Yes, we feature Rev. Rick Warren again in two straight editions. In his latest efforts to sell the evangelical platform to the religious arm of the New World Order movement, Warren gave the keynote address at the 46th Annual Conference of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) held in Washington D.C., on 4th July.
Ordinarily there should be nothing wrong with seizing what could be an unusual opportunity to share one’s faith: but not only is ISNA known to be committed to groups involved in radical jihad, Warren went there not to promote the Gospel, but effectively, in the words of Paul McGuire, “to disinfect and rehabilitate a group that is dangerous and subversive to U.S. national security”. The secular Washington Post in covering the event, specifically noted that Warren “was sparse in mentioning Jesus or God.”
As noted by Jan Markell, no one exactly expects Warren to make an altar call at such a meeting, but he (as a Pastor) should have “lifted high the Name of the Prince of Peace who is coming again”; and might we add, Who has made definite promises with regards to the very theme being discussed at the Convention: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"
Paul McGuire, who was obviously distraught at having to address an open letter to Warren, whom he says was a regular listener and caller to his nationally syndicated radio show, (broadcasted from Southern California for over 10 years), was however blunt in criticizing Warren’s action: “I do not believe that Christians can have any serious discussions with Islam as long as they continue to make public statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the complete destruction of Jews and Israel. To ignore those statements, is like Chamberlain ignoring Adolph Hitler's statements before he killed  million Jews.”
Warren insists that the Church needs the Islamic platform to “team tackle” poverty, war, diseases and promote “dignity” and “civility”. But as again noted by McGuire, “militant Islam is the primary force in the world today causing war, poverty and disease. ”
In an internal document recovered by security forces from the militant Muslim Brotherhood, titled: "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America" the Muslim Brotherhood stated that it is dedicated to "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
The Memorandum concludes with a "list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends", prominent among which is the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).(JIHAD WATCH - Robert Spencer - July 1, 2009, http://www.jihadwatch.org/)
Warren, who once boasted of his membership of the infamous US Council on Foreign Relations (see CA! Vol 10 No 1, or www.newswithviews.com/BeritKjos/kjos67.htm) apparently sees himself more as a politician/statesman, than a spiritual leader. However, the issues Warren is so fixated on will remain with us, till the Lord’s second coming; and are best left for politicians (who of course must work together, irrespective of their religious backgrounds). While Christians may address these issues on a secondary note, there is absolutely no basis for seeking any “coalition” in doing so. Much more a coalition that would in turn render us ineffective in fulfilling our primary mission – preaching of the Gospel!
Al Amriki, the American Jihadist we cite on page 6 of this edition of CA! is apparently more spiritually discerning than Warren, and he debunks Warren’s social Christianity when he said: “A Muslim doesn’t look to peace, security, education, work, or the love of any other number of things as his ultimate goals …”
Scott Brisk of Moriel has provided an excellent compilation of reports and commentaries on Rick Warren’s misadventure at the ISNA conference. All the references cited in this article can be found on the compilation. It can be accessed at Moriel’s site, www.moriel.org (under Be Alert section)