|Rick Warren Caved In On Marriage At the VaticanPosted: 22 Nov 2014 12:42 AM PST
We are heading quickly toward an ecumenical melding of the false church as well as one world religion. Pope Francis has increasingly been interacting with popular Protestants, including pastor Joel Osteen and televangelists Kenneth Copeland and James Robison. Pope Francis sent a video message to Word of Faith heretic Kenneth Copeland, urging a reconciliation between Catholics and Charismatics.
Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, did not turn down an invitation from the Pope to offer an “evangelical Protestant” perspective as part of a Vatican colloquium on marriage and family which was held on November 17-19. The colloquium’s stated goal:
So Rick Warren spoke on the “Biblical Meaning of Marriage” Tuesday at the Vatican. He was among 30 global religious leaders (including Muslim, Jewish and Latter-day Saints representatives) examining the changing roles of marriage and family in the world. Warren is a champion of ecumenism. He exhorted these inter-religious leaders to be “Purpose Driven,” thus demonstrating that the PD program is ecumenical.
Warren blasphemously called the Pope the “Holy Father,” at 26:07 in his speech. Jesus expressly forbids this Roman Catholic title when he spoke in the context of exalting religious teachers and “fathers.”
Warren also said, “Although we have some differences, we all love Jesus Christ and we all want marriages and families to be healthy and strong.” Upon meeting Pope Francis, Warren said: “Up close, you can feel the humility and compassion that others see from afar.” (Erika Ritchie, “Pastor Rick Warren Speaks at Vatican Conference on Family, Marriage,” OC Register, 11/18/2014)
Warren laid out an “action plan” for conference attendees in alphabetical order: “Affirm the authority of God’s word, Believe what Jesus taught about marriage, Celebrate healthy marriages, Develop small group courses to support marriage, Engage every media to promote marriage, Face attackers with joy and winsomeness, Give people confidence, Teach the purposes of marriage” (Morgan Lee, “Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage,” Christianity Today, 11/18/2014).
Warren had much to say about not compromising the idea of marriage being between a man and a woman:
Unfortunately, the “Church” has already caved in on marriage by its compromised position on divorce and remarriage. The apostate church has no hope of being salt and light on the issue of homosexual marriage in upcoming generations if it cannot be salt and light now on marriage, divorce and remarriage. Contemporary Christianity has caved in on divorce by following the culture and it is only a matter of time before homosexual marriages become just as mainstream within the professing Church as divorce and remarriage.
Warren is correct that “marriage can only be between a man and a woman.” Warren has no problem forbidding marriage between two homosexuals. But what about two heterosexuals who have been previously married? At the conference, Rick Warren quoted from Mark 10: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Warren stopped right there. But if we are really going to be salt and light in a crumbling culture, we must also teach the rest of the passage.
This is what Jesus said and this is what the Church should be saying at a conference on marriage and family. The primitive Church unanimously taught that only a man may put away his wife for sexual immorality, but remarriage was always forbidden to both men and women. They took the words of Jesus very seriously and literally when it came to divorce and remarriage being adultery. Recently, some brothers and I have begun compiling a free online dictionary and commentary of early church beliefs. Their quotes on divorce and remarriage are available here.
Until this radical message is preached and adulterous “marriages” are put away from the church, it cannot be the salt and light which Jesus conveyed. Again, Jesus said, “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery” (Luke 16:18). The false prophets like Rick Warren (be they Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, or Latter-day Saints) will not preach this message because they are hirelings who seek to please men and not God. They are right behind the popular “conservative” culture and therefore cannot quote Mark 10 in its entirety!
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