RICK WARREN JOINS POPE FRANCIS IN 'COMMON MISSION' [Excerpts]
Pastor Warren was among the speakers in November 2014 at Humanum, the Vatican's International Religious Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman. Humanum brought together faith leaders from both Christian and non-Christian religions around the world, to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between man and woman in marriage.
In an interview with [the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network’s] Raymond Arroyo which aired after the conference, Warren called for adherents of various Christian denominations to unite with Roman Catholics and Pope Francis to work together on three shared goals, focusing on the sanctity of life, the sanctity of sex, and the sanctity of marriage. He went on to defend Catholicism and to clarify some of the most common misconceptions about Catholic teaching, pertaining to Marian dogmas and prayer to the saints.
Warren acknowledged that there are still real differences which separate Catholics from other Christian denominations. He envisions Catholics and Protestants working together, not with a structural unity, but rather, with a unity of mission. "If you love Jesus," he said, "we're on the same team."
But despite the protests from a few corners of the Protestant world, Warren has been an important voice for [a] shared Christian vision. He closed his remarks to the attendees gathered for Humanum by reaffirming that Catholics and other Christians serve as co-laborers for the cause of defending life and family. Speaking about the sanctity of life, sex and marriage, Warren declared, "There's great commonality, and there's no division on any of those three."
[TBC: As we have noted in past issues, Rick Warren’s conduct “reflects the religious pragmatism (‘whatever works’) that leads many believers to abandon biblical authority, compromise their faith, supplant the gospel, and even endanger their very lives. The journey of departing from the Truth may not begin with such stark choices, but often ends with tragic spiritual consequences. ‘A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump’" (Gal:5:9).]