As a former Roman Catholic, it never ceases to amaze me that there is such little resistance to the modern-day ecumenical movement in the world today. I remind you once again that we are fortunate to have a Bible in our hands because of the many men and women of God who stood against the church of Rome. I can testify to you today that it was the precious seed of God’s Word that opened my eyes to the gross deception and darkness of the Roman Catholic system, and I am forever grateful to the Lord for that. Here is an excerpt from a 2014 statement from the Vatican Information Service:
POPE RECEIVES ECUMENICAL DELEGATION FROM FINLAND; URGES CONTINUOUS EFFORT FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Vatican City, 17 January 2014 (VIS) – Today the Pope received in audience an ecumenical delegation from the Lutheran Church of Finland during their annual pilgrimage to Rome. They have been celebrating the feast of Saint Henry of Uppsala, patron saint of Finland, in this manner for 25 years now.
The Holy Father addressed them, saying: “The Apostle asks the members of the community of Corinth, marked by divisions, ‘Is Christ divided?’ This question has been chosen as the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian unity, which begins tomorrow. Today it is addressed to us. Faced with voices that no longer recognize the full and visible unity of the church as an achievable goal, we are invited to not give up our ecumenical efforts, faithful to what the Lord Jesus himself asked of the Father: ‘That they may all be one’.”
I have seen the great inroads that have been made by Rome into the modern-day church over the past 25 years. It has been over 29 years since the original the ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together) agreement of 1994 which was spearheaded by the late Chuck Colson and many others.
When you mention Roman Catholicism in a negative way and speak about their false doctrines, people tend to just shrug their shoulders, and say “who cares?” The leaven that the Lord Jesus Christ warned his followers about (Mark 8:15) have been ignored to their own peril and destruction. Pope Francis talks about the “unity of the church”, but he needs to be reminded that the true church can never be mixed with the false and demonic teachings of the Roman Catholic church! Here is another excerpt from the recent Vatican statement:
Here we find the room to grow in communion and in unity among, promoting spiritual ecumenism, which is born directly from the commandment of love that Jesus left his disciples. The Second Vatican Council also made reference to this dimension: ‘This change of heart and holiness of life, along with public and private prayer for the unity of Christians, should be regarded as the soul of the whole ecumenical movement, and merits the name, “spiritual ecumenism”.’ Ecumenism is, in fact, a spiritual process, which is carried out in faithful obedience to the Father, in fulfilment of Christ’s will, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” [Vatican City, 17 January 2014 (VIS)]
Pope Francis declared that “Ecumenism is, in fact, a spiritual process, which is carried out in faithful obedience to the Father, in fulfillment of Christ’s will, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
Hold your horses Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis). I left your Roman Catholic system over 34 years ago and my exit was in faithful obedience to the Father, in fulfillment of Christ’s will, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit! It was the Holy Spirit who opened my eyes to the spiritual deception that I was in, and he told me to leave immediately. It was the Lord Jesus Christ who showed me that your Roman Catholic Mass was an absolute insult to the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. It was the Lord Jesus Christ who showed me that there was no such place as Purgatory. It was the Lord Jesus Christ who showed me that Mary and all the Roman Catholic saints were man-made and counterfeit mediators. It was the Lord Jesus Christ who showed me that I was NOT born again at my infant baptism, but many years later, when I turned to him in faith at the age of thirty-six. Jorge, you need to get saved yourself, and you need to stop preaching the counterfeit gospel of the Vatican.
I wrote about the well-known Christian Evangelist Luis Palau and his intermingling with the Roman Catholic Church at his crusades.
I have heard Luis Palau being described as the Billy Graham of South America because of his widespread appeal and the large crusades.
