Machen, J. Gresham
In 1994, a group of prominent evangelicals and Roman Catholics issued a statement of cooperation entitled , "Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium" (ECT). The document has provoked numerous articles and books assailing the evangelical signatories to the accord.
To date, most critics of ECT have taken aim at areas where Rome is an easy target, while avoiding crucial aspects of doctrine and practice where modern evangelicals exhibit remarkable similarities to Rome. The accord and its aftermath reveal much about the present state of evangelicalism, demonstrating that most evangelicals have departed from the doctrines and practices of the Protestant Reformation.
The present essay seeks to redirect readers to the bigger picture, providing a framework for assessing Roman Catholicism, contemporary evangelicalism, and the ECT document. This book illustrates how both Romanists and evangelicals have rejected scriptural teaching about the essence of the gospel, divinely-instituted worship, and the marks of a true church. By corrupting the gospel, worship, and the church, evangelicals and Roman Catholics together are making shipwreck of the Christian faith.