What Is Rick Warren Thinking?

I have to admit I have been hesitant to criticize Rick Warren. His book, The Purpose Driven Life,  encouraged me when I was a new Christian. I know there are a lot of folks at my church that like him too. But I can’t ignore this one.

Warren decided to lose some weight and do a major health promotion at Saddleback. Of course, everything is BIG at Saddleback so he wanted to get some top name physicians and health consultants. So does he draw from the top minds of evangelicalism? No… he went to the top of of the evil world system.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. ( 2 Tim 4:3)

Warren put himself and now his flock under the care of Drs. Mehmet Oz, Mark Hyman, and Daniel Amen who have developed “The Daniel Plan.” Dr. Oz , an Oprah favorite, is the host of the Emmy-winning “Dr. Oz Show” and professor of surgery at Columbia University.  His medical qualifications aside, he openly admits that he is inspired by occultist Emmanuel Swedenborg.  Swedenborg was an 8th century cult founder who had elaborate conversations “Angels”  who dictated his apostate theology. There can be no doubt that they were fallen angels because he taught that all religions lead to God and denied orthodox Christian doctrines like the atonement of Christ, the trinity and the deity of the Holy Spirit. These aren’t excusable errors. Pastor Warren is knowingly putting his church under the influence of this New Age guru. Has he no discernment? What about shame?

He is also endorsing Hyman, a New York Times best-selling author who promotes New Age Buddhist style meditation via the Shambahala center. Amen is an advocate of Buddhist Tantric sex practices and the dubious brain science behind his diet plan Change Your Brain, Change Your Body has attracted the attention of Quackwatch.org.

Seriously, Rick Warren is supposed to be a Southern Baptist, what is going on? It seems that publicity and celebrity trump doctrinal purity and protecting his flock. Perhaps he should consider the warning from James…

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. (Jms. 3:1)

He might take a hint from Francis Chan as well. For more detailed information I suggest this piece by Lighthouse  Trails Research.

How does this match up with the book of Daniel? See Unpacking the Daniel Plan.

About Cris Putnam
Logos Apologia is the ministry of Cris D. Putnam. The mission of Logos Apologia is to show that logic, science, history and faith are complementary, not contradictory and to bring that life-changing truth to everybody who wants to know.


  1. HLC says:

    I recommend http://www.thebereancall.org as an excellent resource.

  2. Dan Edwards says:

    I, as all people are, am not without sin.

    For some reason though, when I listen to these mega church pastors with their lear jets and obvious love for
    material things and excess, smell a rat.

    Maybe I should consider the beam that is in mine own eye I first.

    I still smell a rat, who does not adhere to the saying of Christ, “no man comes to the father but through me”

  3. keith bruner says:

    (John 3:6) That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit.

    And to paraphrase: You can tell the variety of a tree by the fruit it bears.

  4. Daniel Henry Benson says:

    This is not surprising. The modern theology of today is ecumenicalism, but not just among Protestants and Catholics but among all regions. In a book written about her and approved by her (Mother Teresa), “A Chosen Path” she states that the Christians role in the world is not to evangelize everyone, she said our role is to “make Hindus better Hindus and Buddhists better Buddhists” and that there, “is more than one path to heaven”

    I have no doubt that this will be the theology of the Anti-Christ and will suck in all the major denominations with with his false world peace, his false signs and wonders and false raising from the dead from a head wound. The set up is in place.

    Even Father Malici Martin in His book about Pope John Paul II “Keys of this Blood” he writes that in the end, all the forces maneuvering to be the leader of the NWO will all fail that, “the Pope and the Catholic Church will rule the world from the City of the Seven Hills.”

    “For athe time will come when they will not endure bsound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and bwill turn aside to myths”. 2 Ti 4:3-4

  5. I have long been leary of Mr. Warren and his secular business philosophies being tranlated into the Body of Christ. He worked closely with some business motivation gurus to come up with his ‘Purpose-Driven” philosophy. My issue with all of that is that God’s hand is not shortened, His Spirit not incapable of adding to the Church daily those who are being saved. This latest snafu of his associations is of even more concern to me. Far too many times the issue of ungodly associations is covered up with and justified by the phase, ‘ he is witnessing to them’. Well, then let him witness but witnessing does not mean following their unholy beliefs.

