Satan’s embedded ecumenical message in today’s gospel
There are two different views on the purpose of the ecumenical movement based upon two different levels of ecumenicalism.
The first level of ecumenicalism is those of like faith coming together and building bridges of outreach to each other. This can be those with similar doctrines such as the Assemblies of God and the Four Square churches. However it can be a bridge that connects historical antagonist such as the Protestant and Catholic faiths.
The second level of ecumenicalism is building a bridge between two completely different faiths such as the Christian and the Muslim, the Buddhist and even the Wiccan.
Now for the different types of purposes:
Firstly some would advocate that within the body of Christ we need to embrace the ecumenical movement to prove that the father has sent His Son.
I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Secondly some say the ecumenical movement’s purpose is to bring all religions of the world into unity in preparation for the one world religion that will worship the antichrist. Christian, Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslim, Wiccan, Satanism and all the rest will be subject to worship the beast or be killed.
He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
Of course many Christians are expecting a great falling away during those days when ones life will be on the line if one does not accept the one world ecumenical movement and worship the image of the beast.
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;
With this in mind, many believers are resistant to any encroachment of the ecumenical movement upon their denomination. But even with the effort of the diligent saints to resist such a merging of faiths, Satan has had his way with the church, even those which resist the ecumenical movement with veracity.
Most churches willingly and unwilling are moving towards the one world religion which will embrace the antichrist and worship his image. Even though most churches consider themselves outside of this camp, they are fully in this camp. Satan has cleverly manipulated the message of the church to remove us from the uniqueness of our gospel and its universal application. When we leave what makes our gospel unique and its universal application, we have embraced an ecumenical message that blends us together with other religions.
When we in the church preach messages on being a better person, what is unique about that to our faith? How about overcoming anger or better marriages? Does not these things appeal to the message of the other faiths as well? How about our sermons on living a more abundant, prosperous life? Do we think the other religions don’t have this same desire or message? I suppose we think the other religions of the world have never spoken of living a life full of joy either? When we preach so called Christian psychology messages from the pulpit, we are preaching humanism and man’s wisdom. Find that in Paul’s gospel.
What is our gospel in the simplest form that makes our Christian message unique and universal in its application? When you hear a message from the pulpit, ask yourself if you can find this preached in any of Paul’s letters. If not look in Peter’s, maybe John’s, not there either, try Jude. My point is we boast of having the complete gospel of God to mankind, yet many believers don’t hear messages we can find preached in scripture. We can find snippets preaching, meaning “Biblical Application” but not one actual teaching in an Epistle to validate much of what is said behind the pulpit now days.
So called “Biblical Application” is a slippery slope. Especially when we can not find that message preached in our gospel. For instance, I have a friend who jokingly says the way to become wise is to have many wives. It worked for Solomon. But can this “Biblical Application” be found to be preached in any New Testament writings? No it is not, but many saints never ask such questions of cleverly assembled messages with lots of wit and humor.
Think I go too far? Think I am being to simplistic when I ask if you can find that message preached in scripture, without “Biblical Application”? I am sure many of us would think Sunday mornings pretty dull if we only preached what we can see preached in scripture. I know of a dull drum kind of a guy who is worst than I in this opinion, if you can believe it.
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
We have his word which he has preached not only to us but the whole world. So why do we insist that we can preach other than what he preached, as if we have some special revelation, insight or gospel. As if Paul’s letters are lacking without such insight from us. Paul was such a stickler on his gospel he gave the following warning.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
For erring on the side of what Paul has taught us I will be the simpleton who lacks all understanding and creativity. But I can guarantee you that I will have a gospel message that is unique and has universal application.
However, if we preach ecumenical messages we are an ecumenical church, whether we want to believe it or not. If we have lost what has made our message to the world unique we are preachers of the new one world religion with our blended messages. So go ahead and call yourselves His, but it is Satan you have bought into.
 John 17:23
 Revelations 13:15
 2 Thessalonians 2:3
 I Corinthians 15:1-2
 Galatians 1:8-9