Rick Warren flatly denies that he believes Muslims and Christians worship the same God in this interview.
Ed Stetzer's Blog
So all this is very confusing.
The King's Way Document is the source of the confusion. Does anyone have a copy of it? Can you email it to me?
Why it took Rick and Saddleback 5 full days to respond to a story that ran on Sunday is quite confusing. Moreover, why Warren is referring to Muslims as friends?
The word 'friend' has such varying definitions and understanding.
These are Warren's word.
WARREN: Building a bridge has nothing to do with compromising your beliefs. It's all about your behavior and your attitude toward them. It's about genuinely loving people. People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Before people ask "Is Jesus credible?" they want to know if you are credible. Before people trust Jesus they must trust you. You cannot enemies to Christ, only your friends. It's part of what Paul calls "the ministry of reconciliation." It is Christlike to treat people with dignity and listen to them with respect...
I agree that it is Christlike to treat people with dignity and listen to them with respect...
I disagree with the statement "before people trust Jesus they must trust you."
Did the 3000 who were converted in Acts 2 all trust Peter first? Of course, not. They were convicted of their need for a Savior from God the Holy Spirit. Read John 3.
Did the Rich Young Ruler simply NOT trust Jesus as a person and as one who was credible--no he didn't want to give up his wealth to follow Jesus.
Salvation is not manipulated by becoming friends with someone.
Those are my thoughts--what are yours?
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