RICK WARREN MENTOR PETER DRUCKER: “I’M NOT A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN”

Apprising Ministries wishes you to know that there’s absolutely no doubt about the effect of business guru Peter Drucker (1909-2005) upon Southern Baptist megapastor Rick Warren.

This is quite clear e.g. in Rick Warren: Peter Drucker Changed My Life where you can see video of Warren absolutely fawning all over Drucker while making that particular admission.

While discussing this in Rick Warren, Manny Pacquiao, And The Influence Of Peter Drucker, which I posted last Saturday night, it apparently caught the attention of Rick Warren.

The reason I say this, and it possibly have been by mere coincidence, is the next day Warren would make what I consider to be a tactical error and tweeted:


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Sarah Leslie of Herescope, in her Was Peter Drucker A Christian? The Spin Versus The Truth, brings out some compelling evidence while asking the right questions:

This story that Rick Warren tweeted today is oft-repeated: “Rick Warren: I asked Peter Drucker how he was saved by Jesus. He said ‘When I fully understood GRACE, I knew I’d never get a better deal”1

Leadership Network has repeated this story many times. The story, according to Bob Buford went like this:

[Ken] Blanchard, once in my presence, asked Peter Drucker, “Peter, why did you choose Christianity?” Peter said, “There’s no better deal.”2

Many would question the fact that a well-known New Age business guru (Ken Blanchard), with a highly questionable Christian testimony himself, would attribute salvation to Drucker! Do these personal anecdotes from Rick Warren, Bob Buford and Ken Blanchard (all of whom have a vested interest in perpetuating the story?) indicate that Drucker was truly saved?

In a recorded interview at Claremont College in 2001, Drucker clearly denied he was a born-againChristian:

“I am not a born-again Christian.”3
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Well, now you’re about to see the late Peter Drucker, who’s had enormous influence upon the Seeker Driven/attractional camp, tell you this himself in an exclusive AM video clip from that 2001 interview.

Let me be clear; it’s not a joyful thing to do, this exposing a man—who by his own admission here—knew not God:

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” (John 3:3-7)

Here’s the critical point: Now just consider how much impact upon the professing Christian church this self-professed unbeliever has had through people like Rick Warren:

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Endnotes

  1. http://twitter.com/RickWarren/status/211841017970835456
  2. Bob Buford ACVIVEenergy BLOG e-mail, “My Next Book…Year 7, Chapter 14…The Power of a Parable, August 9, 2011.
  3. Claremont Colleges Digital Library, Drucker Archives, Interview with Peter Drucker, 2001-12-05 http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/dac&CISOPTR=2176&CISOBOX=1