Rick Warren’s Top 100 Pastors to Follow

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Joel Osteen? T.D. Jakes???  This is quite a Facebook Post from Pastor Rick Warren. Here he tells is fans which senior pastors — the top 100 in fact – that he recommends his fans follow on Twitter. Of course if you click that link you’ll get the idea that he has taken down that post. I wish I would have screen-capped it. Remember, screen-capture is your friend. Nonetheless, I managed to copy and paste the content from his page.
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55 Responses to Rick Warren’s Top 100 Pastors to Follow

  1. John says:

    Has it been determined – is this a real RW post or a hack job? I do not promote RW would be shocked that he would put this up – wait – I would not be shocked that much..just more slipping into heresy.

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    • Amy Spreeman says:

      It's real. But it's been removed from his page. i should have taken a screen capture.

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      • John says:

        Thank you for all the work you all do! Great articles, great radio show, and thanks for the podcast so we can hear you down here in Oklahoma! Keep on speaking the truth in love!!!

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      • just an opinion says:

        I have just started to listen to your pod casts, and I love how you and Mike report! I will be a very faithful listener to you both, and thank you Amy!!!! , I have been searching for information and teachers that stay with the WORD AND BREATH OF GOD! I have been led on many a stray roads with respect to expositors of the gospel, "Joyce meyers, Beth Warden, David Jerimiah and it had been recommended to listen to Rick Warren by a local church, I have since stopped listening to these individuals sermons, I sincerly appreciate the articles and honesty on your show.
        Listening all the way from Alberta Canada ! God Bless 🙂

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  2. Becca says:

    Yeah. That WAS bizarre. Everything ranging from Christians trying to use discernment to people basically saying all of them preach the Gospel to people saying we should just follow Jesus to people saying we should just love. The only thing that comforts me in this is that God's sheep hear his voice and that the truth of God's Word is being proclaimed, not in the masses that follow Joel Osteen or Rick Warren, but for the remnant and by the remnant that truly seek after Christ. Jesus, come quickly.

    Amy, are you going to post this article on Naomi's Table?

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  3. thisheart says:

    I was so excited – my minister wasn't on the list — not sure why, but if it's a Rick Warren thing it cannot be good, but then ….. nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! #100 BOOOOM!
    Ok, there's a reason Holy Spirit said time to move on . . . .

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  4. Jon says:

    I think you misunderstood RW's point – he's just giving a list based on followers on Twitter … he's not making a statement about their ministries. So if your pastor made the list it's not because RW likes him – its only based on Twitter followers.

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  5. jane says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, I was surprised that some I had been following and had removed r/t questionable teaching….hmmm, Thank you God.

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  6. J says:

    My take is it's all about who is following you on twitter Rick Warren. So you have people who follow you on Twitter. Why are you puffing your self up?
    I went and looked at the list. I thought for sure maybe Billy Graham and his son would have made the list.
    I need to remember to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus will never lead us astray like some of these men will.

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    • Billy Graham and his son are no Senior Pastors. People keep forgetting this was a list of senior pastors of churches.

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    • julia says:

      J# It's not a list that RW is endorsing , it's just a numbers count of the Pastors who are on twitter and how many people follow there tweets….Billy Graham may not have a twitter account….I've heard of many of these men and the ones I do know are wonderful teachers and pastors……

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  7. JimQ says:

    RW does not sound like he is endorsing these "pastors" (though some are fine). I take it to be for informational purposes only. A reader of these would need to be discerning, but even a heretic can speak a word of truth now and then. Besides, it gives us a good list of prayer targets — change these hearts and get a message to their millions.

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    • I"m amazed at the spin being put on this, as though RW was just posting a list. As Amy points out, he specifically encouraged people to follow these top 100 senior pastors of churches. In no sane world that I can think of would it be okay for a pastor with the influence of RW to encourage people to follow pastors like Word of Faith Osteen, modalist T D Jakes, and Steve Furtick (too many issues to count). This is not to mention several other very problematic pastors on the list.

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  8. Amy Spreeman says:

    This was a Facebook post predicated with "I encourage you to follow these senior pastors on Twitter." I think the reason he pulled this post was because of all the discerning people sharing hard facts and videos about what these false preachers on the list typically teach.

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    • Jon says:

      And so rather than, "I wish I got a screen shot" why not, "Praise God He gave the grace to RW to humble himself, repent and remove the post"

      We cry out for these guys to repent and change yet we never see blog posts that highlight the gospel on display when guys do change … praise God if he took it down because he was convicted!

