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RICK WARREN’S International PEACE Medal to be Awarded to Tony Blair

This weekend, Sunday March 6th 2011, Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, will be hosting Pastor Rick Warren’s Eighth Civil Forum event. This year Warren will present the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair (May 1997 to June 2007), with Saddleback’s Annual International PEACE medal. Warren said, “The award is given to individuals who exemplify outstanding contributions toward alleviating the issues addressed by the PEACE plan.”   Tony Blair was appointed as the Middle East envoy in 2007 by the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia. At Saddleback, Blair is expected to speak about “Peace in a Globalized Economy” and Warren will ask him about the situation in Egypt and talk about efforts to alleviate Warren’s five PEACE Plan global giants.

What is Warren’s PEACE Plan? It was established in 2005 as a program of “local and international missionary aid” designed to eradicate what Warren perceives to be the “five global giants”- spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership (and self-centered leaders), extreme poverty, pandemic diseases, and illiteracy and education.  According to Warren, the PEACE Plan seeks to mobilize millions of Christians around the world for PEACE actions combined in an acronym which Warren claims are based on five actions Jesus modeled - 'Promote' reconciliation, 'Equip' servant leaders, 'Assist' the poor, 'Care' for the sick and 'Educate' the next generation.
 
According to PR-USA.net, The Saddleback Civil Forums were established to promote civil discourse and the common good of all. Past Civil Forums have touched on a variety of issues from leadership to service to orphan care to reconciliation and featured such leaders as a panel of Holocaust survivors President George W. Bush and President Kagame of Rwanda. The most notable event was the Saddleback Civil Forum on The Presidency featuring presumptive presidential nominees Senators Barack Obama and John McCain discussing issues of leadership, held in August 2008. Additional information about Civil Forums can be found at http://www.SaddlebackCivilForum.com.

The establishment of this forum begs some questions, why is America’s Pastor Rick Warren so deeply involved as a political statesman, and why does he entertain guests such as President Paul Kagame of Rwanda?  Kagame’s been accused by the French court in relation to the shooting down of the plane carrying Rwanda’s former president Jouvenal Habyarimana in 1994. Kagame is considered a war criminal and so one wonders why Rick Warren has chosen Rwanda as his Purpose Driven nation with Kagame at the helm?

This weekend Blair will be embraced as acceptable by Warren’s groupies who’ll cling to Warren’s accolades and endorsement of Blair, believing their Shepherd Pastor to be leading them in a Christianity akin to the Bible. Nothing is further from Biblical Truth. Warren merges New Age views with his brand of Christianity and accepts those who adhere to liberalism, humanism and socialism into his PEACE Plan. He attempts to unify all faiths in the building of a kingdom for God on earth.  And as witnessed last month in the kicking off of Warren’s Decade of Destiny, he introduced New Age holistic health and wellness to his congregation, wrapped in verses selected from several translations of the Bible to support his eclectic spirituality.  For more information click here to learn more of Warren’s Daniel Plan designed by New Age doctors; a Muslim, a Jew and a New Age Christian, discussed on several radio shows and in articles.

At this weekend's Civil Forum, Blair is also expected to discuss the challenges that globalization brings to the modern world, and how his Faith Foundation aids in building peaceful co-existence and understanding for religion as a force for good in the modern world.  Warren has said, "As my wife Kay and I have been implementing the PEACE Plan in 68 developing countries, we have seen first-hand many of the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been changed through Prime Minister Blair's efforts. I hope that this Forum will enlighten American people on Mr. Blair's work in partnering and bringing about this process of change."  The change that both Warren and Blair hope to bring is an ecumenical world religion that requires tolerance for all faiths as equal.

Nowhere in the PEACE plan is the gospel found….or is it?  Warren and Blair promote not only ecumenical tolerance, but global salvation through a social justice gospel for the coming world kingdom. This false gospel becomes an elixir for the masses covering their sins with good deeds that deceive them into a false acceptability before God.  Social justice embraces all religions, promotes equality and the good of all mankind, seeks to remedy the ills of the world, and preserves the basic dignity of life.  Pursuing these goals gives man a false sense of purpose and assurance that their self-deceived hearts are right with God because they reason their past sins will be overlooked for all the good they have wrought.  This reconciliation with mankind is not reconciliation with God. Sinners are reconciled to God through faith in Jesus redemptive work on the cross.

