No Harmony Between Biblical Christians and Catholics!
Is True Dialogue
The need to engage in a spirited exchange seems to be an imperative with some who would plead Rome's case, but are they searching for truth or defending a lie?
Since Vatican II, the Roman church has been on the ecumenical bandwagon. As the new millennium approaches, Rome's interest in gathering all professing Christians to her bosom seems to be intensifying. Is this a realistic goal? Will Christians have to turn aside from foundational doctrines of the faith in order to embrace Roman theology? Is the Roman church willing to honestly look at her dogma and doctrine and, where necessary, bring them into line with the clear teaching of Scripture?
Any sweetheart ecumenical arrangement between Christians and the Roman church will be hopelessly one-sided. The Roman Catholic church has no intention of modifying her dogma, doctrine or practice one iota, so the Chrstian interested in joining the Roman circus will be expected to abandon all his beliefs which are not in line with what the RCC holds as truth. Ecumenism? No way! We are talking about subjugation to an earthly cult.
"Standing fast by the teachings of the Church…" certainly shows Rome's willingness to engage in honest dialogue. Sure, they'll talk about their doctrine, but only to argue that it is correct, not to look honestly at it in light of what the Bible says. It has been my experience and observation that, more likely than not, the RCC spokesman will go to just about any length, including the use of misquotes, shifting sources, denial of the clear wording of even RCC documents, etc., in order to defend Catholic dogma and doctrine.
Given Rome's doctrinal rigidity, the likelihood of anything resembling meaningful dialogue on issues of biblical doctrine seems quite remote. This is understandable, of course, when one considers that any Roman Catholic who does not hold to the party line on matters of dogma and doctrine will find himself anathematized. I should imagine that, for those who have placed their hopes for eternity in the hands of Rome, this is a fate almost too terrible to be contemplated. So, they promote the façade of ecumenical dialogue when, in reality, they only parrot what the Magisterium has declared to be 'truth.'
Is God in favor of ecumenism? Does He desire that His creation unite without regard to doctrinal differences? Would He be pleased to see believers forsaking sound biblical doctrine in order to embrace the false teachings of Rome? The Bible is quite clear on this:
Should believers give ear to the arguments of the Roman apologists and proselyters? Should we give them opportunities to air their heretical teachings in a Christian channel? Again, I do believe the Bible gives clear guidance:
Salvation is in the Christ of Scripture, not the pale clone of Rome.
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