Learning To Connect the Dots.
As a child I loved to play with connect the dots books. It was really neat to take a bunch of dots, connect them and then come up with this wonderful picture.
When you first looked at the page all you could see was a mass of dots.
It wasn't until you connected them one by one that you could really see the whole picture.
If you did'nt connect them one by one you would get a distorted or incomplete picture.
We now need to do this as Christians.
Associations do matter. It does matter who you hang and associate with.
The Bible makes it very clear.
""Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (Ephesians 5-6-11)
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Roman 16:17).
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 plainly states that the believer must not be "unequally yoked together [fellowship, association or identification] with unbelievers. . ., "but is to ". . . come out from among them, and be ye separate. "
see 2 Thessalonians 3:6 "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
1Cor 5:6 "Your glorifying is not good. Know ye that a little leaven leaventh the whole lump.
So even though Rick Warren may not promote word of faith heresy he will expose your pastors to Paul Yonggi Cho on his website.
And even though Rick Warren may not promote the New Age directly he promotes and endorses New Ager Leonard Sweet and his work.
Take the time to check out where and who people you listen to or read books by hang with.
Rick Warren connects to Leonard Sweet who connects to and quotes Matthew Fos.
Ken Blanchard connects to the the Hoffman Institute (new age) and Laurie Beth Jones.
Here is a link to the Hoffman Institute http://www.hoffmaninstitute.org/index.html
You need to connect all the dots here to see what New Reformation all these people are really talking about.
Here is a great article by my brother in the Lord- Steve Muse that sums it all up.
Make sure as a Christian you learn to connect all the dots to see the whole picture.
This is not a game.
You will know them by their fruits.