John on November 29, 2006 at 10:51 am
So says Rick Warren in a letter expressing his clear irritation over the attacks. Here’s the situation…Joseph Farah is the creator of WorldNetDaily, a Drudge style news site. He is also a Christian and was one of the first people to jump on Rick Warren for his trip to Syria. Farah notes today that he received a note of apology from Warren. On the same day, a mass e-mail was sent out which castigated unnamed bloggers for attacking him and his trip. Farah was sent a copy and published it along with the apology:
“When Kay and I announced the launching of the P.E.A.C.E. plan a few years ago, we both knew we could expect severe opposition coming from different angles. The P.E.A.C.E. plan empowers churches to do the five things Jesus did, and Jesus warned us, “People will do to you exactly what they did to me. They will do it because you belong to me, and they don’t know the one who sent me.” John 15:21 (CEV) Millions of Christians throughout history and around the world right now know that persecution is real.
We are in a spiritual battle for the lives of billions, so we expect opposition. The Bible tells us that “Satan is the accuser of the brethren.” Unfortunately, sometimes Christians do Satan’s job for him. They accuse and criticize other believers. I’m sure that makes Satan smile.
The Bible says it is foolish to spout off about issues before knowing the facts, but the Internet has made it very easy to do. God says, “He who answers before listening â€“ that is his folly and his shame.” Proverbs 18:13 (NIV) God also says, “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” Proverbs 18:2 (NLT)
Recently, four “bloggers” made accusations about my visit to Syria (between speaking in Germany and Rwanda). They based their accusations on a Syrian state press release! Of course, they had no idea what my motivation was, what I actually did and said, and the confidential results. But they attacked me anyway. Not a single newspaper carried the story, but several websites repeated the gossip without talking to me to get the facts. Most sites were already critical of The Purpose Driven Church.”
Clearly Mr. Farah’s site counts as one of the four “bloggers”, but I have to suspect Slice was another. Why? Because Ingrid issued a press release on this faster than you can say “God-centered theology.” It was one of Google’s top search results on Warren’s trip within a day of being issued.
With that sort of savvy marketing (something Ingrid is against in the church ironically), things are booming in the brethren-bashing sector. Yesterday, in a prayer request that sounded a lot like self-aggrandizing braggadocio, Ingrid said:
I am getting an increase in requests for interviews on various shows. Dr. Wiley Drake has asked for me to be on with him tomorrow, as well as Todd Friehl at Way of the Master Radio. In addition the Bott Radio Network has also asked for an interview on the Sen. Obama issue. I was also on Janet Folger’s Faith2Action show today and it went very well. Please pray that I can pass some of these interview opportunities on to others as it can be overwhelming. The spirit is very willing but my flesh is very tired. I could use the prayers of those out there who also are contending for the faith. I believe there is a very strong sifting process going on in the Church and and Lord is separating those who truly care about biblical truth from those who have adopted the counterfeit Christian religion of the American seeker churches.
Personally, I think Warren’s Syria trip was ill-advised. Whether he intended to or not, he has been used as a propaganda tool for a corrupt and evil regime. Whatever “confidential results” he secured aren’t worth the air used to expel them. Assad is a liar and a murderer whose word is of no value to anyone (even the French agree!). That said, I don’t believe for a minute that Ingrid really cares about the details. It’s just an excuse to continue her crusade. Unfortunately, Warren has given her ample opportunity in this case.
Warren’s letter of explanation is probably as ill-advised as his trip. Sure he’s being treated unfairly and has every right to do some damage control, but acknowledging Slice and — worst of all — letting them know that they do indeed have the ability to irritate him will only make matters worse. And to be fair, the name calling is beneath him. At least he acknowledged that these are fellow believers attacking him. That small grace keeps him one step above the Slice crew.
Ingrid is riding high and, differences aside, you have to feel good for her. She’s worked so hard to become Warren’s online nemesis and here at last is her moment in the sun. She must feel the way I felt when I was mentioned (also without being named) on Slicecast.
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