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Pastor Rick Warren delivers the final message to Mars Hill congregation, Dec. 28, 2014.

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has shared a “hard message” with followers, telling them that many Christians do not love the church.

“Too many Christians use the church, but don’t love it. This is a hard message for many of us to hear,” Warren said Wednesday on his Facebook page.

“We’ve been deeply hurt by members of the church, we’ve been disappointed, we can be discouraged. But the Church is the bride of Christ. It’s the hope of the world, the vessel through which God works out his plan. We have to learn to love the church,” he continued.

“For some of us that means there’s people we need to forgive, for others it means we need to get involved in service, and for others it means we need to change how we talk of the church. Jesus loves his church. If for no other reason than that — we must love the church also.

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