“Christian unity” is one of those terms that stir up a whole spectrum of—sometimes emotional—opinions.
On the one hand, we know that Jesus prayed to the Father concerning future believers “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you” (John 17:21a, NIV).
On the other hand, charismatics know it is almost pointless to discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12, 14) with Baptists or most anyone else from a mainline denomination. And Protestants of just about any stripe get riled up when they hear Catholics talking about papal infallibility or their adoration of the Virgin Mary.
It’s on this latter point that Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and successful author, has waded into a hornet’s nest of controversy by telling a Catholic News Service interviewer that Protestants and Catholics “have far more in common than what divides us” and that Catholics do not “worship Mary like she’s another god.”
Regarding Warren’s view that Catholics do not worship Mary, Matt Slick, writing on the website of the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry, goes into great detail with material from Roman Catholic sources that say Mary is “the all holy one,” is to be prayed to, worshipped, that she “brings us the gifts of eternal life” and she “made atonement for the sins of man.”
If that’s not putting her in the place of Christ as a god-like figure to be worshipped, then what is it?
“We believe in Trinity, the Bible, the resurrection, and that salvation is through Jesus Christ. These are the big issues,” Warren says. “But the most important thing is if you love Jesus, we’re on the same team.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News