The Dangers of the Ecumenical Movement

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Carl Joseph

Carl is a biblical scholar, minister, husband, father and life coach. In his mid-twenties he had a powerful encounter with God and saw miraculous healings as a result. He passionately shares these stories and empowers others to fulfill their God-given potential.

Never has deception been so rife in religious circles. The proverbial wolves, which the Apostle Paul warned about, are devouring the modern-day church, to the point of fashioning the Gospel in their own liberal image. Right now, the true gospel is not only at risk of being marginalized but Christianity as a whole, is hurtling toward totally apostasy. In this critical broadcast, Carl names many false teachers who parade in sheep’s clothing, but seek to devour the flock. Tune in now to find out the identity of these charlatans…

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Friend, today we will talk about the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life. The Bible is explicit and exclusive concerning the reality that Jesus is the only ticket to heaven. That means that all the Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, Jehovah’s witnesses, Protestants, Anglicans, Baptists, or Pentecostals all need to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord Savior and if they don’t, they’ll spend an eternity separated from God in a literal Hell of eternal punishment. Just because you’ve sat in a church pew for 30 years doesn’t mean you’re saved anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car! It’s the relationship you hold with Jesus Christ that defines your eternal destination and there are no 2nd chances after you leave this earth.

Now, there’s a rapid rise today in a moving away from true gospel orthodoxy. This apostasy or ecumenicity is rife and many pastors right now focus on God’s love and acceptance without stressing the crucial aspects of repentance, humility, sanctification, and the acknowledgment of our sinful condition. They preach a Gospel without repentance declaring that any path to God is acceptable, as we all end up at the same destination in the end, right? Wrong! Let’s read the words of Jesus and get some clarity on this. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13–15, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

These false prophets pretend to represent Christ but in reality, lead men astray with the message of a works-based religion, discovering the divine God within us all, preaching that all paths lead to heaven, but all the while dressed as wolves in sheep’s clothing. In fact, there is a new dangerous wave of ministers who proclaim a Gospel that won’t be found in the pages of my bible and I’m going to name names today. They claim the road to heaven is wide and inclusive in complete contradiction to the words of Jesus Christ in John 14:6. You see their problem is they conform to this spirit of this world instead of conforming to God’s word. Because of the pressure they feel from modern culture, they buckle to this pressure and twist God’s word in their pursuit of the approval of men instead of God himself. I didn’t write the bible friend but I do preach it and I’m not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This ecumenical movement can be summed up in two words…cowardice and compromise.

When it comes to who will receive God’s word and bear fruit, according to the parable of the sower in Mark chapter four, only 25% of mankind will receive the word gladly and bear fruit, 30, 60 and 100-fold. This is a minority friend, not a majority. That’s why Jesus said, that few find the path to life. However, in religious pluralism (which I do not advocate), some posit that no one religion has access to ‘all truth.’ As a collective, the ecumenical movement surmises, we are ‘all right’ in our choice of God, as we all serve the same God anyway, regardless of which one we choose. All gods are equal and not one of them stands above the rest is their position. They claim there are many paths to heaven; otherwise, it’s unfair to all other religions. They posit that Christians therefore have ‘some truth,’ but not all of it. They claim that no one religion has the absolute truth individually but collectively ‘we all have some part of a bigger truth or greater good.’ No, no, no, no heck no! This is the popular Gospel of ‘inclusivism‘ which is preached today with such voracity and vehemence, that the authentic Gospel is in fear of being lost friend, and this’s why I make this broadcast, to dispel these lies.

Scripture says, ‘let God be true but every man a liar‘ and this compromising Gospel preached by the Emergent Church is from the deep recesses of Hell itself, and is fast becoming more and more prevalent in our society. The fear of offending someone has caused some ministers to rewrite the Gospel itself. I broadcast today to counter the rising tide of this pervasive ecumenical dogma which threatens the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although these ‘Emergent’s’ pose as Christians, their real origin can be found in the New Age Movement, and their errors stem from communing with the ‘dark side’ and reading from corrupt texts to begin with.

The mantra of the ecumenical or Emergent church is that, “Truth is the barrier to unity.” Friend this is a true statement all right, because the truth divides most assuredly because the Gospel is exclusive. If a minority of the earth’s populace chooses Christ, then the majority will be excluded from heaven for their rejection of the truth. Choice trumps everything. Therefore, the true Gospel is offensive; it’s going to offend people when the Holy Spirit convicts a person of sin. Men love the darkness and refuse to have their dark deeds exposed. Jesus did not preach the whole purpose of humanity is to go round accepting everybody in their sinful condition and not judge people, nonsense, God’s word judges you and if you have not the Son of God you are condemned already. We are to live by God’s word and let it judge us. If we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

Proponents of the emergent church preach that Jesus preached love and acceptance when nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus loved people certainly, but loving enough to rebuke and reprove people for their hypocrisy. He was not accepting of their moral condition but challenged people to conform to His teachings and preached of a literal hell if they didn’t. Friend I will not pull punches today. I will name these false prophets and ravening wolves who’re currently preaching a false ecumenical Gospel that also panders to the Roman Papacy, which has never preached the gospel once yet.

