Joseph Herrin (12-19-08)
The news yesterday featured a story that Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, and author of The Purpose Driven Life, has been chosen by Barack Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration. Rick Warren is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and such associations lead the sincere saint of God to consider the following words of Scripture:
II Corinthians 6:14-17
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.”
Rick Warren’s impure associations are well known. He counts Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp, the parent company of Fox, as one of his church members. Warren has received substantial donations from Murdoch, in excess of a million dollars, and will not reprove this man despite the fact that he is touted as the world’s largest pornographer.
Rick Warren has also sponsored political forums at his church, inviting Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates to stand behind the podium at Saddleback Church and address the crowds. He was a participant in the Clinton Global Initiative initiated by Bill Clinton. A video of Warren at this 2008 event can be found at the following link:
If you watch the video you can observe how Rick Warren is being primed to advance the concept that all faiths are acceptable as long as people have some faith. The distinctiveness of Christianity is being downplayed. Barack Obama will surely be used of Satan to blur the distinctiveness of Christianity further, and he is selecting men who have a profound influence who will assist in this diabolical action. What business does a minister of Christ have with the political processes of this fallen world system?
Now Rick Warren is set to pray a blessing over Barack Obama, a man who champions homosexuality and abortion, and has even voted against legislation that would require medical practitioners to provide life saving care to babies who are born alive during failed abortions.
Can such a man as Rick Warren truly be discerning the voice of the Spirit of Christ? Why then have Christians bought up 20 million copies of his book, making it one of the best selling Christians books of all times? These things reveal the lack of spiritual discernment among the body of Christ at this hour.
The Purpose Driven Life is a book of subtle deception. It promotes an idea that Christians should strive to accomplish some purpose in this world, being focused upon that purpose. What is absent from the book is the message of being led of the Spirit of Christ in all things. The soul of man becomes the source from which this purpose is derived. All who operate out of the soul, rather than being led by the Spirit, will end up performing works of the flesh which Christ will reject at His appearing.
To see the fruit of Rick Warren’s teaching in this book, one need only examine his own life. “You will know them by their fruit.” The fruit of Rick Warren’s teaching has led him to invite the world’s largest pornographer to participate in the promotion of the Purposes Rick Warren has arrived at in his own soul. His teaching has led him to join himself to evil men and women who are Satan’s instruments to accomplish Satan’s purposes in this last day. Warren is set to speak a word of blessing over Satan’s chosen instrument to bring forth a one world government.
The church has not discerned the message of Sabbath rest. The apostle Paul in the book of Hebrews declares that Sabbath rest is “ceasing from man’s works.” In order to enter God’s Sabbath rest a man must divide between soul and Spirit.
For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of SOUL and SPIRIT, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The thoughts and intentions that are pursued by the vast majority of Christians are arising from within the soul of man. They have failed to divide between soul and spirit. Consequently they are even being found to serve Satan while thinking themselves to be righteous in the eyes of God.
The Spirit is testifying that God is about to open the floodgates and allow Satan to enter into the nations as a flood. He will come with great deception to deceive if possible even the elect. Only those who have learned to discern the voice of the Spirit of Christ will be able to withstand this onslaught. The vast majority will be swept away.
One consequence of this will be that the very ones who fill the pews of churches week after week will begin to perceive the elect of God who are walking by the Spirit of Christ as their enemies. They will rise up to persecute those who have not been deceived as they themselves have been, and the following prophecy of Christ will be fulfilled.
“But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”
“If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”
“They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.”
People, we are seeing in the headlines of the news in this very hour that these things are at hand. Twenty million Christians have purchased Rick Warren’s book. He is the pastor of one of the largest churches in America, and his messages are broadcast far and wide. Yet this man has aligned himself with Satan. He has become Satan’s pawn to accomplish his purposes. Rick Warren does not perceive that he is deceived, for he has neither known Christ, or His Father.
Many millions of Christians are equally as blind as Rick Warren. They have bought into the purpose driven lie. They are setting their hands to actions that God has given them no command to do. They are speaking words God has not commanded them to speak. Because they have given themselves to be led of their soul, leaning upon their own human understanding, they will become partakers of the judgment of God. God will even give them over to become persecutors of the Spirit led saints of Christ, allowing them to bring great condemnation upon themselves.
If you do not understand this matter of dividing between soul and spirit, of ceasing from your own actions to only do the actions that the Spirit of Christ directs you to, then I urge you to read the book Sabbath.
Do not be among those who stand before Christ on the day of judgment and hear Him say, “I never knew you. Depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.”
Yahweh is making a separation among His people in this hour. The following prophecy of Scripture is being fulfilled:
It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
Let me share something from this passage that I have never heard proclaimed. Whenever we see the words “If anyone has an ear, let him hear,” then we can know that there is something being spoken that will not be perceived by many. The statements here are all linked together. We read, “It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them…” Many carnal interpretations of this have come forth, such as those set forth in the Left Behind series. There will no doubt be physical persecution of those who walk by the Spirit of Christ in these last days, but that is not what is in focus here.
The next statement we see is, “All who dwell on the earth will worship him…” Satan will be given authority to overcome the saints and cause them to worship those who are anti-christ. This very action will be observed when Rick Warren pronounces a blessing over Barack Hussein Obama, and millions of Christians will proclaim words of praise about what a wonderful thing has occurred. Satan will prevail over the people of God through deception, causing them to venerate the very enemies of Christ.
The people of God have been doing this for many years. But now at the end of the age as the plans of Satan are coming to fruition, we will see the people of God embracing greater evil than ever before. Great blindness will come upon those who have not loved the truth. Multitudes will be overcome.
II Thessalonians 2:8-12
Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
Barack Obama’s “coming is in accord with the activity of Satan.” Yet those who have not loved the truth are being given over to a spirit of delusion. These will not be saved (delivered), but will end up being judged by God.
These things are as close as the daily headlines. Is it not interesting that the name of Rick Warren’s church is Saddleback Church. Look at the picture again at the top of this writing and see the name of the church behind the image of Warren and Obama. Then consider the following:
And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names…
“And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire.”
Let those who have ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying.
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