Rick Warren and Tony Blair talk globalization

Tony Blair laughs with Rick Warren during the ''Civil Forum on Peace In a Globalized Economy'' Sunday, March 6, 2011.

Speaking at the seventh Saddleback Civil Forum, Blair told Warren that he believes the most important issue in the long term is centered on faith. As diverse people are forced to live together, he said at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., the key question is, “How do we find common understanding?”

“Faith teaches you to understand there is something more important than yourself, which is an important principle in working toward a better world. If individuals can see people of faith in action, helping in support of others, it makes this process of globalization easier,” Blair said.

The former prime minister also said, “If faith doesn’t have a major role, then the risk is a process of globalization without values, without beliefs, without conviction.”

Warren, who founded one of the largest churches in America, invited Blair to participate in the forum on “Peace in a Globalized Economy.” Past civil forum guests include former President George W. Bush, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and then presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

Blair, who serves as the Envoy of the Quartet (United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia) on the Middle East, also said that he wants to see a world “where people of different faiths can reach out and understand about someone’s faith that is different than their own.”

“In this world, faith is part of the future and of progress – not a distant relic of the past,” he said.

Warren shared that people should not just tolerate people of different faiths than theirs, but treat others with dignity.

“Interfaith dialogue doesn’t mean compromising your faith or finding the lowest common denominator, but explaining each other’s faith for better understanding,” Warren explained.

Source: Christian Post

My Comment:

When will Warren actually see that he does not do God’s will, according to the Word of God?

Instead he urges with Blair this “globalization view” which will only help the Anti-Christ in the final days. The stage is setting, and the final outcome will be Jesus Christ, separating the sheep’s from the goats. Many will be sent into eternal punishment. The rest into eternal life with Our Savior Jesus Christ.

Matthew 25

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Written by: Gloria

11 thoughts on “Rick Warren and Tony Blair talk globalization

  1. Apparently, Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation hasn’t updated its news. I was looking for a story on his meeting with Rick “slick” Warren. I found this story, however.

    It’s all about “understanding,” “unity,” “peace” and “respect.” Can anyone get the Kumbaya record out. Let’s sing along — Kumbaya…kumbaya…kumbaya…for world peace, harmony, co-existence — Kumbaya — unity, understanding and respect — kumbaya.

    “These may include organising a ‘Harmony Breakfast’ for neighbours of various faiths or merely inviting them over for a cup of tea or coffee or a chat; organising a multi-cultural bazaar; doing joint community work such as a cleanup of a local park; feeding the homeless; planting a community garden; reading together; praying together; merely talking to your own families about the need for more understanding and harmony; or even just going out of your way to greet or smile at someone who is of a different faith.”
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    How about telling them the words of Christ Jesus, and see how far “understanding” and “harmony” go: For Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

    Or, his words about peace: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword (i.e. division). For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’” (Matthew 10: 34-36)
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    http://www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/newsroom/entry/today-marks-the-beginning-of-the-first-ever-un-world-interfaith-harmony-wee/

    “Today marks the beginning of the first ever UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.

    This week holds unprecedented potentially help turn the tide against religious tensions. It can build understanding and provide unity and strength to counter those who see faith as a source for division and discrimination.

    Obviously resolutions do not by themselves alter the world, but this resolution encourages people who believe in inter-religious harmony to stand up and be counted. If you are a person of good will there are many things you can do this week that cost very little and take little time. These may include organising a ‘Harmony Breakfast’ for neighbours of various faiths or merely inviting them over for a cup of tea or coffee or a chat; organising a multi-cultural bazaar; doing joint community work such as a cleanup of a local park; feeding the homeless; planting a community garden; reading together; praying together; merely talking to your own families about the need for more understanding and harmony; or even just going out of your way to greet or smile at someone who is of a different faith. Lots of meaningful events are already taking place, for example in response to the events that have recently occurred in the MENA regions, Muslims and Christians in Amman, Jordan will visit each others’ place of worship and pray together for peace.

    This week students from our global education programme, Face to Faith, are engaging in discussions around key spiritual and faith based questions and our Faiths Act supporters are continuing to organise multi-faith events.

