Everything and nothing!

Nothing separated us from our Roman Catholic charismatic brothers as we sat together at dinner sharing the good things of Christ. Rarely had we sensed such a oneness in Christ, even with other evangelicals. Their whole-souled commitment to Christ as the all-sufficient Savior brought a unity of faith and piety that transcended all else. As we discussed the meaning of the gospel and what Christ meant to us, it became abundantly evident that we shared a common faith. The same Lord and Savior was the object of our one faith, the source of our mutual hope, and the single focus of our love that bound us together as one in the fellowship of Christ.

Evangelicals And Roman Catholics Have Much In Common

Nothing separates evangelicals from Roman Catholics in their common loyalty to the great ecumenical creeds of the ancient church. This noble heritage that gave framework and direction to the church across the centuries does not separate, but serves to draw evangelicals and Roman Catholics together in mutual support and strength.

Not even the Reformation with its great reaffirmation of central biblical truths continues to separate evangelicals from many Roman Catholics. An increasing number of Catholics are recognizing the essential truth of those biblical themes to which the Reformers in their own way sought to bear witness and thus to preserve the gospel from suffocation in a decadent era of the church. This warmer acceptance of evangelical doctrine and greater willingness to reexamine what Protestants are really saying has broken down many a barrier.

Neither are we separated from our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters by their recent emphasis upon Bible study and its importance for their faith and life. One quarter ...

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