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"Unity without truth is useless"

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Submitted by Lactantius Jr (United Kingdom), Oct 8, 2016 at 17:04

To F Wilmot

No I am not saying that Catholics are not Christian. I believe it to be possible that individual Roman Catholics may be fully regenerate and born again members of the Roman Catholic church, but wonder why such regenerate born again believers belong to an organisation which is not only non-Christian, but is demonstrably heretical and anti-Christian.

In my evangelism, I always seek to clearly distinguish between individuals and the organisation to which they belong, and base my critique of the Roman Catholic Church on the first officially published Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church for over 400 years, the English translation of which was published in 1994 under the title Catechism of the Catholic Church ("the Catechism") ,which contains 2,865 numbered paragraphs, and which for the first time in modern history, provides both Roman Catholics and non-Roman Catholics with an officially-sanctioned explanation of the Roman Catholic faith, and in what follows, bracketed numbers refer to that part of "the Catechism" where it is stated.

James G.McCarthy has performed a most valuable service with his book titled "The Gospel According to Rome Comparing Catholic Tradition And The Word of God," which is also available online at http://tinyurl.com/zpw9qol

Though individual Roman Catholics may vary widely in their understanding and expression of the Roman Catholic faith, it is very important to emphasise and to remember that there is only one officially defined Roman Catholic faith (172-175), this being by definition, the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, the whole or general church (830). It is the faith contained in Scripture and Tradition, as interpreted by the Roman Catholic bishops under the leadership of the Bishop of Rome, (76, 85-87, 182, 888-892, 2039), and who, when speaking ex cathedra is claimed to be "infallible" !!! (267-268).

What is the true gospel of grace? For more than 500 years, that question has divided Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism have historically understood the magnitude of the difference between their separate belief systems, which because it goes to the very heart of the gospel of grace, the difference is so great as to constitute two wholly distinct religions.

Concerning our salvation, The Roman Catholic Church claims in complete denial and rejection of the all-sufficient Scriptures, that the Roman Catholic Church is necessary for salvation, and that there is no salvation outside it, this being very clearly against the authority of Scripture which says at Acts 4:12 There is salvation in no one but the Lord Jesus Christ, "for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

I conclude with some words of J.C. Ryle, the first Protestant bishop of Liverpool United Kingdom 1880-1900 (words posted online at http://tinyurl.com/j85b8jl)

"Unity without truth is useless. Peace and uniformity are beautiful and valuable; but peace without the Gospel, peace based on a common Episcopacy, and not on a common faith, is worthless peace, not deserving of the name. When Rome has repealed the decrees of Trent, and her additions to the Creed, when Rome has recanted her false and unscriptural doctrines, when Rome has formally recanted image-worship, Mary-worship, and transubstantiation, then, and not till then,will it be time to talk of reunion with her. Till then I call on all Churchmen to resist to the death this idea of reunion with Rome. Till then let our watchwords be, 'No peace with Rome! No communion with idolaters!'"

Jesus Christ is Lord

Lactantius Jr

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