Best-selling author and American pastor Rick Warren has revealed that he is struggling with an autoimmune disease that is causing him pain around the clock.
Speaking on The Stetzer Churchleaders Podcast, the 69-year-old said that he has been dealing with the disease for the past two years.
Despite the challenges posed by his condition, Warren emphasized that it is not life-threatening. However, the pain it causes affects his major muscles constantly, making it difficult for him to carry out his daily activities.
“It’s tough walking, working, but it hasn’t changed the way that I think,” he said.
“And the problem is I sometimes feel like I am this brain on fire and I’m in a wheelchair. I’m not in a wheelchair, but the bottom line is, it’s difficult to move around.”
“When you’re trying to lead a global movement called Finishing The Task, it’s debilitating. But I do believe, as Scripture says, my times are in his hands, and I want to be directly in the center of the will of God,” Warren added.
The Orange County-based pastor is widely known for his book “The Purpose Driven Life,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide. He has also been a prominent figure in Christian ministry for decades, having founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, one of the largest churches in the US.
Warren has been open about his health struggles in the past, having lost his son Matthew to suicide in 2013. He and his wife, Kay, have been advocates for mental health awareness and have spoken out about the need to prioritize emotional well-being. Now, as he faces his own health challenges, Warren is again sharing his story in the hope of inspiring others to persevere through their own struggles.
Recently on Twitter, the best-selling author tweeted about committing all things to God in faith.
There's something far more powerful than "positive thinking" It's #PositivePraying – asking God in faith (Mt.9:29. James 5:15-16 etc).
Positive thinking helps your attitude but it's worthless on things you can't control. But nothing is out of God's control, so take it to Him!
— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) April 14, 2023
In a statement released following Warren’s disclosure, Saddleback Church emphasized its commitment to supporting its founder and his family during this time.
Warren’s story serves as a reminder that even those who seem to have it all together are not immune to life’s challenges. By sharing his struggles, he has shown that vulnerability and honesty can be a powerful force for good.