The following statement by Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren is from an interview with Francis Rocca at Vatican City, Nov. 26, 2014, Vatican Television Center, Catholic News Service, posted at:
“We have far more in common than what divides us. When you talk about Pentecostals, charismatics, evangelicals, fundamentalists, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and on and on and on and on. They would all say, ‘We believe in the Trinity. We believe in the Bible. We believe in the resurrection. We believe salvation is through Jesus Christ.’ These are the big issues.
“Sometimes Protestants think that Catholics worship Mary, like she is another God. That’s not exactly Catholic doctrine. People say, ‘Well, what are the saints all about; what are you praying to the saints?’ And when you understand what they mean by what they are saying, there is a lot more commonality.
“Now, there are still real differences. There is no doubt about that. But the most important thing is if you love Jesus we are on the same team.
“The unity that I believe we will see realistically is not a structural unity, but a unity of mission. And so when it comes to the family, we are co-workers in the field for the protection of what we call the sanctity of life, the sanctity of sex, and the sanctity of marriage. So there is a great commonality, and there is no division on those three.
“Many times people have been beaten down for taking a biblical stance, and they start to feel, ‘Well, maybe I’m out here all by myself.’ No, you’re not. The church is growing in Latin America. The church is growing in Asia. The church is growing in Africa. It’s not growing in North America or Europe, but it is growing everywhere else. So maybe we have this idea that we’re not as influential, but we are far more influential than people realize.”
__________________This is a description of the formation of a one-world church by the pastor of one of the largest congregations in the Southern Baptist Convention, which is widely considered to be a very “conservative” denomination. This is a pastor whose books have sold by the millions and who has been acclaimed as “America’s pastor.” Yet he doesn’t understand the ABC’s of the gospel, salvation, and the church. He understands neither Baptist doctrine nor Catholic doctrine, and it is obvious that he doesn’t care. Understanding doctrine is not a priority. It’s not his agenda.
Rick Warren represents every element that defines the building of the one-world “church” — contemporary worship music, ecumenical social work, downplaying of doctrine, fuzzy doctrinal thinking, contemplative prayer, non-judgmentalism, and treating “critics” as unchristian and dangerous, to mention some of the major ones.
The hour is very late.
“The Immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords (cf. Apoc. 19:16) and conqueror of sin and death” (Second Vatican Council, Vatican II Documents, “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,” chap. 8, I, 52, 53; II, 59, pp. 378, 381- 382).
“As St. Irenaeus says, she being obedient, became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race. Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert with him in their preaching ‘DEATH THROUGH EVE, LIFE THROUGH MARY’. THIS UNION OF THE MOTHER WITH THE SON IN THE WORK OF SALVATION IS MADE MANIFEST FROM THE TIME OF CHRIST’S VIRGINAL CONCEPTION UP TO HIS DEATH. She cooperated in the work of the Saviour in an altogether singular way to restore supernatural life to souls. As a result, she is our mother in the order of grace. Mary, sharing as she did even on Calvary, had a part even in the once for all acquisition of the great treasury. Now from this common sharing of will and suffering between Christ and Mary, she ‘merited to become most worthily the REPARATRIX [one who makes amends or atonement] for a lost world,’ and therefore, DISPENSATRIX [one who dispenses] of all the gifts which Jesus gained for us by His death and His blood (Second Vatican Council, Vatican II Documents, “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,” chap. 8, II, 56, pp. 380-381).
“Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but BY HER MANIFOLD INTERCESSION CONTINUES TO BRING US THE GIFTS OF ETERNAL SALVATION. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into their blessed home. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of ADVOCATE, HELPER, BENEFACTRESS, and MEDIATRIX” (Second Vatican Council, Vatican II Documents, “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,” chap. 8, II, 62, pp. 382-383).
“Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her Son, as the most holy mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ: she is rightly honoured by a special cult in the Church” (Second Vatican Council, Vatican II Documents, “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,” chap. 8, IV, The Cult of the Blessed Virgin in the Church, 66, 67, pp. 384-385).
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth ANOTHER JESUS, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive ANOTHER SPIRIT, which ye have not received, or ANOTHER GOSPEL, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
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