Monday, March 31, 2008

Ecumenicism, Inclusivism, and Universalism: Thank You Mistress Rome, Rick Warren, and the Emergent Church Movement!

Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries has a new article on the ecumenical Emergent, Samir Selmonovich.

This article made me think of other quotes by famous heretics in professing Christianity and you can see The Merge happening (at the price of Truth and hate for Christ Jesus). Clearly the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has embraced "New" Ageism and continues to spread it over time, so that on the one hand The Mistress (called this in Trent Council CANON III) says only in her is there salvation (RCC Catechism #845 & #846), but on the other hand she embraces false religions has having good things in them which lead them to the truth (based on works, of course).

I can truly see how the One World religion in the very last days could very well come about. Remember: both Islam and the Mistress Rome have held "convert or die" for centuries, just as the Lawless One will do in the last days.

Mistress Rome and Islam and Other Religions

The Roman Catholic Encyclopedia says: Nostra Aetate:Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions The Second Vatican Council Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI October 28, 1965 Paul, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God, together with the Fathers of the Sacred Council. For Everlasting Memory.

"The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions [Hinduism, Buddism]. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. The Church therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men."

"The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself, merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes great pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgement when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. "

"Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, this Sacred Synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom."

RCC Catechism # 843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as "a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life."

RCC Cat. # 841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."

Scripture, however says:

2Jn 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

2Jn 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

Catholic churches in the Netherlands should use the name Allah for God to ease tensions between Muslims and Christians, says a Dutch bishop.

Recently Benedict Ratzinger "baptized" a prominent Italian Muslim. Remember Muslims are given permission to lie:

The principle of Al-Takeyya over at Islam Review:

The Arabic word, "Takeyya", means "to prevent," or guard against. The principle of Al Takeyya conveys the understanding that Muslims are permitted to lie as a preventive measure against anticipated harm to one's self or fellow Muslims. This principle gives Muslims the liberty to lie under circumstances that they perceive as life threatening. They can even deny the faith, if they do not mean it in their hearts. Al-Takeyya is based on the following Quranic verse:

"Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution (prevention), that ye may Guard yourselves from them (prevent them from harming you.) But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah." Surah 3: 28

According to this verse a Muslim can pretend to befriend infidels (in violation of the teachings of Islam) and display adherence with their unbelief to prevent them from harming him. Under the concept of Takeyya and short of killing another human being, if under the threat of force, it is legitimate for Muslims to act contrary to their faith. The following actions are acceptable:

Drink wine, abandon prayers, and skip fasting during Ramadan.
Renounce belief in Allah.
Kneel in homage to a deity other than Allah.
Utter insincere oaths

End quote.

Remember, the Quran says Allah is the greatest of deceivers according to Surah 3:54. Is it any wonder they so easily lie? Their own father is the Father of Lies.

What better way for Islam to gain a hold of the Mistress Rome, than to infiltrate her? Roman Catholicism sees Islam as a threat no doubt, due to Islam's increasing numbers.

Theresa of Calcutta was a unversalist

"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers." - Theresa of Calcutta

"There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. I follow Christ..." Sayings of "Mother" Theresa

Billy Graham Is a Universalist (or at least an Inclusivist):

Billy Graham's inclusion of RCC...this is especially condemning of Graham because he holds John Paul 2 up as a believer, all the while Paul 2 blasphemed the very sacrifice of Christ through the damnable eucharist in Mass, taught the dogmas of the RCC which went directly against grace alone in Christ alone apart from any works. John Paul 2 was deceiving millions world-wide:

Dr. Graham told Larry King he had the privilege of seeing the Pope on several occasions at the Vatican.

"And tonight, I have a very strange feeling of loss. I almost feel as though one of my family members has gone. I loved him very much and had the opportunity of discussing so many things with him. And we wrote each other several times during the years," Dr. Graham said.

KING: You said that he was an Evangelist.

GRAHAM: He was, indeed. He traveled throughout the world to bring his Christian message to the world. And we see tonight the outpouring from the world that he touched. And I think he touched almost everybody in the whole world.

KING: There is no question in your mind that he is with God now?

