Throwback Thursday: Rick Warren and Rome

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on March 4, 2016 and…

Throwback Thursday: Rick Warren and Rome

Alistair Begg: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Back in August, my wife and I were in a position where we needed to find a new source for livestream Sunday morning church services. I chose the …

Alistair Begg: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


This week I happened to come across yet another online Sunday sermon that blurs the distinction between the true Gospel and the false gospel of Roman Catholicism. This was the second sermon in the past month that did this, and it was from a different church. (See my post about the other church POPE FRANCIS IS A COMPASSIONATE MAN?) In this week’s sermon the pastor gave testimony of how he had witnessed to someone and they were wonderfully saved. The pastor rejoiced, and so do I, but then the pastor went on to say that the person told him that his mother was a charismatic Catholic and had been praying for him for years. Such a statement without further clarification leaves the hearers with the impression that to be a charismatic Catholic is to be biblically sound. It is not. When I was a charismatic Roman Catholic my prayers were directed to “Mary” via the rosary, and I became increasingly devoted to all the doctrines of Rome’s false gospel. If my Roman Catholic family had listened to that sermon it would have hindered my witness to them and encouraged them to stay in Rome. And everyone listening either in the congregation or online would have been presented with a distorted perception of Rome, hindering evangelism. After all, his Roman Catholic charismatic mother was praying her son’s salvation for years. So there you have it, pastors one after the other muddying the waters between the true gospel and the false. This is widespread. This is the day we are living in, and it is tragic.

2 Timothy 4

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 

5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.