“Palau’s July 2007 Festival in Omaha, Nebraska, was endorsed by Catholic Archbishop Elden Curtiss. Not only did the Catholic archbishop address the crowd personally, but the Catholics were allowed to put up a tent at the entrance to the venue to distribute rosaries and Catholic material and priests greeted the people as they entered the crusade grounds (Catholic Voice, Archdiocese of Omaha, Aug. 10, 2007). Each participant filled out a card indicating religions background, and all the cards stating Catholic were given to the Catholic churches for follow up (Catholic Voice, June 8, 2007). [Way of Life Literature, Luis Palau and Rome, May 1, 2013, by David Cloud]
When you have such compromise going on in large arenas like that, it only continues to allow the leaven of Rome to get deeper within the “church” and accepted more readily. I have written about Billy Graham and how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has been working hand in hand with the Roman Catholic Church for many decades now. A well-documented book by Dr. Cathy Burns reveals that Billy Graham removed the warnings concerning Roman Catholicism from his own Crusade Edition of the Halley’s Bible Handbook.
“The original Halley’s up until the 22nd edition (1959), warned about the Jesuits. There are chapters about the Roman Papacy, and the Jesuits. According to Mrs. Halley, Mr. Halley spent years working on those chapters and never would have permitted the book to be changed. However, after Mr. Halley died, Billy Graham bought the rights to his book, and removed all the research and warning about the Jesuits in the editions Billy Graham printed.” [Billy Graham And His Friends: A Hidden Agenda? By Dr Cathy Burns, page 440, Published by Sharing]
I love putting up articles such as this one because I know (from experience) that few people ever take the time to search out the doctrines of Rome, and what they truly teach and believe. In the modern-day church if you can say “I love Jesus” then you are in, no matter what others may say. You can also teach your parrot or parakeet to say “I love Jesus” if you so desire. The Pope also declares that he loves Jesus, but the only problem is, that the gospel of Rome, of which the Pope is the head, preaches a different gospel than the one which Jesus Christ proclaimed.
The modern-day ecumenical movement, (false unity movement) kind of reminds me of a scene from the “The Wizard of Oz” movie. Do you remember the part, where the little dog Toto pulled the curtain back, to reveal the “Wizard” inside pulling the levers? The Wizard was deceiving all the people, giving off the impression that he was someone big and powerful, but he was not. The modern-day church with its multimedia “gospel” stations, the humongous crusades, and everything else gives off the impression something BIG is happening. This must be JESUS is the cry, but it is nothing but smokescreens. Satan, the father of lies, is the one pulling the levers, and sending out the smokescreens, and deceiving precious souls. The devil is singing right along with all the rest, keeping them distracted, watching carefully, lest someone attempt to pull back the curtain, and expose this whole charade! The Holy Spirit, anointing the God’s Word, is the only one who can pull the curtain back, and expose the fakers and the compromisers inside.
The Devil will say:
“Pay no attention to the ecumenical Pastor man/woman behind the curtain, with his false doctrines, can’t you see that he loves Jesus.”
“Pay no attention to that Priest on the altar, can’t you see that he loves Jesus too!”
“More smoke and more fog please, enlarge the image, raise the volume, increase the FIRE. That’s it REVIVAL has arrived! Do you see the love? Pay no attention to the false doctrines, my brother, my sister, God is truly moving here! It’s showtime folks!”
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. (2 Corinthians 11:1-3)
The apostle Paul knew long ago that there would be wolves invading the church. He wept night and day for three years because of his love for souls. That man was once a very deceived, and hell-bound man, who tasted of the mercy of God in a dramatic way. Paul knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he deserved nothing but the lowest part of Hell, but he received the grace and mercy of God instead.
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous WOLVES enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. (Acts 20:26-31)
The job of the shepherd is to protect and watch over the sheep. The shepherd should have a sharp and keen eye open to the possibility of wolves coming in. Why? Because wolves KILL sheep. The apostle Paul was one of the few true shepherds who truly loved and cared for his sheep (souls). Paul knew that the wolves would be coming, and he shouted out the warning as best he could. (Acts 20:26-31) Paul wanted them to record (make a note) that he, in fact, was pure from the blood of men, because he gave the people the full counsel of God. That statement could not be made by the great majority of Pastors and leaders in this modern-day church. Their hands are not pure from the blood of all men. In fact, their hands are absolutely drenched with the blood of precious souls, because of their failure to protect from the wolves, such as Rome!
