Pastors Defend Warren After 'Chrislam' Claims

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Despite accusations, Rick Warren has consistently said he doesn't embrace "Chrislam," or the blending of the Bible and Koran in holy teachings.

Now, two fellow pastors are also coming to his defense.

Televangelist Jack Van Impe, who recently left Trinity Broadcasting Network as a result of his accusations aimed at Warren and Robert Schuller, has suggested that Warren embraces Chrislam.

But pastors Geoff Surratt and Brandon Cox say that's just not true.

Cox said he wanted to come to Warren's defense for a while, but was trying to avoid bringing unwanted attention to the issue.

"When I saw Rick issue a tweet about it I felt the liberty to go ahead and address it publicly," Cox told The Christian Post. "It's as if both of us had that feeling of having had enough and wanting to stick up for a friend."

Cox currently manages Warren's global network of pastors in an online community.

Surratt, who came to Warren's Saddleback Church about six months ago, shared a lengthy comment Warren posted online saying the Chrislam rumors were "100% false."

"If the guy who started this libelous myth, or anyone else who passed it on, had obeyed our Lord's command (Matt. 18:18-20) to come directly to me, and then asked what I actually believed - they would have been embarrassed to learn that I believe the exact opposite," Warren wrote.

"Let me be very clear. Pastor Rick Warren does not believe in, promote or validate Chrislam on any level," Surratt added.

"I have worked for Pastor Rick for the past 6 months, I have met with him on multiple occasions, I listen to him preach every weekend, I have read every book he has written, I have followed his ministry closely for almost 20 years," he said.

The Chrislam accusations were fanned after Warren said at a national Islamic conference that Muslims and Christians must work together to promote peace and freedom, and ward off stereotypes.

"Make no mistake, Rick Warren loves Muslims deeply," Cox said. "If you don't, you have a problem with Jesus who loves Muslims even more than Rick does."

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