As long as William Bentley Ball (“Why Can’t We Work Together?” July 16) ignores Rome’s general and heterogeneous admixture of Scripture, tradition, church, general councils, popes, and fathers, he will never understand that Roman Catholicism and biblical Protestantism are opposites when it comes to divine truth as found in the Scriptures alone!
Bartholomew F. Brewer, Ph.D., Director Mission to Catholics International, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.
I was brought up under both Roman Catholic and Protestant parents. When the priest told me the Bible must be interpreted only by the “Church,” I asked why and was told parishioners were not knowledgeable enough to correctly interpret it. This puzzled me because of verses like 2 Timothy 3:15–17. When I was taught that Mary is our intercessor, I rejected that teaching, based on 1 Timothy 2:5. The Bible states that Jesus, not Mary, is the mediator between God and man.
In view of the post-Vatican II beliefs and the fact that Vatican II reaffirms the Council of Trent without reservation, there is no common ground for “working together.” If we accept the Bible as God’s Holy Word, we will have a primary and foremost priority of spreading the gospel of Jesus without compromise.
Ralph E. Zecco
Avon Park, Fla.
Political co-activity is okay as long as we who have Christ do not put our stamp of approval on false religion by acting or seeming to imply that they are brothers in Christ who merely differ on peripheral matters.
True Bible believers do not need quantity to empower their cause, whether worldly or spiritual, but rather quality. Just as David was tempted to quantify Israel, to take in its numerical ...1
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