The gospel of social justice causes a deep sleep to fall over its participants numbing them to the true gospel and true salvation found in Jesus Christ.  Good deeds and good works clean up the outer condition of man, while the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses the inner man; "….. cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also." (Matt 23:26).  Unlike the education of the PEACE plan, the world needs to be educated in the knowledge of the true God for true repentance that results in salvation for eternity.  Warren advises that Christians work with Muslims, Hindus and people of all faiths, yet Hindu’s don’t see themselves as sinners but merely ignorant of their divinity within. Muslims don’t see Jesus as God or that He and His Father are One (John 17:11).  Christians should be educating these faiths about true salvation found in Christ rather than working together with these faiths to build a worldwide kingdom.  

Concerning the eradication of the world's poverty, Jesus said this is not possible; "7For ye have the poor with you always …." (Mark 14:7).  However, Jesus didn’t say we shouldn’t be involved in reaching out to the widows, orphans or the poor. In fact He encouraged, “ye may do them good” (Mark 14:7).  While meeting one's temporal needs is good, one's eternal need must take precedence. The Church should be evangelizing the world with the life saving message of God's love towards mankind, offered through Christ's death, burial and resurrection…all done in the spirit of love and charity.  Those who believe this life giving message are then enrolled as citizens in the true Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will set up and rule upon His return.

Instead of being ambassadors of Christ to the world, the Church is now being wooed to partner with political statesmen who are using the name of Christ and religion to organize a counterfeit kingdom that the coming Man of Lawlessness will assume rulership over prior to Christ's return.  The kingdoms of the world belong to Satan (Matt 4:8) who is behind this agenda of coalescing politics, economics and religion for the final showdown in history, which coincidentally are the three sectors of Rick Warren's three legged stool model. The book of Revelation prophesies this coming global kingdom will eventually require worship of the Beast (religion) at the threat of death (political) in order to buy or sell (economics); "15 and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Rev 13:15,17).  The Church is currently being hoodwinked and taken "captive to do the devil's will" (2 Tim 2:26) in spending its strength for building this false empire.

Rick Warren says, "In addition to my primary calling to proclaim the Gospel message, these Civil Forums further my three other life goals: helping individuals accept responsibility, assisting the Church in regaining credibility and encouraging our society to return to civility."

We must ask what civility or Civil forums has in common with the gospel of Christ?  The world hates the message of cross, "18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor 1:18).  Civil matters apply to citizenship on earth but Paul explains, "20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phl 3:20).  The Church needs no regaining of credibility for the truth of God remains, "upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt 16:18).  And accepting responsibility for the world's ills is not the mission of the Church, rather the Church has received its commission from Jesus Christ just prior to His ascension into heaven; "19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt 28:19).

Does it concern the Bible believing Church that Rick Warren is partnering with the Catholic Tony Blair? Even the idea of social justice originated with the Catholic philosopher Thomas Aquinas. Catholics have long been known for depending on good works for meriting salvation as evidenced by Mother Theresa whom many erroneously consider a Christian, including Rick Warren.  She exemplified the ecumenical ideals embraced by Warren and Blair by helping Hindus become better Hindus, Buddhists become better Buddhists, and Catholics become better Catholics.  Clearly, she believed in an interfaith universalism.

Like the Bereans who examined Paul’s teachings against Scripture (Acts 17:11), we need to examine Warren’s PEACE model in the light of scripture to see if it passes scrutiny.  Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was not as a political corrector but as the Promised Messiah. Jesus said His Kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36) and rejected earthly, man-driven goals. He encouraged the seeking of another Kingdom of eternal treasure and the doing of God’s righteousness; “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6:19-21). Jesus’ reconciliation plan was not based on bettering the earth politically or environmentally.

Paul warns the Church, "14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (2 Cor 6:14-15).   Furthermore, the apostle John tells us not to invite those of another faith into the household of God who do not bring the message and teachings of Christ, "9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed."

The real agenda underfoot in partnering with the world in honoring a different Jesus, another spirit to bring about Warren's ecumenical PEACE on earth through a social gospel of good works.  The "servant leaders" he's raising up are ignorant of the "full counsel of God" and sadly sold out to ushering in the New-Age utopia described in the Bible as the last days global plan.  This weekend's honoring of Tony Blair and his Faith Foundation moves the Church one step closer to implementing and realizing this vision.

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