Wow - this man supposedly gives 90% of his income as tithe b/c he's supposedly loaded with money, AND he works for the COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, and for some reason he's BEGGING for all this money? Titus 1:7 "For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;" Pastor Rick Warren urgently asks faithful for $900,000 - OC Watchdog : The Orange County Register Pastor Rick Warren urgently asks faithful for $900,000 It‚Äôs been a heck of a year for mega-pastor/bestselling author/power broker Rick Warren of the enormous Saddleback Church. It started out with Warren‚Äôs invocation at the historic inauguration of one President Barack Obama - and it concludes with Warren asking his flock to cough up nearly $1 million in just two days to keep the church out of the red. ‚ÄúDear Saddleback Family,‚ÄĚ begins today‚Äôs missive from Warren. ‚ÄúTHIS IS AN URGENT LETTER unlike any I‚Äôve written in 30 years. Please read all of it and get back to me in the next 48 hours. ‚ÄúI have thrilling news to share with you below but first some seriously bad news: With 10% of our church family out of work due to the recession, our expenses in caring for our community in 2009 rose dramatically while our income stagnated. Still, with wise management, we‚Äôve stayed close to our budget all year. Then‚Ä¶ this last weekend the bottom dropped out. ‚ÄúOn the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive - leaving us $900,000 in the red for the year, unless you help make up the difference today and tomorrow.‚ÄĚ The church does not make its financial information public, so it‚Äôs impossible to tell just how big of a hole in the boat this $900,000 represents. A spokeswoman for Warren said the church does not release detail on its finances, so it‚Äôs hard to put the shortfall in context. (Suffice to say it may not represent a terribly significant portion of Saddleback‚Äôs annual budget, and that his personal appeal may well close the hole, and then some.) In his letter, Warren goes on to detail the church‚Äôs accomplishments for the year, and then says: It‚Äôs obvious that your giving through your church family is providing more ‚Äúbang for the buck‚ÄĚ than anything else you could support. It is no wonder that our ministry was named the top religious newsmaker of 2009 as reported by Associated Press. YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE DAY 3 WAYS BEFORE JAN 1. Click HERE right now to and give as large an end-of-the-year gift as you can to help avert this crisis. If we all do what God leads us to do, we‚Äôll all be a part of a miracle. Mail in your gift today. Gifts must be postmarked in 2009 to be posted as 2009 gifts for tax purposes. Mail to: 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630. Drop your gift in the box at the front door of the Ministry Center at 1 Saddleback Parkway so you know for certain we get it TODAY or Thursday‚Ä¶. I love you so much. It is a deep privilege to be your pastor‚Ä¶. And, perhaps, a pain to be his accountant.