In the Catholic Bible, Revelation 18:4 reads, "Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues.” Now in order to understand this, we must know “she” is in the context; who or what is being referred to. In this instance, “she” is Babylon, the empire and city in Northern Asia Minor, (modern day Turkey) where there lived many infidels (nonbelievers) and evildoers. Let us turn back a few numbers, namely 18:1-18:5:
1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor.
2 He cried out in a mighty voice: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a haunt for demons. She is a cage for every unclean spirit, a cage for every unclean bird, (a cage for every unclean) and disgusting (beast).
3 For all the nations have drunk the wine of her licentious passion. The kings of the earth had intercourse with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her drive for luxury."
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues,
5 for her sins are piled up to the sky, and God remembers her crimes.
Now in Verse 4, which, along with the rest, in hardly understandable to us in modern day, which is why we have the Catechism and the Magesterium…which is a discussion for another time. Anyways, the passage is speaking about the sin of Babylon, and saying we must depart from her: not evacuation of the city but separation from sinners, as always in apocalyptic literature. Now I’m not sure, as the wording is different in the KJV (King James Version), if Mr. Canadian-fundamentalist-Baptist-Protestant has the same idea in mind.
Let us not forget though, that we, in the spirit of peace and charity, should not attack the protestant faith like they do ours (which wold make us no better than them). Instead, we must, through peaceful reasoning, do our very best to show and convince them of the true Christian faith. I know so many Catholics, even in the forum, who go around atttacking Protestants to quite the verbal extent. I must apologize and ask forgiveness for my earlier post, asI may have been slightly verbally attacking the protestant faith, as should all Catholics who harbor hateful emtions towards protestants; by attacking their faith is no way to bring to the true Church. throught generations, govt’s and even the Church itself, God forgive us, have used verbal and physical threats to spread the Gospel, which in light of reflection on Holy texts, can be considered wrong. This we cannot condone or overlook. Instead, we, as a faith and as a Church, must use this as an example, to show us how to proceed in the future. Keep this is your thoughts and prayers, and in light this, in fact pray for the conversion of all protestants, that they may of their own uncoerced will, but through peaceful guidance of Catholics, come to the Church freely. Keep all protestants and their hopeful conversions in your prayers.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam! (to the greater glory of God!)