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Saddleback Going Global Again

saddlebackhongkongFor the first time in its 33-year history, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church will be launching campuses outside the US including Accra, Amman, Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Manilla, Mexico City, Moscow, and Tokyo. The Gospel Hearld reports:

The significance is that they will be planted in 12 strategic “Gateway Cities” around the world for their proximity to the final 3,800 people groups that still do not have a church. . .

The targeted “unengaged” groups are those “who have had little or no exposure to the Bible, Christian churches or missionaries,” the Saddleback Church explained. These launches are fruits of their year-long work with the “12 Cities PEACE Plan”; they have worked toward strengthening local churches by providing pastors with Purpose Driven training, and meet the practical needs of the poor and marginalized in those cities.

Saddleback’s PEACE Pastor Jimmie Davidson told The Christian Post that these global campuses, while headed by pastors already linked to local culture, will feature live worship and video or satellite-feed messages from Warren, the senior pastor of each congregation. (source)

Is providing Purpose Driven training and video or satellite-feed messages from Rick Warren in fulfillment of the Great Commission where Jesus instructed the apostles to teach people to “observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20)? 

stephen leeStephen Lee who will be pastoring the Purpose Driven Hong Kong campus first met Rick Warren in 2006 “because he has heard so much about him during his time working as the CEO of Peter Drucker Academy, the first private company registered in China as a charity organization.” It is this shared love for Drucker that brought the two together. Saddleback Church reported in “Bringing Saddleback to Hong Kong“:

Saddleback Hong Kong is a strategic church because of the connection it has with China. Stephen’s years at Peter Drucker taught him many of the same principles and values that Saddleback Church has. Stephen inserts, “Ordinary people make a difference. Ordinary people do extraordinary things. It comes from Peter Drucker. I am able to agree to this in such short time and with only a month of training because I know Peter Drucker in-depth. Saddleback Church and Rick Warren stand for the same.” (source)

Notice that Stephen Lee acknowledges that Saddlback Church and Rick Warren stand for the same thing as Peter Drucker. Lee can say this with such confidence because he knows Peter Drucker in-depth. He said it is by Peter Drucker that ordinary people do extraordinary things. In addition to his shared love for Warren’s mentor Peter Drucker, Lee is an entrepreneur, engineer, and businessman (source). This makes him a perfect candidate and co-worker with Warren’s PEACE Plan and Purpose Driven global agenda.

The Rick Warren-Peter Drucker connection has been thoroughly documented at HBP in the article “Drucker’s Discipleship” and the film Church of Tares. Even if Drucker were a Christian, this would be problematic and disastrous for the sake of following a fallible man rather than the Lord Jesus when it comes to building the Church. But Drucker admits he was not a born again Christian. In a video interview at Claremont College in 2001, Drucker clearly denied being a born-again Christian:

I am not a born-again Christian. I went to church and tithed, but no I am not a Christian. (source)

What is most disturbing about this is how much the Peter Drucker model is admittedly and unashamedly being exalted over the biblical model for church, and how much the man Peter Drucker is being lifted up for wisdom and principles rather than Jesus Christ. 

In fulfillment of Drucker’s lifelong goal of creating a “new society,” through the megachurch, TIME magazine reported on May 27, 2008 the following concerning Warren’s PEACE Plan:

Over the last four years, Warren has “beta-tested” his plan by sending almost 8,000 members of his own 22,000-member Saddleback Church congregation, and an undetermined number from 12 other congregations, to work in 68 nations. The flagship project has been in Rwanda, whose President, Paul Kagame, has declared his intention to make his country the world’s first “Purpose-Driven Nation.” (source)

The idea of a Purpose-Driven nation or Purpose-Driven country or Purpose Driven society is no different than Emperor Constantine’s intention with the Roman Empire. In the early fourth century AD, Constantine adopted the Christian faith for the entire Roman Empire. Christianizing a nation and entire society proved to be a fatal mistake. After Constantine’s declaration, Christianity was mixed with the empire’s existing secular beliefs and holidays causing confusion which remains today.

As Rick Warren launched the Purpose Driven Living in Uganda Campaign, the following press release also spoke of the Purpose Driven country and the Purpose Driven Continent:

Pastor Rick has partnered with President Kagame and others to make Rwanda a Purpose Driven country – I ask, why not Uganda as well?” Archbishop Orombi challenged an unprecedented gathering of 450 national leaders at a banquet gathered to hear Dr. Warren speak. “Uganda should be a Purpose Driven nation as well. But it takes people of purpose to build purpose driven churches, purpose driven communities, and a purpose driven country. Someday, we will have a purpose driven continent! (source)

While Warren’s plan’s for changing and reaching the world are very noble, it is dreadful to think that the watered-down easy believeism version of the Gospel is not only being spread all over the world, but now going to be proclaimed to unreached people groups of the world and the “Gateway Cities” of Accra, Amman, Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Manilla, Mexico City, Moscow, and Tokyo.

With worldly nations like Rwanda and Uganda becoming Purpose Driven nations through the PEACE Plan, the Apostle John tells us, “They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:5,6). James 4:4 declares, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Yet Warren’s PEACE Plan and new society envisioned by his mentor Drucker is increasingly embraced by politicians, celebrities, and world leaders.

There are many passages in the Word that clearly describe what the world’s reaction will be to the Gospel, and how we will be treated and regarded because of the Gospel. The nature of Warren’s PEACE Plan and message is defined by how the world reacts to it. Warren is reaching people groups with information, organization, ideas and even inspiration. But the source is Drucker, not Jesus. Once again to quote Stephen Lee:

Ordinary people make a difference. Ordinary people do extraordinary things. It comes from Peter Drucker. I am able to agree to this in such short time and with only a month of training because I know Peter Drucker in-depth. Saddleback Church and Rick Warren stand for the same. (source)