Proclaiming the Gospel (.org): In a monumental decision for ecumenical relations, the U.S. Roman Catholic church and a group of Protestant denominations have signed a document to formally recognize each other’s baptisms. Representatives from the Presbyterian Church, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Reformed Church in America and United Church of Christ met in Austin, Texas, to sign the agreement, which is called the “Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism.” A Catholic bishop said the effort “is part of our response to Jesus’ prayer that we all be one.”
Opinion: “Religion is man’s way of making himself acceptable to God, Christianity is God’s way of making man acceptable to Himself.” Jack Kinsella
Ecumenism: defined as greater cooperation, general, universal or pertaining to the whole Christian Church.
Jesuit Order primary goal: To bring all churches under the authority of the Pope.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope. His softer stance on homosexuality and abortion, in addition to his renouncing capitalism, is making him a champion of the liberal churches all over Europe and South America.
America is a tougher sell. Our socialist movement is still getting push-back from conservative non-denominational Christians who believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Romans 11:6) (2 Corinthians 5:21) (Galatians 2:16) (Galatians 3:22) (Ephesians 2:1-3) (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I would encourage all of you who are in denominations (Catholic and Protestant) to visit Mike Gendron’s website www.proclaimingthegospel.org and read his teachings on what the Bible has to say about salvation through works.
Globalism is creeping into every aspect of our lives. A global church that tones down the words of Jesus and the Gospel message will provide comfort to itching ears.
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear“ 2 Timothy 4:3.
Presbyterian Church: 1.9 million members over 1o,ooo congregations
Christian Reformed Church in North America: 250,000 members, 1000 congregations
Reformed Church in America: 250,000 members 900 congregations
United Church of Christ: 1,000,000 members 5200 congregations
(numbers are approximate from 2012)