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The Ecumenical Movement
(ECT) Evangelicals and Catholics Together . . . The Bible says NO!
On March 29, 1994, leading evangelicals and Catholics signed a joint declaration, "Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the 3rd. Millennium." This document plan is to bring "religious" unity . . . BUT there are some extremely serious compromises regarding "Christian" doctrines, that must take place in order for this to be realized.
This 25-page document, originated by Chuck Colson and Catholic social critic Richard John Neuhaus, was signed by 40 famous "professing evangelical" and Catholic leaders including Pat Robertson, who heads of the Home Mission Board and Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bill Bright - founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Mark Noll of Wheaton University, Os Guinness, Jesse Miranda (Assemblies of God), Richard Mauw (President , Fuller Seminary), J.I. Packer and Herbert Schlossberg.
This ECT, "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" calls for Catholic and evangelical cooperation on social and cultural issues where both traditions share common goals, one example being the fight against abortion. They also stressed mutual allegiance to the Apostles' Creed, world evangelism, justification "by grace through faith because of Christ," and encouraged "civil" discourse over doctrinal differences. . . . Sounds good, right? WRONG!!!
Chuck Colson has said in his publication, Jubilee, "All true Christians are one in Christ. That has to be." I must agree, as far as that goes! BUT as I see it, a TRUE Christian would NOT sign such a document! Evangelicals and Catholics are NOT united on doctrine, and never can be . . . unless someone compromises and gives in to the other!
A TRUE Christian knows in their heart that Catholic customs, traditions, sacraments and doctrines are unbiblical! See: www.hisservants.org/catholics_h_s.htm
- How can a TRUE Christian worship Mary? THAT is idolatry! (Deut.5:7).
- How can a TRUE Christian pray to Mary and saints? The Bible tells us to pray to GOD! (John 15:16).
- How can a TRUE Christian repeat the rosary over and over again when the Bible forbids it? (Mat.6:7).
- How can a TRUE Christian call a mortal man "father" in a spiritual sense, and worse yet, call the pope who is a mortal, sinful man "holy father" (Mat.23:9).
- How can a TRUE Christian trust in a non-existent purgatory. That word is NOT in the Bible, nor is its teaching! That just gives people hope that shall not come!
- How can a TRUE Christian go along with all those statues in the Catholic church? That is forbidden in the Bible. (Deut.5:8-9).
- How can a TRUE Christian even begin to think that a little bitty wafer literally turns into the Body of Christ? Ridiculous!
- And what about their mass? They are crucifying Christ all over again, day after day!
- How can a TRUE Christian confess their sins to a mortal, sinful man, a priest? Only God can forgive sins. (1 John 1:9).
Since SIN is against God, because we have broken His Law, sin can be forgiven ONLY by GOD! When we forgive someone for sinning against us, which is a command by God (Mat.6:15; 18:35), it does NOT remove the sin, for only God can remove it. Penance (self-punishment) will NOT get you God's forgiveness. You must repent before GOD, not some earthly sinner. There is more . . . but even if you consent to ANY of these, you are compromising your faith in Christ!
This is just some of the "Catholic" beliefs. But, what about Mormons? Jehovah's Witnesses? Buddhists? Freemasons? etc. etc. And what about the Islam religion? Its book, the Quaran (Koran) commands its followers to do things totally opposite from the Word of God, the Holy Bible.
Consider these quotes:
"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" (Sura 8:12) . . . Behead them, cut off their fingers?? THAT is what this is saying to me. No reasonable person can interpret this to mean simply a spiritual struggle.
"Slay them wherever you find them ...Idolatry is worse than carnage ...Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme." (Surah 2:190) . . . Kill them where you find them, is what their Koran teaches.
"Seek out your enemies relentlessly." (Surah 4:103) . . . If a person is not Muslim, they are enemies.
"Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)
"Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36) . . . "God's religion" is Islam according to Muslims.
"If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37) . . . A true Muslim must fight against all other "religions" according to this.
"Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121) . . . An "infidel" is anyone who is not Muslim.
- Jesus is NOT the Son of God.
- Jesus was NOT crucified.
- Jesus did NOT rise from the grave on the third day.
- The Bible is NOT the Word of God.
A TRUE Christian CANNOT compromise with any unbiblical "religion." It is wrong! And judgment shall follow!
Just a few years ago Roman Catholicism was included among the "modern Cults." BUT . . . today, in spite of its false "another gospel" (2 Cor.11:4) of works and ritual which millions of martyrs faithfully opposed to the death, Catholicism is widely embraced by some of the nation's most trusted "evangelical" leaders! Naive evangelical flocks are slowly and surely falling into the devil's plan of unity of ALL churches by accepting and/or compromising Biblical beliefs and faith.
The ECT expression: "I embrace all those as brethren who 'love Jesus' and 'name the name of Christ'" leaves a lot to be desired. Many cults say that they love Jesus and nearly all "name the name of Christ." A person MUST understand just what those words mean. The TRUE Gospel of God's grace is denied by every cult and false religion, including Roman Catholicism!
- Infant baptism does NOT removes original sin and make one a child of God!
- Salvation is NOT in the church and NOT in its sacraments!
- Redemption is NOT an ongoing process of daily offering the Body and Blood of Christ upon its altars!
- Christ died "once for all" (Heb.10:10).
- NO amount of good works can ever merit acceptance with God!
