RICK WARREN PRAISES MOTHER TERESA - Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose-Drive Life, praises Mother Teresa in his introduction to Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint (by the editors of Time magazine, 2010). Warren says, “My wife, Kay, was so deeply affected by her visit to Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Calcutta that our foundation is named Acts of Mercy. ... By being the hands and feet of Jesus, this petite Albanian Catholic nun became one of the great evangelists of the 20th century. ... Mother Teresa is exhibit A of a true hero--a saint.” Here Rick Warren shows his apostasy and proves yet again that he is the blind leading the blind, for the Bible warns sharply about false christs and false gospels, which Mother Teresa most definitely pursued (2 Corinthians 11:3-4; Galatians 1:8-9).
But what about her good works in Jesus’ name? The Lord Jesus Himself warned, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and IN THY NAME DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). It is not enough that someone loves “Jesus” or serves “the Lord” or preaches “the gospel.” The devil can and does counterfeit everything God is doing in this age. He has his own gospel, his own christ, his own doctrine of conversion, even his own brand of holiness. The only way we can know for sure what is genuine and what is counterfeit is to test it by the infallible Word of God. The people at Berea were commended because they “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Those who carefully test everything by the Bible today are commonly counted as hateful troublemakers, but the Bible warns that those who are not careful are foolish. “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going” (Proverbs 14:15). By her own testimony Mother Teresa believed in the heresy of universalism, venerated Mary as the Queen of Heaven and the path to Jesus, believed that the consecrated host of the Catholic mass is very Jesus, and found no peace in her own heart and soul, calling herself the “saint of darkness.” We have documented these facts extensively in Was Mother Teresa a True Christian? which is available as a free eBook from the Way of Life web site -- www.wayoflife.org. (Friday Church News Notes, August 17, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)