>Richard--I read somewhere that some of your fellow evangelicals have distanced themselves from you because of your association with Rick Warren. What's up with that?
As far as I know, there are no evangelicals of any importance to me
who have distanced themselves from me as a result of my support for Rick Warren. In fact, one of the most well-known and respected evangelical discernment/counter-cult ministries in America -- Watchman Fellowship
-- is carrying my book on Rick Warren. Also, after the publication of my book on Rick Warren, I wrote an opinion piece for the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
about how one should witness to Mormons (Summer 2005, pp. 79-81). And I certainly haven't lost any friends over the issue.
However, I will say that the following have indeed cut ties with me:
1) a significant number of zealous fundamentalists (mostly), who condemn just about everyone outside their little circle of like-minded fanatics -- these are the same sort of folks who say Billy Graham is practically the anti-Christ;
2) several fringe and small-sized evangelical cult-watcher organizations (I'll not call them ministries) that are not very reputable or respected due to their witch-hunting techniques, lack of researching care, and inability to sift through complex issues; and
3) various apologists in the denominational church (especially hard-core Lutherans), who are bent on attacking Warren over his unwillingness to support divisive sectarianism.
No great loss to me, TBH. Besides, even if it were a great loss, the truth is still the truth. I can sleep at night having written a book that truthfully details the beliefs of a guy who is trying his hardest to spread the gospel message and bring people to God.
These other folks, however, seem to care very little for truth, but instead, are preoccupied with tearing down others, inventing stories, spreading proven lies, dividing the church, or pulling people into their way of thinking about EVERYTHING (their way or the highway) -- and all along clinging to their odd idea that what they are doing is being done for God. Very strange, indeed.
I mention some of the ways I have been attacked on my RUMOR CONTROL
page at my website
. And, lol, I gotta say, most of the Mormons I've spoken to have been nicer to me than these peeps. So, you can imagine . . . .