Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Who Is The True Church?

Albert Mohler comments on a recent document called, Responses To Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects Of The Doctrine On The Church that was released from The Vatican concerning the line drawn in the document between Protestants and Catholics. Here are two paragraphs from his blog:

Evangelicals should appreciate the candor reflected in this document. There is no effort here to confuse the issues. To the contrary, the document is an obvious attempt to set the record straight. The Roman Catholic Church does not deny that Christ is working redemptively through Protestant and evangelical churches, but it does deny that these churches which deny the authority of the papacy are true churches in the most important sense. The true church, in other words, is that church identified through the recognition of the papacy. Those churches that deny or fail to recognize the papacy are "ecclesial Communities," not churches "in the proper sense."
I appreciate the document's clarity on this issue. It all comes down to this -- the claim of the Roman Catholic Church to the primacy of the Bishop of Rome and the Pope as the universal monarch of the church is the defining issue. Roman Catholics and Evangelicals should together recognize the importance of that claim. We should together realize and admit that this is an issue worthy of division. The Roman Catholic Church is willing to go so far as to assert that any church that denies the papacy is no true church. Evangelicals should be equally candid in asserting that any church defined by the claims of the papacy is no true church. This is not a theological game for children, it is the honest recognition of the importance of the question.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-If you are protestant or catholic how does this affect you, or does it?
-In light of Mohler's article, do you see protestants or catholics in a different light?
-If you are a Christian, what is your responsibility concerning the message put forth by the Vatican? By Mohler?

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