The Ecumenical Movement

There is a movement gaining ground today that goes against the very principles of the Protestant reformation. That movement is the ecumenical movement, spearheaded by the Roman Catholic Church. The word "Ecumenism" comes from the Greek (oikoumene) which means "the whole inhabited world", and was historically used with specific reference to the Roman Empire. And it is the Roman PAPAL Empire that is leading the way with ecumenism today.

"Pope prays for the 'one human family' desired by Christ ... Marking the 97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Jan. 16th 2011, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the "migration experience" of the Church and hoped for a future where all people consider themselves part of "one human family". (Catholic News Agency, January 16th 2011)

"Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those belonging to no church to unite to defend justice, peace and the environment ... Francis, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, met leaders of non-Catholic Christian religions such as Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans and Methodists, and others including Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus." (Vatican City, March 20th 2013)

Do you see what Satan is trying to do through the Roman Catholic Church and this interfaith movement? Since when did Christ Jesus "desire" the whole world to unite, no matter what they believed? God clearly told His people to "come out from among them and be separate" (2 Corinthians 6:17). God also confirmed that "two people CANNOT walk together unless they be agreed (Amos 3:3). And yet the Pope and the leaders of this ecumenical movement are uniting the people of the world, no matter what faith or beliefs they have. This is the "wine" of the whore of Babylon.

The two visible "councils" that are involved in pushing the inter-faith, ecnumenical movement are the "World Council of Churches" and the "National Council of Churches". Together with the Roman Catholic Church, these church councils are bringing more and more denominations on board with this movement.

The Divine purpose of the Protestant reformation was to bring "reform" to the erroneous doctrines of the Papal Church. But because the Roman Catholic Church has become so established and proud, her leaders will never admit being in error when it comes to doctrine. Those who separated from her during the reformation were regarded as "trouble makers" and "heretics" and they were persecuted for not uniting with Rome under her "authority". This same spirit lives on today.

Unfortunately, the majority of Protestant Christians today have forgotten about Latin Massthe reformation and have no idea why they are called "Protestants". The protest against the Roman Church has all but died. Apart from God's few faithful elect who are still keeping the light shining. The very churches that were started by the reformation are now going back to their "mother" with open arms. Just look at the following quote:

"Now as the Augsburg accord suggests, the value of separate denominations is under question. The Lutheran - Catholic concord is "one of the most important ecumenical moments of the century", said the Rev. Joseph Komonchak ... This document appears to be saying that the doctrine that Luther thought was central to the reformation, and which led him to undertake it, is not one on which there are serious enough differences between Catholics and Lutherans to justify the division of the church ...
... Today, the heirs of that acrimony and fracture, the leaders of the modern Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches, signed a document that officially settles the central argument about the nature of faith that Luther provoked. The agreement declares, in effect, that it was all a misunderstanding ...
... The agreement is significant beyond the dispute over doctrine that it resolves. It has deep implications for future relations among Catholics and Protestants, said theologians and church leaders. Many said the accord gives added promise to the ideal of their denominations champion - of full communion, or merger, between the churches."
(The Washington Post, Nov.1, 1999)

Wow! The very church that the great Martin Luther started has now, with opened arms, gone back to being "merged" with the Roman Catholic Church. That antichrist church that Luther so bravely exposed! And this is now happening all over the world with many of the Protestant churches. They have been deceived into thinking that the reformation was a mistake and that we all need to unite for the sake of peace. And the World Methodist Church has joined with them also ...

"As Methodists we are grateful that on the basis of such an agreement as this, Lutheran and Methodist Churches in some countries have recognized one another as belonging to the one Church of Jesus Christ and have declared full communion of pulpit and altar. It is our deep hope that in the near future we shall also be able to enter into closer relationship with Lutherans in other places and with the Roman Catholic Church in accordance with this declaration of our common understanding of the doctrine of justification." (THE WORLD METHODIST COUNCIL STATEMENT OF ASSOCIATION WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION, http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/meth-council-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20060723_text-association_en.html)

Take a look at the following news quotes and you will see that ecumenism (unity) is a major theme for Rome and the worldwide churches today.

"To work tirelessly to rebuild the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers. This is the impelling duty of the successor of Peter."
(http://www.news.va/en/news/ecumenism-today-and-the-expectation-of-its-fulfilm)

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"Divisions between churches remain a scandal that we have to overcome, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) said today at an ecumenical preparatory event for the Pilgrimage of the Holy Robe."
(http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1634/searching-for-unity-must.html)

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"Pope Benedict XVI called for a true world political authority to manage the economy in his new encyclical on social justice."
(http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/culture/education/1375)

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"The pope prayed for Christian unity at St. Paul's Basilica in Rome. Representatives of the Orthodox and Anglican Church were also there, as well as those from other Christian Churches. It marked the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, where all Christians, regardless of their denomination, were called to pray for unity."
(http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-ends-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-during-a-visit-to-st-paul-basilica-english-5921.html)

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"An estimated 275 Christian leaders are meeting in Indonesia from 4 to 7 October to plot an ecumenical future in what one veteran of the ecumenical movement called a watershed gathering ... Leaders of the fledgling Global Christian Forum (GCF) will gather evangelical, Pentecostal, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians here to assess recent changes in global Christianity."
(http://eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=5188)

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There is complete Biblical proof that Babylon the Great in Revelation is the Roman Catholic Church. And what is God calling His people to do?

"Come out of her My People" (Rev. 18)

God is calling His people out of the Roman Catholic Church and out of this ecumenical movement. In Revelation 17 it says that Babylon the Great has "daughters". And those daughters are the Protestant churches that were "born" from the Roman Catholic Church during the reformation. And Revelation 17 says that those daughters are "harlots". Which means they profess to be God's people, but they are playing the whore and have turned away from God and His true Word.

Do you know what happened back in the time of Christ Jesus before He was crucified? Do you realise that there were different "denominations", in other words, different "groups" of Jews? Do you know what happened before Jesus was crucified? They CAME TOGETHER. They had their own "ecumenical" movement in order to kill Jesus. And who did they use to kill Jesus? They used the GOVERNMENT. And the same will happen in this world soon. Once God's people have been called out of Babylon (Rev. 18), the people of these fallen churches and faiths will unite and call for the government to do away with God's true followers. Those who "keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus." (Rev. 14:12).

The Protestant reformation was used by God to bring people to His Word, so that they could know the truth. But today, those very churches are turning away from the truth of God's Word and are uniting again with Rome and heading down the road to apostasy. Now to many sincere Christians, this unity between faiths and denominations may seem a valid and right thing. But they do not see the end result. They do not see that they will end up rejecting the TRUTH OF GOD's WORD in favor of worldly unity. They do not see that they will end up giving their allegiance to the beast of Revelation and end up taking the mark of the beast. This is a serious matter. We must stand for the truth no matter what.

Please heed God's call. He is not calling you to join with Babylon. He is calling you OUT!

"Cursed be that love and unity for whose sake the Word of God must be put to stake!" (Martin Luther)

"Unity must be according to God's Holy Word, or else it were better war than peace. We ought never to regard unity so much that we forsake God's Word for her sake." (Hugh Latimer)

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