Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep
of my pasture! saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 23:1, 2
“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies
in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded
them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you
a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and
the deceit of their heart.”—Jeremiah 14:14
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; re-
prove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and
shall be turned unto fables.”—2 Timoth 4:2–4
The end of Pope Paul II’s Ecclesia in America exhortation contains some real mind torquers. My interpretation of what Pope Paul II said in the excerpt below.
• Preaching the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is hindering our (Roman Catholic Church’s) evangelization, so STOP it.
• We (RC Church) don’t like proselytizing/religious propaganda because unlike us
(RC Church), these malicious proselytizers do not respect the freedom of others.
• Quit proselytizing—it is wrong, even if you are separated brethren. We (RC Church) choose not to proselytize, [oh but you do], though we could because
only in us (Roman Catholic Church) is the means of salvation.
• Catholic families/homes will be true centers of evangelization.
• Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mother of America, prays for us.
from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999
73. The proselytizing activity of the sects and new religious groups in many parts of America is a grave hindrance to the work of evangelization. The word “proselytism” has a negative meaning when it indicates a way of winning followers which does not respect the freedom of those to whom a specific kind of religious propaganda is directed. 280
The Catholic Church in America is critical of proselytism by
the sects and, for this reason, rejects methods of this kind
in her own evangelizing work…
This must be borne in mind especially with regard to the sisters and
brothers of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities separated from
the Catholic Church, long-established in some regions. The bonds of
true though imperfect communion which, according to the teaching
of the Second Vatican Council, 281 these communities already have
with the Catholic Church must enlighten the attitudes of the Church
and her members towards them. 282
These attitudes, however, must not be such that they weaken the firm conviction that only in the Catholic Church is found the fullness of the means of salvation established by Jesus Christ. 283
76. I therefore invite all the Catholics of America to take an active part in the evangelizing initiatives which the Holy Spirit is stirring in every part of this immense continent…I invite Catholic families to be “domestic Churches”, …If they live up to the ideal which God places before them, Catholic homes will be true centers of evangelization…
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for us!
Given at Mexico City, January 22, in the year 1999, the twenty-first of my Pontificate.
“And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity…through deceit
they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 9:5, 6
“For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.”—Jeremiah 6:13
The Roman Catholic Church enlists the help of others (ecumenism), but they believe that they alone have the means of salvation and the source to evangelize the Americas, of whom Our Lady of Guadalupe is apparently the Mother.
There seems to be no end to the folk who are or have been willing to go along with the pope’s message. This includes many people that are called evangelicals. The last several posts have focused on the ecumenicalness of a number of people and organizations, so this post will only mention an article Bill Bright wrote.
Evangelicals And Catholics Together:
The Christian Mission In The Third Millennium,
by Dr. Bill Bright, December 1994
“…Some are concerned about the agreement not to proselytize one another. In this sense, proselytize does not mean evangelize.
“In fact, I believe the agreement will enhance our evangelistic efforts among Catholics. Campus Crusade for Christ has always been and will continue to be dedicated to sharing the gospel with everyone, including those who claim to be Protestants, Catholics, Jews, nonbelievers or anyone else. We have never recruited for any church or denomination…
“For almost 25 years, we have helped to take the gospel to tens of millions of Catholics in cooperation with Catholics who know our Lord all over the world. There are probably a billion people who profess Catholic affiliation, but many have never received Christ. I believe this agreement will help open doors to them for the gospel…”
“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
“Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made
heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”—Titus 3:3–7
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness
of sin.”—Hebrews 3:13