12 thoughts on “Rick Warren’s Son Has Died

  1. I’m really sorry… It’s really awful.
    This is not the time to be judgmental. We could play the judge and say this happened because of such and such… Let’s leave that for later.
    All I can say is,
    The Cross of Christ has power. The perfect life of our Lord and Savior, His atoning death and resurrection, His glorification at the right hand of His Father, has given me hope.
    I used to be in bondage to a mental illness. I have a family history of depression, including a great-grandfather who killed himself, coincidentally, at the age of 27. My grandma was prostrate in bed for years because of depression. My brother has suffered from mental illness since he was born. I grew up in an environment where love was abundant, but several things were dysfunctional in my family. As a result, and also undoubtedly because of my genes, I was a very unstable young lady who suffered from bipolar disorder (a mild form, thank God!) and probably something akin to ADHD (still find it a bit hard to concentrate and focus on one thing!). I had suicidal thoughts many times throughout my childhood and teenage years, basically because I had a love-hate relationship with my dad who was a pretty abusive individual.
    What stopped me from making THE decision to end it all was the thought that I didn’t want to try to end my suffering and end in eternal torment. Now, I don’t have a theology of what happens to suicidal people. I believe a true Christian may get so confused with a demonic attack that he might be brought to that point of carrying out this act, faced with an unbearable situation and not having enough faith to sustain him or her. In many cases, unfortunately, the people who do this are NOT true Christians, but people who had “believed” in another Jesus and another gospel of the “easy, comfortable way”. Again, no judgment meant…
    I just wanted to share my testimony. If anybody here is suffering from depression, look, it doesn’t have to end that way!
    I found that as I surrendered both my burdens and my life, my future, my dreams and plans, as I lay it all down at the altar, at the Cross, the Lord healed my soul from the grudges I bore against my dad and other people who had hurt me so deeply. The Lord changed me from the inside out and gave me true peace and joy.
    There have been times when the “old me” has haunted me and tried to bring me residues of that unstability, giving me sudden mood swings, being anxious and unable to sleep, for example. I have found that, more often than not, those attacks comes when a certain area of my life is not fully surrendered, when I have some hidden sin or a little idol in my heart. For example, when I’m beginning to get bitter at what someone has done to me…
    Guys, we have to really pray for deliverance. Being depressed is common among us, but it is not normal, and we should seek help when we experience sadness and despair for more than a couple of weeks. Grieving over losses is ok, but having a general negative outlook on life is not good.
    Above all things, let us remember Jesus said this, In this world you will have affliction. BUT TRUST ME, because I have overcome the world.
    Keep trusting the Lord even when facing the fiercest storms, when your emotions don’t seem to respond. Keep reading the Bible to hear His precious promises even if you don’t seem to believe them. Keep looking for spiritual people who can support you and pray for you through your dark moments.
    The Lord gave me comfort and consolation in my sadness, and told me the reason for the suffering. When He delivered me, He told me, Now you know how it feels, and you know how to get out of this vicious cycle. NOW GO AND HEAL OTHERS!
    So here I am, telling you all. Whenever you hear discouraged, remember what Jesus said.
    If you abide by my word, you will truly be my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
    What is truth? JESUS is. What is the way to freedom from the bondage of depression and discouragement? Faith in Jesus, who IS the way. What is the way to receive eternal AND abundant life? TRUST JESUS, AND SURRENDER TO HIM.
    I pray for the Warrens and for all families who have a family member suffering from depression, and for all depressed Christians who maybe don’t know who to talk to. I pray they will find JESUS is the answer, and with Him as our best friend, we can never be lonely!


  2. I too thank you for sharing CariPau….I needed to hear that….I get to feeling so alone sometimes and it helps to know I’m not the ONLY one who feels this way…..HIS Word pulls me through every time!!!
    …..my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Warren family as they go through this tragic time!


  3. I agree that it’s not time to be judgmental, but now two defenders of Warren have come forth to justify Warren’s “theological errors”: http://cityofdeception.com/rick-warren-uses-pastors-com-to-attack-critics-in-wake-of-sons-death/


    I understand having compassion and praying for him and his family, but excuse the errors of his doctrine is equally wrong…


  4. I’m sure we’ll find that we ALL have theological errors once we die. Our Savior pointed out that we will all have some huge surprises at who is allowed into Heaven and who is kept out.


    • Holly,
      First of all, this post is not about theology, but the painful loss of a child! And secondly, PLEASE show me where “the Savior” made this comment – Our Savior pointed out that we will all have some huge surprises at who is allowed into Heaven and who is kept out. Because, I know of no scripture that takes such a serious matter so lightly. We are told we will know a person by his fruit! See While we are on the topic, there are theological errors so grievous that the belief in them will keep a person from eternal life with God. Please, don’t dismiss the seriousness of the matter.

      Matthew 7:13Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many be they that enter in thereby. 14For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few be they that find it.

      15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

      21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out devils, and by thy name do many mighty works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      24Every one therefore which heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, which built his house upon the rock: 25and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. 26And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.


  5. Thanks M’kay..you are saving us from the dark spirits that are aggressively at work, whose agents are very crafty and subtle in their attack..I gained a lot from your messagesmay God’wisdom continue covering you.Angie


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