Sunday, February 26, 2012

Controversy Over An Article About Rick Warren's Efforts to Bring Muslims, Christians Together

Posted by Christine Pack

According to our article posted just a few hours ago, Rick Warren, megachurch pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, is currently working to build a "bridge" (through a document called "King's Way") between Christians and Muslims by claiming that the two faiths worship the same God. The "King's Way" document, which is the foundation for these bridge building efforts, is not yet publicly available, but a December 2011 meeting at Saddleback Church has been documented here. From the article by Jim Hinch of the Orange County Register:
"The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America's most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God." (online source)
After this article appeared, Pastor Warren commented on the article in the comments section, claiming that there were errors in the Orange County article:

After Warren's comment, we amended our article to add the following:
NOTE: Pastor Rick Warren recently stated in the comments section of the above article that the article contained many inaccuracies, but did not elaborate further. I will be happy to publish any statements from Rick Warren/Saddleback detailing the "multiple errors - factually and theologically" that are contained in the sourced article. 
But then a few hours later, the writer of the article (Jim Hinch), also commented on the article:

(Thank you to a Facebook friend for pointing me to Jim Hinch's response to Rick Warren's comment.)

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