Rick Warren and the New Pope

Super popular Saddleback mega church pastor Rick Warren has become a punching bag for mainstream evangelicals for the things he says in the TV media (which absolutely loves him) and social media.

Warren is famous for making controversial remarks on homosexuality and gay marriage which disappointed many conservative Christians.

In his prayer at the presidential inauguration in 2008 he showed his true syncretic colors when he called Jesus by the unbiblical and false name, the prophet “Isa,” which is the non-diety entity found in Islamic scripture.

Here is the latest puzzling tweet from the ecumenical pastor:

“Join me today in fasting and prayer for the 115 Cardinals seeking God’s Will in a new leader.”

This is coming from an evangelical leader.

Does that mean he thinks that the pope really is The Holy Father, God’s representative here on earth as sustained by Catholic doctrine?

Has Rick Warren asked himself how many of those 115 cardinals were perhaps involved in the sex abuse scandals which have been rocking the Catholic Church over the last couple of decades?

Does Rick Warren agree with the Catholic Church doctrines on salvation by works and by beatitudes, transubstantiation, purgatory (salvation after death), and many other heresies?

Does Rick Warren really think that the 115 cardinals are fulfilling God’s will in this process of electing a pope?

Is Rick Warren really an Evangelical?

Or is he a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

15 comments on “Rick Warren and the New Pope

  1. Jesus is “ ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11, 12 NIV)

    No other name!

    “Mormons trace their origins to the visions that Joseph Smith reported having in the early 1820s while living in upstate New York.[14] In 1823 Smith said an angel directed him to a buried book written on golden plates containing the religious history of an ancient people.[15] Smith published what he said was a translation of these plates in March 1830 as the Book of Mormon, named after Mormon, the ancient prophet-historian who compiled the book, and on April 6, 1830, Smith founded the Church of Christ.[16]” – Wikipedia

    The Church of Christ? Jesus Christ? I think not

    …for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14 NIV)

    Are Mormons saved? Satan leading people to salvation? Since when???

    But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! (Galatians 1:8 NIV)

    Who is cursed?

    So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14, 15)

    If Satan would do what he does best and deceives a population (and he has).. are they saved?
    The mormon cult is close yet so far from the truth. The catholics, close but far. Some Christians.. close… but close enough?

    • Anonymouse,

      Welcome to Delight in Truth, and God bless you.

      I appreciate the Scripture verses, indeed there is no other name besides Jesus that can offer salvation.

      Regarding some “Christians” being close… close does not count… One has to hide himself in Jesus to be saved

      • Thank you, amen and God bless you too.

        back to your original question, is Rick a wolf?

        Its a scary thought that a church so large could possibly be led astray.

        I read a quote once, “expect anything from anyone, the devil was once an angel”

        Not sure if the Bible says that Satan was an angel, but he did fall from above.

        Man is corruptible, I know that as a fact.

        • I was just talking to a FB friend about the wolf issue… Depends how we define wolf, and how bad does the heresy have to be to give someone wolf status. 🙂

          The gay marriage and homosexual nature comments he made on talk shows last year probably do not qualify him for the wolf label.

          But there is one thing that bothers me tremendously…

          AT the 2008 Obama inauguration Warren prayed in the name of “Jesus (english), Jesus (spanish), and Isa” in front of millions. Isa is the non-God Islamic prophet that the Koran equates to Jesus of the Gospels.

          It was a well calculated move. Warren is one of the 300 pastors and theologians who signed the “response to a common word” document out of Yale in 2007, a dialog with Islamic theologians on common ground between our faiths.

          Why would he say “Isa” in the same phrase as Jesus making them equals?

          That might qualify him as wolf…

  2. It’s a sad thing you have invested your efforts to build a full webpage to “identify” false teachers “delight in truth.” Rick Warren might have said (“Isa”) or done (signing the Yale document) several things that you would disagree on, yet this pastor preaches in Jesus’ name. FULL STOP! Pray for this man instead of calling him bad names.

    Granted, I often have my doubts and concerns about some teachers of the Word as well. But that does not mean we should publicly throw rocks at each other because that causes more disunity than if you would have prayed for these men in private (or do you think that this silly webpage has more impact than a prayer 😉

    A great theologian (who’s name I won’t reveal before you might call him a “wolf”) once said “about one third of what I believe is probably not entirely true… the problem is that I haven’t figured out what it is.” This humble statement should teach us that none of us are always entirely right in what we say or believe. Therefore we ought to be humble ourselves before we judge another.

    “Delight in truth” I would strongly recommend you to stop mentioning specific names of pastors on this website and to delete the names you have already called bad names here. And that IF you feel the strong urge and call of God to reveal false teachings, that you would discuss theologically and biblically the false teaching itself. In this way you haven’t called one of your own a bad name but you would have said what you feel that needed to be said concerning the topic. And in your private devotions you can always pray for some specific names in case yo really feel the love and enthusiasm to do so… (the problem is that most of the people who spend much time throwing rocks at their fellow Christians simply don’t).

    • Tim, kinda demanding on your part 🙂

      RW is a public figure who makes public statements. He is a leader who creates public controversy. This must be taxed and addressed PUBLICLY. His stance on the hot button issue of homosexual relations being natural relatiosn when Romans 1 clearly state that they are unnatural is one example of his misrepresentation of the Word of God.

      As for my public approach in warning the church about these problems, I take very seriously the following warning:

      3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

      As for biblical discussion, which catholic heresy should we start with? This is the same catholic church that RW is asking us to support.

      Purgatory?

      Mary as an interceeder? The worship of Mary and other saints?

      The Pope as God’s representative on Earth?

      Transubstantiation?

      etc…

  3. Hey Delight in Truth, I am sorry if I come across a bit harsh and demanding. And as I said, I also see many teachings that I believe aren’t right. But yet again that raises in me a passion to pray for those teachers who teach this assuming it as truth. So yes I am with you that we shouldn’t teach pro-gaymarriage nor support the heretical dogmas of the RC-institute (;-)). Yet please understand my passion to show not only you but all who are delighted in truth that Christians should keep each other accountable personally and pray for one another privately instead of destroying ourselves publicly.

    A great example for me is our reformer Martin Luther, whom we all see as a hero in the faith (true?). What this guy has done by the grace of God and the providence of His Spirit is truly awesome… BUT have you read all of his teachings??? Dude this guy would have been nr 1 general in Hitler’s campaign!!! Yet I still believe that what he did was right and despite his strong hatred towards the Jews I still call him a great man of God. You kinda get what I mean?

    So again… we all have it right sometimes and wrong often 😉 But if one confesses Christ as Lord and Saviour, he is our brother whether you agree on him or not. And I fully understand the level of responsibility of a teacher as the bible says that these will be held accountable for what they teach… I know! But I think that prayer helps much better than raising a public poll “DOG OR NOT?”

    Bless ya mate! 🙂

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