January 2015

Warren, Moore made good decision

January 13 2015 by Marie Schumacher, Shelby, N.C.

Regarding the Tar Heel Voices from the Jan. 3 issue of the Biblical Recorder, I would suggest that Mr. McKittrick’s assertion that “Leaders should not meet with the pope” and they should “repent” is absurd. Both Rick Warren and Russell Moore were invited to the Vatican as part of a colloquium held in mid-November to discuss the institution of marriage and the family. As recognized leaders of one of the largest Protestant religions in the United States they should have felt honored to have the “bully pulpit of the Vatican.” It was reported that their comments about marriage and the family received standing ovations.
It is not my intent to argue a pro-Catholic position. Unquestionably, there are significant differences in church doctrine between Catholics and Baptists. I have no expertise or desire to defend either their interpretation of scripture or their practices of worship. I dare say Paul’s writing in 2 Corinthians did not imply that Christians should avoid contact with other religious groups seeking to improve and support the institution of marriage as biblically directed.

Mr. McKittrick’s position suggests a type of religious isolationism, concluding that conversations with another religious group are akin to sinful fraternization with the enemy. Ridiculous. If Mr. McKittrick wants to help further the gospel, then he might want to stop fighting the fratricidal battles of the 16th century and start fighting the battles of today.

Marie Schumacher
Shelby, N.C.

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Leaders should not meet with pope

January 12 2015 by Tim McKittrick, Stony Point, N.C.

Recently Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life, met with the pope.
Neither Moore nor Warren should have met with the pope in my opinion. Warren even called for Christians to unite with Catholics. Moore and Warren should repent of this.
Other than to evangelize them, there are at least three reasons why Southern Baptists and other Christians should not meet with or join forces with Catholics.
First, in its approach to God, Roman Catholicism practices bowing down before images and relics, encourages praying to the saints and promotes Mary worship. All of these constitute idolatry, which scripture condemns.
Second, in its approach to the Bible, Roman Catholicism elevates church tradition, church councils and the pope to a higher authority than the Word of God.
Third, in its approach to salvation, Roman Catholicism does not believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Roman Catholicism adds sacramental works to through faith, by grace and in Christ. Scripture makes it clear that justification is by faith apart from works of the Law, and that we are saved by grace through faith and not of works.
Other concerns include forbidding priests to marry, the belief in purgatory and Rome’s history of persecution of Bible believing Christians.
Second Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

Tim McKittrick
Stony Point, N.C.

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