I happen to be a former Roman Catholic whom the Lord graciously delivered from the religious bondage of apostate Roman Catholicism into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. As such I will continue to expose the anti-Reformational and unbiblical ecumenicism of evangelical “Protestant” and fellow Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren.
Warren has absolutely no legitimate ground to stand upon making statements like these:
“The small group structure is the structure of renewal in every facet of Christianity — including Catholicism.”
Rick Warren, (Pew Forum)
“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,….”
Rick Warren, (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“The Church, in all its expressions—Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Protestant and many others—has 2.3 billion followers.”
Rick Warren, (Forbes)
Now because of the public posturing beginning to surround the meeting Warren recently had with his critics, to which I was invited, I just want to state with crystalline clarity where I personally stand here at Apprising Ministries.
So hear me when I state that I remain firmly opposed to what Rick Warren is doing, until at the very least, he publicly repents of his sin against the Body of Christ and the blood of our Lord’s martyred Reformers noted above.
And like Luther I also will have zero to do with milquetoast “middle of the road” men:
The negotiation about doctrinal agreement displeases me altogether, for this is utterly impossible unless the pope has his papacy abolished. Therefore avoid and flee those who seek the middle of the road. Think of me after I am dead and such middle-of-the-road men arise, for nothing good will come of it. There can be no compromise. (What Luther Says, II: 1019) (Online source)