Rick Warren: Patron Saint of Humblebraggadocio

Pound for pound, preachers are the best humblebraggers around because they can rattle off a list of professional accomplishments while giving God the glory for "working through them."

It's a nifty trick that can be pulled off only by those who make a living chatting with the Lord and sharing his insights.

The most common way for preachers to humblebrag is to spout off big numbers related to their ministry. They do this even though an argument can be made that the practice is demonic: "And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel." -- 1 Chronicles 21:1

Thousands of years later, preachers have the perfected the demonic art form.

On a recent visit from Seattle to Mars Hill Church Orange County, the apostle Mark Driscoll said the church (assuming it was the network of Mars Hill congregations) had grown from 10,000 to 15,000 in just two weeks.

That sucking sound you heard was that of 5,000 Christians leaving their previous churches.

But when it comes to humblebraggadocio, Driscoll can't hold a candle to Saddleback Church's pastor:

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Humblebrag to English: I've been to 164 countries, bitches!

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Humblebrag to English: I have private talks with God.

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Humblebrag to English: We have more babies in our church than most pastors have people.

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Humblebrag to English: 196 countries, bitches!


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cynthia curran
cynthia curran

I used to dislike Warren but since he is dislike by both left and right for different reasons, I don't think he is a bad as others claim him to be. As for the elder, all churches have bad apples in my middle years I found that Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox all have baggage. An Protestants and Catholics and Orthodox are not able to use the state to punish people for hersy as they did in times past. Protestants were behind the witch hunts and Catholics the Cathars and other Religious groups like Jews, and Muslims. Even the eastern Orthodox put to death the Paulicans which at times supported the muslims.

Thomas Ray Watkins
Thomas Ray Watkins

His Global Peace plan is essentially to integrate every Mosque, every Synagogue, and every "Christian" Church building ON THE PLANET!.. into a network to do good, serve, and EXHIBIT THE NATURE OF THIS UNIVERSAL GOD.He sees this God as the same in all of these world religions...yes, Jesus is Allah is keeping the Jewish Traditions is Islam...and let's all just use what we got, and we can all be happy together.He is not joking...anymore than singing KUM-BY-AHHH within the smoke of Armageddon. He is a pure Universalist with a pure messiah complex that is compressed within an ego the size of Cleveland. Kinda of funny guy, if he didn't mean what he says.

Church Hater
Church Hater

I had a friend that divorced an elder at Saddleback. He cheated on her, hid all their wealth behind his small business and may have even had her elderly attorney shoved down a stairway to stunt her case against him. He starved her of all cash and resources, forcing her to move in with Mom at age 45. There's a real sense of entitlement and condescension that comes over religious leaders. Doesn't really support the "love of Jesus in my heart" claims, does it?

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I've heard that working at Saddleback is akin to being a servant in Saudi Arabia.  Is it true that men and women are not allowed to be alone together unless they're married or with a chaperon?  Also, read somewhere that females must report to males and not the other way around.  I've always wanted to call up the receptionist and ask her. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

As I mentioned to Gustavo before, a friend of mine was the head pastor at a calvary chapel on a certain Hawaiian island. Another friend is an associate pastor at....  You guessed it Saddleback.  I'll ask.  I don't think either of them actually like me, I think they are trying to save my soul.  But none the less I always like to reply to their FB posts with Bob Marley Lyrics.   

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Probably want you to tithe.  

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