- Salvation CANNOT be bought! It is a GIFT from God (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8-9).
NO one can believe two contradictory beliefs at the same time!
- You CANNOT believe Christ obtained redemption through His Blood and also believe redemption is being accomplished through Catholic rites and rituals.
- You CANNOT believe salvation is by faith and "not of works" and at the same time believe that our good works earn salvation.
My mother went to a Methodist church. When I wrote to her pastor and voiced my worries about Mom not being saved, I received a letter that was filled with violent hatred pointed at me. She (the pastor) said that if anyone was saved, it was my mother because she was always doing good for someone. God would never turn His Back on such a good woman.
True! Mom was a very kind and loving person, and she was always helping someone. But, she had forbidden me to speak about Jesus to her. "Your way is not the only way." That was her opinion of religion. At her funeral, her pastor then (a man), said that my mother was in Heaven now. But in my heart, I wonder. Only God Himself knows the answer to that.
What is wrong with Christian men uniting to become more godly? What is wrong with men assuming leadership in marriage? What is wrong with promoting the virtues of sexual integrity, parental responsibility and church devotion? The answer is nothing. BUT . . . there is a basic problem, and that is the Promise Keepers' approach to the Gospel and to the way godliness is achieved in the life of a believer. Their approach has attracted Catholics, Mormons and others.
Promise Keepers reaches across denominational barriers to unite men. They have been successful. Promise Keepers include Evangelicals, Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Charismatics, Catholics, Mormons and many others. Even though these groups have been divided by many major doctrinal differences for many years, now these differences are forgotten for the sake of unity. Both the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches have declared that they find no conflict between Promise Keepers teaching and their own doctrines. Doesn't this tell you that something is very wrong.
The Promise Keepers' movement is part of an ecumenical trend to down-play Biblical doctrine for unity. This is a unity that is NOT biblical unity. Are any false doctrines being addressed? Are the people in these churches challenged to flee their false religious systems? NO! All issues have been dropped for the sake of supposed unity.
The CORRECT Christian Response to Ecumenism
It is NEVER right to do a little wrong to gain the greatest possible good. Our duty is to ALWAYS do right. The consequences always lie with God.
How can a TRUE Bible-believing church accept many of the teachings out there today? The answer is very simple. READ THE BIBLE!
- Compare those teachings with the Word of God!
- Far too few people read the Bible any more.
- Far too many people check out things for themselves.
- Far too few people read and study the Bible that gives us instructions for this life and the life to come.
- Far too many people believe what the preacher says.
- Naive people simply believe what they are told by conniving con-artists posing as men of God! BEWARE!!!
People today do NOT take the time to check out what could be the most important thing in their life . . . where they will spend eternity!
IF we want to grow in our faith and our discernment, we must hold to or "continue" in the teachings of God's Holy Word (Col.1:23; 1 Tim.6:12,19). We must submit (co-operate voluntarily) to Christ's teachings, to abide in them (let our mental, physical and spiritual life be governed by them), and to remain (stay) in them. By doing this, we become strong and steadfast in our faith. IF we do this, then we are His disciples, we will know the Truth, and the Truth shall make us free (John 8:31-33)
Have you ever heard that someone was "causing division in the church?" Do you think that it may be possible that they were supposed to? WHAT causes division according to the Bible? Truth and error. WHAT did Jesus say? Luke 12:51-52 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. (KJV) . . . This is what Jesus said! He said that families would be divided over Him. I can verify that! As far as I know, I am the only "Christian" in my family. My oldest brother is a Jehovah's Witness, as well as some cousins. My middle brother's god is pleasure. There are many places in the New Testament where people were divided because of Jesus (John 7:43, 9:16, 10:19, Acts 23:6-7).
People who love the Truth will separate themselves from people who love lies.
SO many today profess to be "Christians." BUT, saying you are a Christian and being one, is two whole different things!
What are some of the biggest areas of debate in the Church today? Repentance, faith, justification, salvation by Christ alone, holiness, etc.
Those who really want to know God's Truth on these great pillars of Christian doctrine, will be divisive, and rightly so. In today's world, the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ is twisted and distorted, and reduced to a sugar-coated "another gospel" (2 Cor.11:4) that CANNOT possibly save anyone's soul! Many famous and well loved supposed "Christian" evangelists are bringing "another Jesus" (2 Cor.11:4). They DENY the ONE and ONLY TRUE JESUS that could save them. They teach only what the people want to hear! History does repeat itself! (Isa.30:10).
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (KJV)
These ungodly ecumenists are trying to set standards for the rest of the world by their 'religious' unity. This worldly kingdom belongs to Satan UNTIL Christ Jesus returns. Jesus said in John 18:36, "My kingdom is not of this world..." He said He did not come to bring peace, but rather division (Luke 12:51-52).
My friend, are you bringing division to the church. I hope so! Please do NOT fall for this satanic ecumenical movement garbage! Read your Bible and you shall see that it is WRONG! Stay on the RIGHT side of Jesus!
Division SHALL come from proclaiming the Truth! I am accused of it SO often! Praise God for that! I have NO intention of stopping! It can include some intense reaction and opposition, BUT . . . it will also produce good fruit and advance God's kingdom by the conversion of souls. Stay close to Jesus. Read the Holy Word of God. Your eternal soul depends on it!
BEWARE!!! . . . So many well-knowns in this! . . . BEWARE!!!
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