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Thursday, September 17, 2015

DENOMINATIONAL ECUMENISM?  by steve finnell


The contemporary movement formed to encourage cooperation between those denominations that believe Jesus is the Christ is the "Ecumenical Assembly"? Regardless of doctrinal differences those with the ecumenical mindset join together to feed and clothe the poor, gather together for preaching God's word, study God's word, and various other joint religious activities. Is that consistent with God's plan? Is believing that Jesus is the Christ the only essential doctrine of Christianity? I do not believe so.

Can you imagine the apostle Paul being involved in an "Ecumenical Assembly" with the Church of Judaizers, the Church of The Resurrection Is Past, or the Church of Knowing Only the Baptism of John?

1. The Church of Judaizers: Acts 15:1-5 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses you cannot be saved.".........5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believe rose, saying, "It was necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."(NKJV)

The Judaizers believed that Jesus was the Christ. The apostle Paul did not join in joint efforts with them to feed and clothe the poor. Paul did not join in preaching the gospel, church revivals nor Bible studies with them. What Paul did, do, was condemn their doctrine, point out their eternal abode. Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified  by law; you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)

Simply believing that Jesus is the Christ does not qualify anyone as a coworker in Christ.

2. Church of The Resurrection is Past: 2 Timothy 2:17-18 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.(NKJV)

The apostle Paul did not encourage the followers of Jesus to join in ecumenical endeavors with the Church of of the Resurrection is Past, he said the opposite. 2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings...(NLKV)

 Note: Hymenaeus and Philetus strayed from the truth. The did believe that Jesus was the Christ.

3. Church of Knowing Only the Baptism of John: Acts 18:24-26 Apollos.....25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla head him , they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.(NKJV)

Apollos was not permitted to continue preaching false doctrine, he was taught the truth. Simply believing that Jesus is the Christ is not good enough.

The apostle Paul came upon some of the men Apollos had taught incorrectly. And taught them the truth. They were baptized into Christ. John's baptism was no longer valid. (Acts 19:1-5)

The apostle Paul did not engage with ecumenical activities with the Church of Knowing Only the Baptism of John until they were taught and believed the true gospel plan of salvation.

Why do believers in Christ join "Ecumenical Assemblies" with denominations that hold various and sundry doctrines?

Ecumenical Assemblies include those who pray to the Virgin Mary, those who deny that immersion in water is essential to salvation, those who believe once saved always saved, those who believe only a select few have been individually selected for salvation, those who believe there are many ways to heaven other than Jesus.

Should the Lord's Church participate in feeding and clothing the poor, joint Bible studies, and other religious activities with those who teach doctrine contrary to the apostles doctrine?

The apostle Paul was not an advocate for "Ecumenical Assemblies". Romans 16:16-17.....The churches of Christ greet you. 17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them.(NKJV)

Simply believing that Jesus is the Christ is not enough, Satan and his demons believe that.       

                  


    


  

2 comments:

  1. So many preachers in the pulpit today are so used to following Rick Warren and other TV preachers, along with the teachings of their favorite college professors, that the Bible and what it says is almost never studied when sermon preparation is taking place. Its no wonder there are so many "believers" and so few Christians.

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  2. Being possessed by the spirit of Christ should mean something. Especially when coming from the mouth of historically "Known" liars.

    If you suggest you're NOT or never have been a liar, I think you already have the only answer you should EXPECT from God given your "Perceived" set of circumstances

    What many fail to recognize is that what they're claiming to "believe" is that IS that the words of God that ARE ALIVE and Active and not what the soul and flesh combined can do.

    When claiming His words are ALIVE and there being little to zero proof that Gods word is alive within you is what kind of claim? One that is true or False? A claim made based on what? Ones faith in Him? Or in others while shirt tailing what they claim is True? Born (begotten) of the words of God is what? Born of the words of God as if those words are "Seed"? As such where your NEW being has been sired which then continues to mature and that ONLY when operating within the parameters and understanding of "Christ In You".

    When one makes the claim they do believe in Christ, they're also stating they can't do it yet they're also claiming HE can. He CAN what though? Bring to pass (cause to manifest) this said "New Creation"?

    As part of ones testimony what many forget is that if there is NO change over time, what SHOULD that also suggest? That Christ in You is "Still Born"? That God is a liar? God is not listening? God forgot your plea?

    Or is it more accurately assessed that the desires of this world have been proved to be more stronger than The Lord of Heaven and earth whom you also claim dwells richly within you? If this is true, what happened to the substance of His promise "Greater is He that is In You than he that is in this world"?

    There's more to "Knowing" what you suggest you do believe than "Memorizing" mere words. Anyone can speak words, yet NOT everyone will Hear "AWAY from me for I do NOT ..."Know You"!

    When someone glories in the thought that God does knows You (you are Known By God) How can He when you also Know Him if what you say you know about Him is NOT "TRUE"?

    It's not only imptortant to Know that's it's impossible for God to Lie, but JUST as equal God has said, LET.......God be True... and every man a Liar.

    Are there time(s) or will there be when "You" have to "LET" (allow) God to be true despite what others have said are True or False about Him? And what is your Hope that is also TRUE been based on when you also Know that NO liar will see the kingdom of God?

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