Rick Warren, Psalm 46 and Misinterpretation of Scripture

You may have already heard about this, but I still think it is an important issue to address. Last week,  Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age posted on Facebook, about this “Daily Hope” from Rick Warren. In it he distorts the meaning of Psalm 46:10, a frequently abused verse.

Marcia noted that Warren claimed that Psalm 46:10 means to sit and listen for God to speak to us. In case any were confused about his meaning he asks in the “talk about it” section: “Do you regularly hear from God? How do you normally react to his voice and what he tells you to do?”

Well, Rick I do hear from God pretty regularly: every single time I open up the Bible and read it. It isn’t through voices in my head or some sort of feeling. It is through the revelation God has already given use through the pages of scripture, and the Holy Spirit who helps us to understand what is written.

Warren and many proponents of contemplative prayer and so-called Christian mysticism, claim the verse “Be still and know that I am God” is a command to sit in silence and wait for God to speak. The problem of course is that isn’t at all what Psalm 46:10 (“Be still and know that I am God”) is saying at all. I’ve examined the entire Psalm in context here at Steak and a Bible before, and Marcia also has a wonderful examination on the CANA website.

She points out: “The context is a reprimand about submitting to God in the midst of nations warring against God. The 1599 Geneva Study Bible’s comments on verse 10 say that God is warning those ‘who persecute the Church to cease their cruelty: for also they will feel that God is too strong for them against whom they fight.'”

I hope you’ll take the time to read Psalm 46 as well as the rest of her thoughtful analysis.

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5 Responses to Rick Warren, Psalm 46 and Misinterpretation of Scripture

  1. Jeff says:

    Not a big fan of Rick Warren. Heck, I’m not even a little fan… 🙂

  2. Elizabeth says:

    WARREN SAID: “The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NIV). That means sit down and shut up. That’s how you hear God and get near to God. You have to sit alone and just be quiet with your Bible and say, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” You read God’s Word, and you talk to him about what’s on your heart.

    Pray this today: “God, I want to listen to you, not the voices of doubt. I want to hear you, and I promise to then obey you. I want to be one of the people that you can use and bless in the next 10 years. I want those years to be a decade of destiny for me and my family.”

    Above is exact copy from the Warren’s devotional on Psalm 46:10. I see the problem is NOT what Warren said to do because he’s 100% correct. Praise God!!

    WARREN SAID, “…You read God’s Word, and you talk to him about what’s on your heart”

    BUT what I see is a problem or that Warren is wrong when he says Ps. 45:10 “…means sit down and shut up. That’s how you hear God” I can guess why Warren says this and I can even explain why Warren’s comment “fits” Ps 45:10 what God means BUT Ps. 45:10 does not mean to “sit down and shut up.”

  3. Just discovered your site through Joseph Richardson. Keep up the good work on warning those about Warren. He is a real problem for the true faith. Blessings

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