The Facts on Roman Catholicism
By John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs
Harvest House Publishers, 2009, 96 pages
I’ve had an admittedly unusual walk with the Lord over the last thirty-four years. I came out of Roman Catholicism and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior way back in 1983 at the age of 27. My wife and I then attended a Christian fundamentalist church for 8 years, but I became embittered by the legalism and ended up walking away from the Lord for many years (very dumb!). I returned to the Lord in 2014 and was immediately amazed, after my Rip Van Winkle absence, that so many evangelicals were embracing Catholicism as a Christian entity. Rome still preaches the same false gospel of sacramental grace and merit that it did in 1991, but it’s now considered “ungracious” and “bad form” to point that out. Be that as it may, there are still faithful watchmen on the wall who defend the Gospel of grace and reach out to Roman Catholics with the Good News!
In this short booklet, John Ankerberg and company examine the main differences between Roman Catholicism and Biblical Christianity as they pertain to the following:
- Salvation and Justification
- The Bible, the Pope, and Mary
Many evangelicals are now of the opinion that the Catholic church has many quirky practices but fundamentally preaches the Gospel. The authors clearly demonstrate that, despite the misleading familiar terminology, the Catholic “gospel” of sacramental grace and merit is diametrically opposed to the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Catholics talk about “grace,” “faith,” and “salvation in Christ,” but what they mean by those terms is something entirely different than from what evangelicals understand.
This book is an excellent primer for Catholics who want to know more about the genuine Good News! and for evangelicals who aren’t sure what Catholicism is all about in this era of raging ecumenical compromise and betrayal. Those who don’t want to wrestle with a 400-page tome on the topic, like James G. McCarthy’s excellent “The Gospel According to Rome,” will appreciate this succinct resource. Many readers will easily finish this book in one sitting. Order from Amazon here.
Praise the Lord for John Ankerberg and Harvest House Publishers who continue to reach out to Roman Catholics with the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone!
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