Catholics, Liberals, and Evangelicals Together for Missions?
On Tuesday, June 29th, a “historic” document related to evangelism/missions was issued jointly by the World Evangelical Alliance, the Papacy and the World Council of Churches. Here is the document.
Here are several faulty serious issues that are ignored when entering in to this agreement:
1) There is no agreement as to who is a Christian. The bible clearly warns of becoming unequally yoked with unbelievers. Apparently, the WEA has no problem accepting unbelieving liberals and Catholics as brothers and sisters in Christ, and thus entering into partnership with them.
2) There is no definition of terms, such as conversion and mission. The three parties to the agreement all hold to different gospels. For the Papacy, there is no salvation apart from Rome. To convert means to become a Catholic and submit to the authority of Rome. For an evangelical, to convert is to trust in Jesus alone by faith alone, and to submit to God as He is revealed in the Bible.
3) The document is a surrender of the high ground to the Catholic Church, which teaches that salvation is available to those who do not believe in Jesus. The Catholic Catechism says that the plan of salvation “includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims.” It goes on to state about unbelievers:
” Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience — those too may achieve eternal salvation.” CCC 847
This agreement is another baby step toward a false, man-centered ecumenical unity. Those who hold that there is no salvation apart from Christ, and warn non-Christians of the falsehood of their beliefs, and urge that they repent — SURELY WE ARE GUILTY OF INTOLERANCE AND IMPROPER PROSELYTIZING?