Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rick Warren: Roman Catholic Church In “God’s Family”

While discussing The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren in Part One of his two part expose The Purpose-Driven Life: An Evaluation Dr. Gary Gilley says:

[Warren] apparently believes practicing Roman Catholics are true believers, several times mentioning monks and nuns as Christian examples, and of course the obligatory reference to Mother Teresa (twice). This unqualified acceptance and promotion of Catholics brings into question Warren’s understanding of the gospel message itself.

If he believes that faithful Roman Catholics, who believe in a works-righteousness, are born-again Christians, what does he believe the gospel is? Do we receive the gift of salvation by faith alone, or by faith plus certain works and sacraments? This is no minor issue, especially in a book that never spells out the plan of salvation…

Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren, arguably the most recognized pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention, absolutely does take a position in direct contradiction the Protestant Reformers.
Regarding the long apostate Roman Catholic Church Warren wishes:
“Now I don’t agree with everything in everybody’s denomination, including my own. I don’t agree with everything that Catholics do or Pentecostals do, but what binds us together is so much stronger than what divides us,” he said. “I really do feel that these people are brothers and sisters in God’s family. I am looking to build bridges with the Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the Catholic Church,….” (Online source, emphasis mine)
As a former Roman Catholic whom God in His mercy delivered from that slavish system of works-righteousness, I say the really sad thing is, more and more pretending to be Protestant evangelicals actually agree with Rick Warren re. Rome.

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  1. I am also a former Roman Catholic. It saddens me to see believers speak of the Roman Catholic church as just another Christian denomination. Their "Sacred Tradition" is considered by them equal to Scripture, yet it contradicts Scripture on the matter of salvation. The result is a false works-based gospel.

    When believers ignorantly legitimize Roman Catholicism, they are saying to other believers that Roman Catholics do not need to hear the gospel and be saved. is a ministry that equips believers to reach Roman Catholics with the gospel.

  2. gsharp88@gmail.comAugust 31, 2010

    @ Steven. You have not read the penny catechism it The church preserved and spread the gospel. This is basic historical fact.Sigh!


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