by James G. McCarthy
Harvest House, 1995, 408 pgs.
The Gospel According to Rome is a well-researched, well-written comparison of Catholic theology with Scripture. McCarthy, an Evangelical Christian and ex-Catholic, uses Catholicism’s own source material including its official 1995 Catechism to present the church’s position on various doctrinal issues and then responds with counter-arguments using relevant passages from the Bible.
Of course the main issue of disagreement between Catholics and Evangelicals is salvation. Is one saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and His once-for-all propitiatory sacrifice as Evangelicals believe or does salvation come from the Catholic Church through the dispensation of its sacraments? A Christian rests securely in Christ’s perfect atonement while a Catholic believes their salvation will ultimately depend on how well they “cooperate with grace” and obey church rules and the Ten Commandments. Is that “Good News”? A person who adheres to a legal system like Catholicism could never possibly justify their standing before a Holy God according to how well they obey His commandments. The law teaches us we are all sinners (Galatians 3:24) and that we all need a Redeemer; justification doesn’t come from trying to obey the law. Christ came to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15-17) NOT the self-righteous. Jesus Christ has made complete and final atonement for us but we need to accept Him as our Savior. Pride in their religious system and its traditions prevents many Catholics from accepting Christ.
The following books were also written by McCarthy and published by Harvest House. They’re available through Amazon.com:
*Roman Catholicism: What You Need to Know (Quick Reference Guides) (1995)
*What Every Catholic Should Ask (1999)
*Letters Between a Catholic and an Evangelical (2003)
*Talking with Catholic Friends and Family (2005)