    So in the first week of February remember God and the neighbour, or the Good and the neighbour. And remember World Interfaith Harmony Week.”

    Tony Blair, Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation

  2. Kenneth,

    It’s all about “understanding,” “unity,” “peace” and “respect.” Can anyone get the Kumbaya record out. Let’s sing along — Kumbaya…kumbaya…kumbaya…for world peace, harmony, co-existence — Kumbaya — unity, understanding and respect — kumbaya.

    😉 Funny. Sad and true all at once. Sue

    1. Dear Martin

      Shalom.

      There are a lot of people who claim they believe in Jesus. One of them is the Pope. But if you look behind the curtain, you will find a hypocrite and a liar.

      This is what Rick Warren do. He promotes a Papist and war criminal from United Kingdom, with a medal of honor.

      At the end of the night, Rick Warren and his wife Kay presented Blair with the third International Medal of PEACE for promoting reconciliation and advancing the goals of the PEACE initiative: Promote reconciliation, Equip servant leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, and Educate the next generation.

      http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/tony-blair-and-rick-warren-talk-faith-the-middle-east-and-911/6098-2.htm

  3. Dear Gloria and Ivar

    The more God uses your life,the more you’ll be misunderstood & misjudged.That’s the price.

    I’m a BIG fan of Ivar. A friend of us characterized Ivar as 100 percent. I belive that is true. But I also belive that sometime you Are not right in some of what you are writhing. It seems to me that you are searching to find fault like there is a reward for it. It is easy to find a bible verse to underline your point. I am sure i can find many bible verse to underline my point to. To call people for false theacher, hypocrite and liar beacause they have an other view then you, I think that is wrong. I’m not going to tell you how to write.

    Martin

    1. Dear Martin

      Shalom.

      You wrote:

      I’m a BIG fan of Ivar. A friend of us characterized Ivar as 100 percent.

      My reply:

      I am a wreck, a saved sinner, and there in nothing good in my flesh. But He who lives inside me, is greater than he who lives in the World. I try my very best to obey Jesus, but am not always able to understand how to solve the challenges that comes my way. My flesh is week, but the spirit is willing.

      I am constantly in need of His mercy and grace. I thank Lord Jesus for having unlimited mercy and patience with me.

      I do have the Bible as the highest authority of my life. Jesus is always right. I do not question the correctness of a single line in the Bible, but tries to help people to implement the teachings of Jesus in their life.

      1. Amen Ivar. Amen!

        To Martin:

        When Rick Warren and Tony Blair speak about globalization, Martin instead of underling the biggest point that Jesus Christ died for your sins, rose, and is coming again- when they don’t say that- and instead speak of us “uniting” with false religions, then we have a problem Martin.

        Do not be deceived. These men are false in what they teach.

        The truth is found in Jesus Christ and God’s Word. And I rarely here the truth being said, and instead more is preached about a “united front”

    2. Dear Martin.

      Shalom.

      To call people for false teacher, hypocrite and liar because they have an other view then you, I think that is wrong.

      My comment:

      Jesus called people hypocrites and liars. Was He wrong? Paul called Peter a hypocrite. Was He wrong?

      I know you are a big fan of Rick Warren. I was too. I purchased 20 of his book “Purpose driven life” and distributed for free.

      The day I understood that Warren wants us all to unite under the Pope in Rome, I was shocked. I am equally disturbed that He give a PEACE medal to a war criminal like Tony Blair. That this fleshy distribution takes place inside a claimed to be Church of 30.000 people is a disgrace.

      Blair puts enormous political pressure on Israel to give Jewish land back to Islam, in exchange for peace. He is a thief and robber of the Jewish people. Rick Warren is a spiritual blind fool, who supports and honors this man.

