In a monumental decision for ecumenical relations, the U.S. Roman Catholic church and a group of Protestant denominations have signed a document to formally recognize each other's baptisms. Representatives from the Presbyterian Church, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Reformed Church in America and United Church of Christ met in Austin, Texas, to sign the agreement, which is called the "Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism." A Catholic bishop said the effort "is part of our response to Jesus' prayer that 'we all be one."

This is but another sign of the growing apostasy which is leading to a one-world religion that will worship a false christ. The false and fatal gospel of Roman Catholicism begins with a wrong view of baptism. Roman Catholicism declares that water baptism is the sacrament of regeneration and justification. In other words, water in baptism is said to be efficacious in bringing life to a soul dead in sin and making the person right before God. Catholics believe baptism has made them children of God.

Scripture clearly reveals the error of this Catholic teaching and practice. Children of God are born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13). Regeneration is a sovereign act of God apart from any act of man. Furthermore, justification is by faith, not baptism (Rom. 5:1). Water baptism is only for believers after they have received the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:47). The protestant denominations which signed this unity accord with Catholics on baptism need to repent and not be part of this heresy.