Why Does Jack Van Impe Criticize Rick Warren?


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Televangelist Jack Van Impe criticized evangelical pastor Rick Warren about his views regarding Islam. Van Impe believes that Warren was mixing Christian and Muslim beliefs.

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Van Impe stated that Warren was an advocate of "Chrislam." He described it as mixing Christianity and Islam. His views were expressed during a telecast on Trinity Broadcasting Network. After his statement, the network chose not to re-broadcast the episode. Van Impe's ministry voted not to continue working with the network as a result. One of the executive directors for the ministry said the organization felt it was being censored because of the stand against Warren and his views.

Van Impe claimed that a speech Warren gave in 2009 at an Islamic conference was "flat out wrong." Warren stated during the conference that Christians and Muslims worshiped the same God. Van Impe also claims that Warren wanted to take down the crosses from the interior and exterior of his church in an effort to attract more followers. Warren denied making the statement and responded via Twitter that a church without crosses was a social club. Van Impe also took issue with Warren's co-founder of his megachurch. Robert Schuller was criticized by Van Impe for speaking at an interfaith conference in 2008.

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