Excerpt from “Almost Nothing” (recent addition) :)


In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren says, “The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness (and I might add, your health). It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.”

I have discovered, in my own walk toward complete freedom from anorexia, that true recovery wasn’t so much about me, my issues, my family, my illness, my health, my fitness, my bone density, my depression, my happiness, my weight or even my future, but true freedom was found only by looking away from myself, upward to my Savior and outward toward those He has called me to love. 

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Ps. 121:1-2

Purpose Driven Life

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10 thoughts on “Excerpt from “Almost Nothing” (recent addition) :)

  1. Agreed 100% ! 🙂
    You explain it really well too, putting it into context – you definitely have a way with words. I love that psalm too, I know it, but now I must memorise it.

    Rick also said “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less”
    So true. We need to be our own best friends, or how can we help others or give of our best ?

  2. I agree with your Salvation and God’s Healing, But, I do not agree with Rick Warren on any issues. The reason for this is because he has gotten Jesus Christ & Him Crucified wrong. When you get Jesus wrong I don’t care what is said after that.

    But I am glad to hear your testimony and Praise your Healing and Freedom. I will put you on my Perpetual Prayer List. May God Bless you always.

    1. Floyd, I appreciate your feedback. This is the first Rick Warren book I have read, but I highly respect the person who recommended him to me, and this book in particular. I’m curious what you believe he has gotten wrong. How has he misrepresented “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”? When I read 1 Corinthians 2, the reference which you are quoting, I don’t immediately see how Rick Warren has misinterpreted this passage or the Gospel in general.

      Following your comments, I read the “what we believe” statement for Saddleback Church, where Rick Warren is the pastor. I agree with their statements about Jesus Christ.

      Anxious to hear from you again and you are in my prayers as well.

      1. OK Abby, Sorry that it has taken me a bit to get back to you.

        First let me just make a few comments and then I’ll give you a link where you can find numerous issues where Rick has taken a stand that is not Scriptural.

        Mr. Warren is the founder of the seeker sensitive movement, where it is OK to not offend others so that the Church can fill all the seats. Yet, My Bible tells me to Preach Christ Crucified, And that the Cross is offensive. Jesus offended many people because of the Truth that He spoke.

        Rich also said on CNN that it is OK to be attracted to the same sex. My Bible says that adultery and lust are a sin as well Homosexuality, Gay, Lesbian, Transsexualism.

        And the List Goes On…

        Here is the link and if you take the time to study the Holy Bible and do just a little bit of homework it will come clear. If you need more than this information please let me know and I will be happy to talk to you more about it.

        http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Rick+Warren+Exposed&Form=VQFRVP

      2. Mr. Cryer, Thanks for your comments again. I want to share with you some insight from a friend of mine who introduced me to Rick Warren as a Bible teacher and author.

        Some of the attacks were about his tolerance of lesbians/gays etc. It’s a fact that the bible teaches against same-sex relationships (and animals). However, we are where we are and it’s now difficult to change the way many people have drifted. I’m not totally comfortable with homosexuality but I have met some very nice, honest and kind people who are “gay” and who am I to criticise. Live and let live I say.

        On the other hand, apparently, 20% of hate crimes in USA are “motivated by a sexual orientation bias”, so I don’t think a kind and loving Christian leader is going to open up that floodgate any more. He who is without sin should cast the first stone.

        Another accusation seems to be that Rick is too soft and doesn’t teach repentance, hellfire and damnation. That reminded me of the message below, from just last month.

        http://purposedriven.com/blogs/dailyhope/index.html?roi=echo7-10042764721-32680906-ddd36960e3a2ff6f7cf1cfd685a495e2&contentid=13547

        As you can see from this one, he definitely DOES explain that repentance is non-negotiable. However, it is explained in a logical and respectful way and makes me really want to do it. Threat of damnation and putting people under pressure just sends them off into depression. I’m sure God does become very angry, but only when people go out of their way to deliberately behave in an evil way (there are plenty of people like that on this planet and they will definitely be judged by God).

        Jealousy of successful people always rears its ugly head as well as direct attacks by the force of evil. “For a Fresh Start, Begin with Repentance” makes a lot of sense to me

        Anyway, just my thoughts and observations ! Could I ask what are your views on these subjects ?

        All the best

        DC

      3. And finally, this is my reply after much prayer about our discussion:

        I know and have known so many gay people who were the kindest people in the world. I completely agree that the Bible says that homosexuality (along with adultery, fornication and all sex outside of marriage) is a sin. However, I think that much of the church has demonized homosexuals, pretending that sin is more horrible and offensive to God than others. We rarely hear the vitriol aimed at spouses who have had affairs, or womanizers or women pregnant out of wedlock. It is a statistical fact that many clergy even struggle with pornography, but we find more and easier grace for them than for homosexuals. We allow other believers who commit sin (including ourselves) to still call themselves Christ-followers, but balk at the idea that a homosexual can cling to the cross. This is a double standard. The first little white lie I ever told was enough to send me to hell and was offensive to the heart of God. We quote “who am I to throw the first stone” glibly sometimes, but it is absolutely and powerfully applicable.

        On the other topic, I am fairly new to Rick Warren as a teacher, so I haven’t heard much of his teaching. However, I find Paul’s preaching fit this conversation well.

        1 Corinthians 1: 10-25
        I appeal to you, brothers,by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I followApollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

        For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

        “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
        and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
        Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

        (v. 30)
        And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God,righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

        AND
        Phil. 1:15-18
        t’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. 17Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.

        Finally and respectfully, I don’t want this blog to become a forum for argument about Christian leaders. I am not Rick Warren’s disciple, even as I learn from him and value his wisdom and his love for God. I do not have to swallow everything he says and I am comfortable reading his books and learning from him and holding everything he says to the strict standard of Scripture. My faith is sound, my ability to hear the Holy Spirit is sure. I am firmly convinced of Rick Warren’s heart for the Lord, the soundness of his faith. Lastly, I don’t need to argue with anyone about who is a good Bible scholar etc. I don’t imagine we will change each other’s minds 🙂

        We are one in our Savior, Jesus Christ, to Him be the glory!

        And very lastly, this sermon by Paul White (especially minutes 20-30) is very insightful on this topic.

        http://new.livestream.com/paulwhiteministries/paulwhiteministries/videos/34770060

      4. Here are my views on Homosexuality and immoral sex acts:

        http://testimonyandprayer.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/homosexuality-a-biblical-overview/

        As for the other I don’t believe in being seeker sensitive, Jesus wasn’t, and I also believe that psychology should not be brought into the Church. As a Preacher, Minister, Teacher, and Evangelist I am to be a watchman for God’s Word and when I see things that are not Scriptural and not in God’s Word then I am suppose to voice it.

        Now I am not here to make people believe or see it my way, that is why God gave us all the freedom of will. But the last thing I want is for God to say “Why did you not say something when you heard or read this or that?” Then go on to tell me that “If you would have said something at that time or witnessed to this person they would have made it to Heaven, But, because you failed to speak up they are not here.”

        We all know that God’s Word is specific and infallible. When we take our eyes and thoughts away from Jesus Christ and what He Accomplished on the Cross then we are worshiping another Jesus. Everything that we receive comes through the Cross and what Jesus Accomplished through the shedding of His Blood and the fact that He Himself became our Living Sacrifice to God the Father. This is the only way where-by we might be saved.

        I must also add, for those readers who have been taught these different ways, that Jesus took on our sins for all of time there-by becoming the only Living Sacrifice that God the Father would accept. Jesus never died spiritually on the cross nor did He go the burning side of hell for the three days between His death and Resurrection as some teach.

        I hope that this has enlightened you a bit of my beliefs and teachings. I have enjoyed our talk and hope to talk more about God’s Word.

        All The Best,

        FC

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