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01/13/2009

'All those angry people who are attacking me'

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 19-47What's Rick Warren's takeaway from the past month of scrutiny?

(1) That bloggers and the media are mean "attackers"

(2) That the anger over his anti-gays is perfectly okay because it's led many others to be "saved"

This from a new post that just went live on Rick's official blog:

BRINGING GOOD OUT OF BAD

It is always so amazing how God brings good out of bad. As you know, the media and bloggers have been attacking me incessantly and incorrectly for a month. (More on that later.) All of that attention resulted in the good news of salvation being put into the hands (through the Christmas book) into the ears and eyes (through our Christmas TV broadcast) of millions of people who might never step inside a church. “The Purpose of Christmas” book became the #2 New York Times Bestseller in December! Never forget that everything we do is all about connecting people to God and that Jesus loves and died for all those angry people who are attacking me. We will respond with nothing but love for them. We will out-love those who hate us. And if being insulted brings more people to Christ, so be it!

By the way, the phrase “Hate the sin and love the sinner” is NOT in the Bible. Instead, what God tells us to do is “Love EVERYBODY and hate my own sins.” That’s more biblical. Yes, there’s real evil and real good in the world. But the moment you start categorizing people into one of two groups you set yourself up for arrogance, self-righteousness, and harming others. The reality is that we are all a mixture, and we all think and do evil at times. That’s why we ALL need a Savior named Jesus.

BRINGING GOOD OUT OF BAD [Pastor Rick's News and Views]

So wait a minute -- he's preaching against categorizing people into two groups, but only after he himself has lumped the vast array of voices who've spoken out against his invite into the "bad" category?! And rather than take on the impassioned outcry that continues to come from shocked and hurt people, he touts the fact that the incident has helped him move merchandise?! Ugh, it continues to get worse!

Oh, and as for you being "incorrectly" represented, Rick? Well, we've always preferred to let you speak for yourself:


**SEE ALSO: Our complete Rick Warren archive.

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Your thoughts

Praise the lord! Hallelujah! And pass the offering plate! This baby has got legs! Can I get an AMEN!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jan 13, 2009 6:08:30 PM

Is this where he admits to being a media whore too?

Posted by: Zack | Jan 13, 2009 6:35:26 PM

Not to be too picky, but in the first paragraph above, did he put his holiday one-off of his best seller on par with the bible? Isn't that a bit of a sin? Or at least as bad in taste as the Hawaiian shirts?

Posted by: JT | Jan 13, 2009 8:30:58 PM

The Purpose of Christmas- to sell books!
'Cause jeebus was all about the NY Times best selling fiction.

"But the moment you start categorizing people into one of two groups you set yourself up for arrogance, self-righteousness, and harming others."

Much like equating same sex unions to pedophilia, bestiality and incest,

C U Next Tuesday Reck.

Posted by: John Ozed | Jan 14, 2009 9:32:36 AM

until the church removes the blanket that hides the hatred and admits they are wrong in their stance against homosexuality, clowns like this will never back down on their self-righteous stances. thanks for sharing to the world his level of ignorance.

Posted by: eric vasallo | Jan 14, 2009 9:36:11 PM

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