GRAHAM: Oh, no. There may be a question about my own, but I don't think Cardinal Wojtyla, or the Pope -- I think he's with the Lord, because he believed. He believed in the Cross. That was his focus throughout his ministry, the Cross, no matter if you were talking to him from personal issue or an ethical problem, he felt that there was the answer to all of our problems, the cross and the resurrection. And he was a strong believer.

Television interview of Billy Graham by Robert Schuller. Part 1, an approximately 7-minute-long broadcast in Southern California on Saturday, May 31, 1997. The following is an exact transcript* of an excerpt close to the end of this broadcast. Go here for the transcript.

Schuller:Tell me, what do you think is the future of Christianity?

Graham:Well, Christianity and being a true believer--you know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ. And I don't think that we're going to see a great sweeping revival, that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time. I think James answered that, the Apostle James in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said that God's purpose for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think that they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven.

Schuller:What, what I hear you saying that it's possible for Jesus Christ to come into human hearts and soul and life, even if they've been born in darkness and have never had exposure to the Bible. Is that a correct interpretation of what you're saying?

Graham:Yes, it is, because I believe that. I've met people in various parts of the world in tribal situations, that they have never seen a Bible or heard about a Bible, and never heard of Jesus, but they've believed in their hearts that there was a God, and they've tried to live a life that was quite apart from the surrounding community in which they lived.

(For the video of the above exchange go to Christian Research Network.)

However God says otherwise:

Act 4:11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Php 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Fatheer.

Rom 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Rick Warren is a Universalist:

Berit Kjos has quotes from new ager Alice Bailey and from Rick Warren on his inclusivism as well at Crossroad:

I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.” —Rick Warren Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion: Religion and Leadership,” with David Gergen and Rick Warren

“...You may be Catholic or Protestant or Buddhist or Baptist or Muslim or Mormon or Jewish or Jain, or you have no religion at all. I’m not interested in your religious background. Because God did not create the universe for us to have religion. He came for us to have a relationship with him.” —Rick Warren United Nations, Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, September 2005

Jimmy Carter is a Universalist

Differences of belief -- even among Muslims, Jews and Christians -- are outweighed by a common commitment ‘to truth …’ [Presiden Jimmy ]Carter said. “A World of Baptists” by Greg Warner, Associated Baptist Press, 8/5/05

New Ager Alice Bailey is a Universalist

This Oneness is found in Theosophy (part of the “Ancient Wisdom”) taught by both Alice Bailey and H. P. Blavatsky. It includes the following widespread principles listed by the Blavatsky Net Foundation:

Brotherhood is a fact in nature. We are ONE at the highest spiritual component of our nature. We are sparks from one flame.”

“The religions of the world are branches on the tree whose trunk is the one ancient - once universal - wisdom religion. The religions are the tributaries of one great river.”
“Humanity’s potential is infinite and every being has a contribution to make toward a grander world. We are all in it together. We are one.”


NWProdigal said...

It's rather obvious, isn't it, that all who buy into the New Age, and ecumenical ideas, end up showing themselves to reject the gospel? Do they forget that Jesus said MOST people will not be saved?? Universalists include the Emergents and probably most of the Missionals, though it makes you wonder why they bother to try and reach the ones who hate church if they're all going to be saved anyway. Oh, that's right...stupid me...they're going to make heaven on earth for Jesus to come back to!
Save the whales and save the earth; yeah, that's was Christ's message - NOT!

Also, it's interesting that the RCC condemned "quietism" for a very long time (or at least they do here):

and "centering prayer" here:

Yet they have moved toward it recently:

The Catholic Church will be turned on by her fawning admirers as predicted in Revelation 19:2, because she stands only for what suits her at the time.

Great post Diane!

NWProdigal said...

Ooops! Sorry Denise, for calling you Diane!!

Drew said...

Hey Denise,

Looks like there's a large number of false teachers and wolves to keep our eye on. I recently had the privlege of an e-mail conversation with Pastor Ken Silva and he said that he felt like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. Keep up the good work in getting out the biblical gospel! I appreciate your blog.


Manny said...

Thanks Diane. I just recently had a long fruitless discussion with a seemingly discerning family member, who refuses to see the truth about this apostate religion. I read much of Ken's posts, but missed this one.
Thanks for your work here on your blog. I'm going to put a link on mine to you.