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Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & the Sickening Response by Some Christians


If you browse the ‘Christian’ internet you’ve probably read some of the terrible responses posted by a number of Christians, in response to the suicide of Warren’s son. It didn’t surprise me for even at this tiny blog a few comments, of a similar vein, were left here. Needless to say those never saw the light of day, but were instead automatically deleted. Up until a few years ago I would have been shocked to the core by any type of a response to a tragedy from fellow Christians, other then deep sympathy and a call for prayer, but not today. Because as Jesus foretold, “because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” – (Matthew 24:12).

From Frank Viola’s article, Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians” 

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Now is a good time to go back and re-read Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another.

Why do so many people not want to have anything to do with Jesus? It’s because of the cruel, harsh, self-righteous, and judgmental attitude that some professing “Christians” level against their fellow believers. “Why would I want to be part of that bunch!?” . . . is the common response by so many non-Christians today.

Yesterday, I got the sad news that Rick Warren’s youngest son committed suicide.

If you are a Christian and your heart doesn’t go out to this brother and his family, something is wrong with you spiritually. I don’t care what you think about Warren’s theology, his books, or how he combs his hair. The fact is, he lost a child. Few things can be more painful and nightmarish in this life.

To add insult to injury, take a look at some of the comments by fellow Christians (professing ones at least) to the news. These are comments that were left on various Christian news websites under the Warren article;

*Train up your children in the way, live a godly example with right priorities, care enough to home-school despite the great sacrifice involved, don’t let them date unchaperoned, have daily family devotions, turn off the 1-eyed idiot, TRULY HAVE A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE, and your children WILL NOT COMMIT SUICIDE, nor will they be involved in homosexuality, nor fornication. —  

*He killed himself, it’s much worse than fornication or homosexuality or Onanism or eating pork. He denied himself a chance to get better. If your kids need a chaperone to date, why do you let them date? They shouldn’t be dating if they are not mature enough to control themselves. –  

*Suicide happens soon after your stupid enough to read “The Purpose Driven Life”. –  

*Poor Matthew denies God’s Love with suicide. –  

*He could not save his own because Mr. Warren does not truly understand how his own heart works, how it is broken and the mechanism by which Jesus laid out the example of how to fix it. Matthew killed himself because he did not understand either. He was a victim of his own ignorance and the ignorance of his family, friends, society and Christians around him — presently!

Sisters and Brothers, we have not so learned Jesus Christ!

There were more comments like these, unfortunately…

I fear for those who made these deplorable remarks. The Scriptures clearly teach that how we treat others is how the Lord will treat us. And if we have the knife out for one of His children, we will eventually end up falling on it ourselves. Paul said you will reap what you sow. That’s written in the heavens. So be very, very careful how you respond to someone else’s tragedy, mistakes, pain, or loss.

Treat others the way you want to be treated in every circumstance – (Luke 6:31). Ergo, how would YOU want to be treated if you lost a child? How we respond to bad things that happen to others (be they tragedies, failures, or pain) is a barometer that reveals how well we know our Lord. In fact, there may be no greater test.

“If Christians cannot extend grace through faithful presence within the body of believers, they will not be able to extend grace to those outside.” ~ James Davison Hunter

Like I said, responses like those above (and believe me, I actually read some much worse) didn’t surprise me in the least. That type of cold reaction is something I’ll never accept from fellow Christians, but regrettably it is something I’ve come to expect.    

8 comments on “Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & the Sickening Response by Some Christians

  1. There is a time to mourn and this is that time. The loss of a child should move all of us. This is not the time to point out theology.

  2. We should expect the world would respond this way. So I have to conclude that those who say Jesus is Lord and are saying the same as the world says must be the ones Jesus is talking about, here:

    “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

  3. Ayayay… I’m always reminded of Job’s wicked friends. If people spent less time looking for “heretics” and more time examining their OWN wicked, WICKED hearts, the world would be a better place. White washed tombs. They’ll probably be deeply surprised Jesus tells them to go away, He never knew them.😦

    • Hi Micey! I’ve been following your ministry for the Lord via facebook. God bless you and the work you’re involved in!

      And amen to your comment sweetie.

  4. Don’t misunderstand me, I think that Warren’s false teaching leads many astray, and needs to be as openly rebuked as it is openly taught, just as countless others who teach doctrine contrary to Scripture. Obviously this can come in different packages; adding to the Scriptures, taking away from the Scriptures, or just plain twisting the truth of Scripture. But what many of these twisted commenters seem to miss completely is the net result of false teaching, which is to remove our focus from Christ and latch it elsewhere.

    My heart truly goes out to Warren at this time, and my prayer is that through this situation God will somehow bring him into a deeper understanding of the Truth, and an ability to convey it to others. But aside from Warren and looking at myself, I know that on a daily basis I sin sufficiently to rightly reap the eternal wrath of God upon my life. Even if in some way I feel that maybe I am able to see past the way Warren distorts the truth of God’s Word, that alone is miniscule compared to the way that I rebel constantly against the One who laid down His life for my sins, and trample His Gospel in the dirt.

    How true is that saying that “when we point a finger at another, we point three back at ourselves”! I feel I know only too well how the apostle Paul could give so much of God’s truth to the church, and yet consider himself the chief of sinners. I still feel that way now, and though there is a sea of bad teaching that needs addressing by those with a voice to do so, it must not be at the cost of first and foremost understanding why they should do so. And that is namely to undo the places where false doctrine attaches the focus of its hearers, and place it firmly back upon the Grace of God which is found in Christ alone.

    God bless,

    John

    • How true is that saying that “when we point a finger at another, we point three back at ourselves”! I feel I know only too well how the apostle Paul could give so much of God’s truth to the church, and yet consider himself the chief of sinners. I still feel that way now, and though there is a sea of bad teaching that needs addressing by those with a voice to do so, it must not be at the cost of first and foremost understanding why they should do so. And that is namely to undo the places where false doctrine attaches the focus of its hearers, and place it firmly back upon the Grace of God which is found in Christ alone.

      Amen John

  5. Right on with your comments! What ever happened to John 13:35 They shall know you are Christians by your love. Or 1 Jhn 4:7-8 He who loveth not knoweth not God for God is love. A sterner warning Matt 12:36…’you must give an account on judgement day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either aquit you or condemn you.’ Why not use Philip 4:8 before we get on the net. ‘Fix your thoughts on what is true & honorable & right & pure & lovely & admirable. Think about things that are excellent & worthy of praise.’ If that doesn’t work there’s the old saying:You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. It’s our job to live Matt 28:19 ‘Go & make disciples of all the nations…’ Are you leading anyone to Christ via your words on the net? Start NOW! Time is short! rapturegirl777

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