End Of Year Review 2015
The Poison of Ecumenism and Christian Liberalism.
Things that I have observed throughout the course of 2015, this year has been one of the most challenging year that many Christians have faced, Christians going through mass persecution from the threat of extermination in the middle east to western Christians being arrested for preaching the gospel and so on.
Whilst the Churches have turned their attention to a failed prophecy hype like the four blood moons, even arguing and snarling over the timing of the rapture and increasing attacks from aggressive secularism, evolutionists and atheists alike, the Churches have taken their eyes of one crucial and critical issue that is detrimental and heading towards the destruction of the fundamentals of conservative evangelicalism this cancer and poison that is spreading has taken captive the minds of those who claim to believe in the bible and claim to know Christ, this threat is called spiritual ecumenism and christian liberalism.
Churches have failed to make a correct distinction on the difference between false unity and a false view of love, in recent days we had an age-old deputes over Catholic Holidays, sacraments and feast days, debating whether we should participate in them or not, at one time was regarded not only by the puritans, but also the Anabaptists, Quakers and Presbyterians as an abomination, are still to this day found amongst some Anabaptists and Presbyterians because these practices would tie us to Roman Catholicism.
And what we have is the very excuse that these are about Christ, this is not exactly what Christmas and Ester is about, Christmas is about the rebirth of Christ in the species of bread and the cup and Ester is about the redemptive sacrifice of the Mass, those who excuses and try to uproot Catholicism from these practices, is very much like people who do yoga for the sake of exorcise and try to separate yoga from Hinduism, now ask your self can Leopard change the colour of its spots?
Christmas and Easter cannot truly be divorced from the catholic mass, this is what the holiday’s are about as the mass is central to these two holidays, It is my belief that the mass is pagan in its own right and so is the Roman Catholic Church and here we are at this ecumenical time of year were all denominations celebrate the holiday, whilst billions of Catholics who take the mass reject the gospel and in doing so remove the whole point of Gods forgiveness and redemption, this is not only deplorable to God, but a compromise made by many to keep their traditions, the question is, is this truly loving for evangelicals do so such sending Catholics a wrong message, as this has nothing to do with the death and the redemptive sacrifice that Christ gave his life for.
Fundamentally the teaching of Christmas has always been about the re-birth of His people, the Roman Catholic Church teaches that it is through eating of His Flesh and Blood that Christ came from Heaven to bring us back to the Father. The sustenance for that, the bread for that journey, is His own Flesh for those properly disposed that Jesus actual flesh is presented in the Mass.
In everything this sums up what Christmas is about, It is in this that Evangelical’s who are conservative bible believing christian’s the core teachings of Christmas would mean that the Bible would prohibit us in taking part in this holiday as the root of it is about the sacramental offering of the mass that this holiday does commemorate and is not solely about the birth of our lord.
Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. 10For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 11But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 12And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
I often have this debate with other so-called evangelicals, my brother included that does not oppose this practice, I find they just don’t want to know, all they say is I don’t do the catholic practices of it as long as it has Christ in it then im all for it, by the same logic you can apply this to Mormonism, Iskcon, Islam, Neo-Nazis and the universalist church etc, who all celebrate christmas.
What is unfortunate about the whole thing is that billions of catholics will be taking the mass for three days and putting their faith in the pope who hypocritically teaches that to have a relationship with Jesus is dangerous and that you need to come under the authority of the church for salvation in doing so are sending billions to hell as you cannot be saved solely by the name of Christ alone, my question is why are evangelicals refusing to reach out to catholics with the gospel?
Many in the Evangelical churches say they believe Catholics are saved and will be commemorating roman Catholicism and this is done in its holidays etc, this sends them a message that Rome is the true church and the pope is the true Vicar of Christ.
They ought to ask themselves why did the Puritans, Anabaptists and the Quakers, Congregationalists and Presbyterians likewise discouraged Christmas festivities and regarded the day as an abomination?
It is this that I believe Christmas is residual Popery, It was liberal Protestantism that gave many Christians today to celebrate this mostly commercialised and catholic holiday.
The Bible is true to its word in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
We know from this letter, Paul was trying to encourage the church in Thessalonica, what we find in today’s world would point us what would seem to be the soon coming of the Anti-Christ following Christs return, we do not know when, but we know that around the world we have a great departing from scriptural truths that is a good indication that Christs return can’t be that long.
It is the same attitudes made by liberal christians that results in some examples mentioned here, we have the following statement made in 2014 by one of the world’s known So-called Pastor’s named Rick Warren who stated “That he is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”” to this years “Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) continues to embrace the practices of the Roman Catholic Church.” as a few of many examples as to why it does lead people like those on my mother’s side of the family and other pentecostal, evangelical or protestant churches to promote this idea that to love our enemies means we must never speak out against what they do teach or believe, but to embrace unity by our tolerance of other people’s practices and there worshiping of other gods, as well as cultural mandates, that is becoming more common in the mindset of many of today’s Christians the problem is they do not have the fear of God that is the beginning of wisdom Proverbs 9:10 instead of fearing God we have a view of love is based on a perverted view that is rooted in mans carnal desires and wisdom.
