added for suborthodoxy
. Keep in mind that there is great diversity among Catholics
. Not all Catholics agree on all doctrines and practices. For details, see About Catholicism
It is in light of our
study of such theology that we find it most difficult to reconcile the current movement on the part of many Catholics and Evangelicals to join themselves together as spiritual brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. For their part, Evangelicals characteristically maintain that they are not abandoning or glossing over important differences in doctrine between orthodox Catholicism and conservative Protestantism
; they merely want to stress the unity of the true church, whether Catholic or Protestant. The problem, however, is that we are not going to gloss over important doctrinal differences, then it becomes impossible to maintain that Catholics and Protestants are genuine brothers and sisters in Christ.
Again, this is not to deny that many Catholics, individually speaking, are saved individuals because they have placed true faith in Jesus Christ
and trust in Him alone for salvation
-- not in their good works, the sacraments, or the Church. The problem arises when we say that all those committed to the traditional orthodox doctrines of the Catholic Church are saved individuals just as much as the simple believer in Jesus Christ. If so, it would seem that what an individual believes (i.e., whether it is either Catholic or Protestant teaching), has little or no bearing as to his individual salvation. But to say this is to abandon biblical authority and teaching entirely.
The bottom line is this: It is virtually impossible to claim to maintain important doctrinal distinctions on the one hand, and to simultaneously unite Catholic and Protestant believers into a spiritual fellowship on the other.
Protestants & Catholics: Do They Now Agree?
by John Ankerberg
and John Weldon
Written to examine the issues surrounding the "Evangelicals and Catholics Together " agreement, this book provides an excellent, analysis of the doctrines and practices which separate Protestants and Catholics. Highly recommended.
Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences
By Norman Geisler
and Ralph MacKenzie
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