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Relieved After Hearing A Review of Rick Warren's 'The Daniel Plan'

A recent podcast by Chris Rosebrough from Fighting For The Faith that discusses Rick Warren's new diet book and program called The Daniel Plan was extremely helpful (and a major relief!).

After all, knowing the way that Rick Warren consistently "mangles" Scripture by regularly committing "Textual Harassment" (as Mr. Rosebrough often puts it), I just naturally assumed that a book written by him about dieting, and one that references the Book of Daniel no less, would somehow most assuredly include...

[A] an attempt by Warren to make the case that the Bible says that Christians need to start eating lions

[B] an attempt by Warren to make the case that the Bible says that Christians need to become like the lion and eat other people to cut down on over-population (and that they should particularly eat the modern-day Pharisees who are always so concerned about showing their obedience to the Lord by arguing about doctrine and truth instead of showing their faithfulness to God by changing the world through deeds and love)
[C] an attempt by Warren to make the case that the Bible says that Christians need to observe Jewish dietary laws like Daniel did [D] an attempt by Warren to make the case that the Bible says that Christians need to start cooking all their meals in "a fiery furnace" heated to "seven times" its normal temperature in order to properly remove the harmful chemicals and toxins in our foods today

[E] an attempt by Warren to make the case that the Bible says that Christians should never eat food that you can use to actually write something on your wall, because if your handwriting with food sticks to the wall in any kind of legible form, then it most certainly will stick to your bones and make you fat(ter)

The sad thing is that I'm only half joking here. As an ex-Evangelical turned Confessional Lutheran, I've come to expect all sorts of madness masquerading as "Biblical truth" these days, and so I'm relieved after hearing a review of Rick Warren's The Daniel Plan thanks to Chris Rosebrough.

Sadly, there's still nothing Biblical about this book and the diet program that it promotes. It's just more of the same: A Celebrity Pastor using God's Word and our Lord and Savior as a means to make a buck.

In a Lutheran layman's terms, be discerning like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and "test the spirits" at all times (1 John 4:1), or you just might be deceived like the millions who have already made this book a bestseller.

Food for thought, my dear friends.

NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism a little over a year ago. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and point us back to) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Finally, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that category since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. In addition, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by common Evangelical concerns/criticisms that aren't that big a deal for us Lutherans. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Finally, please know that any time we engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible unless otherwise noted. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Grace and peace to you and yours!


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