Jennifer Knapp, Lesbianism, Rick Warren, and Scripture. Oh My!

Jennifer Knapp, Lesbianism, Rick Warren, and Scripture. Oh My!

Rick Warren, in his talk at TED2006, stated (at approx. 21:00 in the video) that “God Smiles when You Be You”. He states a few seconds later that God gets pleasure out of “you being you.”

Friends, there’s a big problem with this message. Rick was speaking to an audience that was primarily non-Christians. Jesus Christ was never mentioned. Instead a humanistic message that “God loves us for being us” was given. This message is not the Gospel, obviously, but the worst part, is that as a Christian pastor, Rick Warren basically just opened the floodgates for any behavior at all. Believers and non-believers alike can now simply do whatever they want, and think (based upon Rick) that God will smile upon them, and receive pleasure from people being whoever they desire to be.

Being a pastor myself, my first thoughts were, “What do Scriptures say about this?” The first passage that came to mind was this:

1Peter 1:14-19: As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, (15) but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; (16) because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” (17) If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; (18) knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, (19) but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

Now let’s take Rick’s message and apply it to Jennifer Knapp, the “Christian” who is now publicly stating that she’s a lesbian.

She appeared on Larry King Live just the other day, and made this statement:

Larry King: You say you’re the happiest you’ve ever been right now?
Jennifer Knapp: I’m pretty darn happy.
Larry King: So you’re glad all of this happened?
Jennifer Knapp: I am not a regretfull person.
Larry King: No, but you feel better?
Jennifer Knapp: I’m… I… I feel blessed to be able to fully be who I am. I love being able to be a musician and part of that process for me as a musician is being open and honest and to not feel like I have to lie or hide anything. I don’t necessarily want to talk about it all the time, but I don’t have to hide it either.

So based on what Rick Warren states, that God takes pleasure in “you being you”, Jennifer is currently being smiled upon by God, and He is taking pleasure in the fact that she is a lesbian.

Huh? How does that work?

Peter, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote “..be holy yourselvces also in all your behavior, because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY’”

So which is it? Is Rick right, or is God right? Did God actually mean what he said in Scripture? If so, how does it apply to me? When will the evangelical world wake up and see that Rick Warren’s humanistic man-centered Gospel is at direct odds with what Scripture teaches?

I pray that Jennifer comes to her senses, and that she is “snatched from the fire.” Her behavior and blatant lesbian lifestyle have made herx profession of faith as a Christian into nothing. What a sad commentary this is on the holiness of the church and the lack of biblical discernment on the part of Jennifer.

Be sure to check out Ken Silva’s Apprising.org article here where the videos of Jennifer on Larry King Live are posted.

7 Responses to “ “Jennifer Knapp, Lesbianism, Rick Warren, and Scripture. Oh My!”

  1. Susan Phillips says:

    So true, Rob, judging by the fruits I would say there are alot of “professors” out there professing to be of the faith, but faith in what? Heartbreaking…. and many itching ears will hear only these lies because they do not want the truth. And it is only by the grace and mercy of God, if He desires to change our heart, that we can be receptive to acknowledging the truth, to the putting down of our flesh. It goes against our nature. No matter how hard I try I cannot go against my nature….unless by God’s grace He gives me that ability, because I cannot do it, it isn’t in me to be anything other than what is in my nature, and if God hasn’t given me the ability to do otherwise, I am without hope. But thankfully, God in His endless mercy has shared that ability with those whom He has chosen from the beginning. :)

  2. gary dilworth says:

    “If you want to know what you ought to be doing with your life, you ought to look at your shape. …If He wired you to be an anthropologist, be an anthropologist; if He wired you to undersea explore be an undersea explorer; if he wired you to make deals, then make deals. Did you know God smiles when YOU BE YOU. Some people have the misguided idea that God only gets excited when you’re doing spiritual things. …The bottom line is God gets pleasure watching YOU BE YOU” (Rick Warren on video speaking to attendees of a Technology, Entertainment, Design conference in 2006 as replayed by alittleleaven.com 02.01.2008 Pastor Rick Warren’s Lie). Nothwithstanding Ed Young’s remarkably similar phraseology to Warren in his UBU video, when Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount, He tells the attendees to be poor in spirit, to mourn over our sinfulness against God, to kneel before Him in submission, and to hunger and thirst for a righteousness not our own (Matt. 5:3-6). He goes on to say, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matt. 7:11)! When Jesus tells me I am evil, and to be broken and contrite over my sinfulness against God… and that I need to beg for His work to be applied to my life and need His Spirit dwelling in me, and others say simply YOU BE YOU, the contrast is stark. God is not pleased with any one who rejects His Son, regardless of what they are doing (see Psalm 7:11). And for those who receive His Son, He says, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” and “in the name of Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 101:31 and Col.3:17 respectively). So, everything we do is a spiritual thing: an act of worship, or rebellion, before God

  3. Susan Phillips says:

    Great post Gary,

    I watched the Jennifer Knapp interview with Larry King last night, it was frustrating but interesting to watch…I can see her at times very uncomfortable with her stance, smiling nervously and mockingly, saying “I pray for you” to her former pastor that is telling her she’s wrong, and then saying she prays for him, saying it gentler the next time to sound sincere, saying she “respects his right to think the way he does” etc, and saying it’s a matter of interpretation, that we all have different interpretations. Well her interpretation still doesn’t change what is and what is not sin. Yes, we all sin, but not to excuse it, but to confess it and be contrite and humbled by that fact, in remorse and sorrow for it.

  4. Susan Phillips says:

    The interview is on Youtube, in 4 parts. This is the link for part 1:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xDWc7SvBOA&feature=related

  5. mijadedios says:

    A friend on Twitter passed along this post. Rick has done a lot of damage.He’s a wolf,long in the tooth, and he’s being welcomed into many churches. The Bible is clear when we allow a little leaven it leavens the whole lump. God’s word is also clear that we (being light) are called to come out from Among them. This is why we see the Rick Warren’s and Jennifer Knapp’s of the body of Christ stay right where they are.They are fulfilling a “purpose” and that is aiding in the Great Falling Away, the Apostasy. I take no pleasure in reporting such news, which I have done on my own blog and will continue to do as the Lord leads, however warnings should be sent out. A greater judgment comes on those shepherds who don’t warn and tend to their flock, so I praise God that I’m not a pastor but still respectively so a part of the body. In an equally displeasing note there is a matter you might want to look into Re: Calvary Chapel and their welcoming of Leonard Sweet a New Age Mystic who teaches “Christ Consciousness.” http://tinyurl.com/2w4nvr9
    I also wrote an article on Rick Warren & Calvary Chapel, it’s on my blog entitled : Woe

  6. Sharon says:

    Shalom, thank you for this commentary. It is very good you wrote this.

  7. Steve says:

    “If you want to know what you ought to be doing with your life, you ought to look at your shape. …If He wired you to be an anthropologist, be an anthropologist; if He wired you to undersea explore be an undersea explorer; if he wired you to make deals, then make deals. Did you know God smiles when YOU BE YOU. Some people have the misguided idea that God only gets excited when you’re doing spiritual things. …The bottom line is God gets pleasure watching YOU BE YOU” (Rick Warren on video speaking to attendees of a Technology, Entertainment, Design conference in 2006 as replayed by alittleleaven.com 02.01.2008 Pastor Rick Warren’s Lie). Nothwithstanding Ed Young’s remarkably similar phraseology to Warren in his UBU video, when Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount, He tells the attendees to be poor in spirit, to mourn over our sinfulness against God, to kneel before Him in submission, and to hunger and thirst for a righteousness not our own (Matt. 5:3-6). He goes on to say, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matt. 7:11)! When Jesus tells me I am evil, and to be broken and contrite over my sinfulness against God… and that I need to beg for His work to be applied to my life and need His Spirit dwelling in me, and others say simply YOU BE YOU, the contrast is stark. God is not pleased with any one who rejects His Son, regardless of what they are doing (see Psalm 7:11). And for those who receive His Son, He says, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” and “in the name of Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 101:31 and Col.3:17 respectively). So, everything we do is a spiritual thing: an act of worship, or rebellion, before God

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