* Seeking unity (ecumenicism) in truth, with other Christians is something that we should definitely work towards, but not at the cost of being required to accept authorities, doctrines and teachings, which are contrary to (Romans 16:17) the stated authority, doctrines and teachings of God’s Holy Word. The new page on Roman Catholicism addresses the difference between unity in truth and unity in untruth.
* Seeking unity with other religions, that do not acknowledge Jesus as the only begotten Son of God, nor the will of God the Father, that Jesus accomplished on the cross for us, nor the acknowledgement of His resurrection, or that which indicates that there is another name other than Jesus, or an alternate means other than following the commandment of Jesus to fulfill the Great Commission, by which we may enter into the Kingdom of God, is not advocated within God’s Holy Word, and as such, our discourse with representatives or adherents of these other religions, while remaining respectful, loving and compassionate, should not violate, or accept teachings, which are contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as stated within God’s Holy Word. Roman Catholicism not only advocates this unity, but also proclaims this unity. The new page on Roman Catholicism addresses this teaching.
* Many Christians are not aware of the contrary authorities, doctrines and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the new page on Roman Catholicism addresses the need for, and particulars on, requiring and maintaining this awareness.
* “Building bridges and not fences”, sounds like an admirable Christian objective, but when advocated without qualifications or guidelines, numerous warnings given in God’s Holy Word about false doctrines, teachings and unauthorized authorities, are discarded by far too many, as of little consequence, or importance. The new web page on Roman Catholicism addresses the Biblical approach that God’s Holy Word advocates in pursuing this endeavour.
* God’s Holy Word steadfastly advocates the upholding of sound doctrine, the continual contending of the faith once given and asks us to rebuke those who would promote a different gospel or unsound doctrine. Exercising discernment is not an optional vocation for a Christian. The new page on Roman Catholicism addresses this requirement.
* The new page on Roman Catholicism is not intended as a thorough examination of the designated authorities, doctrines and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The subject matter is complex, multi-layered and interconnected. It is but an INTRODUCTION (albeit lengthy), with numerous authoritative quotes from the Roman Catholic Churches own doctrines and teachings. The Protestant Reformation happened because of numerous serious objections to what the Roman Catholic Church was teaching and practising. It mattered then and it matters now. Some will criticize those who still hold these objections or protests seriously. The new page on Roman Catholicism addresses the validity of maintaining these objections.
* If you have never taken the time to actually look at what authorities, doctrines and teachings the Roman Catholic Church requires of its adherents, I would strongly encourage you to do so. We have been given the means by which we are able to discern truth from untruth, through God’s Holy Word. And it is not a matter of one sheep speaking slightly different than another. These are foundational variances and controlling differences that need to be known and understood. My hope and prayer in the creation of this page on Roman Catholicism, is that this will help you in your quest of discernment.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!