Out of love and concern for the body of Christ (the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ), we are compelled to warn that Russell Moore (who represents the Southern Baptist Convention), Rick Warren (a prominent pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention), and other Baptists, Evangelicals, and Protestants should not endanger their hard-won good name by joining up with the Pope and the Catholic Church or seek to ally with them or engage them on any matter especially on the matter of homosexuality since they have the worst reputation in this area compared to other church groups. If they do so, they are treading on dangerous ground and they will regret such a decision in time to come. The best way we can love and try to help the Catholic Church is to witness to them, remain independent of them, keep our prophetic voice, and be free to rebuke them when they say and do things that are contrary to the Holy Scriptures and that mislead people to Hell.
Some may think that it is prestigious to be invited to meet with the Pope and to go and actually meet with the Pope. But it is not. In fact, it is foolishness and dangerous. And it flies in the face of what we have learned from church history about the thousands of people whose blood was shed because they opposed false Catholic teachings. We believe that this is a Satanic attempt to soften up the true church of Christ so that the Pope can, in the future, gain influence over Baptists, Evangelicals, and Protestants, and get them to participate in doing things that are contrary to Christ and the Bible.
Many scholars believe that the “Great Whore” of Revelation is the Catholic Church situated in Vatican City in Rome. According to Christian apologist Dave Hunt, “There is only one city on the earth which, in both historical and contemporary perspectives, passes every test John gives, including its identification as Mystery Babylon. That city is Rome, and more specifically, Vatican City…The first thing we are told about the woman is that she is a ‘whore’… Against only one other city in history could a charge of fornication be leveled. That city is Rome, and more specifically Vatican City.”
Below are 37 reasons why Baptists, Evangelicals, and Protestants should not get entangled with the Catholic Church.
- Since 1950, there have been nearly 17,000 victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
- More than 6,905 priests have been accused of sexually abusing children.
- The Catholic Church has had to pay out over $2.5 billion in settlements for clergy sexual abuse cases.
- Many officials in the Catholic hierarchy did not report sex abuse allegations to legal authorities.
- Officials in the Catholic hierarchy deliberately moved priests who abused children to other parishes, where the abuse sometimes continued.
- The Catholic Church has been charged with fraud over the practice of moving priests who abused children to other parishes. This practice was intended to make victims and their families believe that the priest had been removed from leadership entirely in order to avoid further litigation.
- Some Catholic dioceses secretly paid victims and their families in order to keep accusations of abuse from going public.
- A Vatican spokesman and the Vatican ambassador to the United Nations, Silvano Maria Tomasi, have claimed that the Holy See is not responsible for the actions of abusive priests.
- In February 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child charged the Catholic Church with ‘not acknowledging the extent of the crimes committed, not taking the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and adopting policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators.’
- The John Jay Report found that 80.9% of the abuse victims in the United States were male; and a study by Dr. Thomas Plante found the number may be as high as 90%.
- Investigative reporter, Randy Engel, argues that homosexual priests in the Catholic Church view sex with minors as a “rite of passage” for altar boys and other pre-adult males.
- William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, states that the Catholic Church’s problem with child sex abuse is really a “homosexual crisis.”
- In 2006, the Linacre Institute published a report into the clergy sex abuse crisis. The report revealed that “in the 1970′s and 1980′s there developed at certain [Catholic] seminaries a ‘gay subculture’, and at these seminaries, according to several witnesses, homosexual liaisons occurred among students or between students and teachers. Such subcultures existed or exist in certain dioceses or orders as well. The [Linacre Institute] Board believes that the failure to take disciplinary action against such conduct contributed to an atmosphere in which sexual abuse of adolescent boys by priests was more likely.”
- Shortly before Pope Benedict XVI resigned, an Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, reported that a “‘gay lobby’—a more or less unified cabal of homosexual power brokers—might be operating inside the Vatican.” The newspaper speculated that internal concerns about this lobby at the Vatican is part of the reason why Pope Benedict stepped down.
- In June 2013, Pope Francis was quoted as saying “The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned [in a confidential report], and it is true, it is there… We need to see what we can do.”
- In his book, The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Rev. Donald B. Cozzens estimated that 58% of priests in the Catholic Church are homosexuals. A study by sociologists at the Jesuit Fordham University stated that the number of homosexual priests in the Catholic Church may be as high as 60%.
- Pope Francis has proven to be soft on the issue of homosexuality. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, stated that men who have homosexual tendencies should not serve in the priesthood. However, Francis stated, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
- At Pope Francis’ 2014 Synod on the Family, a preliminary document was released which stated the following: “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”
- Even though, in the end, this document was not ratified by the bishops at the Synod, the language suggesting that the Catholic Church may allow into its ranks unrepentant people who are engaged in a lifestyle that the Bible condemns shows that Catholics are on a slippery doctrinal slope. The Church is a place for sinners — but it is a place for sinners who have accepted Christ as their Savior and who are striving to live for Him, and that means they are willingly and actively doing everything in their power to not continue in sin.
- Pope Francis demoted conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke who led other conservative church officials to oppose attempts to soften church doctrine on homosexuality at the 2014 Synod of Bishops on the Family.
- Pope Francis recently stated, “The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan.”
- Pope Francis recently said, “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”
Furthermore, there are the following long-standing teachings of the Catholic Church which are in contradiction to the Bible and to Baptists, Evangelicals, Protestants, and all God-fearing, Christ-loving, Bible-believing Christians the world over.
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that Christians can and should pray to the “saints” and other departed believers.
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that “penance” is necessary for a Christian’s sins to be forgiven and for his relationship with God to be restored.
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that some sins must be confessed to a priest in order to receive forgiveness.
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that some people will go to Purgatory to be purified of their sins before going to Heaven.
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a ‘mediator’ and ‘advocate’ for Christians. .
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that the Communion elements — the bread and the wine — turn into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.
- The Catholic Church mandates celibacy for priests — a requirement which was never implied by Jesus Christ, the apostles, nor any of the writers of the New Testament. This has probably contributed to homosexuality and the abuse of children in the Catholic Church.
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that the good works (“merits”) of Mary and the saints can be applied to believers today.
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that “both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”
- The Catholic Church falsely teaches that the Pope and the Church have infallibility when it speaks on “doctrine, including morals.”
- The Catholic Church still holds that “indulgences” — the “extra-sacramental remission of the temporal punishment” for sin — can be given by priests. Further, the Vatican teaches that indulgences can be gained at certain places (such as in Rome or in Jerusalem) at certain times (such as a holy day), and can be attached to physical objects (such as a cross or rosary).
- The Catholic Church still holds to the doctrine of apostolic succession — that the twelve apostles directly passed down their authority to those who followed, and that that authority has continued unbroken since the time of Christ.
- The Catholic Church continues the unbiblical practice of infant baptism.
- The Catholic Church teaches that only the Pope and the church’s bishops have the authority to interpret Scripture.
- The Catholic Church teaches that salvation comes through Christ AND the church whereas Scripture teaches that salvation comes only through Christ.