      Please read Matthew 7:21-23, and ask if Rick Warren is doing the will of the Father. Many people who claim to know Lord Jesus, will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

  4. I posted before that Warren is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. That says a lot about this man – this globalist – who shares John Paul II’s words in his World Day of Peace message in 2001:

    “At the dawn of a new millennium, there is growing hope that relationships between people will be increasingly inspired by the ideal of a truly universal brotherhood. Unless this ideal is shared, there will be no way to ensure a stable peace. There are many signs which suggest that this conviction is becoming more deeply rooted in people’s minds. The importance of fraternity is proclaimed in the great “charters” of human rights; it is embodied in great international institutions, particularly the United Nations; and it is called for, as never before, by the process of globalization which is leading to a progressive unification of the economy, culture and society. For their part, the followers of the different religions are ever more conscious of the fact that a relationship with the one God, the common Father of all, cannot fail to bring about a greater sense of human brotherhood and a more fraternal life together. In God’s revelation in Christ, this principle finds a radical expression: “He who does not love does not know God; for God is love” (1 Jn 4:8).

  5. If you didn’t know how much in love Chuck Colson is with the Catholic Church, read his words in 2000. They should not surprise you. He is the co-author of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together agreement in 1994. Here are a few quotes by this ecumenist and Southern Baptist:

    “Understanding and defending Christianity as a comprehensive worldview enables us to do something else that, in the long view, may be more important than rescuing a culture. It enables us to achieve Christian unity in a way that could perhaps not be possible otherwise. All Christians must bear the shame of the millennium just ended in which the world has been offended not by the scandal of the Cross, but by the SCANDAL of DIVISION among us”

    “But the fact is, as we begin to see Christianity as a worldview, we are able to do what Edward Cardinal Cassidy argued is the duty of Christians: to WORK FOR UNITY, because UNITY is the normative condition that Jesus himself called for and established. It is unity for which Jesus prayed, and TO WORK AGAINST IT IS A SIN”

    “…while divisions remain among us, we nevertheless engage in what my good friend, Dr. Timothy George (another ecumenist)of Beeson Divinity School, calls “the ECUMENISM of the trenches.” We discover that we stand and FIGHT SIDE BY SIDE as Evangelicals and Roman Catholics”

    “For what we have in COMMON with Rome are precisely those fundamentals of our Christian creed now most fiercely assaulted by the modern spirit”

    “The Roman Catholic tradition offers much: the Church’s historic role in the culture, THE AUTHORITY OF THE MAGISTERIUM, a commitment to scholarship, and a long tradition of reflection on social and political issues, particularly a concern for social justice and the poor”

    (What is the “authority of the Magisterium” that this man, Colson, recognizes as good? It is the “teaching authority” of the Church – i.e. the pope and his bishops in communion with him.”)

    “The Catholic tradition brings a great commitment to the life of the mind, as well as a passion for the arts. It is a tradition with an appreciation of a WELL-FORMED WORLDVIEW”

    “In 1893 Moody invited Roman Catholics to the platform at his crusade in Chicago. More significantly, in his hometown of Northfield, Massachusetts, Moody contributed to the building of a Roman Catholic church, arguing that if people are going to be Christians, whether they’re Catholic or Protestant, the object is to help them to be good Christians”

    “If Catholics and Evangelicals come together, combining the GREAT STRENGTHS of our two traditions; if God fuels us with the Evangelical impulse, this love of God which comes from our conversion; and if we are faithful to the scriptural commandments, then A GREAT ARMY of people will be UNLEASHED TO DEFEND and demonstrate Christian truth in the world. Ours is a truly wonderful opportunity as the world looks around and surveys the shambles of the modern experiment”

    “All of the great utopian promises of the twentieth century lie in shambles. Some of them are still with us today, but they are bankrupt ideas waiting to be swept into the dustbin of history. We stand at a moment in time—a remarkable, extraordinary moment—when and if, following the example of Erasmus and Kuyper and the teaching of Jesus, Christians can COME TOGETHER ACROSS THOSE HISTORIC DIVIDES and bring the great strengths of our TRADITIONS to bear, we will see John Paul II’s SPRINGTIME OF EVANGELISM come to glorious harvest”

    http://www.firstthings.com/article/2007/01/modernist-impasse-christian-opportunity-21 (Google “Modernist Impasse, Christian Opportunity” if the link does not work)
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    Colson helping Rome in its “mission” in “restoring and bearing witness to the unity lost at Babel.” (431)

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