Rick Warren Tells Christians to ‘Personalize’ Bible Verses by Putting Your Name In It

SCREENSHOT Pastor Rick Warren speaking on racism in his church.
Pastor Rick Warren speaking on racism in his church.

Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren is telling Christians that they should “personalize” scripture by inserting themselves into certain biblical passages.

In an entry found on Rick Warren’s Daily Hope website published Sunday, Warren wrote a meditation centered on the Bible verse Philippians 1:6.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns,” reads the verse, as rendered by the New Living Translation, Second Edition.

Warren stated that “God’s Word will never change your life until you let it become personal” and advised using what he called the “personalize-it method of Bible meditation.”

“You simply put your name in the place of pronouns or nouns in Scripture. For example, if I were personalizing John 3:16, I’d write something like this: ‘For God so loved Rick, he gave his one and only Son so that Rick would not perish but have everlasting life’,” wrote Warren.

“Or, for Philippians 1:6: ‘He who began a good work in Rick Warren will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.'”

Warren went on to note that if one uses the “personalize-it method,” that the results will “strengthen your faith and encourage yourself.”

“Do this, and many passages of Scripture will literally bring tears to your eyes. You’ll start to read the Bible as God’s love letter to you,” continued Warren.

“It’ll be God’s gift to you! Reading your Bible isn’t just about getting to know the content of the Word. It’s about getting to know the author of the Word — personally!”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski