Wheaton College will host an ecumenical discussion on March 26 featuring “evangelical” John Armstrong and Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. Called “A Conversation on Unity in Christ’s Mission,” the dialogue will “explore the common ground and current challenges that face Catholics and evangelical Protestants in Christian faith and mission.” In January of this year Armstrong said that he became more aware of the need for unity on a visit to the Center for Unity in Rome in March 2011. He even visited the grave of the priest (Paul Wattson) who founded the global Week of Prayer for Christian unity. The spiritual blindness that has permeated evangelicalism today is the product of the “repudiation of separatism” and the ensuing corruption that is the result of “evil communications” (1 Cor. 15:33). In the 1990s, Armstrong was the editor of Roman Catholicism: Evangelical Protestants Analyze What Divides and Unites Us (Moody Press, 1994). The book completely ignored the Bible’s command to mark and avoid doctrinal error and apostasy (e.g., Romans 16:17; 2 Timothy 3:5), which is the only sure protection against the leaven of heresy. Michael Horton concluded his chapter, “What Still Keeps Us Apart?” with these words: “I do not suggest that we should give up trying to seek visible unity, nor that we refuse to dialogue with Roman Catholic laypeople and theologians, many of whom may be our brothers and sisters” (Roman Catholicism, p. 264).
(Friday Church News Notes, February 10, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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