This view of love is not only the recipe for false ecumenism but also is rooted in Christian liberal teaching, this is called the social gospel, the issue is not that a person is saved sins and its penalty of death that results in an eternity in the lake of fire; the main thing is how man treats his fellow-man. “Love” of our fellow-man becomes the defining issue and the authority of scripture is rejected pushing for a renewed emphasis on doctrinal orthodoxy. As a result of this “reasoning” by liberal theologians, the following doctrines are taught by liberal quasi-Christian theologians such as Richard Rorty who is a postmodern philosopher:
No, I’m delighted that liberal theologians do their best to do what Pio Nono said shouldn’t be done — try to accommodate Christianity to modern science, modern culture, and democratic society. If I were a fundamentalist Christian, I’d be appalled by the wishy-washiness of their version of the Christian faith. But since I am a non-believer who is frightened of the barbarity of many fundamentalist Christians (e.g., their homophobia), I welcome theological liberalism. Maybe liberal theologians will eventually produce a version of Christianity so wishy-washy that nobody will be interested in being a Christian any more. If so, something will have been lost, but probably more will have been gained.
Comments like this ring true to the mindset of the post-modernist church who teach that “Loving” of our fellow-man becomes the defining issue and not scriptural truths tought in what is called the new reformation of the church for the 21 century.
It is unfortunate that most members of my mother’s family and other Christians think this way because for them Love is about total tolerance on anything people set their minds to and not encouraging people to adhere to biblical foundational teachings, in the climate of christian culture of today, the seven churches of revelations and Christ’s love, warning and description describes the state of the churches around the world.
This is unfortunate for a lot of Christians as the current state of Christianity is going to get worse still many are looking for signs, wonders and revival with the added mixing pot of iniquity and many Christians looking to cover this up or even justify it, the point is that revival cannot occur and many will not come to faith as the events of time are unfolding the time of the gentiles is almost over and God is going to turn his attention back to the Jews in bringing them back to the Land that God gave them, this is part of Gods plan to see all Israel saved in the last day, as believers we must be more ready as we are nearing the day of our Lords return.
There are key points that we must be aware of that we do not fall under the same trap’s and delusions that many in the churches are now accepting.
- A false Peace, Love and Unity, this is exactly the message that is coming out of the Vatican we are hearing to-day in order to bring about the unity of all churches, this to include dialogue with people who do not believe in the bible, the Washington Post reports:
“More than 400 representatives of dozens of faith communities were invited to the 75-minute gathering, called “A Witness to Peace.” It will include a prayer from the pope and “meditations on peace” from Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist leaders as well as a traditional Jewish prayer for the dead, the El malei rachamim, which is chanted and calls for the ascension of the souls of the dead.
The service ends with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City singing “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”
This is in fulfillment to Daniel 8:25 “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.“
This is a godless peace that the world is driven towards because of what the world has witnessed the horrors of war done in the name of the Islamic State, this is also the preference that many Christians from lots of different denominations have in recent years have desired the same outcome for a godless peace, instead of people being pointed to the true prince of peace they want us to lay aside the biblical Jesus who brings about separation from what is false, but this can only result in destruction.
The Spirit of the Age.
The Bible warns us about the spirit of the age we live in, there is a subtle deceit that is so close to the truth it is getting increasingly difficult to discern, this also fits the profile of the personality of who the Anti-Christ will be in Daniel 11:36 “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that is determined shall be done.” but this also fits the description of some of those who claim to be christians, it is evident that this very attitude is becoming all to common in today’s churches, this describes the following, Self-seeking, Self Advertisement, self-assertion and self-will, this is a recipe for total rebellion and rejection of scriptural authority.
Satan will always provoke a reaction in people be it through war or philosophy and so on to provoke and take our focus off God that we end up going along with the world’s cultural values.
Many of Today’s Churches are Spiritual Tombs with no Pulse.
Whilst we have many different cultures around the world we need to recognise that worldly culture are at odds with Godly principles, to often the churches are all to willing to compromise on this, these examples can be seen through youth groups, community projects, social, mission and global transformational theology.
There are Churches that are no different to the Laodicean Church they are spiritually asleep and blind, others have been effected by a spiritual cancer so deadly they have died and given over to their own destruction this is the nature of what the Bible calls the great apostasy, they maybe big and thriving but that’s all they are and can make all sorts of claims but they are of no spiritual benefit, nor are they alive, they have no pulse and cannot be revived, God has handed them over to the evil one.
We have seen the result of this, in 2015 we have seen more reports coming out concerning the sexual molestation of children in Churches and missionary groups alike and also efforts made to cover it up, we have seen sexual scandals of adultery, the rise in false teachers, scandals over money, a rise in mysticism and new age teaching, an increase in occult practices, the acceptance of homosexuality, the acceptance of women clergy, changing attitudes on accepting abortions, the acceptance of freemasonry, the integration of Roman Catholic practices in the churches, etc, etc, etc.
All this mounts up and so as the bible points in 1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?“
As far as Christian’s should be concerned this is a stark warning that we must sit up and pay attention to, instead of worrying that we have upset or offended anyone we need to be more concerned about whether or not our lives are pleasing to God and put the gifts he have given to us for the benefit of the body of Christ.
It is evident that the Churches need to reflect more on their repentance and get back to applying themselves in obedience with Gods word, in the situation we find ourselves there is very little room for optimism and the future is bleak as this evil world in the present time is getting more darker there is coming a day where no man can work John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
But there is still time and we must not be ashamed of Christ but to use every opportunity that is given to us and remember the words of 2 timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”.
We must always remember as long as we abide in Christ he is always there, it is ok at times to be afraid but we must never allow fear to make choices for us but rather conform our lives uncompromisingly in obedience to Gods will.