For many years popular California mega church pastor Rick Warren has been advocating ecumenical unity. After his personal visit at the Vatican recently where he made a presentation on family values, he now believes that though there are still some differences regarding worship and belief, that Christians should join together with Catholics in mission.
“We have far more in common than what divides us…,” Warren said in a video release by Catholic News Service. “We believe in the Trinity. We believe in the Bible. We believe in the resurrection, we believe salvation is through Jesus Christ. These are the big issues…”
Concerning Catholic doctrines and practices Warren said, “When you understand what they mean by what they are saying, there’s a whole lot more commonality… The most important thing is if you love Jesus, we’re on the same team.”
Concerning the social issues of marriage, Warren said, “The unity that I think we would see realistically is not a structural unity, but a unity of mission.”
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Ecumenical unity always starts with social issues. Rome has been adjusting its language describing her doctrines to make the more tolerable to Protestants and others. The popular mega church pastor is now advocating that we don’t have to concern ourselves so much with doctrine when we have so much in common. Little does he realize that the ecumenical movement is leading the churches away from biblical truth into the lowest common denominator of error.
Warren already believes in Sunday observance along with most churches. He, along with others, is joining with Rome in promoting, protecting and defending traditional family values. As they get closer to Rome, these churches will also join her in promoting, protecting and then persecuting those who keep God’s holy Sabbath.
The family and the Sabbath were tied together at creation. In order to promote Sunday observance effectively, the family must become a key element of the ecumenical agenda.
“When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.” The Great Controversy, page 445.