Christian Today is reporting that the Roman Catholic Church is defending its right and duty to spread its message to non-believers and to welcome converts, particularly from other Christian churches.
A document published by the Catholic Church says that bringing new members into the Catholic Church through evangelism is an effort to bring new people into the gift of full fellowship with Christ.
This new effort at converting other Christians through evangelism comes after the Catholic Church affirmed in July that Christian denominations outside the Roman Catholic Church were not full churches of Jesus Christ.
If the goal of the Catholic Church is to make disciples for Jesus Christ, and, if the Church desires to be fully obedient to the Great Commission, then the Church should develop a vigorous program of evangelism to reach the five billion people in the world who are not Christians.
Instead of fighting with each other, the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations should join in a common effort to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
Tags: Catholic Church, Evangelism, Great Commission