Where are the Baptists Going?

Sometimes, you just have to take a deep breath and say, “WOW!”  Why, you ask?  I just recently came across an article in the Associated Baptist Press (read full article HERE) that made my head spin.  It seems as though there has been a meeting between the Baptist World Alliance and the Roman Catholic Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.  The purpose?  To explore common ground in hopes to bring unity to these two branches of the Christian church.  My question is, of course, is this: When did the Roman Catholic church become Christian?  How can there be any unity at all with an organization that denies the very core of the Gospel message?

The official statement of purpose includes this statement, that they aim to “increase our mutual understanding, appreciation of each other and Christian charity towards each other; foster a shared life of discipleship within the communion of the triune God;” and “develop and extend a common witness to Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and the Lord of all life.”  The problem I immediately see is that the Roman Catholic church doesn’t hold that Jesus is the savior, rather they hold that he is a helper in the act of salvation.  They use the term savior often, but hold the view that His work on the Cross is insufficient, and that we must contribute good works in order to finish the saving process.  It is as though the author of this article had never heard of the Reformation.  It is plainly obvious that he does not distinguish the difference between God’s Law which informs and convicts us of sin and the Gospel message, that being the atonement brought by Christ’s substitutionary death on the Cross.  But the difference between the Roman Catholic church and genuine Christianity does not need to be discussed in-depth here today.  The Reformation addressed these topics in great detail, and these things have not been conveniently stuffed into everyone’s closet to be forgotten.

The scary part of this article, the part that should be discussed, is the portion discussing application.  They state “Our work means little unless pastors and priests read and discuss the report along with the members of their congregations and parishes. Christian unity doesn’t happen unless it happens at the grassroots, embodied in relations between the members of local churches and their joint witness to their communities.”  Here we get to the poison.  The goal is to get Baptist pastors discussing unity with Roman Catholics with their staff and congregations.  Since when is unity with false religions something to be sought after?  Take a look at the unity our Lord encouraged His people to have with the followers of false religions in the Old Testament.  Does this passage look familiar?

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.”  And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there. – 1 Kings 18:38-40

And in the New Testament, can anyone point to one single act or teaching of our Lord telling His disciples to join in unity with the Pharisees (who’s core belief was salvation through the works and righteousness of the one being saved, just like the roman Catholics of today)?  No.  He soundly denounced the Pharisees and made it clear they should be avoided as vipers.  Meetings like this recent one should be taken note of, and the alarm needs to be raised.  If your pastor participated in this, you might want to look for a new pastor as he has obviously decided to make a determined effort at introducing false doctrine into your church.  This is scary stuff, and it is not just one Baptist organization applauding it, either.  I found this article in the Associated Baptist Press, which seems to have a strong voice throughout the Southern Baptist Convention as well as many other Baptist organizations.  This is really, really evil stuff going on here, and yet no one seems to be noticing it.  I leave you with this:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

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7 Comments on “Where are the Baptists Going?”

  1. Lynne Rae Says:

    I’m actually suprised that you are shocked…kinda. Recall last days, great falling away, Whore of Babylon helping Anti-Christ…some ‘leaders’ (incl some seminary) don’t really believe but those sitting in the pews kept them in check. If those whom are apart of Baptist World Alliance are silent (i.e. not partaking) then enough or a ‘critical mass” has been reached I believe to not fear rebuttal. It will get to the point I also believe that the church will be (true vs false) will be so clearly distinct in size, locality, etc…

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      I try not to be surprised, but it seems these “modern, relevant and tolerant” pastors are always inventing new ways to twist God’s Word and seek their own glory. It is sickening to see it done in the name of Christ. I agree that we are headed for a division where the true church will be seen clearly, but I am equally sure that persecution will come with the division. May His will be done!

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  2. TolerantMan Says:

    For all the bluster from the writer of “Where are the Baptists Going?”, the author was comically wrong on every single Catholic stance that he reported. I’m not saying that I’m Catholic, but you need to know your facts before writing such a shrill essay condemning ANY faith.

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      I just re-read this post, and while you state that I was “was comically wrong on every single Catholic stance” I only found one Roman Catholic doctrine mentioned (but it’s a big one). The statement I made was this, “the Roman Catholic church doesn’t hold that Jesus is the savior, rather they hold that he is a helper in the act of salvation.” Why would I say such a thing? The Council of Trent, that’s why. Please read these declarations made by the Roman Catholic church at that council:

      CANON 9: “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.”

      CANON 12: “If any one shall say that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy pardoning sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is that confidence alone by which we are justified … let him be accursed”

      In layman’s modern English, what these are saying is this, “If you say you are justified through faith in Christ alone and not faith + works, we the Roman Catholics put you under a curse” Sadly, this means they chose to curse the Apostle Paul when he stated that exact thing in Romans 3:20, 3:28 and 5:1 (as well as several other places). Come to think of it, I guess they are cursing me now as well. Alas, the dangerous life of a blogger!

      When teaching that works must accompany salvation, they are stating Jesus did not save them. They are saying His sacrifice is only helping in the process of salvation. They believe in a partial atonement. I can not imagine facing Christ on that final day with the scars on His hands and feet having told the world that He didn’t do enough to redeem His elect! I tremble to even think of such a thing!

      A great article discussing the Council of Trent (along with all the Scriptures they denied in their declarations) can be found HERE. And, as none of the declarations made by the Roman Catholic church have been rescinded, I stand by my statement.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      • TolerantMan Says:

        Yes, Joe good points. Yet from the Book of James………..

        James 2:17-18: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

      • ChurchSalt Says:

        In context James, was saying that true faith/belief always exhibits itself through deeds. I agree completely (this is not just true in religion, but in all areas of life). But as James and Paul point out, deeds flow from faith. If deeds are replacing faith (Catholic stance as outlined at Trent) then there is a big problem.

        Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us
        Romans 5:1 (NLT)

        God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
        Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

        Myself, I think the entire book of 1st John is a great clarifier on this subject as well.

  3. revivalandreformation Says:

    “Local Christian church, slaughters entire Buddhist Priesthood.” Well that might not fly today, but the application is just as real. We are to separate ourselves from the world and its ideologies, methodologies and ways. Just like my illustration of the moldy bread. Take one piece of bread that is fine and nice and put it with a piece of bread that is moldy. Guess which influences which? Unless these denominations can get around this simple reality, they should not be inter mingling. Man has no patience to wait on God anymore…that will be his downfall.

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