A 10 year old boy hung himself in the German village because he was so unloved by everyone in the community. A church refused to allow his burial. Martin Luther took matters into hand by not only making sure the boy was properly buried but even spoke for the boy in a service.
Why is it he asked, that if a man riding through our woods were attacked, robbed and then killed that we would show nothing but mercy at his tragic end? But when Satan does the very same thing by attacking a soul, robbing it of its very hope and then causing its death that we condemn and believe they are lost from God’s mercy.”
Today we have nothing but compassion for the Warren family in this unspeakable loss and pray that the Holy Spirit Himself will comfort them in the loss of this precious young man.
I can only speak for myself but I believe that this is an occasion for the entire Body of Christ to “weep with those who weep.” – Mario
Saddleback Church Says Rick Warren’s Son Has Committed Suicide
April 6, 2013 11:50 PM
LAKE FOREST (CBSLA.com) — Pastor Rick and Kay Warren’s youngest son has committed suicide, Saddleback Valley Community Church announced Saturday.
The evangelical megachurch announced the death of 27-year-old Matthew Warren in a statement. He died Friday night in his Mission Viejo home.
(credit: Saddleback Church)
Described as an “incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man,” the statement said Matthew suffered from mental illness that resulted in deep depression and suicidal thoughts.
“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now … He struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts,” Pastor Warren said in an emotional letter to his congregation.
“In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided … Thank you for your love and prayers back. We love you back,” the pastor said.
On Saturday evening, church services were held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest but Warren was not expected to attend.
“We’re in deep pain for the family, just hurting for them,” said Sandra Maddox, who attends the church and is a friend of the Warren family. “He was loving and sweet, extremely intelligent and a bright young man.”
“I’ve walked the road he’s going down right now and it’s hard,” Ron Maddox said through tears. The Maddox family lost their daughter 10 years ago and said they understand how painful this must be for the pastor.
In 2008, the church sponsored a presidential forum between Barack Obama and John McCain. They had arranged to do it again in 2012 but Warren canceled several days beforehand, saying he wanted no part in the mudslinging between Obama and Mitt Romney.
In 2009, Warren gave the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration.
Founded in 1980 by Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church serves the Southern California community with several locations. The pastor is also known for authoring, “The Purpose Driven Life,” which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, according to the church’s website.