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Rick Warren -- Out of the Closet!

12/23/2008 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rick Warren, the pastor who will deliver the invocation next month for Barack Obama, apparently is doing a little image-adjusting in West Hollywood.

Rick Warren
We got this pic, taken yesterday at Out of the Closet thrift store. That's Warren on the right (naturally), his arm around Erol Sarabi, who is openly gay. Warren, who supports the ban on gay marriage which has not sat real well with some Obama supporters, bought 8 to 10 books, two of which were his own (that doesn't help with his Amazon ranking). Warren told Sarabi not to believe everything he reads, that he does a lot for AIDS research and was happy that Out of the Closet does free AIDS testing.

Warren also said he met with Melissa Etheridge recently and the two planned to have dinner together -- go figure.

By the way, Warren gave a signed copy of his book to Sarabi. The inscription from the Bible, Proverbs 19:21: "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."

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mark    

i commend erol for showing the hypocrisy that this guy spews...rick warren is an idiot...there are people like erol that should be applauded for taking a stand and in this new age of media this is the way that it is done ... beautifully executed from start to finish ..and to be a little shallow i have to add erol is a HOTT piece of eye candy ..but i digress

2038 days ago
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glen49    

This kind of problen will NEVER be resolved or excepted by the majority of this country because this is a christian country and christians beleve homosexurity is an abomination before god . that gay people must have some kind of problem , its their choice be be gay . and by running their mouths its making people hate them even more ! family , marrage a strong christian believe is the very foundation of this country and what made it great . nobody wants to take away their civic rights but to chip away the fabric of this country will not be permitted ! just be thankful your not gay in iran .

2038 days ago
63.

Shadowwolf    

Warren is just another person who will go against the Bible and the Truth just to win attention and have people like him. Homosexual activity is a sin period, just like over eating, smoking, talking about others, adultry, stealing, etc... But just like any other sin it can be forgiven and the sinner should Pray and do all they can to avoid that sin in the future. This is all from God and the Bible there is no gray area or fence sitting allowed. But a lot of Christians do this to not offend anyone in a political correct country/world. God loves us all & forgives us all when we ask, but he does not change what he says period. We have let our Country that was (no matter what people say) founded on Christian principles be turned into just another country where history is re written just to make a minority happy. Seperation of CHurch and Sate is not in the Costitution, go check out the real history of our country. When you go back on what your Bible says and teaches then you are in a false religion & can never help others with God's teaching. Sometimes the truth hurts and is offensive to us that sin, but the truth with love is what is best just like bad tasting medicine sometimes. God bless our country in 2009 even though we don't deserve it.

2038 days ago
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hugh briss    

Warren is the latest purveyor of double think/speak. Hence he says he didn't compare homosexuality to incest and pedophilia even though he is on VIDEO comparing homosexuality to incest and pedophilia . Poof. Magick! The whole image,outdated facial hair and chins all aquiver, is more white trash/glutton than man-of-cloth/spiritual. Ghastly person! But then the Devil in his many guises is still a formidable charmer.

2038 days ago
65.

Lonnie    

I have know Rick Warren for more then half of my life. He is one of the best men alive. He would do anything for anyone so all this media hype is COMPLETELY INVALID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2038 days ago
66.

p    

WARREN'S VIEWS ARE DANGEROUS ON MANY LEVELS. THIS MAN HAS EQUATED WOMEN WHO HAVE ABORTIONS TO NAZIS! HE BELIEVES THAT GAYS INVALIDATE DARWINS THEORY OF EVOLUTION. hE ALSO BELIEVES THAT THE MAN SHOULD BE THE LEADER OF THE FAMILY AND THE WIFE SUBMISSIVE. wIFE SHOULD NEVER QUESTION HER HUSBAND EVEN IF HE IS WRONG. READ LA TIMES OPINION SECTION FROM MONDAY. HE MIGHT BE DOING THIS FOR PR. LOOK AT HIS PREVIOUSLY STATED VIEWS BEFORE THE ELECTION. JUST BECAUSE HE DOES CHARITY, HELPS WITH AIDS,ETC HIS HATEFUL IDEAS SHOULDN'T BE IGNORED.

2037 days ago
67.

toomanydoggies    

I'm gay and I need MORE attention.

2037 days ago
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mark    

i saw erol on the cbs early show and i really like him hes smart articulate and his eyes are incredible.....why dont u guys at tmz bring him on board over there.....he could give dax a run for his money lol and it would be good to have an openly gay guy whos as cute as your other men on there too

2037 days ago
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joceeco    

I think Warren is trying to show that he is not your typical evangelical hate preaching idiot, i.e. Farwell, Dobson and the likes. If he is true to what he's said over the last few days, he is doing What Jesus would have wanted him to do. Jesus never would have treated gays the way some Christians do. I believe and have always believed that Jesus would have concentrated his actiona and message around love for everyone, whether straight, gay or other. If the Bible is accurate, and most of us Christans think that it is, I never read that Jesus condemn gays. He instructed us to love our brothers, and that includes gays, and God will be the only judge of our actions. We as Christians do not have the power to change men, but we do have the power to love them.

2037 days ago
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kevin    

"He looks like a bear hugging on his cub....gay love how sweet...he is such a closeted gay"

It's comments like that that CAUSES homophobia. People will stop hugging on gay people because people like you will call them gay.

That's so Jr. Highish and bigoted.

2037 days ago
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Big Will    

If the gay community knows that bo is a racist due to his cult racist church that he takes his children to what would make you think that he is tolerant?

2036 days ago
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LaQ    

I think RW is allegedly the most closeted gay in the world. He's mananged to build an empire on evangelical christianity and so now there's no turning back. Where's the best place to hide? Out in the open...who'd ever think of looking there? If so, he's, brilliant, though his light is still under a bushel.

2036 days ago
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Veggiegrl    

Rick Warren is awesome! He does so many amazing things for the community (gay or straight -rich or poor- black or white) He practices what he preaches and what he believes in. It's the angry gay community that looks bad here! Not Rick! Truth is people can agree to disagree and can be civil about it! Just stop acting like children and get over it!

Yay for Rick Warren! Yay fo Obama for asking him to be at the inauguration!

2035 days ago
74.

peter    

Hello people, PLEASE do listen to this very good sermon on Rick Warren!! HE IS A MEMBER OF THE OCCULT MASONIC CFR!! HE IS A WOLF!! AND JOHN PIPER, a false teacher is working with him!! see here: http://www.desiringgod.org/Events/NationalConferences/Archives/2010/Speakers/



The sermon is here:
http://www.4shared.com/dir/NqMKaOV_/Scott_A_Johnson.html



they are showing more and more their true colours!!



Peter

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