Monday, October 6, 2008

Serving the same Lord?

Here is another great ariticle from Rob-Roy Nelson.

I Saw this quote from Rick Warren in Christianity Today dated October 1, 2008.

"We need to mobilize a billion Catholics and Orthodox [believers]. I'm not really that interested in interfaith dialogue. I am interested in interfaith projects. Let's do something together. You are probably not going to change your doctrinal distinctives, and I'm probably not going to change my doctrinal distinctives. We have different beliefs. But the fact is, we do serve the same Lord. Let's work on the things we can agree on." – Rick Warren in Christianity Today

Same Lord? Really? This is from the Catholic Encyclopedia and/or Catechism.

Supernatural Gift

In order to live worthy of our Divine dignity and to attain our Divine end, we stand in need of supernatural aid. This supernatural aid to a supernatural end is called grace. For our present purpose it will be sufficient to note that grace is either habitual (i.e. sanctifying, making us pleasing to God) or actual (i.e. enabling us to produce works deserving of salvation).


man really cooperates in his personal salvation from sin

Catechism - Grace

Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us (1996)… Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. (2010)

That is not the grace of the bible. It is a false gospel of self righteous merit and effort that can never save. Grace redefined is grace removed and therefore no grace at all. Here is the true grace of the bible.

"But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace." Romans 11:6

"I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?" Galatians 3:2-5

"You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace." Galatians 5:4

We serve a different Jesus than the one found in the Roman Catholic teachings. We serve the Jesus who paid it all and in whom the only merit is found. We can contribute nothing to what He has done to save us. Any other Jesus that requires our effort and merit to cooperate with his is a false Christ that cannot save.

Love, Rob-roy


Until His Nets Are Full said...

I would say Rick Warren serves the same "Lord" as the Catholic church.