Rick Warren appointed advisor to the Tony Blair Faith Foundation — What Holly Thinks

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. — one of the largest churches in the United States — and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Purpose Driven Life.”

In his bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life, megachurch pastor Rick Warren said studying end-times prophecy distracts Christians from fulfilling the missions God has given each of them. In context, their missions should focus primarily on spreading the gospel, according to Warren (see pages 285-286).

He said, ‘If you want Jesus to come back sooner, focus on fulfilling your mission, not figuring out prophecy. It is easy to get distracted and sidetracked from your mission because Satan would rather have you do anything besides sharing your faith. He will let you do all kinds of good things as long as you don’t take anyone to heaven with you.’

Yet, if Warren had studied prophecy, he’d know better than serving on the advisory council of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

The foundation’s stated purpose is to harness ‘faith as a force for good’ in the world, by getting people of different faiths to work together to tackle global poverty and conflict. It was launched Friday in New York at an event moderated by Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent. Read about it here.

While Blair’s interfaith movement may sound good, those who know Bible prophecies know that it fits perfectly with a global, interfaith movement that will arise to support the Antichrist (Rev. 13:11-18).

In a statement on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Web site, Warren says, ‘The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s potential for doing good is staggering.’ Apparently, Warren has failed to heed his own warning that Satan will distract Christians by letting them ‘do all kinds of good things as long as [they] don’t take anyone to heaven with [them].’

To be fair, Warren’s five-part ‘P.E.A.C.E. Plan’ includes sharing the gospel along with tackling social ills. Read about it here. Yet, because of his ignorance of prophecy, Warren is now going to lead many evangelicals into joining ranks with a global religious movement the Bible warned about.

Warren isn’t the only evangelical leader to serve on the 12-member advisory council. Others include David Coffey (president of the Baptist World Alliance) and Joel Edwards (general director of the Evangelical Alliance). See the full list here. And if we’re as far along in the prophecies as FP suspects, then we should expect to see more of our Christian leaders signing onto this interfaith movement.

Holly Pivec
6/2/08