I thought We Believed in Freedom of Speech and Religious Freedom

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.

3 replies
  1. AngieF
    AngieF says:

    Yes the homosexual behaviour really has been a big issue, I think its been an issue for quite a few years,even before I was saved. I believe they call it hate propoganda.
    Funny I never think of the word hate when I think of the Lord Jesus or His Word.
    I am looking forward to hearing the interview.
    Thank you for sending copys out.

  2. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    We hope to have it edited and sent out by the end of the week. So, look for it in the mail by mid-week next week. Would love some feddback on the interview after you have watched it. Blessings!

  3. AngieF
    AngieF says:

    Hi Ralph 🙂 Hope all is well with you and your family.
    I received the DVD, what an awesome Christmas message. What a good word, God is so good I really needed to hear that message. Thank you for sending it out. Very much appreciated.
    The interview wasn’t on the dvd but I have heard quite a few of Rick Warren’s interviews including the one where he is asked which is a greater threat divorce or gay marriage. I am not sure if that is the one your talking about but it sure is an issue.
    In this interview as well as all the others I have listened to he does speak biblical truth with a lot of love and grace. You do that pretty well too, wish we could all speak so well.
    He seems to be getting it from both sides christians and non christians. One christian says he’s too secular, I was like what!!
    Gay activist’s are taking this totally the wrong way.

    If only the world and lots of us christian’s knew how much God loves them. His love changes everything.

    But I have to say I totally agree with Rick Warren on the issue of marriage. I don’t believe in redefinition of marriage either. God’s way is the only way and He doesn’t change his ways, we do. God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
    Freedom of speech and religious freedom especially seems to be something some people would love to take from us.
    As a born again christian and a canadian I am choosing to stand for the Lord with no compromise. I don’t say that lightly, it comes from many dark nights of the soul.
    We all need to join hands and stand as one in Christ, these are awesome times we are living in.


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