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Monday, September 11, 2006

Way to Go Rick

Some have been down on me for criticizing some of his methods, but in effort to be fair I want to applaud Rick Warren for the following quote, found in the recent edition of TIME magazine:
"This idea that God wants everybody to be wealthy?" he snorts. "There is a word for that: baloney. It's creating a false idol. You don't measure your self-worth by your net worth. I can show you millions of faithful followers of Christ who live in poverty. Why isn't everyone in the church a millionaire?"
This quote is Warren's response to the question of whether God wants all of His children to experience material prosperity. You can obviously hear Warren's disgust with this movement. I would imagine that his travels to other countries helps him see the emptiness of the prosperity preachers (which only works in properous nations), let alone the deep faith of those who serve Christ with so little in material wealth.

I applaud Warren's boldness and look forward to reading all of the TIME article. So many people fall for this message that Jesus wants us all to live in comfort. I wonder why the church doesn't typically call out very many of the preachers mentioned in this article?

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