‘The question remains, however, is it possible for Protestants today to be both faithful to the gospel and be in sync with the Vatican?…. While commonalities between Roman Catholics and Protestants do exist and should be celebrated, key issues that were at the heart of the controversy five hundred years ago continue today.
‘Below are eleven important doctrines upon which we agree, followed by two critical teachings upon which there is still disagreement and that make continued separation necessary.
‘“Commonalities between Catholics and Protestants do exist and should be celebrated, but issues that were at the heart of the controversy five hundred years ago still continue today.”
‘Eleven Doctrines upon Which Protestants and Roman Catholics Agree
· ‘The Trinity, The nature of God, Divine revelation, The person of Christ, The work of Christ, The Holy Spirit, Human beings, Sin, Salvation is initiated by God, The church, Living hope.
‘Despite this widespread agreement, however, at least two major differences still separate Catholics and Protestants.
‘Two Doctrines about Which Protestants and Roman Catholics Differ Significantly
‘1. Ultimate authority: Catholics hold to an authority structure consisting of three elements.
- One aspect is Scripture….
- The second aspect of divine revelation is Tradition….
- The third source of authority is the Magisterium, the teaching office of the Catholic Church, consisting of the pope and the bishops….
‘The Protestant principle, by contrast, is sola Scriptura: Scripture alone is our ultimate authority….
‘2. Salvation: Catholics believe that salvation is a lifelong process by which God through his grace, and fallen people aided by that grace, work together so people engage in good works and thus merit eternal life….
‘The Impact of the Reformation on Missions
‘These two issues–authority and salvation–were at the heart of the controversy five hundred years ago. Because they continue to divide Catholic and Protestants today, the Reformation is not over….
‘May God use the gracious efforts of faithful, gospel-loving believers to break the chains of tradition that once bound Reformers like Martin Luther and still blind millions today….’
-Gregg R. Allison
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