Listen to God\’s Voice

Words of wisdom for today

The Saul of Tarsus of 2008

from true discernment

by John Baker

Acts 8:3:

As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

Acts 9:1-2:

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Much is being written about Rick Warren Apologist Richard Abanes who has had Ken Silva’s Apprising ministries website shut down after a threat of legal action against Apprising Ministries web hosting service ipower.

I have had my own personal run in’s with Mr. Abanes. He makes it a regular practice of roaming around the internet breathing threats against those who not only recognize the false teachings of Rick Warren but also Mr. Abanes rabid support of Rick Warren’s continuing dismantling of Biblical Christianity!

I cannot help but see the parallels between Richard Abanes and the pre-converted Saul! And Rick Warren’s purpose driven movements parallel with the Pharisee’s of Jesus day.

And this is the irony today of Richard Abanes and Rick Warren calling those who stand on Biblical Truth”Pharisee’s”. Such is the spiritual blindness of these men that they cannot see that they are in fact the ones who reflect most closely what a “Pharisee” is.

Most people identify a Pharisee as one who is over legalistic in regards to what the Bible says. However this is a stunted and incomplete view of what the Pharisees were all about.

While it is true that the Pharisee’s tended to be very legalistic and rigid in regards to the written Jewish Law (The Old Testament). Their greater sin was in holding that non-Biblical oral tradition (The Oral Law) was just as important or more important than the written law. While this oral tradition (Oral Law) contradicted in most cases what the written law (Old Testament) actually said. The Pharisees skirted this contradiction by holding that you could not understand the written law by just reading the plain text, but instead the actual meanings had to be interpreted within the context of the oral tradition (Oral Law).

But what you have to understand is that by Jesus day, the Jews had strayed far from God, they had allowed the introduction of paganistic thought and practice into Judaism over a period of some four hundred years since Ezra had led a remnant of about 5000 Jews back from Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple.

The Pharisees of Jesus’ day still counted themselves as true followers of God because they claimed they still followed the written law (The Old Testament) however as Jesus spoke in Mark 7:5-13:

“Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘ This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men[c]—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do. ”He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Do you see the problem with the Pharisees? Even though they said they held to the written law (the old testament) by their elevation of fallen and corrupted oral traditions they had made the laws of the written law (the Old Testament) “of none effect”! meaning their fallen and corrupted oral traditions obscured the Truth!

And this is what Rick Warren does! He validates the corrupted traditions of what he calls the “Church Fathers” while as the same time claiming he holds to what the Bible says. He introduces and promotes “pagan” ideologies in his Purpose Driven Movement (Atheistic based psychology teaching methods).But his elevation of the traditions of the corrupted thoughts of the Church Fathers, and atheistic psychology makes the Biblical truth that he says he does hold to “of none effect” or in other words he obscures the truth!

Also The Pharisees didn’t really want to be good, they just wanted to look good (Mat 23:25-27). Why? Because “they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43). Jesus condemned the Pharisees by saying, “you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Mat 23:28). Jesus said the Pharisees were filled with lawlessness because they did not keep God’s law (Mat 15:3-9; 22:15-18; 23:23), and that they mainly tried to appear righteous before men (Mat 23:23-28).

And just as the Pharisees, Rick Warren loves the adulation of the world! He loves to be seen as one who is working to solve all of the world’s problems with his P.E.A.C.E. plan. He loves to utilize the mass media to seem to be Christian, but all the while using the mass media to change what it means to be a Christian, from a Biblical Definition to one derived from his own corrupted non-Biblical ideas and those of fallen and corrupted traditions.

And just like the Pharisees of Jesus day, Rick Warren has a very brutal way of dealing with those who oppose his false message: boot them out of the church and send messages around to other churches smearing the resister!

And just like Saul, Richard Abanes travels around the internet breathing threats against “those of the way” to bring them “to justice” and silence them.

I am quite sure that if Rick Warren was able to, he would, like the Pharisees have all those who resist his false message, sent to prison! And Richard Abanes would be his chief bounty hunter to search, root out, and bring in chains all those who resist Rick Warren! In the mean time he is “chaining up” their message of Biblical truth!

What we are seeing now is a foretaste of what the Anti-Christ will do to those who resist him!

Wake up from your slumber Church! This latest salvo is a warning shot of what is coming for ALL those who hold to Biblical Truth!

Stand Fast!

John Baker

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