Greg Gilbert at 9 Marks posted a Saddleback email without comment. (Email now found here.)
Me? Not gonna resist this one.
There is something really creepy about calling people to be baptized with the promise of a picture of yourself being baptized by Rick Warren himself.
Too bad Jesus didn’t think of this instead of farming it out to his disciples. Imagine how many more could have been brought into the kingdom with a list of loot like Saddleback is apparently giving out.
Here’s one person’s comments:
"I heard Pastor Warren speak, and he invited everyone to be baptized," she said. "I decided to come back down because it was a lovely invitation. My brother reminded me that Christians need to be re-baptized as adults."
Being baptized because it was a lovely invitation? What does that mean?
Of course apparently being Purpose Driven does not include math classes. This email talks about thirty years of the church, but the church was started on Easter Sunday of 1980, making this twenty-nine years completed, starting the thirtieth. Now twenty-nine years at the same church is nothing to sneeze at. But it’s just not thirty years. Perhaps CLASS 105 will start up soon.
And yes, I am doing a bit of mocking in that last part, which will upset some.
We all You all make mistakes. If we can’t laugh at ourselves others, who can we laugh at?
But seriously, selling baptism with a picture of you getting baptized by Rick Warren? Isn’t there something wrong with that?
I am seriously troubled by this.