The Protestant name came because of those who protested Rome and their wickedness. We possess a Bible today, because of those who stood against Rome and their false gospel. Many were sent to the flames because they protested a gospel that damned men’s souls. People like John Huss, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and millions of others cared enough and loved people to get the scriptures in the hands of the common man. It is so sad, and disgraceful that the modern day “ministers” remain silent while the “big name” evangelists work hand in hand with Rome. Most people have absolutely no idea that there are over 100 anathemas (curses) from the Council of Trent, which were UPHELD by the Council of VATICAN II (the Ecumenical Council) against people who would DISAGREE with THEIR TEACHINGS! I am happy and BLESSED to tell you that I am numbered among those who have been anathematized (cursed) by Rome! I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for his beautiful grace and mercy and so great salvation!
An Anathema (curse) according to Roman Catholic Church, pronounces excommunication upon heretics and gross sinners. The consequence is eternal damnation unless the one who was anathematized repents and returns to the Roman Catholic Church. Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis), I am not coming back anytime soon! Here is the excerpt from Vatican II regarding those curses!
“This sacred council accepts loyally the venerable faith of our ancestors in the living communion which exists between us and our brothers who are in the glory of heaven or who are yet being purified after death; and it proposes again the decrees of the Second Council of Nicea, of the Council of Florence, and of the Council of Trent.” Vatican II Volume I Costello Publishing Co. Northport, New York
Here are just a few of those anathemas in detail!
Regarding Justification by Faith: Session 6 Canon 30
“If anyone says that after the reception of the grace of justification the guilt is so remitted and the debt of eternal punishment so blotted out to every repentant sinner, that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be discharged either in this world or in purgatory before the gates of heaven can be opened, let him be anathema.”
Regarding the “Sacrifice of the Mass”: Session 22 Canon 1
“If anyone says that in the Mass a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God; or that to be offered is nothing else than that Christ is given us to eat, let him be anathema.”
Session 22 Canon 3
“If anyone says that the sacrifice of the Mass is one only of praise and thanksgiving; or that it is a mere commemoration of the sacrifice consummated on the cross but not a propitiatory one; or that it profits him only who receives, and ought not to be offered for the living and the dead, for sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities, let him be anathema.”
Regarding the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Session 13 Canon 1
“If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, let him be anathema.”
Regarding the Roman Catholic Sacraments: Session 7 Canon 4
“If anyone says that the Sacraments of the New Law are not necessary for Salvation but are superfluous, and that without them or without the desire of them men obtain from God through Faith alone the grace of justification, though all are not necessary for each one, let him be anathema.”
I am a born again (John 3:1-8), blood washed (Romans 5:8-9), Bible-believing Christian. As a former Roman Catholic, I would fall under every single one of their anathemas (curses) according to Rome. If you are an Evangelical, born-again Christian, then you also fall under those same curses without realizing it! This is not something from the Middle Ages, ladies, and gentlemen, but this is the Roman Catholic doctrine of 2014. The modern-day pastor (wizard) behind the curtain is not interested in this stuff, if everybody loves Jesus, that is the only thing that counts.
“We are all one people in Jesus, can’t you see that the Roman Catholics love Jesus too! We all sing the same songs! Pay no attention to the soul damning doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, they are not THAT important!” “
“Eat the meat and spit out the bones my dear brother, my dear sister, can’t you see that we are having a revival today.”
Unfortunately, the “leaders” of today, have made the fatal mistake, of spitting out the meat (the truth of the scriptures) and have swallowed the bones (of the Roman Catholic false gospel). The men and women behind their curtains have deceived many over the decades but so few, ever seem to notice, or even care. What’s a hundred curses between friends?