Apprising Ministries continues warning you that spiritual deceptions are on the increase within the mainstream of the evangelical community as it surrenders the proper Christian spirituality of sola Scriptura for corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM).

In Biblical terms we say of this spurious CSM — Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (1 Timothy 4:1)

One of the teachings of demons being spread right now by deceitful spirits, which is leading people to depart from the faith is self-aggrandizement where one apparently sees themself as above criticism and regularly attacks those offering it. For example, look at this tweet from Rick Warren:

(Online source)

Well, we don’t get to choose our critics; God does (e.g. 1 Timothy 1:3-7). Another of these deceptions, which is a direct fruit of CSM, is sinful ecumenicism where the love of self (mankind) becomes more important than the Gospel of God. You may recall this classic Bull where PDL Pope Warren defiantly decreed:

I see absolutely zero reason in separating my fellowship from anybody.[1]

In the real world, which is the only one we have, Rick Warren has just set himself against the Lord’s Protestant Reformation; i.e. the Reformers were wrong to separate their fellowship from the Roman Catholic Church. Now also consider that Warren is one of the most influential pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention.

The SBC is reputed to be the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, yet nothing is said of Warren’s sinful ecumenicism and double-minded position. As further demonstration, we have the following from a 2005 report on Warren by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“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,…. (Online source, emphasis mine)

Nothing binds the Christian with practicing Roman Catholics because the Church of Rome long ago condemned the Gospel; in fact, this was at the very heart of the Reformation. And yet, a year earlier in a 2004 interview of Rick Warren by Modern Reformation he would tell us:

Theologically, I am a monergist and firmly hold to the five solas of the Reformation.
(Online source)

Still Dr. John Piper would later declare:

At root I think [Rick Warren] is theological and doctrinal and sound. (as cited Online source)

Before you toss this aside as some “angry blogger,” why don’t you actually make the time to read my documentation; it’s all right here for you. Actually, it gets even worse; as you’ll see below Rick Warren has quite literally helped Roman Catholics increase the size of their parishes where they preach their false gospel.

You might remember that back in 2007, e.g. in Southern Baptist Pastor Rick Warren Is Openly Promoting Apostate Roman Catholicism, I told you about a section of the PDC website devoted to Purpose Driven Catholics. Sadly, webpages and links concerning Rick Warren are very apt to suddenly vanish unexpectedly.

So let me point out that what you’ll see here below via screen capture has already been stored as hard copy on file at AM. Now as you click on that above link for PD Catholics you’ll be taken to a section, which at the top of the page, you’ll see was called Catholics; this section itself extended from Purpose Driven Denominations:

(Online source, click to enlarge)

Keep in mind here that the “helpful links” above were for people in the Purpose Driven Christian denomination called Purpose Driven Catholics; and this, yet again, is Warren professing to believe one thing and actually doing something else. God’s Word, the Bible, speaks of this as being double-minded.

You’ll also see below that on at least one occasion Rick Warren actually bestowed a healthy church award upon a Roman Catholic parish. Once online at PurposeDrivenChurch.com we found the piece 2006 CHA recipients honored at Saddleback during Purpose Driven Church conference.

Therein we were told about “the 2006 Purpose Driven Church conference” where:

Pastor Rick Warren met with the 2006 Church Health Award recipients, along with winners from previous years and regional Purpose Driven leaders, at a reception on May 15 at Saddleback Church. Pastors were given the opportunity to share their stories of integrating the Purpose Driven ® model into their churches with Pastor Rick and each other. Many of them expressed their gratitude for how the five biblical purposes helped shape their congregations into healthy churches.

This was followed by a presentation of plaques to the CHA winners and an opportunity for a photograph with Pastor Rick. Pastor Rick asked those gathered to continue to help him teach God’s purposes to churches around the world. (On file at AM)

And one of those plaques that went to “the CHA winners” along with “an opportunity for a photograph with Pastor Rick” was presented to Family of God Church of Tacloban, Philippines; its “denomination” we’re told is “Roman Catholic.” No way around it; Warren acknowledged this apostate RCC parish as a legitimate church.

If you’re tempted to think he’s changed his tune regarding Purpose Driven Catholics consider the tweet below, which ironically Warren tweeted on Reformation Day:

(Online source)

While we don’t wish to see anyone suffering, the point here is Rick Warren most clearly told you he has Roman Catholics as “PD pastors.” You need to be aware the erroneous idea that faithful, practicing, Roman Catholics are Christian brothers and sisters is rapidly spreading the deeper CSM slithers into evanjellyfish.

However, God clearly tells us:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

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 1:6-9)

End notes:

[1] http://bit.ly/vETcpu, accessed 11/8/11.

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