"The first and second National Evangelical Anglican Conferences that met at Keele and Nottingham in the UK in 1967 and 1977, respectively, were primed to launch and further the new policy of Anglican Evangelicals towards ecumenism. There was a now desire on the part of New Evangelicals to be united with ritualistic Anglicans, who were essentially Roman Catholic in belief and practice; and liberals who believed in a fallible Bible. Leading Evangelicals, such as John Stott and J.I. Packer, endorsed the statements from these. John Stott, who chaired the first conference at Keele, made clear that the conference was accepting not only Anglo-Catholics and liberals, but Roman Catholics also: ‚ÄúAll who confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and therefore seek together to fulfill their common calling to the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit have a right to be treated as Christians, and it is on this basis that we wish to talk with them." (R.Bennett)
John Yurich USA wrote: And why would the Holy Spirit care what church someone who is Born Again attends as long as the church worships Jesus as God since church membership is totally superfluous to salvation?
John Yurich. The Holy Spirit is 'concerned' about accurate Biblical witness, therefore HE brings the true Christians away from idolatrous blasphemous practices as are seen in the Roman Catholic outfit.
The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth as the Bible teaches. Thus the Roman Catholic worship of graven images is against Holy law, as is the worship of Mary on pieces of toast, the worship of dead bodies, bones and bits of wood, ie relics - Are all unBiblical and abhorrent to the Lord. You should not do these things John.
Thats why this Lutheran church is Biblically correct John, when it states...
article wrote: the most theologically conservative of the nation's three main Lutheran denominations, issued a statement on its website explaining its long-held tenet that the Catholic papacy is the anti-Christ
Anon wrote: 1. Since you believe that Pope Benedict XVI is the "antichrist" leading his billion-member flock off of salvation's cliff into Hell: For their "good," aren't you, ultimately, an advocate for one who would destroy the Pope and St. Peter's Basilica as Anders Behring Breivik would desire of Islam in Norway?
2. Isn't "The Pope is that Antichrist" an ancient label WCF XXV:vi 1646 that a modern baptized right-wing wacko fundamentalist.....
1. I am one of the elect of God. A Bible believing Christian. For that reason and also because MY God teaches; "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Ro 12:19. - Then I will leave the antichrist to God's vengeance, and have pity on him and all who sail into shipwreck with him.
2. The TRUTH is no less the truth in 1646 as it is in 2011 - or for that matter at any time in history. As a Reformed and Protestant Christian, praise God, who believes the Bible, is the Word of God, by the Holy Spirit, I have no reason to be any more than God has providentially ordained me to be.
All praise and glory be to God our Father and Christ Jesus the Son of God, The Word who became flesh. Sola Scriptura!!
SteveR wrote: Have you read the entire chapter? The true doctrine spoken of is that Jesus is indeed the Christ. Roman Catholics share that belief
Denying Jesus as Christ is done subtly and cunningly (Satan's methods) by fabricating a false "body of Christ" - viz church. This "church" then fabricates an alternative to Christ....
Thus we get "The RC Vicar of Christ" to replace the Lord in many ways. This "Vicar" has his seat of power in the papacy (Vatican) where, (along with his advisors) he continues through history to concoct and construct the alternatives to Bible truths and precepts.
This is the reason why the Reformers called the papacy "the antichrist" - because he/they are "anti" Scripture AND replace Christ with tradition, idolatry, maryolatry, saints, relics and the blasphemous mass.
This is definitively "ANTI" Christ who is the Word become flesh!!
Bibliophile wrote: Since I'm soundly saved by grace alone, thorough faith in Christ do I retain my salvation if I'm a member of the Southern Baptist Convention (which I was years ago) but lose it as a member of the Catholic Church (which I am now)?
If you had really been saved and a Christian then God the Holy Spirit and grace would have prevented your move into the blasphemy of the Roman Catholic system.
As Christ states "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" Mat 7:22.