Rick Warren’s Peace with the World

Rick Warren, Kevin William Vann
In this video,  Rick Warren points out an assortment of agreements Romanism has with Biblical Christianity; and he is correct.  On those issues, they do agree.  However, there is one issue where they do not agree, and that is the gospel.  They say something close, but alas, when discussing salvation, close is not enough.  They do believe in justification by faith (and always have), but they do not believe in justification by faith alone.  Paul tells us Romans 4:4-5 that “…the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness…” (Emphasis mine)  Romanism adds to faith the need to do works in order to earn salvation (things like Baptism, communion and other things.)  These things are required for salvation in the Romanist system…  Baptism is required for salvation (Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1257); participation in other Sacraments are also required for salvation (things like the Mass or Confirmation – CCC 1129) and more, good works themselves (specifically keeping the Ten Commandments) are also said to be necessary (CCC 2068).  The full process of Romanist Salvation can be found here: Summary of Process of Salvation in Roman Catholicism.

If they believe all those things are necessary, they are denying the gospel Paul preached and declared to be without works in Romans 4.  Since this is the case, this group is preaching a gospel different from the one we received and Galatians 1:9 tells us clearly what to do with such teachers.  This verse is not for the deceived people in that organization, but for those who teach the heresy, they are to be anathematized.    So the question must be asked, why is Rick Warren so desirous of reversing this clear Biblical teaching?  One must wonder where Pastor Warren’s commitments are; to secular peace, or with Christ who said that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword? (cf.- Matthew 10:34)  I would pray they were with the latter, but it seems that they are with the peace with the world; and therefore we must remind Pastor Warren that peace with the world is enmity with God.  (James 4:4)  Pastor Warren, please remember the warning of the Holy Scripture that is to direct our lives,

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:9-9, ESV)

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