For the past couple of days, many worried people have been asking me about Rick Warren being on stage at the Tribute for Pastor Chuck Smith on Sunday, October 27th at the Honda Center. Many people know & understand that some of Rick Warren’s ministry & teachings do not line up with God’s Word and what Calvary Chapels stand for. So YES, it was VERY odd to see Rick Warren on stage at the memorial for Pastor Chuck Smith.
The question in my mind is this… “Which one of the Calvary Chapel Pastors invited Rick Warren to be on stage at the Memorial?” As I asked around I came upon something very interesting… Rick Warren was NOT invited to be on stage at the memorial, he showed up unannounced and took a seat on stage… actually, he took Pastor Bob Coy’s seat on stage and remained on stage for the rest of the service. He even butted in on the Group Photo of all of the Calvary Chapel Guys after the service, placing himself in the middle of the group, right next to Brian Brodersen.
Now, this is not the first time Rick Warren has “Party Crashed” a Calvary Chapel event. On February 27th, 2013 Rick Warren showed up again at the KWVE Studio during the Pastor’s Perspective Radio Show on KWVE unannounced & uninvited. From my sources & also from Pastor David Hocking, Rick Warren Walked through the front door, asked the manager in charge if this was the way to the studio, walked right in and took a seat. If you listen to the broadcast you can hear the shock in both Pastor Chuck & Don Stuart’s voices, but you can also hear the God Given Grace that they had towards Rick, not wanting to embarrass him on live radio. Very odd indeed, but absolutely true.
In light of these facts, I have MANY questions: What possesses Rick Warren to do these things? Why does he feel like he must inject himself into these Calvary Chapel forums? If I am wrong, then which Calvary Chapel Pastor is inviting him on stage? Also… while we are on this point… who invited Reformed Theology Gurus Mark Driscoll, Alistar Begg & James MacDonald to film videos for the memorial as well as Rick Warren?
Pastor Chuck was asked on many occasions what he considered to be the greatest threat to Calvary Chapels in the future. He would always quote two passages: Galatians 3:3, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” and the other verse is Acts 20:29-30, “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.”
I hope that we Calvary Chapel Pastors will continue to teach the word, love the body, preach the Gospel and like Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls”