Skip to comments.Warren's 'backsliding' on homo marriage hurts church, Evangelical "pastor" apologizes on Larry King
Posted on 04/09/2009 12:59:34 PM PDT by bimboeruption
A Washington, DC, pastor and outspoken opponent of same-sex "marriage" says California mega-church pastor Rick Warren has done "tremendous damage" by apologizing for his support last fall of California's marriage protection amendment.
Rick Warren said Monday on CNN's Larry King Live that he has "never been and never will be" an "anti-gay marriage activist," and made a point to inform the program's host that he apologized to his homosexual friends for comments he made in October to his church in support of Proposition 8 in California.
Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., with the High Impact Leadership Coalition says he was very disappointed with Warren's statements on CNN.
"This man who's been called the next Billy Graham, who I really respect with all my heart and love what he's doing in Africa, is falling into a trap that is emblematic of the problem that the entire church is facing in this generation," Jackson states. "And that is that we love the applause of men more than we love the work of God and the gospel. Jesus...told us that we are to honor God first, and that we are not to fear men but we're to fear God."
Jackson argues that Warren was "aiding and abetting a deception around what kind of stance the Bible calls Christians to take" by telling Larry King that opposing the recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage was "not his agenda."
"He is the author of The Purpose Driven Life book," Jackson notes, "and therefore people are going to think, 'Well, this is not on my mission -- it's not on my purpose. I don't have to stand for truth.'
"Therefore, his defection -- in terms of his stance on this issue -- [and] his backsliding on this issue, becomes of tremendous damage to the strength of the church in this position."
Warren told King on Monday that he "never once even gave an endorsement" during the Prop. 8 campaign. However, in late October -- just weeks before the November 4 election -- the pastor told his congregation: "Now let me say this really clearly: we support Proposition 8 -- and if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support Proposition 8." (Read a complete transcript of those comments)
Pastor Warren has not yet responded to a request from OneNewsNow for an interview.
What's more important to "Pastor" Warren -- preaching the Truth or dinner at the White House?
Power corrupts people.
Is Rick afraid he might alienate a few of his 10 million “followers?”
purpose driven sodomy?
He’s just another politician following the polls.
“I was against fake marriage before I was for it - which was before I was against it again.”
Like most mega churches, the “pastor” is in the business of church building and not spreading the word of God.
next billy graham?
seems he is trying to pander for political power.
warren is no Billy Graham and I don’t even know that much about Graham other than he stood for the core christian tenenants.
He’s an evangelical? I always put him into the touchy feely group of non denominationals that include that flim flam artist in Houston’s mega church.
Ping to read later
It brings to question what else he has said that he did not really mean. At least be consistent or, if not, then explain your change of heart. I have little respect for public people who change their mind on their beliefs depending on the audience. This appears to be a caseof that.
Warren is serving [attempting to serve] two masters.
Well stated. What is more alarming with Warren’s comment are the thousands of church members that he leads. THEY are the ones who can make the biggest statement by attending services elsewhere. Jesus gave us the perfect example about breaking bread with sinners. Jesus used that opportunity to teach them about His message not condoning their actions. How can a preacher as knowledgeable with scripture as Warren miss this fundamental principle?
Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
What a disapointment Pastor Warren is. He’s been entrusted by God with a voice. But he refused to use it to take a stand for Christ.
He and “Pastor” Haggard should hook up.
Amen to that!
"Business" is the keyword of your statement.
We are totally surrounded by evil, corruption and perversion. I can't imagine the world getting any worse.