05 November 2014

The SBC's Russell Moore, Rick Warren Invited to Join Vatican Conference on Marriage

Pope Francis; Photo: Wikimedia
Religion News Service reports:
The Vatican will host religious leaders from across the religious spectrum later this month for a conference where they are expected to defend traditional marriage as between a man and a woman.

While hosted by Vatican officials and scheduled to open with an address by Pope Francis, the conference will include Muslim and Jewish representatives, as well as American leading evangelicals like megachurch pastor Rick Warren and Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore. . . .

The conference will include Wael Farouq, a Muslim and president of the Tawasul Cultural Center in Cairo; Henry B. Eyring, a top-ranking apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Manmohan Singh of the World Sikh Council.
In spite of the obvious ecumenical nature of this conference, which finds well-known Southern Baptist leaders Russell Moore and Rick Warren joining not only with Roman Catholics, but with leaders from other false, damning religions as well, Moore is quoted by RNS as saying:
I am willing to go anywhere, when asked, to bear witness to what we as evangelical Protestants believe about marriage and the gospel, especially in times in which marriage is culturally imperiled,” said Moore, who heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. (Source)
While it certainly is hoped that Moore will have opportunity—and if so, would seize the opportunity—to proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ alone, there is a subtle irony that cannot be avoided. Moore leads, as is stated above, the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Yet, in a situation like this, one cannot help but wonder: what ethics are being defended? Ethics of mere moralism that defend what is known as 'traditional marriage' at the expense of the truth of salvation? Or the ethics that inform a Christian that, even if every marriage on the planet was between one man and one woman, it would still only be a fleeting victory if the individuals in those marriages have not been told the gospel, and have not repented of their sin and trusted in Christ alone for salvation?

Moralistic endeavors are a fine way to occupy one's time, but to engage them as an end apart from the gospel is only to address the symptoms of the true, eternal affliction: sin. But if the Christian refuses to compromise at the expense of truth, and is faithful to proclaim Christ and Him crucified for the sins of His people, then that Christian can know that he has been obedient to his Master, who said:
Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
(Luke 24:46–47; Matthew 28:19–20)
Further Reading
Pope Francis Does Not Know God
The Ecumenical Bear Hug of Pope Francis and Kenneth Copeland
To Those Who Would Undermine the Headship of Christ: Fall on Your Faces


  1. 'I am willing to go anywhere, when asked, to bear witness to what we as evangelical Protestants believe about marriage and the gospel, especially in times in which marriage is culturally imperiled,” said Moore.."

    This is a hogwash and complete nonsense. There is no marriage and no definition of it apart of true Gospel of the Lord of Glory Jesus Christ as a foundation of it Russell Moore may be Evangelical but surely he is not a Protestant in a real meaning of this term. The flies caught the scent and the trap is set...


  2. There must be something about Mary.

  3. EBenz, you did a really good job on this. Thanks so much for the information and the food for thought from the bible.

  4. "I am willing to go anywhere, when asked, to bear witness to what we as evangelical Protestants believe about marriage and the gospel..."

    Really, Russell Moore? I think you threw that "and the gospel" in there for show. Because you're putting the Christian position on marriage ahead of the gospel. If you show up at this event and preach the gospel FIRST to those there in false religions, I'll believe you.

    But I suspect you will speak platitudes about marriage and meanwhile conveniently soft-pedal or ignore the gospel - thereby giving credibility to those false teachers with whom you're standing. If Jesus were given such an opportunity, what would he say? Probably something like "Repent of your false teaching and beliefs, and be saved. Else how can you escape the coming judgment?"

    Now, pray that you would be Christ-like, go forth and do likewise.

    1. that's exactly right ! Preaching the gospel to those that are in false religions is what's important because apostasy in rampant in the churches now. We are in the great falling away in the last days.


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