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      • Pirate77 says:

        I doubt RW was humbled in this regard. He shied away from controversy, as usual, and (as you suggested) took it down out of conviction.

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      • Amy Spreeman says:

        "why not, “Praise God He gave the grace to RW to humble himself, repent and remove the post…"

        When exactly did RW humble himself and repent? Jon, believe me, I would be shouting from the rooftops if he ever did that, and so would every other discernment ministry that I am aware of.

        The only reason he pulled down that post is because of the many links and posts by discerning commenters to the heretical teachings of his "recommended" pastors, who by the way continue to appear with him in various conferences and guest preaching events.

        He also didn't repent when he pulled down his blog post about encouraging pastors to teach their congregations how to do the mystical new age Centering Prayer. And yes, I did get a screen shot of that one over on his Pastor's Toolbox site before he pulled it down.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Heretic Hunters distorting the words of brothers in Christ do absolutely nothing for the Kingdom.

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      • Amy Spreeman says:

        At least we use our real names and own what we say.

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    • julia says:

      Gives us a list of the false teachers…..

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  9. Ray Ware says:

    I was, like many here, surprised that Rick Warren would post such as an encouragement to follow pastor's twitter comments. Even if his intention was to provide information on the size of each pastor's followers – it is uncomfortably self-conscious and confusing – and rightly has been removed from the ministries' site.

    I frankly don't see value in this medium of abbreviations for the values of truth, confession and discipline that pastors are called upon to operate. It seems better suited for celebrities and rock stars promoting a personal appearance.

    Pastors Olsteen, Warren and Jakes perhaps wish to wrestle from Satan the power of celebrity for the Kingdom of God. I am without judgement if to this they are called.

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  10. Rose Vosburgh says:

    Warren seems to think pastors who have huge churches are the ones to follow…himself included, right at the top of the list in fact. But he forgets that the Scripture teaches just the opposite. The way to heaven is narrow…few will find it. Most of the pastors listed have one thing in common…an easy believism, works righteousness gospel that offends no one. So sure…they will have 1,000's of followers, but few true believers who will stand in the Last Day. To Warren, numbers are everything and he loves being at the top of the list.

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    • julia says:

      So wrong Rose…..Jesus had many followers while on earth….there are many attending wonderful Christ filled large churches today who are NOT true believers and the bigger the church the more of them there are….Why do you judge these large churches many are doing God's work and saving souls. Why are you so hateful about them…..? Not God's way at all…..

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  11. Kevin Acres says:

    Where is John MacArthur Jr oh ya he speaks clearly

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  12. Cop says:

    May be it would have been easier for him to say "every pastor that has been on TBN"

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  13. peter says:

    I think this could be a key reason why the homosexual insurgency, like the Assyrians, who invaded Israel –is taking over America, seemingly unstoppably ( O, Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. Isaiah 10:5). The principle of God judging His own house is certainly clearly enough demonstrated.

    We are being judged for our own wicked, selfish, materialistic, man-worshipping ways, and have refused to repent. This list, numerically, is maybe 30% of evangelical America very rough guess, based on this data *. There are a few solid pastors in there, but most are close to apostate, if not demonstrably wolves. If one were to approach their followers, humbly as a brother, one would be told, "don't judge" or "touch not God's anointed' or other such post-modern/mystic celebrity-worship reasoning, rather than "thank you for warning me."

    If the salt has clearly lost its flavor, how can it be restored?

    Brothers and sisters, revival begins in our own hearts, and then in our mouths, and deeds. Are we praying for our own brethren, our own pastors, our leaders, and nations? Are we discipling others actively? When was the last time we prayed to have opportunities to share our faith? When was the last time we took the opportunity when it was given to us? Who has visited the sick, the shut-in, or helped the poor in our own assemblies? Who has sat with a brother and sister and helped them learn to read and understand the Word, regularly? Who has walked with another brother or sister through to some kind of spiritual fruit and maturity? These are questions I do not show well on, I just share them with you.

    *http://www.seekfind.net/Barna_Research_Born_Notional_Other.html

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    • Steve says:

      "Are we praying for our own… disciplining others…When was the last time we prayed to have opportunities to share…took the opportunity…visited the sick…helped the poor…sat with a brother and sister…helped them …walked with another brother or sister…? These are questions I do not show well on, I just share them with you."
      Please be reminded that the Holy Ghost may speak through us without our knowing or our consent for that matter! His ways are not our ways. The readying to give a reason for our faith is our calling, and our blessing.

