Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Gospel According to Rome. By James G. McCarthy. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1995. 397 pp. Paper, $11.99.
“The Turks are at the Gates of Vienna!” These dramatic words from the Louis de Rochemont film “Martin Luther” (1953) are relevant today. In the 16th century Lutherans were pressed to reunite with Rome to form a solid front against the encroaching Muslims. Today the Muslims—not to mention the New-Agers, Hindus, cultists, and secularists—are at the gates of London, Paris, and New York.
The handsome young Irish-American (from a family of eight, both of whose Irish-born parents were also from families of eight) has written the best book on why Evangelicals should not and cannot unite with Rome, even on lesser levels. Unlike some books, this one is compassionate and loving rather than excessively harsh.
McCarthy is a teacher at the small but influential Discipleship Internship Training Program at San Leandro, California. His book is up-to-date (using the recent Catechismus Ecclesiae Catholicae), covers all the main problems (salvation, the mass, Mary, and authority—the four main parts of his book), and has important appendices on infant baptismal regeneration, the seven sacraments, the Roman Catholic Bible, NT references to tradition, and Sola Scriptura. It also has 558 notes and documentation, plus Scripture and subject indices.
The following samples of Roman Catholic doctrines (with page numbers from The Catholic Catechism) versus biblical teachings on salvation should show the quality of the book:
The Catholic Church Teaches
The Bible Teaches
1. Justification is a transformation of the soul in which original sin is removed and sanctifying grace infused [1987-1995].
Justification is an act of God in which He declares a sinner to be righteous in His sight, having forgiven his sins and imputed to him God’s own righteousness (Rom 3:21–4:8).
2. Initial justification is by means of baptism[1262-1274].
Justification is by faith alone (Rom 3:28).
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3. Adults must prepare for justifica tion through faith and good works [1247-1249].
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