Evangelicals and Catholics (Still) Together

April 2014 marked the twentieth anniversary of Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT), a movement of key Roman Catholic and evangelical leaders who have sought to find common ground on theological issues and who have worked together to erase the centuries of animosity and distrust between the two groups.

The Original Document

"No New Thing Under the Sun"

Sometimes, Christians today feel as though the issues we face and the battles we wage are unique to our age or culture. Yet the wisest king who ever lived once observed, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). King Solomon added, “Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:10).

"Blood Moon" Sensationalism

Millions of people are fascinated with Bible prophecy. Unfortunately, many of these same people are deceived by false prophecy “experts” who claim that biblical prophecy, in particular from the Old Testament prophets, is being fulfilled today. For example, it is popular to claim that when a lunar eclipse occurs, this can be described as a “blood moon” and must, in some way, be connected to Joel 2:31. To be clear, we do believe Joel 2:31—as all Bible prophecies—will be fulfilled exactly as the Bible describes.

What Is Truth?

Never in the history of Christianity has it been more necessary for the true children of God to know how to distinguish truth from error than in these perilous days. The methods of the enemy are far more subtle now than ever before. Even the very elect of God are in great danger unless they walk very humbly and give the Word and Spirit their proper place. In the sphere of the material and commercial, there are certain units of measure and value which make it comparatively easy to detect fraud.

What Authenticates Doctrine and Ministry?

Many diverse voices are clamoring to be heard today. One is reminded of the situation that existed in the early church at Corinth where everyone had a psalm, a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation, or an interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:26). Many of these voices claim to be "Christian" in spite of the fact that they are actually twisting the Scriptures to satisfy their own ambitions. Who are we to believe? Which leaders and organizations are safe to follow and support? Is there any sure way to separate the wheat from the chaff?

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