Landmarkism Revisited

 Speaking of Landmarkism, if you haven't heard, last Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI (a.k.a. Joseph Ratzinger pictured here doing his Dr. Evil impersonation) has "reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches." Click here for article.

This is a return to form for the Catholic Church which has again denied the "modern" reforms made at the Second Vatican Council which took place in the 1960's, commonly known as Vatican II.

“Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one church,” the document said. The other communities “cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense” because they do not have apostolic succession — the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ’s original apostles.

In other words, if you're not Catholic, you're headed to Hell.

This is interesting given the fact that former Evangelical Theological Society president, Francis Beckwith, recently switched from Evangelicalism back to his roots of Roman Catholicism.

One wonders if this move by the Pope is one of simply solidifying the church's stance, scaring Christians back into a "right relationship" with the Lord, or both.

Either way, it always fascinates me to see how some Christians of all stripes, be it traditional Roman Catholics or Landmark Southern Baptists, believe in no distinction between the local and universal church when it comes to one's salvation.

 

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