Author: R.C. Sproul
Hardcover: 126 pages
Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (July 30, 2012)
Source: I received a free copy of this book as compensation for review from Ligonier Ministries.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In recent years, some evangelical Protestant leaders have signed statements pledging themselves to joint social action with Roman Catholics. Others have refused to participate, declaring that, in their view, the statements went too far, touching on the gospel, which remains a point of disagreement between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Many evangelical Christians have found themselves confused by the different directions taken by their leaders.
In Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism, Dr. R.C. Sproul takes his stand for the cardinal doctrines of Protestantism in opposition to the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. Sproul, a passionate defender of the gospel of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, cites the historic statements of the Protestant Reformers and the Roman Catholic authorities, then references modern doctrinal statements to show that the Roman Catholic Church has not altered its official positions. In light of this continuing gap, he writes, efforts by some in the evangelical camp to find common ground with Rome on matters at the heart of the gospel are nothing short of untrue to biblical teaching. In Sproul s estimation, the Reformation remains relevant. Are We Together? is a clarion call to evangelicals to stand firm for the gospel, the precious good news of salvation as it is set forth in Scripture alone.
There is no doubt that Sproul has become an expert per say of the great Reformation and the historical, doctrinal aspects that lead to the reformation. I was taken at first by the cover of the book and title due to the fact that we are seeing more and more Protestant pastors and ministries affirming their alliance with the Vatican. I read this book with an open mind to see if in reality there could be an ecumenical joining together of Protestant and Roman Catholics alike. But the deeper I read the more it became clear that the reformation was not just about Justification by faith but it runs deeper than that. It is amazing to see how Sproul organized each section and expounded on the main differences that continue to demonstrate to us that it would be impossible for true unity to exist today with Protestant and Roman Catholics.
I do believe a false union can be formed, but not unity, because if it were unity then we would be in agreement to all the aspects of the Gospel. Sproul touches doctrinal points that differ greatly from Protestants and their teachings. I was amazed to learn about the reunions that the Vatican has made to continue their stance as it was before the reformation. In reality the Roman Catholic church continues to be the same, they only difference I can see is the re-wording of different documents but they all still hold the same concept and that is that Rome has and never will be able to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His Word, because of their rejection of the Gospel. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to further their studies in seminary, and even to the laity that wants to learn more about the truth that separates those that truly believe in the Gospel and those that reject it such as the Roman Catholic church. I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
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