A few months ago I arrived in England from Spain, after having left the Church of Rome, and now enjoy that liberty of the gospel which is the prerogative of the true children of God.

Why did I leave the Church of Rome at all? And why leave on the eve of the Second Vatican Council? The declared aims of the latter are the revitalizing of Christian life, the reorientation of the machinery of administration of the Roman Church to bring it more into line with modern trends, and the encouragement of the unity of all Christendom against the common enemy, Communism. In view of such an apparently meritorious program, it might be thought that I had made a premature decision, and that I should have first awaited the outcome. Shortly after my conversion, I did in fact ask myself whether it might not be advisable to postpone action until I saw the results of these professed endeavors to bring together all confessing Christians, but it was soon brought home to me that this whole prospect of unity is a vain hope.

For 14 years I had been a professor of dogmatic theology in the Roman Church. Familiar as I now am with evangelical truth, and in the light of the Word of God and my knowledge of Romanist thinking, I am utterly convinced of the impossibility of all attempts to bring about the union of the evangelical churches and the Church of Rome, except on terms of utter surrender to the conditions laid down by the Vatican. It is still Rome’s claim that the only basis for approach is the necessary admission on the part of all other denominations that the Church of Rome alone possesses the whole of revealed truth. Other churches have only small particles of this truth, and only the infallible authority and sovereignty of the Roman Church and her ...

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