Good Things Can Lead to the Wrong Place

“The biggest failures in life are successes outside of the will of God.” So went one of the oft-quoted sayings of my Bible college. How true it is: oftentimes, we are distanced from God by good things. A good job, a good friend, a good education, or a good reputation can all be things God does not want us to have, yet in the quest for bettering ourselves, and in ignorance of all the counsel of God, we sometimes quickly accept these things on the basis of being good.

There are some good things we share with Catholicism. But we must never forget that there is a great divide for a reason. The Reformation happened for a reason. Throughout the centuries, Christians were martyred as they called the pope Antichrist for a reason. Yet we as Bible believing Christians can agree, for the most part, with conservative Catholic politics in America, at least when it comes to moral issues. Like us, Rome is opposed to abortion, stem cell research, and gay marriage. This has caused many in the evangelical/fundamentalist circle to join hands with Rome to campaign for traditional values. It may also be a determining factor in President Bush’s rumored conversion to Catholicism, which may come true after his presidency.

According to an article from the Catholic New Agency, the issues of morality are certainly a major part of the President’s thinking:

While President John F. Kennedy struggled to balance his Catholic upbringing and politics, many of Bush’s positions on ethical matters such as gay marriage, abortion, and stem cell research are in line with the Church.

Also, the Post mentions that prior to the war, the president met with Catholics to discuss just-war theory.  “White House adviser Leonard Leo, who heads Catholic outreach for the Republican National Committee, says that Bush ‘has engaged in dialogue with Catholics and shared perspectives with Catholics in a way I think is fairly unique in American politics.’”

Other articles on this topic around the Internet definitely start the connection between Bush and Rome with ethical issues and not necessarily doctrine, although that may also be involved. But the question is, why should one consider converting to anything at all? Because of a particular group’s political positions? Or because of the truth they teach? I think the answer is obvious.

We share a zeal for prophetic teaching with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. We share a love for the Bible with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We share an evangelistic passion with the Mormons. We even share some traditional values with Muslims. These are all good things, but in no wise would I ever leave my faith in Christ to follow these groups.

No matter how appealing it would be to yoke up with a multimillion member organization with world-wide political power in order to fight the good fight of traditional, Judeo-Christian values, it must be remembered that Roman Catholicism preaches a false gospel, period. That’s enough to stay far away.

One must also wonder: where were the ethical values and the high regard for human life during the Inquisition?  

Fundamentalists must not compromise nor follow the path of political leaders, such as Tony Blair and Jeb Bush, and cross the Tiber on the boat of moral issues. Sure, it’s a good boat, but it will take you to the wrong place.


3 comments so far

  1. Greg Paul on

    Give me a break, bringing up an ignorant statement such as “where were the ethical values and the high regard for human life during the Inquisition?” Most fundamentalists and evangelical Christians are so ignorant of real history, taking a slanted view of the truth, that they demonize Catholicism. After taking a serious study of history and search the truth, I couldn’t help but be a Catholic. Even the name “catholic” came about in the first century as a way to distinguish those who followed the teaching of the Apostles and those who strayed (heretics.) So please, before you begin making absurd comments such as above, delve into some objective history, read the Patristics, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Then, I’m sure you’ll be crossing the Tiber also.

  2. Damien T Garofalo on

    Good point, thank you.

    I see the ignorance in both sides, but I must account most especially for my own side and myself. I wrote this article about two years ago, and my perspectives have a changed a bit. While, I don’t have plans to cross the Tiber, I have a greater appreciation for church history and a much more ecumenical spirit. If I could do it over, I wouldn’t have made such rash statements.

  3. gil on

    Damien I don’t think your comment on the RCC was harsh, they do have a different gospel and a different jesus/ who gets re sacrificed at every Mass, a different jesus and a different gospel cannot save

    We can read the Patristics until we are blue in the face the question remains “What saith the Lord”

    if anyone wishes the RCC was a Bible believing church that faithfully preached the gospel I do because the majority of my Family are still in it,and until about 13 years ago I was there too,

    Please don’t soften your stance on Catholicism your post was spot on, I stumbled on your blog accidently and so far enjoy what I have read

    May the Lord bless you and keep you
    Take care

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