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21 April, 2010 / theexpositor

Rick Warren and Purpose Driven Catholics?

A great article by Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries and I agree with it completely:

It’s beyond question that Rick Warren embraces, in contradistinction to Reformation theology, the Roman Catholic Church as a legitimate expression of Christianity; and further, as being ”in God’s family.” [5] However, we’re dealing with the Gospel itself here; this isn’t open to a matter of opinion. On one hand, we have all of the above, and yet Rick Warren says he believes in the 5 Solas of the Reformation; and in addition, Dr. John Piper has pronounced Warren ”doctrinal and sound.”

Look at the reaction of the inspired Apostles in our opening text above concerning the Judaizers, who really weren’t all that much different than the Roman Catholic Church, when they added to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Reformers like Luther and Calvin clearly called the Roman Catholic Church apostate (and worse); and the reason why the Protestant Reformation cannot be undone is because it revolves around the doctrine of justification, the very heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ itself. And the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church concerning justification remains the same as it was at their Council of Trent.

Now earlier in Warrengate: Dr. James White On John Piper And Rick Warren I quoted some of Dr. White’s comments. Dr. White said that John Piper “takes on the mantle of a prophet; and he’s not afraid to tell you what he thinks, he’s very straight forward.” And while sharing his views the other day Adrian Warnock said that Dr. Piper ”is a man of God who has been given a unique gifting and authority.” The bold was his by the way; and so from what I gather, it would appear there are those of a more charismatic bent who’re are saying that Dr. John Piper is somewhat uniquely in a prophetic office within the Body of Christ.

Ok; let’s roll along that way. So then here I will say, if  anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge the things I am writing—from the text of Bible itself—are the commands of the Lord as to what Dr. John Piper should do. He ought to immediately withdraw the invitation to DG 2010 from an obviously double-minded man attempting to be a friend of the world. Dr. Piper should then mark out Rick Warren according to Romans 16:17-18 as someone causing divisions and creating obstacles contrary to the doctrine that we have been taught; and certainly not give him a forum for his smooth talk and flattery.

Read the entire article….