Rick Warren, is a leader of a Mega Church called Saddle Brook and author of “the purpose driven life.” Before Rick wrote this book, he went into seclusion and prayed to hear God’s Divine direction for him. The result was the publication of the purpose driven life, and it sold over 30 million copies and is the second most translated book in the world after the bible. Rick recently announced to his congregation that he was going back into seclusion to pray for God’s next direction for him, and they better brace themselves for what God is going to do next.
Rick recently came out of seclusion and prayer to ask all Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and the Holy Father ” Pope Francis.” He calls it an ecumenical vision uniting Protestants and Catholics sharing the same common interests of defending the sanctity of life, sex and marriage. You can imagine how well that went over among his peers. He has caused a major uproar and concerns among well- known Christian leaders Nationwide. Matt Slick, of the Christian Apologetics, and Research Ministry (CARM) is disclaiming all of Rick’s defending of Catholicism and comparing their commonality among Christians saying,
“Rick Warren has not only failed to recognize the problems in these serious areas, but he has lent his credibility as a Protestant pastor in support of the Roman Catholic Church,” Slick wrote. “This should never be done by any Protestant pastor who takes the Bible seriously. I must conclude that Mr. Warren does not take the word of God seriously and/or he does not understand the damnable teachings of Roman Catholicism regarding salvation.”
“Rick Warren needs to repent,” he said.
Check out this 2 minute 10 second clip where Rick explains himself.
Do you agree with him? Do you think his actions come from the positive influence Pope Francis has made on the entire world? He gives hope to people like Rick Warren that change can happen if people stand firm together in unity for what they believe. It’s hard to fight against opposition when you’re a lone voice. Did you see the strides Pope Francis made recently in Turkey? He met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians. (The two major branches of Christianity split in 1054 over questions about the papacy.) Francis and Bartholomew signed a joint declaration calling for a “constructive dialogue” with Islam based on “mutual respect and friendship,” and reaffirming Francis’s and Bartholomew’s desire for Christian unity. In humility, Pope Francis bowed and asked if he would bless him and the church of Rome. The Patriarch not only blessed him, but kissed his head as well.
Change is eminent with a leader like Pope Francis, and the ripple effects of his Papacy will continue long after he is gone. If we join in prayer this Advent for Christian Unity can you imagine the possibilities in 2015?
You can read the full article about Rick Warren http://christiannews.net/2014/12/02/rick-warrens-call-for-christians-to-unite-with-catholics-holy-father-raising-concerns/