5 out of 5 Stars
Author: R. C. Sproul
Publisher: Reformation Trust
Buy Are We Together?: A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism
Reading Level: Easy
When giving my testimony, I frequently joke that I’ve been baptized more than anyone else I know. I was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as a child. My parents were soon converted and I made a profession of faith as a five year old and was baptized again in a Baptist church. Much of my younger years were filled with doubt and much of the preaching I heard fostered doubt not faith and so I made another profession in junior high and was baptized again and then another profession my senior year of high school and they dipped me again. Looking back at it all I laugh now. I believe my original profession as a child was real and I just needed someone to come alongside of me and give me the gospel telling me these gospel promises were mine.
I say all that to say my background and most of my family on my mom and dad’s side are Roman Catholic. They aren’t devout by any stretch of the imagination but nominal Catholics are the hardest people to share the gospel with in my estimation. R. C. Sproul has done a great service to those of us seeking to witness to Roman Catholics. Sproul examines major points of contention between Roman Catholics and Protestants:
- The Church
- The Sacraments
- The Papacy
He is fair and balanced throughout (he often points out where Protestants have slandered Rome see p. 34). He quotes papal encyclicals, the Roman Catholic Catechisms and councils to support his points. He also contrasts these with the great Protestant confessions (mainly the Westminster Confession of Faith).
Sproul sums up the main disagreement when he says, “If I had to become inherently righteous before God would accept me, I would despair of Christianity tomorrow” (p. 5). Sproul argues the crux of the issues boils down to the question of justification and imputation. The other issues while important aren’t the main thing. Roman Catholics at the Council of Trent (1546) have anathematized the gospel when they denied justification by faith.
If you have family or friends that are Roman Catholic or if you are seeking to minister to Roman Catholics I would urge to purchase Are We Together? He will provide you with a foundational understanding to dialogue with Catholics charitably and Catholic sources for help in understanding what they actually believe.
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