2007 FFBC Resolutions

Is the Roman Way the Only Way?

The Vatican released a statement in early July that sent shock waves around the evangelical world. This statement from Pope Benedict declared the only true church to be the Roman Catholic Church. It reads, in part, “The one Church of Christ, with all its historic and permanent elements, ‘subsists’ only in the Catholic Church.” This statement was a reiteration of Roman Catholic teaching as set forth in the formal catechism of the Roman Catholic Church at Vatican II in 1992. It is their firm belief that there is no salvation outside of the Roman Catholic Church and that the Roman Way is the only way.

While some are not alarmed at such a statement, we believe the Bible clearly teaches a singular way of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5). We further affirm our belief in the doctrine of justification by faith alone and that saving grace is not communicated through the sacraments.

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in Annual Session at the Tri-State Bible Conference, in Montague, NJ August 6-9, 2007, do remind all Bible-believing Christians that the sole source of authority for faith and salvation is the Bible and that there is no salvation apart from personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We further encourage our churches to actively reach out to their Roman Catholic family and friends with the message of the pure Gospel of God’s grace.

Harry Potter, a Cultural Phenomenon

The Harry Potter books have become a cultural phenomenon. J.K. Rowlings’ newest book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has sold 11.5 million copies, third only to the Bible. It sold 8.3 million copies in one day. The genre of literature is both fantasy and occultic. Some have called it a Christian allegory, a fictionalized modern day adaptation of the life of Christ; others have called it a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien and Mad Magazine.

Just how lethal are these novels? To what extent should parents be concerned about this series of books? The previous generation had Dorothy and her three friends on their way to the Land of Oz and in recent days, we have taken a trip to the Land of Narnia with C.S. Lewis. A key difference is that the Potter books are loaded with witchcraft and sorcery. Trolls, vampires, pixies, along with witches, spells and black magic pour through the pages of these books. Parents should especially be concerned about a postmodern worldview where lying is acceptable and often justified by Harry and his friends. Yes, the Deathly Hallows and other novels from Rowling can be lethal to young impressionable minds.

We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in Annual Session at the Tri-State Bible Conference, in Montague, NJ August 6-9, 2007, do warn parents of the danger of novels that are quickly passed off as children’s fantasy and that God is most honored when we think upon things are true, honest, just and pure (Philippians 4:8).

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