In Apprising Ministries articles like Southern Baptists Assist The Roman Catholic Church To Infiltrate Evangelicalism and The Roman Catholic Church Hasn’t Changed Its Condemnation Of The Gospel I’ve been warning of continued evangelical compromise that concerns the Gospel itself.
Here’s another example as I bring to your attention Remarks by the Rev. Dr. Timothy George at the Vatican October 16, 2012. If you didn’t know, Dr. George is the Dean of the ostensibly Protestant, “Confessional, Interdenominational,” Beeson Divinity School of Samford University.
On October 16th of this year George opened his address to the Synod of apostates in the Roman Catholic Church by paying tribute to its head and openly embracing them as brothers:
Dear Holy Father, Venerable Fathers of the Synod, brothers and sisters in the Lord. (source)
I happen to be a former Roman Catholic; one whom God in His mercy delivered me from that religious bondage into the glorious liberty of the sons of God by His grace alone, through faith alone, in the finished work of Christ alone on the cross. This issue of evangelicals bowing to Rome always arrests my attention.
While discussing the original egregious Evangelicals and Catholics Together document on The John Ankerberg Show circa 1995 Dr. R.C. Sproul now gives us the bottom line as he correctly states:
The one thing that the spirit of tolerance of our day cannot tolerate is intolerance, because relationships have become more important than truth. Now what’s at stake here, if I understand the New Testament where the Apostle Paul writes the Galatians and says, “If anybody, anybody, if it’s Peter, if it’s Barnabus, if it’s an angel from heaven teaches any other gospel—let him be anathema”…
[T]he Catholic Church understood in the 16th century, and Trent and Rome placed its unambiguous anathema on the Protestant doctrine of “Justification by faith alone” and has never, in any magisterial sense removed that anathema. The Roman Catholic Church condemns sola fide! (L.)
Now if, please understand this, if “sola fide (L.)” is the gospel, then the Roman Catholic Church has condemned the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, nobody who went to the Council of Trent, as a delegate, went there with the intention of condemning the gospel. The theologians of Rome really believed that they were defending the gospel and that the Protestants had in fact committed apostasy.
And I admire the Church, the Roman communion of the 16th century for at least understanding what apparently people don’t understand today, and that is what is at stake here. That they understood that somebody is under the anathema of God! And we can be as nice, and as pleasant, and as gentle, and as loving, and as charitable, and tolerant as we can possibly be, but it’s not going to change that folks.
Somebody is preaching a different gospel! And when Rome condemned the Protestant declaration of “Justification by faith alone” I believe, Rome, when placing the anathema on “sola fide (L.),” placed the anathema of God upon themselves. I agree with his [John MacArthur’s] assessment, that the institution [Roman Catholic Church] is apostate! (source)
As it concerns Timothy George’s sinful ecumenicism itself my good friend Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries, a former Roman Catholic as well, now adds:
Most evangelicals do not know if Roman Catholicism represents a huge mission field to be evangelized or a valid expression of Christianity made up of brothers and sisters in Christ. Tragically, there will be more confusion regarding this important issue because of what took place in Rome on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.
A prominent Baptist historian and theologian addressed a monumental gathering of Roman Catholic bishops as brothers in Christ. Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School represented the Baptist World Alliance at the Synod of Bishops in Rome. George was a major contributor and signer of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document in 1994.
Seems as time has moved on the apparently pretending to be Protestant George has grown worse as a spiritual Benedict Arnold. He began his address to apostates:
Dear Holy Father, Venerable Fathers of the Synod, brothers and sisters in the Lord,
I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior of the world, and on behalf of the Baptist World Alliance, a fellowship of 42 million Christians, serving the Lord in some 180,000 churches in 120 countries. That a Baptist Christian would be invited to participate in and address this Synod is a moment of historic significance. (source)
No, it isn’t historic, it’s pathetic. Looks to me like Timothy George must consider Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther in error as he addressed the pope of his day:
I shall constantly cry out that you are the Antichrist, and I shall testify that your whole cult and religion are only a denial of God, but also the height of blasphemy against God and idolatry. (source)
Scripture shows us how Paul and Barnabas handled the forebears of the Church of Rome:
But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them. (Acts 15:1-2)
Yet today what we have is an increasing amount of milquetoast compromisers who’re busy seeking unity with rebels against the Word of God and have condemned the very Gospel of Jesus Christ itself. Sad times indeed.