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Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”


This is a very good article which goes through point by point showing why Evangelicals must not be joined with Catholics. 

Its been interesting (and surprising!) to watch what has occurred over the past 35 years. When first coming to Christ my Church preached that Catholics needed the Gospel; over the years evangelizing of Catholics has all but stopped. Catholicism has been accepted as biblical Christianity by American Evangelicals in America.

I hope you will take the time to read this short article…

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As the evangelical world in America seems rather excited about the Pope’s visit, I can’t help but remember how I nf95i1-warrenpopefelt when I discovered theEvangelicals and Catholics Together document(ECT).

In 1995 the unthinkable happened. Well known evangelical pastors signed a document in which they joined themselves with Catholic priests and Philosophers, in an ecumenical fashion in order to promote the agreements over the disagreements that have plagued Protestants and Catholics for centuries dating back to the greats: Calvin, Luther, Zwingli and Knox. They agreed to no longer “proselytize” each other, agreeing that Catholics are indeed brothers, and sisters in Christ.

This article was successful in its endeavor. The vast majority of Christians in America do not evangelize Catholics. Someone like me who has shed many tears over the deception of the Roman Catholic Church is seen as hateful. I totally understand the desire to believe people are saved. I also desperately want Roman Catholics to go to heaven, but we can’t let our desire for people to be saved or our desire to please men, lead us to cheer them on as they run towards hell. We must love them.

When I first found out about the ECT, I was shocked. I was fresh off the boat and never in a million years did I imagine such confusion over what seemed to be such a clear issue to me and any Italian believer. Most evangelical churches in Italy, many of which we would never step foot into, recognize this truth.

I wondered why there was such confusion in America, and I concluded that it must come down to the Easy-Belivism mentality. In America people believe that all you have to say is, “Jesus come into my heart”, and you are saved, and it doesn’t matter what you actually believe. The devil loves to comes as an angel of light.  He loves to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and as Spurgeon said, he has created a masterpiece with the Roman Catholic Church. Here are some of the reasons protestants and Roman Catholics will never agree (based on the RCC’s teaching) and why ultimately a Born again Christian who attends a Roman Catholic Church must come out and join God’s true Church.

Please continue HERE

 

13 comments on “Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”

  1. One assumes these evangelical pastors are ignorant of beliefs like this:
    “While the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man—not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ, the eternal and omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest’s command.” quote from John A O’Brien, The Faith of Millions, the credentials of the Catholic religion Circa 1974.
    – or, perhaps, we should assume nothing of the kind.

    • Thanks Gordon!

      What i see as the reason behind all these different religions coming together, is politics. We’ve watched Evangelicals “unite” with Catholics, Mormons, etc. for the purpose of fighting similar causes (like abortion, etc) over the last 25 years.

      It was only four years ago when many Evangelicals “decided” Mormonism was biblical in their pursuit to get Romney elected…remember that? The same can be said for Protestants and Catholics.

      Politics indeed makes for strange bedfellows. Many have forsaken the faith for politics.

  2. Gordon, only to be fair, is that a Catholic apologist or official Church teaching? And what is the context of the quote? Tertullian, an early Christian and coiner of the term ‘trinity’, wrote that prayer “conquers” God. We ought to be mindful of rhetoric and hyperbole.

    It’s been accepted through Church History, and quite arguable from the Scripture, that Christ is really present in the Supper/Eucharist.

  3. PJ: ECT, as you say, is a completely political move. So many Americans are essentially whores for politics. It seems a majority of “churches” in this country have drunk the harlot’s wine, mixed with the blood of saints and the oppressed.

  4. Politics is poison for Christianity. I remember also back when Rick Santorum (I was calling him Saint Rick at the time) was running away with the evangelical vote. Couldn’t say a word about Catholics then! Then the same process repeated when Romney won the nomination, culminating in that farce where Mormons and Catholics led prayers at the GOP convention.

    Never really understood it, mind you. It’s pure moralism. If you’re against gay marriage, oppose abortion, or just happen to be the winner of the Republican nomination, well, you’re a Christian! They don’t care about doctrine at all.

    • Amen Ricardo….they care NOTHING about doctrine.

      Politics is poison to the Church. What we’ve watch happen is a perfect example of “A little leaven leavening the whole lump”.

    • It’s called the worship of Belial. I expect one day that Scientology will be seen as a “unique” form of Christianity if it rides the Conservative Power Train. It is pure moralism, but only for the sake of power. Newt Gingrich is the perfect example. Lead the charge against an adulterer in the White House while committing adultery on your own. It’s not about what’s true or false. It’s about whose side is who on.

  5. Want to add, what we have watched occur between American Christianity and Catholicism over the years, is also occurring between Christianity and Judaism. More and more Evangelicals are accepting Judaism as “another way to salvation”. I see evidence of this on numerous websites and/or Christian discussion boards.

    • I have seen this evidence too, though ironically, religious Jews I’ve encountered online don’t really show the same fawning in return. In fact, I haven’t met one who did not treat Christianity and Jesus Christ in particular with complete disdain, even going so far as to use slurs in their own language in a passive aggressive manner (as if they were complimenting us or speaking casually), as if making fun of ignorant Christians who don’t know when they’re being insulted! Though in fairness to them, some of the most offensive people of all were the Gentiles who had evidently mixed their Christianity with Judaism, telling me I ought not eat my bacon or else!

    • some of the most offensive people of all were the Gentiles who had evidently mixed their Christianity with Judaism

      Ricardo, i’ve had the same experience. Christian Zionists are guilty of mixing Christianity with Judaism. Paul had to deal with this in his day, the results being clear in his very strong letter to the Galatians.

      Those who do this refuse to accept the truth, of the old covenant ( and Judaism) being done away with as a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

  6. I see both sides on this one. Part of the reason for that is that I see a difference between proclaiming the gospel and proselytizing. Proselytizing is trying to get people to join our church while proclaiming the gospel is presenting Christ to people. In our relationships with our Catholic friends we need to encourage them if faith and in searching the scriptures rather than trying to tear down their church. While right doctrine is extremely important and bad doctrine is the enemy of faith, faith remains the basis of salvation and Catholics who base their standing with God solidly on faith (and many do) are almost certainly going to end up in heaven. All of the false religions condemn their adherents to hell by convincing them to rely on their works of the flesh to gain right standing with God and this is the lie of the enemy that we have to attack square on. Once you knock this one out, salvation becomes near for these people, whatever religious deception they might be under. From this point on, careful examination of the scriptures and careful consideration of what they have been taught in the light of those scriptures will lead them to Christ. However, a brute force attack on their church or whatever other religious organization will often lead only to resentment and confusion. But there is often a time when we can accept these people as brothers while simultaneously rejecting false doctrines they have not yet let go of. But we certainly have to see where the doctrines of the Catholic church do not align with the teachings of he historic Christian church. I really appreciate an Orthodox publication “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy” as it discussed in very detailed fashion the basic doctrinal differences within the major “Christian” groups. It points out in stark fashion the major deviations of Catholicism from the historic doctrines of the Christian church, the most troubling of those deviations being the papal office itself.

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