Evangelicals and Catholics Together – Part 3

(April 1998 – Volume 4, Issue 4) The Book After the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document was published, Chuck Colson claimed, ‘We were not prepared for the intensity of the discussion – and controversy that greeted the declaration’ (p.ix). Why not? After all Evangelicals and Catholics Together was all but asking the evangelical community to dismiss the Reformation and vital truths such as sola fide (salvation by faith alone) and sola scriptura (truth for life and practice found in Scripture alone) – such requests ought to be greeted with a little turbulence, one would think. Colson sees things a little differently: He claims contention was not caused by great and massive doctrinal concerns, but because Evangelicals and Catholics Together is an invitation to reexamine stereotypes, prejudices, and conventional ideas that have been entrenched, in some cases, for almost five hundred years” (ibid.). So begins this volume of spin and...

Evangelicals and Catholics Together – Part 2

(March 1998 – Volume 4, Issue 3) “The Gift of Salvation” A few years ago a coalition of evangelical believers headed by Chuck Colson, and including men such as J. I. Packer, Max Lucado and Bill Bright, shocked the Christian world by composing and signing a document with several well-known Roman Catholics, led by Father John Neuhaus. That document is known as Evangelicals and Catholics Together(ECT). It basically declared that the gospel proclaimed by evangelicals and Catholics is the same gospel, and always has been — we have just been misunderstanding each other since the time of the Reformation. Evangelical Protestants were of course amazed and surprised, since they have claimed for almost five hundred years that the gospel of the Roman Catholic Church is a different gospel than that which is taught in the New Testament. Some applauded the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document, others were outraged. How,...

Evangelicals and Catholics Together – Part 1

(December 1994 – Volume 1, Issue 2)  Was the Reformation a mistake, or do fundamental points of doctrine still separate the Roman Catholic Church from us? Perhaps no one has been more productive for the cause of ecumenicalism in recent years than Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship. Colson, in particular, has defended the concept of the evangelical Catholic. That the teachings of the Catholic Church is “another gospel,” does not seem to be of concern to Colson. As a matter of fact, Colson is constantly offended by believers who would challenge the salvation of his wife (a practicing Catholic) or Mother Teresa (one of his favorite “heroes of the faith”). In His book, The Body, Catholic leaders throughout the world serve as his examples of truly born again, dedicated Christians. So, anyone familiar with Colson’s work should not be overly shocked by his recent publication of “Evangelical and...