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Rick Warren shares he is battling an autoimmune disease

by Kelly Valencia

US pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren has shared he is suffering from pain “24 hours a day” due to an autoimmune disease.

Speaking on The Stetzer Churchleaders Podcast, the 69-year-old disclosed he has been battling with the disease for the last two years.

Warren explained it's not life-threatening but leaves all his major muscles in pain “pretty much 24 hours a day".

"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.

Following his decision to step down from leading Saddleback Church in 2022, the pastor has been focusing in leading the Finishing the Task Coalition, an organisation focused in “Bible translation and engagement, evangelization and witness empowerment, and church planting”.

He was featured in the Stetzer Churchleaders Podcast to dicuss his latest book, Created to Dream: The 6 Phases God Uses to Grow Your Faith.

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