New Testament Christianity
1. Contends for the faith
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3) “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” (Titus 1:9)
2. Exposes and separates from false teachers
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17 ) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
Things have changed, consider the following
1. Billy Graham Crusades
“After inquirers are dealt with by ‘counselors’ and cards on each are filled out, a ‘Co-Labor Corps’ sits at long tables until midnight each night counting and sorting the cards and licking envelopes that will go out in the morning mail to ministers of about 1,000 churches. The ‘Corps’ sifts through maps and phone books, finding the church nearest the address on the cards, regardless of whether or not they are … Protestant, Catholic or Jewish … New York Times, June 19, 1969.” As a new believer I worked in one of these crusades and have experienced this first hand.
Preachers have openly endorsed Pope John Paul II as a man of God, a great evangelist, and a hero of the faith. Yet Pope John Paul II preached a gospel of “works” and consecrated his life to “Mary.” His motto was “Mary I am all yours.” These same preachers are praised as great men of God from a multitude of pulpits and are never publicly exposed (which is biblical) for aiding Rome in sending souls to hell. The new Pope has received the same enthusiastic acclaim.
3. Evangelicals & Catholics Together (ECT)
On March 29, 1994 Roman Catholic leaders and well known Evangelical leaders signed a document entitled “Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the 3rd Millennium” (ECT), agreeing that practicing Catholics are Christians and should not be evangelized. The saddest part is that often, when all this is brought to the attention of believers in leadership positions, there is for the most part a response of silence!
The Necessity Of Educating Christians
Educating Christians regarding false religious systems is the most loving thing that can be done for the people involved in those systems. For the sake of ministering to the lost, ministers have taught about the false teachings of Mormonism, Islam, and the Jehovah Witnesses, just to name a few. Roman Catholicism needs to be exposed in the same way. Compare Roman Catholic teachings and practices with the bible and nothing else needs to be said. The Roman Catholic people are entitled to a Gospel witness as much as anyone else. Christians have died for the sake of truth and for the love of lost souls. Many were martyred standing against Rome’s lies.
Remembering is a good thing, a safeguard, preventing past atrocities from being repeated. Unfortunately many believers know very little church history regarding the Roman Catholic system. (Read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs). In today’s church, important historical facts which are viewed as negative, and are being removed from Christian literature.
We Can Make A Difference
If our leaders and peers are silent regarding certain issues we tend to be silent also. It’s easier to just blend in with the crowd. If we open our mouths we may be looked upon with suspicion. Isn’t it strange that truth is silenced and serious error tolerated, in church? Isn’t this being indifferent concerning heaven and hell issues? Can this be pleasing to the Lord? If we speak out we can make a difference. If Christians don’t speak up on behalf of the Roman Catholic people, who cannot speak for themselves, who will?
Will we speak the truth, for the sake of souls, in a time when it is not popular in many Christian churches to do so? Will we go “against the grain” in order to take a stand for truth? Will we back up what we say by practicing biblical separation? The bible tells us not only to preach the truth, but also to expose and separate from the false.
Beware of following the crowd. Beware of the sin of silence. It allows evil to flourish. Nothing less than the eternal destiny of souls is at stake.
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, then I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefront besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” (Martin Luther)
“Evangelists today are wide-eyed to the might of Communism, but tight-lipped at the menace of Romanism. America would shake from coast to coast in twenty-four hours if some preacher, anointed with the Holy Ghost, gave the Roman Catholic Church a broadside!” “These priests who dope men’s souls, these idolatrous “masses,” these Calvary eclipsing prayers to Mary, these miserable millions cheated in life and in death by the greatest forgery Lucifer ever made – all these do not seem to stir us to tearful intercessions and godly jealousy, as identical circumstances stirred Elijah, with a volcano for a heart, and a thunderstorm for a voice, came to the Kingdom for such a time as this.” Leonard Ravenhill (Why Revival Tarries)
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” The Apostle Paul (Galatians 1:1)