    Thank you.


  6. ggrs says:

    First of all, Quackwatch is a joke. Secondly, if Warren or anyone, wants to believe something outside of the mainstream, let them. Why the desire to put people in emotional/religious chains? Everything that is not growing, is dead.

  7. wardoc says:

    another fundie showing his true colors: green for MONEY, er. MAMAN; what’s new? NOTHING !!!

  8. You wish says:

    Really!?! The Daniel Plan!?! This guy is ripping off the The Daniel Fast. This is a fast that many Real Christians do at the beginning of the year to cleanse their “temple” so to speak and of course to draw closer to Jesus. This guy is such a shill for the NWO it’s laughable. Oh well, what does the bible say about parishing for a lack of knowledge. But, they choose to be ignorant.

  9. Kyrie says:

    How about the “I will not be a glutton” plan? Works perfectly every time. All you do is put your fork down. And you don’t have to follow new age whack-jobs, heretics, megachurch pastors trying to get attention or anything!

  10. Terry says:

    Rick Warren is antichrist….not The Antichrist…but Jesus said…you are either with me or against me…and Rick Warren has proven time and time again that he is NOT with Yeshua…the RISEN Savior…Lord and Messiah…You will know them by their fruit…in Jesus there is no lie…only truth…you cannot sprinkle lies on truth and expect it to be truth….Religion is a man-made invention inspired by Satan…Faith is a creation of Yahweh…Heavenly Father…Abba….Depart from these vipers…that is what they are…they seek to lure people away from the truth…they will NOT like their destination….and that will be an eternity away from God…of whom they pretend to represent. Jesus did not give his life so people could elevate themselves IN the world…we are supposed to be separated from the world…believers are not of this world…Warren is a fraud, a fake and OF THIS WORLD!!!!


  11. Kate says:

    If you read and understand just who the United Nations worships, just google David Spangler who used to be one of the leaders for the organization and more than likely still is. He is quoted that he and any nation in line with the United Nations will worship Lucifer. Warren is a big believer of the United Nations and all that they stand for as well as speaking that there is more than one way to be saved through his work with the WCC. UtilizingDecernment in his church of Laodicea isnot what he hopes you will be able to do. He is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

  12. Leo says:

    Nothing surprises me any more….

  13. shawn says:

    Rick Warren is a heratic and his book …. PDL… is full of new age , hinduism among other eastern religions…Give me a break…SC

    PS … I don’t want to hear about the spelling….!!

  14. Spaz says:

    Do some research, Rick Warren is a satanist and tolerance is the religion of the devil. It is very good that this bothers you. Seek God only and not your fellow man.

    Enjoy your day!

  15. K says:

    Most people are tired of being judged, tired of the conceited analysis by judgementalists, and the fear endowed upon masses using the threat of judgement.

    fear by proxy is not scriptural authority.

    • Cris Putnam says:

      The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
      (1 Corinthians 2:14)

      If you want to be a Swedenborgian then fine by me! You have a perfect right to. It’s when it is represented as Christian or biblical that I have a problem with it. Daniel’s diet had nothing to do his weight or health but everything to do with not mixing himself with the Babylonian religion. Warren has done the polar opposite of what Daniel did in chapter 1, he has associated with the pagans for his diet and labeled it “the Daniel plan”. It’s shameful.

  16. BillybonesIII says:

    I, too with many in my congregation of Evangelicals did a Bible study using Rick’s book. There’s no doubt that God used Rick to help spread the Word but………people (flesh) fail just as Peter failed on the day our Saviour was arrested by the Pharisees. None of us is immune to stumbling. Let’s pray for Rick. God does give second chances while we walk this life. We must choose to forgive.

  17. I don’t go to Dr. Oz for spiritual guidance, just like I don’t go to my priest for medical advice ….

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hey tell me what is Rick Warren thinking.

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