Thursday, December 14, 2006
Members of the congregation at Saddleback Church, the church led by Rick Warren, are evidently being ushered right out of membership for voicing any concern over the idea of Barack Obama being allowed to speak at the church recently.
I received a lengthy letter from a member of Saddleback this morning that confirmed as much:
I read where you say, speak out. I want to let you know. If and when we do, we are quickly shown the door. I have tried to speak out on another 2 issues that are internally devastating. My honesty was not met with a willingness to take action or to make certain things stop. The inner workings may be just as devastating to learn of.
At any rate, I for one am praying and asking a great deal of questions. On I have is what has Obama actually done for the AIDS crisis? Other than take an AIDS test in his father’s home land of Kenya? I have read Obama’s speech record and even his latest transcript while on Larry King and this is clearly not a man that has a burden for those with AIDS. I have also read his speech transcripts from the conference at Saddleback. If he was not addressing the “congregation” then I am not sure who he was addressing. Any fool can read just the introduction and glean that much.
There is much more to be said, and much more will be revealed on this and other matters concerning these issues.
They are not alone. Members at Willow Creek Community Church were treated the same way when they expressed concern over Bill Clinton being allowed to address a gathering of pastors.
It's too bad that these "seeker friendly" churches are actually unfriendly to their own congregation for simply asking the spiritual leadership of the church to be doctrinally strong.