Because of something Christine Pack, of Sola Sisters blog, said on Facebook, I started browsing through Rick Warren’s Twitter feed. I found a tweet that is extremely curious. Here it is:
“We’ll never grow to spiritual maturity until we learn to do what’s right even when it feels wrong” JMeyers about 11 hours ago via web Retweeted by 100+ people
He’s quoting Joyce Meyer, for anyone who doesn’t know.
Warren also posted this on Facebook, which you can read by clicking here.
The context in which Warren quotes Meyer is in a “word of wisdom” fashion. Given that fact, I’m wondering if Rick Warren agrees with Meyer’s doctrine. Is he an advocate for the prosperity gospel that Meyer teaches? Does he believe God wants you to be healthy, wealthy, and wise… and nothing else? Is Warren asking us to believe that Joyce Meyer has the wisdom of God and we should be listening to her?
Reading through some of the comments left by his followers on Facebook, you get the picture loud and clear… with the exception of a couple of posts, Joyce Meyer is A-okay to Warren and to most of his followers. Here are some of the comments:
Yeah! My Mama Joyce rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was just thinking about this and here it was! I watched Joyce tonight and it sure hit home with me.
Dave Van House: all this praise is not for Joyce Ganapao (although we are sure she’s a wonderful person) but for JOYCE MEYER, the wonderful author of pastor Rick’s quote. ;-)
i watch her alll the time.
gotta love that Joyce!
You’re supposed to be a Calvinist, Why are you quoting a neo-pentacostal heretic like Joyce Meyer
could you not have quoted some one other than her? lost some credibility on that one!!
I think this makes it pretty clear how some of Warren’s followers feel about Meyer. Although, I like the last two quotes the best… except for the part about Rick Warren being a Calvanist…NOT!
When I quote from someone, I do it because I agree with that person, and because the quote I’m posting is a statement that I myself would make. So, by quoting them, it’s like the person is actually speaking for me by proxy. Wouldn’t you think it strange if you log onto my blog one day and saw me quote someone like Todd Bentley or Bob Jones, even if what they said happened to be true? Absolutely not! Quoting them is the same as agreeing with them.
The point is, in the context of theology, you should be careful who you quote. Giving someone the compliment of quoting them is the same as an endorsement. If I know someone is teaching false doctrine, I’m never going to quote them – especially in the capacity that Rick Warren is quoting Joyce Meyer.
By quoting Meyer, Rick Warren is giving her teaching a huge “thumbs up.”
What do you think? Bad judgment or par for the course? (I know the answer to that.)