Yesterday morning, Rick Warren posted this tweet on Twitter:
The link in that tweet will take you to an article posted on The Gospel Coalition’s website entitled, “Multi-Site Churches Are from the Devil.” The article was written by Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. The gist of the article is this:
At bottom, I think the kind of multi-site churches (realizing there are a few different approaches) that feature one pastor being beamed into several sites around a region—and in some cases around the country or world—is simply idolatry. It’s certainly cult of personality multiplied and digitized for a consumer audience. As a brilliant young man remarked to me this morning, “The pastor now becomes the new icon in the midst of the Protestant worship service.” I think that’s well said. Video multi-site tends to idolatry, pride, and self-promotion—even where the ambition of spreading the gospel is genuine. In other words, the ends do not justify the means because some of the ends produced will undoubtedly be odious in God’s sight. (Source)
I couldn’t have said it better.
Rick Warren linked to the comment section of that article and posted the above tweet. Shortly thereafter, James MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel gave Warren the honor of a retweet. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that MacDonald himself was the subject of the article. See below:
It’s no surprise that Warren would find the content of the above article offensive, but I find it interesting that MacDonald would agree with Warren and publicly affirm him with a retweet. First, he gave Steven Furtick the right hand of fellowship by having him preach at his church, then he invited T.D. Jakes to his next Elephant Room event, and now he’s retweeting Rick Warren. Seems like that downward spiral is getting tighter and faster, doesn’t it?
MacDonald doesn’t see things like we do. Retweeting, doing a program, or inviting a false teacher to take the pulpit at your church isn’t, according to MacDonald, lending credibility to them. I disagree. What do you think?
Update: Here is Phil Johnson’s tweet in response to Rick Warren’s tweet: