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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Are Any Roman Catholics Christian?

Here are some thoughts that I gave in response to this question in an email conversation earlier this week:

I'm sure that many Roman Catholics are Christian in the same way that many Evangelicals are not- in that many people do not follow the teachings of their churches. In that a condition of the heart is what God requires, rather than a formal adherence to a creed, I'm sure that there are many Evangelicals who would give assent to proper gospel teachings, and who yet do not have true faith; likewise, there are probably many Roman Catholics who would say that they believe the grace of justification is administered through the sacrament of baptism, and yet some of these-in their heart- may be trusting simply in Christ for their salvation. Roman Catholic teaching is certainly anti-gospel, and anyone within the Roman Catholic communion is certainly in a dangerous position as the gospel- that "message of Christ" through which faith comes- is being systematically obscured through their doctrine.

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