This poor world hardly knows what the real gospel is anymore. I unhesitatingly lay the blame for this at the door of the modern religious world. Weak, shallow, and effeminate in its fight against wrong, false religion has done more to enlarge hell than alcohol or drugs has ever done. Amen.
Look around you. How did such a sickening mass of religious confusion ever get such a grip upon the face of this earth? Any honest soul can see that something is terribly wrong with mainstream “Christianity.”
The apostle Paul said, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” II Cor. 11:3, 4. The apostle feared that some would be beguiled and thereby “corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” His grief would be untold if he saw how far that corruption is now running. Another gospel has been preached, presenting another Jesus, and another spirit has been received. Such the apostles and early morning saints would not bear with. By taking such a stand of intolerance, the early church remained pure and triumphant, filled with the grace of God. And by taking such a stand, the early church also received much persecution. Here is the key to Satan’s masterplan which is in action today–he has convinced the modern religious mind that they are to bear with things.
Hence we see that the Catholics are bearing with the Protestants, and the Protestants are bearing with the Catholics. Further yet, both are bearing with that old, revived dragon of paganism, dressed in its New Age clothes. So zealous have these all become in their forbearance and tolerance for one another, that they are falling in love with each other! Just like Herod and Pilate when it came to sentencing Jesus, their long-standing enmity was dropped, and they became friends.
Apparently, social analysts describe the change with wonder. What has turned the old hostility between Catholics and Protestants to friendliness? Catholics have even rehabilitated Protestants from being heretics to brothers and sisters in Christ. Similarly, members of other world religions are now treated with openness and respect.
It is said that part of Pope John Paul’s popularity is the teaching that non-Catholics who live according to their consciences may find salvation outside the Roman church. This is a far cry from the torture chambers of the inquisition where Protestant blood freely flowed because they would not bow to popish rule. Now delegates and leaders from “Christian” and non-Christian religions are getting invitations to the Holy See. It is no wonder that I have heard John Paul referred to as the first “New Age” pope.
Then we have America’s sweetheart, Mr. Billy Graham, saying, “As an American, I respect other paths to God.” He has been noted for his willingness to work with leaders of different religions, stating that “We are all brothers and sisters in our hearts.” But has heaven revised the Word of God? It teaches that Jesus is the only way, not just one of many paths to God.
It would seem that Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family is also motivated by the same ecumenical spirit. He was even one of the signers of the “Covenant of Mutual Respect,” along with Catholic and Jewish leaders.
So what do we have here? Have Catholics, Protestants and New Agers all learned to see eye to eye? Has the light of God broken upon them, reconciling them to the Word of God, and bringing them together on that foundation? Is this a gathering ordained by God? No! but rather, the devil has convinced them through the spirit of “another gospel” to bear with things.
This hell-inspired allegiance has gone “out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city …” Rev. 20:8, 9.
Many a soul has been swept away by the deception of this ecumenical spirit, little realizing that this union is one which is actually doing battle against the true church–”the camp of the saints,” “the beloved city.”
Rev. 16:13-16 speaks of this battle in more detail. “And I saw [Do you see it too?] three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [paganism], and out of the mouth of the beast [papalism], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [Protestantism]. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles [it looks so convincing!], which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty . . . And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” This is being fulfilled before our very eyes.
Oh, the extreme subtilty of Satan! While Truth is being trampled in their streets, this ecumenical triad is busy “deceiving, and being deceived” (II Tim. 3:13). Another Jesus reigns here, convincing the multitudes that this fleshly blending of error is being promoted by the love of God. But God will never have His people to sell the truth (Prov. 23:23) for any reason.
You see, to ride this ecumenical band wagon, one must throw Truth overboard. Any true child of God will love the Word of God too much to do that. There is not one ecumenical bone in the body of Christ. To agree with ecumenism is to agree to confusion. God is not the author of confusion. He is Truth. There is no error in Him, and He calls no one to preach a mixture, or to join with it.
These spirits have worked their trickeries even among holiness groups, and they are calling to the church to join hand in hand with them. But the church is armed with the javelin of Phinehas and will thrust through any bold, imposing spirit to keep the camp clean. Many a plea is made to work together, when the fact is that they just are not willing to leave their sinking, compromising sect and whatever reputation they hold there, when God is calling them to come out. These ecumenical spirits have some holiness people fraternizing with devilish modern “tongues” spirits, spiritual deadness and decline, compromise, adultery and other unscriptural practices. As much as we love each soul, and as sincere as some may seem, there are some things the church just cannot fellowship. Fellowship is of the Spirit. It is a pure fellowship, a divine unity (not an “anything goes” union), and is wrought by God.
If you want to be popular, be ecumenical, but I would rather embrace the pure gospel of Jesus Christ in its self-destroying, world-hating fullness, and have Jesus as my Friend, than to have the smiles of ten thousand friends in error.
So here we stand, “encompassed.” The battle lines are drawn and the last battle of the ages against right and wrong, truth and error, purity and uncleanness, is waxing hot. The bride of Christ is being pressured to bow down and “blend,” but she will not allow her purity to be tainted by accepting anything less than the unadulterated Word of God, no matter how “seem-right” it may appear. Her eyes are open and she can see the enemy for what he is. Ecumenical spirits are deceiving souls by the thousands. The slain are many, but the church is still standing on the Rock, faithful to the Word and the Spirit.
“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Eph. 5:11.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? . . .
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” II Cor. 6:14-17.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” I Jn. 4:1.