The Emergent Church focuses on human experience more than God’s truth but their creed proposes that God lies within us all and just needs to be discovered without a savior. We don’t need to repent of our sins and receive Christ but instead come to the realization of a God which mystically dwells within us. Friend this is the same lie that the serpent posed to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:5 and reflects the teachings of the New Age Movement as well, i.e., that you are a god or you can become a god, if you accept Satan’s lies. And even beyond that, there’s nothing new about the New Age Movement either, it’s simply old-timey Gnosticism. In Gnosticism, evil men re-wrote the bible, claiming Lucifer is the true God and Yahweh God is the devil. These are lies! They twisted scripture to suit their means. The Bible says woe unto them that call evil good and good evil. The reality is that the liberal left has infiltrated not only our nation’s political climate, but the evangelical churches also. Liberalism is the hidden agenda of today’s church and the ecumenical movement is now trying to penetrate the evangelical church.

The terms liberal and Christian should never be found in the same sentence and can never live in harmony with each other. They are diametrically opposed. Now, there are three branches of this ecumenical movement: The Emergent Church, the Seeker sensitive church and Purpose Driven Movement. They focus primarily on unity at the expense of truth and embrace, new age tenets, mysticism, Islamic sympathy, transcendental meditation and question the inerrancy of scripture itself. If you are in one of these churches, run out of the doors as fast as you can because you are a part of an apostate movement.

So here it is, these men and women of the Ecumenical movement are a long list, so get ready, as I read them to you. They serve as a who’s who of heretics: – starting with Rob Bell, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Mark Driscoll, Bill Hybels, Martin Buber, Doug Pagitt, Eric Fromm, Chuck Fromm, Tony Jones, Dallas Willard, Jim Wallace, Anthony Campolo, Dan Kimball, Brennan Manning, Ken Wilbur, Brian McLaren, Mark Hyman, Richard Abanas, Peter Drucker, David Spangler, Leonard Sweet, Shaine Claiborne, Thomas Merton, Mark Oestreicher, Eckhart Tohle, Marianne Williamson, Jurgen Moltmann, Daniel Amen, Bob Buford, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Eric Butterworth, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and finally, last but not least, Spencer Burke.

Some of these teachers teach transcendental meditation and repetitious prayer which seeks to converse with demonic spirits. Instead of going to God’s word for wisdom they seek false wisdom from the fallen spirit world through experiential meditation. They preach mediation which by their definition is clearing the mind but the Bible speaks of filling the mind with scripture and this is true biblical meditation spoken of in the book of Psalms and Joshua. All forms of unscriptural and unsanctioned meditation result in contact with demonic spirits that seek to deceive man. Contact with these so-called spirit guides always reveals that Christ’s sacrifice did not atone for the sins of man and but we should desire a cosmic consciousness where the individual has no value but the collective reigns supreme. The truth is friend, we can never experience God through the demonic realm this is in fact the very definition of mysticism and strictly forbidden in the Holy Writ.

If you have writings, or material by these men or women, throw them in the trash right now. They’re preaching a false Gospels and they’re false prophets preaching heresy; leading men into eternal damnation. They don’t believe Jesus is the one true God or in the rapture of the church, eternal judgment, the tribulation period, or the millennial reign of Christ. They have no fear of God friend and do not revere His name. Their focus is saving the earth and the unity of men. They also believe that Christians can unite with Muslims because we believe in the same God, which is utterly ridiculous because Islam teaches God has no son and Jesus is not the savior of the world. This friend is a precursor to the apostate church of revelation lead by the false prophet and ruled by the Antichrist. The great Harlot of the book of Revelation embraces all religions which are all equal and on par with each other, just as this ecumenical church does. They proclaim that truth is debatable and God’s word is not inerrant. Their churches pander to culture and become seeker sensitive to reach the lost, compromising the Gospel in the process.

The underlying theme of this movement is the unification of all religions; that we are all God’s people and Christ is redundant. But the bible says, those that are led by the Holy Spirit are the sons of God. Muslims, Hindu’s, Buddhists, New Ager’s, and Christians do not all worship the same God and that’s a fact. This concept of humanity worshiping the same God in different forms is the greatest lie of all and unfortunately many Christians are embracing this false teaching today. In the Quran for example it denies that Jesus is the son of God, nine times, so how can Muslims themselves claim they worship the same God as Christians when their denial of God is written in their source text. Rick Warren especially with his “Chrislam” movement is a major proponent of the union of Christianity and Islam but like I said the Quran teaches the opposite.

Rick Warren (who is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations), and Brian McLaren recently signed a document that agreed that the God of Islam and Christianity are one and the same. They need to repent while they still have time and beg God for forgiveness before they both breathe their last breath. That’s the same Rick Warren who calls Bible prophecy a “diversion from the devil” in his book, Purpose Driven life. That means 1/3rd of the bible is a diversion…I don’t think so Rick. This is the same Rick Warren who also said in an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, in Jan 16th, 2006, that “fundamental Christians are one of the big enemies of the 21st Century.” Well, that makes me enemy number one Rick.

Friend when did you last pick up the Bible and read it for yourself? Are you aware of the doctrine of devils spoken of by some of the most popular preachers of the day? Have you exercised your senses to discern between good and evil? Can you tell when false doctrine comes across your path? My fear for you is that you may not be able to, unless you know the truth of God’s word for yourself. Friend, just because a minister is popular doesn’t mean he’s preaching the Gospel at all. The trouble is many Christians today think popularity is the stamp of approval, even in the eyes of God and it must mean the preacher’s message is true. Friend don’t be deceived, dig into the word for yourself and make sure the preachers message lines up with scripture…including mine…

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  • Having enjoyed Spring Harvest for several years I am concerned to see that Rick Warren has been booked to speak at the event next year! Are they blind to his teachings I wonder?

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