Monday, January 2, 2017

ECUMENICAL DECEPTION? by steve finnell

Is the ecumenicism that is practiced today truly representing the spirit of cooperation and Christian unity.

If most of the members of an ecumenical assembly are perverting the gospel and teaching doctrine contrary to God's word, how could that be described as Christian unity? Cooperation does not validate all participants as members of the body of Christ.

The apostle Paul noted that some Jewish Christians were perverting the gospel my saying  "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." (Acts 15:1 NASB) Did Paul suggest that all the churches should join in a ecumenical spirit of unity and cooperation with the Judaizers? No, he did not, he said "I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves." (Acts 5:12 NASB)

Galatians 1:9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!(NASB)

Galatians 1:8 Let God's curses fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other way to be saved than the one we told you about; yes, if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. (The Living Bible Paraphrased)

The apostle Paul said let anyone who pervert the gospel message be accursed. Today's church leaders say teaching other ways to be saved does not disqualify any denomination from participating in ecumenical endeavors, like feeding the poor, and other charitable works. 

1. Some denominations teach that Jesus did not say that water baptism was essential for the forgiveness of sins. They contend Jesus only commanded spiritual baptism.

2. Some denominations claim that men are saved by faith alone, therefore, water baptism for the forgiveness of sins is not necessary.

3. Some denomination believe that infants are guilty of Adam's sin; therefore, it is acceptable to sprinkle water on non-believing infants for the forgiveness of Adam's and any future sins they will commit.

4. Some denominations teach that men are saved by grace alone; therefore, God selects certain men for salvation before they are born and that all other will burn in hell.

The apostles Paul say those who teach any other way to be saved should be accursed. Paul says to turn away from those who cause dissension contrary to the teaching you have learned. (Romans 16:17-18) However, modern church leaders say join with them in feeding the poor, worshiping in song, and studying God's word, prayer, and teaching.

The ecumenical movement  today is not based on sound doctrine. To claim to be  a Christian does make anyone a Christian anymore that claiming to be a basketball player make a person a member of the NBA.

The apostles gospel terms of pardon. A. Faith John 3:16---B. Repentance Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19---C. Confession Romans 10:9--D. Immersion in water Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16

The apostle Paul called the Judiazers "FALSE BRETHREN."(Galatians 2:4)

Church leaders today call those who teach other ways to be saved, fellow workers in Christ. 

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