Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren knows he can’t please everyone and he’s completely fine with that. In a recent sermon, he explained why Christians, including himself, can’t be people pleasers because living for God’s approval is more important than popularity.

Although the “desire to get approval from other people is not a bad thing, like all of God’s gifts, what is a legitimate need in your life can be misused,” said Warren, during last weekend’s sermon, “You Can’t Please Everyone,” at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.

“One day I will have to give an account of my life to God and that is an antidote (for everyone) for people-pleasing,” he said. “You will find yourself in a situation where you have to ask, ‘Am I going to please God or am I going to please this person?'”

Warren, who admitted that he likes to be liked (as most people do), said the toughest tests in life for him have been when he has come under close scrutiny during media interviews. Often he is challenged by the interviewer to reveal whether he is politically correct of socially acceptable, he said.

Questions about whether non-believers go to hell, whether homosexuality is a sin, or if Jesus is the only way to heaven are asked to see if he waivers from biblical truth, he said.

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