President-elect Obama has recently asked Dr. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California to offer the invocation (opening prayer) at his soon-to-happen inauguration. This has caused quite the controversy.
Dr. Warren – as pastor of one of the largest and most influential churches in America has been in the forefront of a global crusade to eliminate both poverty and HIV/Aids. And, he has become close with many world leaders as a result. He is well known and very biblically based in all aspects of his ministry, teaching, outreach and preaching. He holds to the doctrine of the Southern Baptist denomination which, although not officially in favour or endorsing the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit, has a number of leaders who are Spirit-filled and openly practice the supernatural gifts. I’m not sure where Dr. Warren stands on this issue. But, born again and biblically balanced as well as an advocate for the born again message is a given when referring to this outstanding pastor.
The problem – he welcomes people involved in the gay lifestyle into his church because the Lord loves everyone and everyone is a sinner. However, he does hold to and preach the biblical doctrine that homosexual behaviour in non-biblical and contrary to God’s order and thus a sin. This is the one thing that is causing such an uproar in the lead-up to the next president’s inauguration.
On Christmas Eve Fox News Channel carried a special interview with Dr. Rick Warren to discuss the stand he has and continues to take regarding biblical truth even when it is contrary to public opinion and the belief of many groups within the social fabric of the United States of America. It was a very interesting interview and Dr. Warren handled both himself and biblical truth very well. He was extremely loving and accepting; yet strongly upheld truth as he was ordained to do as a pastor who lives his life by biblical standards and scriptural truths and principles. And, as always with Dr. Warren, the gospel of Jesus Christ was explained very clearly to any who chose to listen to the interview.
If you would like a copy of the interview on a DVD just let us know by emailing Elizabeth@ralphhoweministries.com and a copy will be made for you free of charge and mailed to you within 5 days of us receiving your request.