In a story Pulpit & Pen broke last week, Marco Rubio enlisted several prominent evangelicals to serve on Roman Catholic presidential candidate, Marco Rubio’s religious advisory board. These evangelicals are the well-known theologian Wayne Grudem, megachurch pastor at Saddleback, Rick Warren, and professor of history at Baylor University, Thomas Kidd. Grudem, Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary, said of Rubio,
[Rubio is] a winsome, likable candidate who has the best chance of defeating Hillary Clinton, in my view.
Grudem subsequently spoke to the Christian Post regarding his new alignment with Rubio. He stated,
He does not come across as harsh but as reasonable and thoughtful in his defense of conservative positions. And his own words about his personal faith seem to me, as an Evangelical, to indicate a genuine belief in Christ as his own Savior and Lord.
Marco Rubio is a Roman Catholic who recently stated that he is “fully theologically and doctrinally aligned with the Roman Catholic Church.” In this video, Rubio gives an “evangelical-sounding” profession of faith. Rubio hired the ecumenical clown and director of the Manhattan Declaration, Eric Teetsel, as Director of Faith and Outreach for his campaign. Interestingly, Rubio, who stated that he still occasionally attends a Baptist Church (ever since he decided he was going to run for president), even though he consciously made the decision to align himself with Roman Catholic doctrine, has learned how to speak Evangelical language while speaking to evangelicals. Hmmm, could Eric Teetsel have anything to do with this?
Sadly, many Southern Baptists have fallen for Rubio’s double-speak. SBC pastor and editor at SBC Voices, Dave Miller, insists that Rubio, based on his testimony, is saved. But it’s in this same testimony that Rubio declares that he fully understands Catholic doctrine, and fully aligns himself with it. Roman Catholic doctrine, however, anathematizes the true biblical doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. Canon IX of the Council of Trent says,
If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.
Yet, supposedly solid bible teachers, pastors, and evangelicals are being deceived by the wolf, Marco Rubio. Let’s be clear; Marco Rubio is a false apostle, and he’s masquerading as an angel of light and a servant of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Can Wayne Grudem, Thomas Kidd, Dave Miller, Russell Moore, etc., really not see what’s going on here? Or do they know full well what’s going on, and partaking in it for political purposes? All deeds will be revealed and judged by God (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand. – Mark 13:21-23