Friday, April 09, 2010

Rick Warren and Calvinism

This post is for those who think that Rick Warren's beliefs on Calvinism (John Piper said that Warren is a four-pointer) are a recent ... that he is changing beliefs for this conference or to speak at the conference.

Quotes from Rick Warren on some of his theological leanings: "An Interview with Rick Warren: A Purpose Driven Phenomena" in Modern Reformation, volume 13, number 1, January/February, 2004.

"Theologically, I am a monergist and firmly hold to the five solas of the Reformation. It's pretty obvious from the book that I believe in foreknowledge, predestination, ... and, especially, concurrence--that God works in and through every detail of our lives, even our sinful choices, to cause his purposes to prevail."

"I'm a fourth-generation Baptist pastor. My great grandfather was led to Christ by Charles Spurgeon, attended Spurgeon's college, and was sent by Spurgeon to America to pastor. So I guess God predestined me to be a Baptist!"

"In closing, I'd like to mention that I have personally benefited from the writings of a number of the Alliance council, especially D. A. Carson, Michael Horton, Mark Dever, Gene E. Veith, Phillip G. Ryken, Mark Talbot, and R. C. Sproul. I'd like to commend them and thank them for their works."

"I read every issue of MR, and I think it is a magazine that is needed in our world today."


Ken Silva said...

Quotes from Rick Warren on some of his other theological leanings:

“Now I don’t agree with everything in everybody’s denomination, including my own. I don’t agree with everything that Catholics do or Pentecostals do, but what binds us together is so much stronger than what divides us,” he said. “I really do feel that these people are brothers and sisters in God’s family. I am looking to build bridges with the Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the Catholic Church,….”

“The Church, in all its expressions—Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Protestant and many others—has 2.3 billion followers.”

This negates, at least sola fide, sola gratia, and soli Deo gloria. I wonder, which Rick Warren do we believe?

dacroteau said...

I think it might be appropriate to paraphrase a Rocky movie: if you see three of him, hit the one in the middle.

Ken Silva said...


I'm definitely a fan of the Rocky movies so I remember Pauly saying that to Rock.

Unfortunately in Warren's case I'm seeing "double"; as in double-minded. ;-)

Jonny said...

D.A. Croteau. Ever notice that every good theologian goes by their initials?

Hey Doc, where's this next post? Are you busy or something? : )

James Sundquist said...


I invite you to view this film documentary on tithing, but Dr. Russell Kelly, who did his Phd on Tithing:

He wrote this commentary on Rick Warren re tithing and compulsory covenants:

Speaking of Rick Warren, I invite you to view this film documentary on him:

And this investigation re his claims that is PDL book is the "best-selling non-fiction hardback book in history":

Sincerely in Christ,

James Sundquist