that chose him to be their pastor. The word of God is very clear on sin and the very appearance of evil. There is nothing to work out as he stated, ” He hasn’t worked it all out” God did that for us, so we wouldn’t have to be mislead into thinking that sin isnt actually sin. Gays can very well accept Christ into their lives, but at that point they are no longer gay. The point of Salvation is to turn from sin to Christ. Not just gays but anyone. …from any sin….or wrong doing. Repent. Come to Jesus. Turn from the ways contrary to the Word of God.

  5. Kerry

    its sad that he’s ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but not at all surprised by it. It’s all about the Benjamin’s that’s sll

  6. walk23

    The gay and lesbian lobby is about silencing the voice of God. The Church is given pastors and preachers etc. who are the voices of God. Any disciple of Christ has the duty to speak the Word as his thoughts should be aligned with what God has said.

  7. Kerry

    Rick warren is moving the church of today towards one world order. And is what the bible says, when it says there are many anti Christ coming into the world. Just listen to a video about warren out reach to Muslims saying we we (Christians) and Muslims worship the same God. Beware of wolves in sheep clothing.

  8. Terry Thompson sr.

    Jesus died for all sins. Know it seems like being gay is not a sin anymore . It like being a golfer , or a fisherman or what ever you want to be today. Pastor Warren is not going to risk losing his money that these other people interest in his ministry to stand up for God. Dollar, Jakes, White, Long, Osteen, and many more, are wolves in sheep clothes. The love of money is the root to all evil. These people have let this influence them . They are chasing after the wrong things. Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all its righteousness. These guys continue to do and say dumb stuff, and still have a lot of members, or fans. Why ? It’s Sad.

  9. PDS

    Wolf in sheep’s clothing. When will church folks start reading the word for themselves instead of relying on predators to lead them to the slaughter.

  10. Geoffrey

    I really hope Dr Warren hasn’t changed his mind about the biblical definition of marriage and his defense of the same. The pastor is revered back here in Nairobi, Kenya. His ministry has influenced many of our urban-based pastors. Pastor Warren autographed my personal copy of the Purpose Driven Life book 8 years ago, his first time to visit Africa, during an impromptu appearance in our discipleship class that was doing a 40-Day study program based on his celebrated book. Despite his personal tragedies in the recent past, I pray that he remains steadfast in advocating the biblical principles on marriage and be a leading voice in condemning the wickedness of homosexuality and gay/lesbian marriage, and every form of sin. Elder C. G. Lewis & EX Ministries continue to stand for truth, light, coz it’s getting pretty dark out here. Compromise is now the new normal.

    1. Pat Monroe

      I agree. When a Christian leader takes a stand on righteousness, there’s no need for apologies. The Word of God is established, it doesn’t change. It is not two faced based on what humans think. The world is not your source. Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednigo did not bow even when they were going in the fiery furnace. We are not here to please the world and take a cowardice stance on biblical righteousness. I’m very disappointed that he would not want the world to know his stance on biblical marriage. Mr. Warren needs a backbone.

  11. Peggy Freund

    Shouldn’t Christians, pastors and laymen alike, be speaking to the public about the good news that God is real, He loves them and has made a way for them to be saved from the darkness this world is headed for….the gospel message….and not to get embroiled in issues of condemnations and arguments that the evil one loves to entrap them in ….doesn’t the Bible tell us that Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn it but to save it….the admonitions to right living are to be preached to the believers…the Bible tells us that the carnal mind cannot receive the things of the Spirit…some more good news is that God can use all of what’s happening to bring a focus on Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

  12. SK Smith

    In the article there is within a paragraph the quote from Warren ” in my own church, some members said, ‘Where do we stand on this?’” he explained. “[So], I released a video to my members. “. Herein lies the problem at Warrens church and many others. Read your Bible to see what IT says about issues. Warren is way off on a number of Biblical teachings. Ask God to reveal His truth to you. Don’t be total sheeples led by a person who could be heading down a broad path.

  13. Mary

    Shame on him if he thinks his shepherding doesn’t extend outside his 20,000members and shame on him if he can’t follow the Bible’s teaching on marriage. I don’t need a fluffy gospel. I need the Savior to guide my living!!!

  14. Nathan Lloyd

    The Pastor’s & Minister’s & Bishops& Reverend’& Church Members all should Hear the Word of “GOD Read the Word of “GOD,& Do the word of “GOD period over everything above all else and the Marriage -Covenant Should be as “GOD has Called-Spoke it into existence & Created it & Blessed it according to HIS DIVINE Anointed purpose Marriage should look like what “GOD’S word says it is. & the homosexuality gay-&-lesbian agenda – movement -or choice-or free will is a evil sinful demonic spirit that was practiced and done in the village of Sodom & Gomorrah where “GOD DESTROYED Such an Act of Sin it is an Abomination to “GOD

  15. andre

    Truth is the truth. What else you want in life Dr. Warren? You have it all, fame, money and family. Stand for the truth even though it would hurt some people. They just need to adjust in the transformation realm that God has to offer. Stand for thexample truth of Biblical Marriage Dr. Warren.

    1. Obasi Ndidi Isaiah

      I am afraid; the fear of God has departed out many churches today. Some pastors have change there message to suite men, may God help his people.
      Bible said, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sward?…((Romans 8:2))

  16. Christina

    Wow. How quickly we kick our brother when the world brings him down. I shall not cast a stone because I am not without sin. Instead, as the Bible tells us over and over, I will love Rick Warren, the gays and lesbians, my fellow Christians, and the sinners alike. Rick Warren wishes his words weren’t portrayed in the way that they were. So what? How many times have I mispoken? How many times have my words been misconstrued? Countless.
    Dave Ramsey bought a mansion, Joel Osteen is a prosperity preacher, Craig Groeschel has a “fast food” church. I’ve heard it all. You know what, the world is hearing it too. The lost souls are hearing us Christians nitpick and gripe and tear each other down. Hey world, who wants to join us?
    What if we show love instead? True love. Like Jesus kind of love. What if we respond to this article, hoping that Rick will read it and see us saying, “we are praying for you and your family”. What if he reads our words telling him that “we trust his intentions are good and that truth will be revealed”. What if we offer encouragement telling Rick that “we are praying for God’s protection and wisdom for him as he leads his church and speaks to the media”. Maybe God would smile at these responses. Maybe a church leader would be redeemed. Maybe a lost soul would see our love and want what we have. Maybe.

    1. Ellen

      Sweetheart Jesus called out the pharisees hippocracy. The true prophets in the old testament under the authority and direction of GOD called out the false prophets. Yes love covers a multitude of sin but conviction draws one to repentance.

    2. jack

      Pastor Warren needs to read the Bible, and support every word it says. And if he’s going to be a leader, he needs to stand by every word he says. When you try to warn people about something that will block their salvation, that is showing the love of Jesus.

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