These are unusual times for evangelical Christians who share the Gospel with Roman Catholics. Not only must they labor to bring the Good News of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone to Catholics, but they must also contend with other evangelicals who embrace Catholicism as a genuine Christian denomination.
Fifty years ago, the vast majority of evangelicals fully understood that the Gospel was not preached in Catholic churches. Unfortunately, through the efforts of men like Billy Graham, Harold Ockenga, Carl Henry, Bill Bright, James Dobson, and Chuck Colson (pictured), doctrinal differences (like, oh, how to be saved for one) were watered down or ignored altogether. Because Catholics spoke about “faith” and “grace,” that was good enough for many ecumenically-minded evangelicals, who saw any resistance to Catholic-evangelical unity as divisive, sectarian, fundamentalist reactionism.
Today, evangelical pastors and Roman Catholic priests share the platform at mega-church events, embracing arm-in-arm as they “praise the Lord” together. Of course, God’s Word tells us there’s no more need for a sacrificial priesthood or human mediators and that salvation cannot be earned by obeying the Ten Commandments as Rome teaches. But I guess none of that matters anymore since the most important thing today is that we all “just love Jesus.”
The Bible says in the later times there will be great falling away within the church and many will embrace Catholicism (1 Timothy 4:1-3) so none of this is surprising.
America’s Pastor, Rick Warren’s comments on Roman Catholicism