Updated: Jul 1
Can I just say, I am absolutely, 100% /not/ okay with any sort of uniting with the Roman Catholic Church!
There is a reason the Reformers left the Catholic church.
There is a reason Keith Green warned about the evils of the Catholic church in his Catholic Chronicles ( http://www.pentecostalpioneers.org/CatholicChronicles.html ).
There is a reason that the Catholic church is described as the “Mother” church — because that is exactly what it is! It is precisely what the Bible spoke of long ago:
“The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.”
“Whoa, now hold on, do you mean to tell me that the Roman Catholic Church is a whore? …And not only that, but THE /Mother/ of Harlots?”
Let’s take a look-see at how the book of Revelation describes this “Mother of Harlots” and see how well the shoe fits…
“I saw a woman [the whore] sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in /purple/ and /scarlet/, and was glittering with /gold/, /precious stones/ and /pearls/. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people(!), the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
…This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills(!) on which the woman sits.
…The woman you saw is the great city(!) that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Listen, friends, this scarlet and purple-arrayed church, glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls; founded on the “City of Seven Hills”; this church which has killed countless scores of the Lord’s saints and become drunk with their blood — this is the Roman Catholic Church! This is the “Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”
About this whore, God strongly exhorts us,
“Come out of her, my people”! (Revelation 18:4b) Get out! Get out! Get out! (to quote Jack Hyles: https://youtu.be/D4T9E2mQsr4?t=52m45s )
…Now, pause a second with me. Does God say, “Hey, my people, why don’t you go to this whore (go to Babylon / go to the Roman Catholic Church) and try to befriend her? Why don’t you /unite/ yourself with her in hopes that she’ll change and become more like you?”
NO! 1000 times no! God forbid!
God is as He always has been — and He hasn’t changed His mind on this issue.
When the Israelites were among the pagan nations, did God say, “Hey, you know what, there are all kinds of wonderful people around you; why don’t you unite with them, and marry them, and see what kind of alliances you can have together?” NO!!
He said, “Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst.” (Exodus 34:12)
He said, “Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.” (Deuteronomy 7:3)
So why do we think we can get away with uniting ourselves with such a whore as the Roman Catholic Church?
The apostle Paul asked a great question (in reference to sexual immorality, but which we can, by extension, apply to the topic at hand). He said, “Shall I then take the members of Christ [us who are in the Body of Christ] and unite them with a prostitute?” (1 Corinthians 6:15a)
And what what his reply?
“NEVER!” (1 Corinthians 6:15b, emphasis mine …although I think he meant it pretty strongly to begin with)
Look, if you haven’t been following the pope around and watching the decisions he’s been making, let me fill you in on just a few things:
The pope says that Christians and Muslims are brothers and should act as such ( https://twitter.com/pontifex/status/671252357376663553 ).
The pope is willing to baptize aliens from space ( https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-says-he-would-baptise-aliens-9360632.html ).
The pope says that atheists can do good (which is contrary to Scripture: Romans 3:10-18) and that Jesus’ redemptive blood is for atheists (and everyone), provided that they do good ( http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/23/heaven-for-atheists-pope-sparks-debate/ ).
The pope is not willing to judge the LGBT community and is not sure if Jesus would, either (again, very contrary to Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Acts 17:31) (http://time.com/3975630/pope-francis-lgbt-issues/ ).
If this wasn’t enough, the pope is constantly gathering together and uniting with the various world leaders from across the earth and promoting a one-world religion ( https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/58963-12-times-pope-francis-has-openly-promoted-a-one-world-religion-or-a-new-world-order , including… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6FfTxwTX34 ).
And have I forgotten to mention the obvious truth that the Roman Catholic Church is laden with idolatry? Seriously, how else can you blatantly disobey the 2nd Commandment if not for the loop-holes created by the Catholic Church in honoring “saints” (Exodus 20:4-5, Leviticus 26:1)?
Nevertheless, what we know from the Bible tells us that there /will/ come a day in which there will be united world with a one-world agenda (Revelation 13 & 17) — and it won’t be a good thing! It will be corrupt system run by the antiChrist (Revelation 13:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Daniel 7:25). And anyone who dares stand up for truth will be beheaded (Revelation 20:4).
So until we get to that point (and even after that point), I might as well speak up and say, “Wake up, church!” This is no time for games. This is no time to be ignorant and say, “Yay unity!” What are you uniting with, church? Are you uniting with the very entity about which God warned you, “Come out of her, my people!”? Are you uniting yourself with “The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth”?
Stand strong for the truth, church.