Sunday, July 1, 2018

Roman Catholic Ecumenical Apostasy

  • Discussion:
         -The Roman Catholic Church has been leading an effort to promote global unity and peace, which has been called the Ecumenical Movement. On a broad spectrum, the term ecumenical has been defined as a campaign to seek reconciliation among professing Christians. That is not necessarily wrong. However, modern Roman Catholicism has far transcended the biblical boundaries of Christian unity by compromising essential doctrinal differences with other world religions. Even so-called representatives of the evangelical community such as Rick Warren who have been participating in this prevailing Ecumenical Movement have been duped into embracing this liberal tolerance mentality. In short, truth has wrongly been sacrificed at the expense of establishing unity.

         A notable illustration as to how the Church of Rome has compromised the gospel is the fact that it officially teaches that Muslims and all others who claim to "serve the Creator" can be saved in their current state of unbelief. The catechism unabashedly declares:

        "The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day." (CCC # 841)

         Furthermore, Pope John Paul II met with leaders of other major world religions in this striving for alleged global peace. As the following source elaborates in other details:

         "In 2002, former Pope John Paul II led a special prayer meeting in Assisi, Italy. The event was the “World Prayer Day” that consisted of 200 of the world’s religious leaders, including Christians, Muslims, Jewish rabbis, Buddhists, Sikhs, Bahais, Hindus, Jains, Zoroastrians, and witch doctors, who all came to “worship together.” This same pope had previously held similar meetings in Assisi in 1986, and again in 1993. All for the sake of peace and unity." (Russell, Answering Catholic Claims, "Can't We All Just Get Along?")

          Quite to the surprise of one who may be uninformed, the influential nun and missionary Mother Teresa clearly believed in something to the effect of a universalist gospel:

          “When I asked her whether she converted, she answered, ‘Yes, I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu, or a better Muslim, or a better Protestant, or a better Catholic, or a better Parsee, or a better Sikh, or a better Buddhist. And after you have found God, it is for you to do what God wants you to do.’ She wanted people to come closer to God (however they understood Him)…” (Mother Teresa Center, "What Was Mother Teresa's Views On Conversion?")

          The notion of us Christians setting aside doctrinal differences and working together with members of other global religions was wholeheartedly embraced by the Second Vatican Council. This ecumenical mentality even more so shines through the current Pope Francis, who maintains that God has redeemed us all, including atheists. While this may sound remarkably pleasant when viewed from a very superficial perspective, this sort of reasoning is actually highly dangerous to souls because it is a threat to undermine the biblical gospel.

           The Lord Jesus Christ emphatically taught that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). He is the narrow gate that we should all be striving diligently to enter (Matthew 7:13-14). We are told from Scripture that the pure gospel will be offensive to the world (Luke 12:51). Both Islam and Judaism reject Christ as the resurrected Messiah. People cannot truly worship the Father when they reject the Son (1 John 2:22-23). Thus, no religion outside of Christianity has the power to lead one to God. Those who choose to reject the gospel are plainly not saved (John 3:18). The Roman Catholic Church is essentially communicating to us the message that the atonement of Christ is redundant. It is impossible for the Holy Spirit to have fellowship with demons (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). We are not supposed to be tolerating heresy. So what are professing Christians doing welcoming this wicked ecumenical agenda?

           It needs to be grasped that not everything is about us being comfortable. The gospel, not social justice, is to be the primary goal of the Christian church (Matthew 28:18-20). It should be of utmost importance to us because it concerns the salvation of the soul, which is an eternal matter. Neither is it love to allow people to continue in the error of their ways. If the religions of the world are true, then our Judeo-Christian worldview is null and void. The world can provide us with nothing but false peace (Jeremiah 8:10-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:3). This is precisely what the Roman Catholic Church has been promoting through the Ecumenical Movement. It has only been injurious to the cause of Christ. The only kind of unity that we should be aiming for is unity according to the Truth of God's Word.

           The Ecumenical Movement is merely the foundational plan for building a one-world religion (Revelation 13:8; 12-15). The merging of all religions is helping to usher in the Antichrist, who will eventually attempt to coerce all to be under his dominion. Those who persist in embracing this perverse unity will soon find themselves a part of the one-world system, wearing the mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-18). The fate of the people who do partake of this will have their eternal destiny sealed for eternal condemnation (Revelation 14:9-10). While other groups are involved, the Church of Rome is a rather powerful entity promoting this ecumenical apostasy. We must hold steadfastly to sound doctrine. We must stand firmly against error. Consequently, we must urge our Catholic friends (and others) to depart from this abhorrent system of compromise (Revelation 18:4-5). The Lord will ultimately conquer this kingdom of darkness.

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