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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Southern Baptist Manual On Evangelizing Catholics

Courtesy of Baptist Press of the Southern Baptist Convention:
Southern Baptists are not disrespecting Catholics when they share the Gospel -– as they believe it -– with their Catholic friends, Davis said.

"We're not disrespecting them and while we obviously disagree with them, we're just being true to our own beliefs and faith," Davis said.

Davis offers these tips for evangelicals sharing their faith with Catholics:

-- be clear on your own Christian faith and what you believe.

-- become more informed on what Catholics believe.

-- develop a friendly relationship and get to know the person.

-- let them see Christ in you.

-- don't get sidetracked by the thorny issues and don't even make Catholicism the issue. Don't debate. Start with God, Jesus and the things Baptists and Catholics hold in common.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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2:36 PM

 
Blogger For Sale By Owner said...

BDW,

So what exactly is the point of this post? If you are looking for an "Amen", then I will give it to you.

AMEN!

May the Holy Spirit through us call many away from the false gospel of Catholicism.

Remember our Baptist brethren died to proclaim:

Sola Fide!
Sola Gratia!
Solus Christus!
Sola Scriptura!
and
Soli Deo Gloria!

D.R. Randle

4:15 PM

 
Blogger Timothy said...

>"become more informed on what Catholics believe."

As one of the Catholics, I'm a big fan of your second recommendation. G.K. Chesterton had similar feelings:

"I could not understand why these romancers never took the trouble to find out a few elementary facts about the thing they denounced. The facts might easily have helped the denunciation, where the fictions discredited it. There were any number of real Catholic doctrines I should then have thought disgraceful to the Church . . . But the enemies of the Church never found these real rocks of offence. They never looked for them. They never looked for anything . . . Boundless freedom reigned; it was not treated as if it were a question of fact at all . . . It puzzled me very much, even at that early stage, to imagine why people bringing controversial charges against a powerful and prominent institution should thus neglect to test their own case, and should draw in this random way on their own imagination . . . I never dreamed that the Roman religion was true; but I knew that its accusers, for some reason or other, were curiously inaccurate."
(The Catholic Church and Conversion, NY: Macmillan, 1926, 36-38)

>"...call many away from the false gospel of Catholicism"

What part of "don't even make Catholicism the issue" did FSBO not get?

God bless...

+Timothy

8:51 PM

 

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