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  14. Abi says:

    John MacArthur has 67,476 followers on twitter. That should put him square at number 35. I wonder why he was left off…i think the greatest expositor of our time got left out because he preaches the truth without compromise…also surprised that he left out his buddy John Piper. He'd rather have us follow Steven Furtick, Perry Noble and Joel Osteen. Sum up the souls following these men. Conclusion: a nation where the ones that handle the law do not know God. Jeremiah 2:8, And a foolish people that follow after the teachings of fools, Jeremiah 4:22. A people doomed to repeat the error of the Jews. Acts 13:26-28.
    The "nation" aka the so-called american "church." God knows His church not rick warren or twitter. Encouraged by the likes of the "postee" and men like Roseborough. Here's someone you should follow, fightingforthefaith.com. I have 24 followers on twitter, and my recommendation is more godly than the recommendation of a so-called pastor with a million plus followers. Sad!!

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    • Can't speak as to John MacArthur, but please note this is a list of Senior Pastors in Churches. This does not apply to Piper anymore.

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      • Abi says:

        Thanks, forgot John Piper isn't a pastor anymore. John MacArthur was left out because Rick Warren would loose his followers the second they hear the truth about God's purpose for them.

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    • godsfingers says:

      John McArthur? The guy who preaches that Jesus only died for the elect and that Christians can take the mark of the beast for self preservation? That John McArthur? He may be a great expositor but he rates right up there with the Gospel isn't sufficient crowd

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      • standupwi says:

        Yes, he preaches Reformed theology. Trust me, you're not going to solve that debate in this lifetime!
        Just a clarification point on the mark of the beast comment. He has never preached/taught that from the pulpit – it was a soundbite from a conversation he had with Jimmy DeYoung on Brannon Howse's program. Both of those men agreed with MacArthur on that. I strongly disagree with them.

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      • tonibrown64 says:

        An interesting blog from MacArthur's website below, where Phil Johnson goes into some detail about MacArthur's reasoning behind his position on the mark. I actually don't have a firm grip on what to think of the mark- just relying on the Lord to guide me. http://www.gty.org/Blog/B131030?Term=mark%20of%20

        As far as Warren listing MacArthur on his "suggestion list"…not gonna happen- they are miles apart.

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  15. J says:

    I get that were suppose to pray for our pastors and leaders of the church. When the pastor and leaders allow a false gosple to be preached I feel we need to pray the pastor and leaders of the church out of the church,
    God calls sin sin for a reason.

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  16. James says:

    It is so sad to see all these pastors on this list. I pray that at least some are preaching the true gospel. RW is one I just can't condone after becoming aware of activities in his church, who he allows to come and build up the church (cult leaders), and to see him rarely speak up about being born again, or should I say never, but by doing good works and be self seeking. Having harlem shake going on in his church is pathetic. I call it his church as I don't see it being the Lord's church.
    Sure makes me wonder how many are being walked straight into hell over all these false doctrines. I think this is what is meant in the Bible about when Jesus said that many will come and say I cast out demons, and ect., and he will say get away from me I did not know you.
    God help these poor vulnerable people who are searching for truth but being deceived by some big time preacher who can make them awe struck for being so famous over a book and manipulation of folks all over this world.

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  17. Fighting for the Faith (Christ Rosbrough) radio show commending Amy Spreeman and exposing those on Warren's favorite 100 pastors:
    http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2013/05/tribal

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  18. Aw, this was a very good post. Taking a few minutes
    and actual effort to produce a top notch article…
    but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don't seem to get anything done.

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  19. Ernie says:

    Rick Warren creeps me out, my spirit just doesn't agree with him.

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  20. Violet says:

    today's church service on Sunday has become a very social gathering of hip hop, mumbo jumbo of how great we are, we have this program and this program to meet alll of your want s and desires to keep yhour interest! How sad is that?Since when did Christ gather around thepeople in a building full of coffe late stands, merchandise to purchase, etc? I do not believ the God is pleased with all the mega churches.All the while nursing home residents go ignored!!

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  21. godsfingers says:

    That reminds me of a famous painting of Jesus with a runaway sitting on a park bench I saw online. And someone had entered the caption, "No, I don't mean twitter I mean to REALLY follow me".

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  22. warren j smith says:

    who gave rick warren the atuhority to pick who to listen to

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  23. justme says:

    Osteen and Jakes…. Illuminati

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  24. Jarrod says:

    telling that Piper or MacArthur didn't make the cut.

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