After seven years of discussion, Reformed denominations in America and the Roman Catholic Church have signed an agreement to recognize each other’s “sacraments of baptism.” The “Common Agreement” says, “Baptism establishes the bond of unity existing among all who are part of Christ’s body and is therefore the sacramental basis for our efforts to move towards visible unity.”
In addition to the Roman Catholic Church, the signers represented the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary emeritus of the Reformed Church in America, called the signing a “significant step of healing and reconciliation” (“Major Baptism Agreement,” Christianity Today Leanings, Feb. 1, 2013). Indeed, this is another step toward the formation of a one-world church.
The recognition of Rome’s “baptism” as legitimate demonstrates the complete apostasy of these “Protestant” denominations, since Rome states that baptism is the heart and soul of her gospel. The Vatican II Council’s official decrees stated, “By the sacrament of Baptism, whenever it is properly conferred in the way the Lord determined and received with the proper dispositions of soul, man becomes truly incorporated into the crucified and glorified Christ and is reborn to a sharing of the divine life” (Decree on Ecumenism, chap. 3, II, 22, p. 427).
This is a false gospel that falls under the curse of God, according to Galatians 1:8-9, because any gospel other than the one of grace alone preached by the apostle Paul is cursed. Paul plainly stated that baptism is NOT the gospel. “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect” (1 Cor. 1:17). He summarized the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, where he said nothing about baptism.
(Friday Church News Notes, February 8, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)