THE ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT
What came first, the chicken or the egg? Although we know the answer to this famous question, that is, the chicken came before the egg, we can ask this question in regard to the Ecumenical Movement.
What came first, the apostate church or the ecumenical movement? The Bible tells us that in the last days, the church will turn away from the truth. Another way of putting it is, the church will replace sound Biblical doctrine with ‘feel good’ theology and ‘everyone get along, brotherhood’ fellowship. If a doctrine causes division, don’t teach it. ‘Brotherhood of the saints’ trumps. Doctrines like hell, sin, judgment, condemnation, and such will be stricken from the pulpit. Everyone come and everyone get along.
We know that just before the Anti-Christ comes on the scene, there will be a one-world currency, government, and religion. The, orthodox religions (Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopal denominations) will come together with Roman Catholicism and the Greek Orthodox Church into one religion, with world wide ramifications. Now, a new term has come on the horizon. Christlam, a combining of Christianity and Islam.
Human beings are religious by nature because they are spiritual beings. When men move away from the Truth, they by nature move to a lie. Man cannot live in a vacuum or religious void. He will join a false religion or make one up himself. When the Anti-Christ comes to power, the major religions of the world will have already come together in a common bond and brotherhood so they can collectively accept Him.
“… when the Son of Man (Jesus) comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)
The implied answer to this question is no. Why do religious men want to come together? Why this ‘Ecumenical Movement’. The answer is that God holds them to a higher standard than they want to be held. Rather than lifting themselves up to a Holy God through faith in Jesus Christ, they want to bring God down to their level. They want to dictate to God what the standards will be, and compel all who want to hide their sin to conform. Of course, one may hear the name Jesus come up from time to time, but it won’t be in terms referenced Him in the Bible.
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
Rather than conform themselves to the Truth, it’s much easier to live a lie, in this case, that lie being the Ecumenical Movement.
If one studies the history of the church in Europe over the past centuries, they will find battles fought over disagreements. During the inquisition, the Roman Catholic Church killed tens of thousands of people who refused to conform to Catholic dogma. During the crusades, battles were fought due to the struggles between kings and pops, each vying for dominance.
To this day, the Church of England is the ‘official’ church, with the queen at its head, in violation of Scripture. Men have been trying to pull religion together for centuries, and will one day soon accomplish that very thing.
Those involved in the ‘Ecumenical Movement’ will one day turn their focus away from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and worship the Anti-Christ, who is yet to come.
* ‘Word of God’ refers to the Bible only, in all instances in this work. No other source is assumed in that phrase. The Bible is God’s inerrant, infallible, and complete and sole Word to mankind. No other work on earth appends too or replaces the Bible.
** All Bible references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted.