Crosstalk: May 17, 2018
According to Scripture, one day there will be a one-world religion. Could it be that the world's two largest religions of our day might converge and become the catalyst for this one-world faith?
While the two faiths discussed on this program appear to be vastly different, under closer inspection, they have more common bonds than you might think. The religions in question are Islam and Roman Catholicism.
Before you get upset and form a final opinion on this issue, you’ll want to hear what the guest has to say concerning this matter and weigh the evidence. That guest was Mike Gendron. Mike is the founder and director of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry. He was a devout Roman Catholic for 34 years and was taught to rely upon the authority of the church above all else. He faithfully followed the priests, the sacraments and depended on his good works for salvation. Mike began searching the Scriptures and was amazed to find that what he read in Scripture contradicted the teaching and tradition of the church he had been a part of for so long. He trusted Jesus as his Savior and now the Bible has become his sole authority in all matters of faith.
Drawing from the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Mike proves that Roman Catholicism believes Catholics and Muslims share a common salvation. Is Catholicism singling out Islam as a bridge builder to unite with them because they share a similar political ideology? After all, both Catholicism and Islam are not only religions, but also political identities.
In order to make his point clear, Mike did extensive research and came up with 10 common bonds that unite these two religions. For example, both religions:
...esteem and honor Mary.
...seek messages from apparitions of Mary.
...embrace another Jesus.
...seek world dominion.
...deny the authority of Scripture.
...use prayer beads to avoid punishment.
...take pilgrimages to obtain favor from God.
...have human mediators.
...have a works righteousness salvation.