The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life, is begging parishioners for $900,000 before January 1.

In a letter posted at the church's website, Warren says, “THIS IS AN URGENT LETTER unlike any I've written in 30 years. Please read all of it and get back to me in the next 48 hours.”

He goes on to ask parishioners to fill a $900,000 financial gap in the next two days.

“On the last weekend of 2009, our total offerings were less than half of what we normally receive – leaving us $900,000 in the red for the year, unless you help make up the difference today and tomorrow.”

Warren says expenses are up because church members are out of work.

The Orange county megachurch pastor continues to make news with his views on homosexuality. In recent weeks, he made headlines for first refusing to take a public stance on a proposed anti-gay bill currently being debated in Uganda, saying “it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.” One version of the bill prescribes execution for gay men and lesbian if they are HIV-positive or have a history of participating in gay sex.

Warren, however, reversed course just days later in a video statement to Ugandan church leaders where he said “it is my role to speak out on moral issues,” and called the bill “unjust, extreme and un-Christian toward homosexuals.”

“Because I didn't rush to make a public statement some erroneously concluded that I supported this terrible bill, and some even claimed I was a sponsor of the bill,” he said. “You in Uganda know that this is untrue.”

“I oppose the criminalization of homosexuality,” he added.