Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren of Purpose Driven Life fame has endorsed the 2013 book Catholics Come Home, which promotes the program of bringing “lapsed” Catholics back into the arms of Rome. Warren’s endorsement, as follows, reflects a frightful level of spiritual blindness: “The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this new evangelization project.”
In truth, Catholic Evangelization is not about bringing souls to Jesus; it is about bringing them into bondage to a false gospel and a false christ. This is why the term “evangelization” is used rather than “evangelism.” This program sees Catholic baptism as salvation, and it is more about Mary than Jesus. I was at the North American Congress on the Holy Spirit & World Evangelization in 1987 with media credentials when the Catholic Evangelization 2000 program was announced. The head of that program, Catholic priest Tom Forrest, headquartered in Rome, was the keynote speaker. He said that he was thankful for purgatory because it is essential for salvation. In his book Be Holy, which I purchased at that conference, he gave the following clear statement of Rome’s false gospel of sacramentalism: “This river [of the Holy Spirit and salvation] began its flow with our Baptism, and then again with the grace of our Confirmation. This was our first ‘renewal’ in the Holy Spirit, these sacraments of initiation making us new creatures, new sons of God. ...[The charismatic experience] is not a second baptism, some new sacramental grace, but rather the renewing of those sacramental graces of Baptism, Confirmation and priestly Ordination that have already made the Holy Spirit present within us” (Forrest, Be Holy, pp. 32, 59).
(For an illustrated eye-witness report on the massive, historic, and influential North American Congress on the Holy Spirit & World Evangelization and for more about Catholic Evangelization, see the free eBook Charismatic Confusion at www.wayoflife.org.)
(Friday Church News Notes, April 12, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)