A Revival for ECT?

I could not believe what I was hearing as I was driving home tonight. In his “BreakPoint Commentary,” Chuck Colson addressed a commentary entitled “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant” in reference to Father Richard John Neuhaus, who recently passed away. What caught my attention was not that he referred to Neuhaus “my dear friend,” but that Colson referred to a Roman Catholic priest, “brother in Christ.”

Granted, he was one of the prominent proponents to “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” (ECT) back in 1991, but I somehow thought that after all these years (with numerous discussions with Boice, Sproul, MacArthur, and many others) that he would change his position (at least, I was hoping). But tonight, was I wrong! I could not believe he was spewing his pro-ECT rhetoric on what is considered an “evangelical” radio station. I wondered if the radio station heard what he just said. I wondered if they think it’s no big deal. I wondered if the listeners discerned what he just said. But again, based on the current state of evangelical churches, I probably shouldn’t hope. Is there a coming revival for ETC? Why wouldn’t it be when so many professing evangelicals are in sleep?


2 thoughts on “A Revival for ECT?

  1. Here’s the great divide, regardless of Chuck Colson’s sentiments. In the Bible we read in 1 Timothy 2:5 that there is but one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ. This leaves no room for “The Blessed Virgin” as the co-redemptrix. Nor does it mean that a person can only come to Christ through the so-called “one true church” the Roman one. In John 14:6, Jesus says with great specificity that “I am THE way, THE truth and THE life—no one comes to the Father but through Me. I capitalized the definite articles there to emphasize Jesus’ specificity. He’s not a redeemer but the redeemer. Justification is through and by faith in Christ alone. This is the difference between the gospel of the Roman church and the Christian church. The Jews at the feeding of the 5000 in John 6, asked what works could they perform to be saved, to have eternal life—Jesus said believe on Me.

    Catholicism, the religion of John N. says “yes” to faith in Christ and then adds to it (works, sacraments, et al. This is what was going on in Galatians, when people were adding to the gospel. Paul’s words still ring true in Galatians 1:8-9, if anyone teaches a different gospel… well–look it up for yourself.

    Often we lose loved ones who we’d like to believe are in heaven. We see people talk about a person who died with no interest in Christ and they say of that loved one, “well… he’s with Jesus now.” That’s likely what is happening with Colson, particularly given that his wife, as I understand it, is a practicing Catholic.

    But the ECT cannot be revived, since it was still born as the Bible rendered it dead on arrival. A careful reading of the document (see the footnotes provides insight, even as the attempt is made to gloss over the differences in the understanding of salvation (justification by faith). Acts 4;12 tells us that there is salvation in no other name on earth—-and that includes Mary. Sincerity, like good works does not save. Read Acts 17.

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