Despite the countless and detailed warnings that have gone out over the last decade about Rick Warren and his distortion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, John Piper prepares to deliver his followers to the platform at Saddleback Church in an act of ultimate spiritual betrayal on April 29 and 30, 2011.
John Piper, perhaps more than anyone else who has been seduced by Dr. Warren through the years, is without excuse. Could there be a teacher more aware of what the Gospel actually is according to Scripture? Someone with a more thorough knowledge of the whole Counsel of God? Someone with more access to the best commentaries, the best theological instruction, the most devout and rigorous Bible teaching colleagues in the land? Yet he falls, and with him, takes innumerable sheep who will trust him to their own destruction.
Just weeks ago, Rick Warren introduced an unholy trinity of pagan teachers on the same platform at Saddleback as he unveiled his Daniel Plan. To an audience of physically and spiritually needy people he presented Dr. Oz, Dr. Amen, and Dr. Hyman, three men who are actively promoting things like Transcendental Meditation, and Sa Ta Na Ma meditation taken from Kundalini Yoga. These teachers have videos all over the Internet that instruct viewers on how to become healthy through New Age methods, like Dr. Oz, for example, who promotes men like Deepak Chopra on his TV show. In the linked video he shows viewers how to lose weight through occult meditation practices. He brought this spiritual program to Saddleback at the request of Rick Warren. It is the tip of the iceberg.
Rick Warren’s involvement with the pluralistic and religious unity goals of the Tony Blair foundation are well documented. Tony Blair is a pro-abortion Roman Catholic convert who is also a proponent of a developing world spirituality. He asked Rick Warren to join him in the uniting of world religions through his foundation and Rick Warren signed on. Warren is welcoming Mr. Blair to the same Platform where John Piper’s Desiring God Conference will be held in April. Warren is awarding Mr. Blair, a biblical apostate and enemy of the cross of Jesus Christ, with a prize for his efforts for world peace. This is not a plot device in some low budget end-times movie. This is reality, and John Piper is now fully on board Warren’s train.
There is no need to recount the assaults on Scripture that Mr. Warren has engaged in over the course of his Purpose-Driven career. Entire books have been written on the subject. What is abundantly clear is that those who willfully join arms with him in his spiritual agenda for the world are equally guilty. Those pastors and teachers who knowingly deliver their sheep to the spiritual slaughterhouse at Saddleback are Judas goats. It does not matter what accomplishments such pastors and teachers have achieved in their ministries of the past. What matters is what they have done with their part of the ministry entrusted to them now.
Judas also had a part in Christ’s ministry for three years, and he betrayed Christ at the last. (See Acts 1:16-19 for the summary.) He sold out for 30 pieces of silver. John Piper has sold out the true Gospel for the embrace of the world’s leading evangelical name. He desired Rick Warren more than he desired God, and he is now helping Warren usher in the ultimate global spiritual rebellion.
The seduction of John Piper is a cautionary story for all of us. None of us are too biblically sound, too studied, to ready with an answer to have immunity to the spiritual seduction that has been unleashed on the planet. If John Piper can fall, we can also fall. The spiritual battle being waged on those who are faithful to Jesus Christ is growing worse by the day. Ask anyone in ministry about that. We need the full armor of God, and we need to be in unceasing prayer that God would keep us steadfast in the faith. Our Captain will be here soon. Let’s be ready.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.