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Rick Warren Speaks on Catholicism, the Essentials of the Faith, Peter Drucker, and Global Peace

by Lighthouse Trails Research


On May 23, 2005 Rick Warren was a guest speaker at the The Pew and Religion Forum. Yesterday, the transcripts for Rick Warren's speech became available to us. pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=80

Below we have listed a few of the more critical remarks made by Rick Warren. We are presenting them to you for your consideration, as we believe they are challenging the very essence of Christianity.

Rick Warren - May 23, 2005:

On the Fundamentals of the Faith:

  • Today there really aren't that many Fundamentalists left; I don't know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren't that many Fundamentalists left in America.

  • Now the word "fundamentalist" actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity ... (See Below for list.)

On Catholicism:

  • The small group structure is the structure of renewal in every facet of Christianity - including Catholicism.

  • I would encourage you to look at this evolving alliance between evangelical Protestants and Catholics, particularly in the evangelical wing of Catholicism.

  • Now when you get 25 percent of America, which is basically Catholic, and you get 28 to 29 percent of America, which is evangelical, together, that's called a majority. And it is a very powerful bloc, if they happen to stay together on particular issues.

On Peter Drucker:

  • "Peter Drucker ... he's my mentor. I've spent 20 years under his tutelage learning about leadership from him."

On the global peace plan and interspirituality:

  • Who's the man of peace in any village - or it might be a woman of peace - who has the most respect, they're open and they're influential? They don't have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim, but they're open and they're influential and you work with them to attack the five giants. And that's going to bring the second Reformation.

  • Last week I spoke to 4,000 pastors at my church who came from over 100 denominations in over 50 countries. Now, that's wide spread. We had Catholic priests, we had Pentecostal ministers, we had Lutheran bishops, we had Anglican bishops, we had Baptist preachers.

The Five Fundamentals of Faith:

  1. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. The Virgin Birth.

  3. The Blood Atonement.

  4. The Bodily Resurrection.

  5. The inerrancy of the scriptures.

Read The Five Fundamentals of the Faith in more detail.

Rick Warren says that these are "a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity." We are just wondering which ones of these five he feels that way about.

"Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life." 1 John 2:24-25

In 1909 God moved two Christian laymen to set aside a large sum of money for issuing twelve volumes that would set forth the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and which were to be sent free to ministers of the gospel, missionaries, Sunday School superintendents, and others engaged in aggressive Christian work throughout the English speaking world. A committee of men who were known to be sound in the faith was chosen to have the oversight of the publication of these volumes. Some of the volumes were sent to 300,000 ministers and missionaries and other workers in different parts of the world.

The Fundamentals were a legacy of these godly men who wanted to pass down to future generations the pure knowledge of the Bible, knowing that in the future, there would come a time when men like Rick Warren and others would corrupt it.

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