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The ecumenism

What God says about the ecumenism in His Word

I am now going to talk about ecumenism, one of the most difficult subjects to develop.

At the present time there are two christianism categories in the world : the big majority (catholic, protestant and some charismatics) who is ecumenical and the minority who follow and obey to the Bible complete teaching. All the evangelical churches superficially follow the biblical teaching, but little by little are turning away from it to join to ecumenism and to accept more and more the centreboards in the spiritual practice, as cohabitation among other things (plus see the other texts of this website) what is very serious.

The ecumenism, as it nowadays is is appeared in the 1940's to the United States and it is the term who is given for the all Christian churches union, for that they are only one. At the beginning, the ecumenism especially only touched catholicism et protestantism. Little by little some numerous evangelical churches, principally charismatics, have joined the first ones. Since awhile, it is the big confusion because the ecumenicals begin some dialogues with some other religions, particularly with Buddhists, Hindouists and Muslims. They certainly forgot that they have not the same god, same if a lot of people say that there is only one god for everybody, what is completely wrong. It is useful to remember the God's commandment : 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me.' (Exodus 20 : 3). Same the occultism, the homosexuality, the eroticism and others have been admit in a big ecumenical meeting in June 2001. The problem of the all Christians' union is that they turn away from the biblical truths. They certainly base themselves to John 17 : 22 : 'And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.'. They want the unity and they simply ignore what the Lord Jesus Christ say in Luc 12 : 51 : 'Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth ? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.'. If Jesus Christ came to give the division, what the ecumenism comes to do here ?

Someone told me lately that Jesus Christ ask us to no judge the other persons : 'Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged : and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.' (Matthew 7 : 1 - 2). I am most certainly agree with this person, but she forgets that to be Christian it is not only to love its neighbour : 'But thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself' (Leviticus 19 : 18) and not judge the other persons, but we particularly have to submit to God : 'Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.' (James 4 : 7) and obey him : 'Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men.' (Acts 5 : 29). For be able to obey and be submit to God, we have to have the faith, who is not only to believe that Jesus Christ is the God's Son came on earth to save us, but we have to consider him as our Lord and Savior. The description of the faith is in Hebrews 11 : 1 : 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' and for better know the patriarchs' faith and obedience, I recommend you to read all Hebrews 11.

In the practice, the aim of the ecumenism is the dialogue between all the Christian churches and the collaboration between them at the time of religious meetings. What is more serious, it is that the evangelical churches more and more numerous let themselves involve by the ecumenical movement, without to realize that they prefer follow this way rather than to stay in the biblical truths practice. There is a complete confusion when there also is a dialogue with the other religions, as I said it above. How can we be Christian to disown the verse who say : 'Jesus saith unto him. I am the way, the truth, and the life : no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.' (John 14 : 6) ? In my opinion, we cannot to dialogue with some other religions believers and maintain the biblical truths, that is impossible. A Christian should know that there is only one God : 'One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.' (Ephesians 4 : 6), so, all dialogue can not be possible. The Lord Jesus Christ nowhere teach us to go to dialogue with some other religions, but to go among all nations for make of them some Christians : 'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost : Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you : and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.' (Matthew 28 : 19 - 20). The problem at the present time is that the people are more and more attracted by the atmosphere who prevail in those religious meetings and are unfortunately no more able to discern what is biblical of what is not. What is the most important for them it is to follow the movement and the believers majority. What is sad in all that it is that the small part of the faithful Christians to the biblical teaching is considred as sectarian.

The Bible teachs us to separate from those who are in the error. I don't say that we don't have to have some friendly relationships with catholics or others anymore, because we cannot to know what is the God's plan for them. To take part in some ecumenical meetings it is to accept this practice and if we are some Christians opposed to the ecumenism, we have to go away from it, by obedience to the God's Word. The Apostle Paul says us in Romans 16 : 17 - 18 : 'Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.'. Most certainly all those who call themselves Christians will say that they serve Jesus Christ, but is it really to serve Him that to disobey to his teaching ? The clearest biblical passage is certainly the one of 2 Corinthians 6 : 14 - 18 : '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 ? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel ? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols ? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.'. These verses clearly show us that we have not to collaborate with some people or some practices who are not faithful to God. The Apostle Paul clearly says it on several occasions. In 2 Thessalonians 3 : 6, he says : 'Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.'. In 2 Timothy 3 : 5, he says : 'Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof : from such turn away.'. He adds : 'If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed : for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.' (2 John 1 : 10 - 11). There would have again a lot of other biblical passages to quote, but I thing that the ones I mentioned are already very clear.

As I said above, the faithful Christians to the biblical teaching who obey in all things to what God says us are a little minority who have not much of chance to be heard by the big ecumenical majority. In spite of that it is in our duty to denounce this practice who is the beginning of the apostasy described in the Bible : 'Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.' (Ephesians 5 : 10 - 11). God not call His People by some practices that He don't approve, but by the preaching : 'For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.' (1 Corinthians 1 : 21). So, all churches who search to call the non Christians to come to God by the ecumenism, by the atmosphere that we find in their meetings, are doing wrong way. Only a faithful preaching to the divine teaching is effective. But before to condemn the ecumenism, it is important to examine the biblical texts with discernment and to announce the Bible truths.

The biblical verses come from the King James Version