Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rick Warren: Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Blasphemer Speaks

Rick Warren spoke in Rome, today. He is one of the featured guests at a conference called "An International Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman." The host: Pope Francis, leader of the apostate Roman Catholic Church.

Austen Ivereigh, a London-based Roman Catholic journalist, is at the conference. Ivereigh tweeted (see above image) that one of his favorite moments of the day came when Rick Warren referred to Pope Francis as "the Holy Father."

Jesus said:
"Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone" (Matthew 15:17-20).
Jesus also said:
"The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45).
Out of the abundance of his heart, Rick Warren spoke when he referred to the religious leader as "the Holy Father." And it's not the first time he has spoken so lovingly about the leader of a false religion leading a billion people to hell.

Jesus said:
"And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven" (Matthew 23:9).
Jesus, of course, was referring to spiritual or religious leaders. He was not referring to how one should or should not refer to one's biological father. Only God the Father--only the one and only Triune God--deserves such reverential reference and adoration.

Jesus was clear. Rick Warren knows it. Rick Warren doesn't care. Rick Warren blasphemed God when he referred to the pope as "the Holy Father."

Rick Warren is a "poster child" for so much that is wrong in the unbiblical, non-Christian system known as "American Evangelicalism." I fear for his soul.

As I tweeted shortly before writing this brief article, so I say, here. There is no reason for any soundly saved Christian to believe Rick Warren is a brother in Christ. Pray for his salvation.


  1. All I can do is quote Archbishop Thomas Cranmer:

    "And as for the pope, I refuse him as Christ's enemy and antichrist, with all his false doctrine!"

  2. 'and John Piper calls Warren his "brother in Christ"- o.k.

  3. I agree with all you wrote, but I've always wondered about the application of the Matthew 23 passage. Immediately after verse 9, Jesus says:

    10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.

    So, I can't reconcile how we can call ourselves and others "teachers" literally, but we cannot call someone a "father" literally.

    So why can I have a title of teacher but we cannot have a title of father? What about calling some men "the Church Fathers?" Are we violating the same Scripture?

    I, of course, agree that the Pope is no holy Father. And if meant in the sense of vicar of Christ and intercessor then I agree...but I'm not sure literally calling someone father is the problem, it's the sense that the title replaces an office of our Lord. Does that make sense?


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