[quote=Katholikos]Pastor, in what way do Catholic Churches participate in Billy Graham Crusades?
Evangelize unbelievers to believe in what? Having been one, I don’t subscribe to the theory that Protestantism is okay. It has some of the truth, but not all of the truth; therefore, it is deficient and unacceptable as a belief system. Besides, Protestantism offers thousands of different answers to the same questions.
Cooperation in social work is very good, and is where Catholics and Protestants can find common ground – as long as there is no approval of any Protestant theology implied.
What are ECT and the Gift of Salvation documents?
The Catholic Church does not teach “instant salvation” (that one can be saved through the “sinner’s prayer” or a one-time acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, etc.), or salvation through faith alone (Sola Fide).
Peace be with you,
Thanks for your reply!
Catholic Churches have been involved in the same way as other churches in every crusade I have been involved in. I know that several years ago the Bishop of San Antonio strongly encouraged participation.
In reality most conversions are people brought by particpating churches and they are directed back to those churches for follow up - so differences are not as much of a problem as one might think.
As for instant salvation, well I sure don’t think that unconditional eternal security is Biblical. Salvation is spoken of in the past tense (you have been saved), the present tense (you are being saved), and the future tense (you will be saved).
I definiately believe that one must continue in the faith in order to ultimately be saved (even most Baptists believe this - if someone doesn’t continue in the faith, they will just say they were never “saved”). I believe in Salvation by Faith Alone - but the faith that saves NEVER ALONE. It will ALWAYS be result in repentance and a transformed life. The Grace that Justifies always Sancitifies.
The ECT and Gift of Salvation documents are joint statements by Catholic and Evangelical leaders, re: cooperation on social issues and evangelism.
The ECT document can be found at firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9405/mission.html
The Gift of Salvation document can be found at:
The evangelicals who signed this document have been attacked by some in our community. I have no problem agreeing with both documents.
Take a look and let me know what you think!