Via Pandagon, this bit of crazy from Rick Warren:
RW: Actually, I have what, Hugh, I’ve had it for almost 40 years. I call it a warnings file. And every time I watch somebody, and Satan has no temptations that are new. It’s either money, sex or power. It’s lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, the pride of life, and you have to know the antidotes, and you have to set up the parameters that keep you from even being tempted in those areas, which means for instance, I’m never alone, ever, ever alone with a woman, or even my myself when I’m traveling.
I suppose covering all women from head to toe in
Burkha’s Saddleback Chastitywear might be another idea. I guess if this keeps him from breaking down and having an affair, well, ok, but how little impulse control must you have that you can’t be around members of the opposite sex or you might cheat on your wife? And don’t the women have any say in this, or is it just a given that once they get the Rick alone, it is just going to happen?
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Several of you have stated he may do this to avoid the appearance of impropriety, and not just because he has temptations he can not handle. That would make complete sense, considering how important appearances are in his line of work. That isn’t, however, what he seems to be saying, but if it is, I can understand it. This may be a case in which it was much clearer that he was talking about the appearance of impropriety if you heard him speaking rather than just read a transcript of it.
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Commenter AnneLaurie brings it home for us dim bulbs:
I’m amused that nobody seems to have noticed Pastor Warren palming the pea in his shell game. He explicitly mentions three, count ‘em three, varieties of Eternal Sinfulness—and then reassures his audience that he makes sure he can never be busted for Sin Category Two. So while y’all are sniffing around checking his underwear for unauthorized emissions, Pastor Warren’s free to steal with both hands and to enforce his wildest dreams of authoritarianism. Like any good magician, he’s got the audience focused on the cheap, shiny “sex” props to distract them from the “money” and “power” manipulations that are the real prizes (temptations) in the Public Sanctimony magic show!