Watch out for this Ecumenical Movement!
Watch out for this Ecumenical Movement!
Early this spring I had three articles about how deceptive the “CatholicsComeHome” plan was, and is, just to get former Catholics to return as new founded members. This article is about the National Catholic Bible Conference and how we will continue to show the areas of danger and deception that the Catholic Church pushes to enroll the unsuspecting public. In other words, for all of their insistence about being the Lord’s “one true church,” we can examine their fruit with Scriptures to see that they are really just a good impostor.
In the recent e-mail that they’ve sent to me, the “Come Home” people sent out an ad about the conference saying, “God is speaking to you. Can you hear His voice?” They immediately follow with a quote by St. Jerome (as if God was saying this), “Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ." Of course God did say something like this in Matthew 22:29 when He said that, “You are mistaken, not knowing Scripture.” But the implication here is that He was promoting the Catholic teaching whereas it was St. Jerome that was quoted here. The truth is that neither one was referring to Catholicism’s teachings either but about people not knowing Scriptures in general.
When we look at the thoughts behind what the Catholic Church says very carefully, and if you know Scriptures themselves, that is when you’ll see the problem. They continued in the e-mail to state that, “This year's National Catholic Bible Conference focuses on how God speaks to us and answers our questions, how best to hear and understand Him, how to be shaped by His word, and how to share what we have received with others. Learn from some of the most acclaimed biblical scholars in the Catholic Church today.” There is part of the problem. If you really wanted to learn what the Bible says, why would you go to a Catholic Bible study? Just look at what and who they are talking about. They say that their goal is to teach on how God speaks to us and answers our questions, how best to hear and understand Him, how to be shaped by His word, and how to share what we have received with others. Some of the classes do appear to teach from a Biblical perspective and have many speakers with their numerous MA’s, PHD’s and BA’s. But all this being said, you only have to look at where they have excelled so greatly and to see what their beliefs really are, is by looking at the schools! Jeff Cavins is the director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. Doctor Tim Gray holds a PhD in biblical studies from Catholic University of America, is provost and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute and serves as a visiting professor at Benedictine College. Dr. Edward Sri holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Mary Healy received a BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, an MA in theology from Franciscan University in 1988, and an MA in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1991 and the list continues with several others. Notice all of the Schools are Catholic Schools. The problem is that they are taught very well, not in what the Bible says, but what their church claims it says. Thus you get what they believe to be true, teach as if it was true, and will fight to defend it as if it was true. But the facts are, as I’ve said many times, something that you may believe in doesn’t make that belief true if it isn’t Scripturally based. One only needs to look behind the words to the meaning of them to understand what that details. In other words, if you have opposite belief systems, then they both cannot be right, regardless of what the letters of that individual might say.
The Catholic Church and real Christianity differ and because of this there was the Reformation that occurred in 1536. The Reformation was led by Martin Luther and was basically an attempt to get back to the Bible and an attempt to reform the “church” which had strayed under the pope and its clergy with all of the traditions that went against Scriptures. There are the many things that the reformation times showed the world, that never got resolved, but are still as strong as ever. These differences cannot be ignored in the Catholic Church’s attempt to ecumenicalize the world, which is the main purpose of their outreach.
Their Conference, taking place in Atlanta, planned on teaching “with the theme The Great Conversation: Encountering God’s Word. Pope Benedict XVI has given the Church a beautiful gift in the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini. The conference (claims that they) will focus on the word of God as ‘The Great Conversation’ and the three tracks will follow the three main sections of Verbum Domini itself: The God Who Speaks, The Word of God in the Church and Proclaiming the Word of God. This conference is for anyone—lay, priest, or religious—who wants to learn an authentically Catholic approach to the Bible and how to share (their viewpoints, not the Biblical message) the message with the world.”
But as I pointed out – How can they do any of that before they learn it themselves? They still have the false teachings and so many anti-Biblical traditions that get in their way. They still are a works oriented, idolatress church with a false belief system that is thoroughly taught with a viewpoint that their church magisterium and catechism are equal or above the authority of Scripture. These issues have also never been resolved especially considering that they do NOT believe in the Sola Scriptura principle (the Bible on is our authority), but do believe in many more traditions that go directly against the Word of God. Do not forget the Reformation. It still must be intact and defended with the Sola Sciptura principles of today just as can be seen in Scriptures themselves. In 1 Thess. 2:13 it says clearly that, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” That is where we must stand and remain!