The Roman Catholic Church works diligently to acquire all sects, including Evangelicals, in the name of unity. Perhaps that comes as no surprise to those who are aware of 1994’s Evangelicals and Catholics Together. Yet, the more recent agenda of the Vatican comes as a result of Benedict’s declaration in 2010 that it is “time to revive the ecumenical spirit.” That statement was made on the 100th anniversary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference, which marked the beginnings of the modern ecumenical movement. More precisely, Benedict’s allusion finds its source in Vatican II, 1964 when Catholics began praying for “the soul of the ecumenical movement” (Christian Today). Thus, Pope Francis continues the rallying cry of unity; and, because of ECT, those who ascribe to the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches lend their aid.
What you will NOT notice in this ecumenical “revival” movement is repentance from false teachings common to the Catholic Church and liberal Christian theology. These are:
- Catholic doctrine of Communion not supported by the New Testament
- Calling Mary the Co-Redemptrix (or, Cause of Salvation) and that she was assumed body and soul into the glory of Heaven at the time of her death, and that she was conceived without sin.
- Worshipping (venerating) and praying to saints instead of worshipping and praying only to God through Jesus, the one Mediator between God and Man
- Selling indulgences for sin currently
- The Primacy and Infallibility of the Pope since Vatican I, 1870
- Abrahamic faiths [are] not necessarily enemies
- The Bible is not the only authority for faith practice of Christianity — Not the inspired Word of God but “God is revealed in it”
No, there is no repentance from any one of these errors. Unity is placed above truth and above repentance, and that makes it no true unity at all.
- 7/23/2015 — The Pope’s great Evangelical gamble — Catholic Herald
1/28/2012 — Christian Today| Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches Move Towards Unity
- 2/4/14 — Kenneth Copeland’s Word of Faith | Pope to Copeland: Catholics & Charismatics Must Spiritually Unite (video) [track 30 mins. in]
- 9/29/2014 — Future Shape of the Church: Anglo-Catholic Future:: Liturgy is Messy
- 11/18/14 — Christianity Today | Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
- 11/29/14 — Crux | Facing Splits Inside and Outside, Pope Francis calls for Unity
- 5/21/15 — News.va | Official Vatican News, Christians are Called to be One Being
- Anglican Communion’s Ecumenical Dialogues
- Roman Catholic-Anglican Union Talks by Religious Tolerance
- The Vatican’s Pontifical Councils, Anglican Communion Documents – “Growing Together in Unity and Mission”