Apprising Ministries continues to do our part to expose the sinful ecumenicism of über-popular Southern Baptist megapastor Rick Warren of the influential Saddleback Church, e.g. Rick Warren And Teachings Of Demons.
If you didn’t know, Stuart Smalley (in video below) is a fictional character originally portrayed by Al Franken on Saturday Night Live years ago. He was famous for this affirmation:
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”
With that in mind, I bring to your attention today’s Daily Hope By Rick Warren, though it’s not actually from Warren but:
Jon Walker [who is] is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and author of “Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’.”
Truly, what you’re about to read is quite similar to what Rick Warren himself wrote in his now infamous March, 2005 article for Ladies Home Journal, “Learn to Love Yourself.”
You might remember I recently cited this in Man-Centered Methods Of Rick Warren A La Robert Schuller:
God accepts us unconditionally, and in his view we are all precious and priceless. Focus on this and you will not waste any time and effort trying to be someone you’re not.
[Warren’s wife affirms], “God really does love me without strings attached.” [On this basis we apparently have been given the freedom to love ourselves]
Be True To Yourself
Discover, accept and enjoy our unique “shape” [which refers to Warren’s S.H.A.P.E. program] ….Be content with them [our weaknesses].
God doesn’t expect perfection but He does insist on honesty. When I honestly admit my errors and ask forgiveness in faith, He doesn’t hold a grudge, doesn’t get even, and doesn’t bring it up again. We should practice such a forgiving attitude with ourselves.
Believe in Yourself
Start affirming the truth about yourself! The truth is God has created you with talents, abilities, personality and background in a combination that is uniquely you. It’s your choice. You can believe what others say about you, or you can believe in yourself as God does, who says you are truly acceptable, lovable, valuable and capable. (source, comments by Dr. Gary Gilley)
O yes, Smalley would be proud:
So, without further ado, courtesy of John Walker here’s your Rick Warren Smalleyesque daily affirmation. Ready,smile, take a deep breath, and let us all chant together our homo divina: