THE GOOD NEWS MINISTRY AND MISSIONS OUTREACH PROCLAIMING THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST!
Revealing The Ecumenical 'One World Church' in the Light of God's Inspired Word
1. THE STAGE IS SET
Do you know ... That the Bible teaches there will be a one world church during the Great Tribulation? That this one world church will be under the leadership of Antichrist? That the World Council of Churches and its national bodies - the Canadian Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches - have as their goal a one-world church? That the Charismatic Movement is a definite part of the one world church program by bringing together Protestants, Catholics and even other world religions far beyond that which the WCC could ever do.
It is almost impossible to read a newspaper or magazine without finding some reference to the ecumenical movement. The word Ecumenical means to establish and inhabit "world-wide" and it refers primarily to the effort now being put forth to form a world-wide church.
Did You know that various Ecumenical meetings around the world have also included representatives of non-Christian religions? Its a fact! The program of ecumenicalism has the ultimate goal of a one world church system which would be "all inclusive", uniting all the religions of the world - Christian and non-Christian. This is the ultimate goal. A One World Church System, to eventually be headed up by a one world religious leader! Think about it! It is happening right before your eyes - a One World Church System - happening now.
Do you, as a professing Bible Believing Christian really want to be part of this apostasy?
Think about it! If you are responsible for committing yourself to, and persuading others to join in this apostasy, you are not only sacrificing your place in God's kingdom, but also the lives of those around you. What a waste. What a blatant outright disregard of, and rebellion against, the Holy Word Of God. Be Not Deceived. for what a man soweth so shall he reap.
It all looks pretty good on the outside, it has great window dressing, great public relations and great humanitarian appeal, but inside it is full of abominations, desolations, secret agenda's, deceptions and outright apostasy!
The one uniting theme being sung around the world today to proclaim this one world church program is "Peace, Prosperity", "environmentalism", "humanitarianism" and "Social Justice"
If you want to see this One World False Church Ecumenical Movement in action one needs to look no further then the Visions Television network here in Canada. Here they promote the Ecumenical multi-faith one world False church system on a daily basis - check it out for yourself - just watch Spirit Connection Skylight or other Ecumenical shows on the network! Here they promote "Multi-faithism" or "Pluralism" or in other words, that all roads (religions) can lead to God or heaven, instead of by Jesus only!
This movement became recognized with the formation of the World Council of Churches in 1944. From 1944 to 1961 this Council was of interest primarily to Protestant denominations. But in November of 1961 when the World Council met at New Delhi there were Roman Catholic observers present for the first time.
This brought about a new emphasis in the Ecumenical interest. The morning worship prayer of November 29, 1961 was a prayer that would be acceptable to Catholics as well as Protestants: "Christ our true God, by the intercessions of His most pure mother ever-virgin Mary: of our Father among the Saints, John Crysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople: of the holy martyrs Paramonus, Piloumenus and Faidre, whose day it is and of all the Saints, will have mercy upon us and save us, for He is good and He loveth mankind. Amen."
Then we have the first Ecumenical Council called by Pope John and re-called by his successor Pope Paul. Pope Paul's first message to the world pledged to continue the Vatican ecumenical council and strive for international peace and co-operation amongst all religions and beliefs.
The New York Herald Tribune carried this news item:
Writing of his coronation address, the paper said, "In a speech with passages in Latin, Italian, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and German, the Pope said his choice of the name Paul was an inspiration to seek closer contact with other Christians. We will resume, as already announced, the Ecumenical Council, and we ask God that this great event confirm in the church its faith, refresh moral energies, and rejuvenate and adapt its forms to the needs of the times, and so present the church to the Christian brothers, separated from its perfect unity, in a way to make attractive, easy, and joyous to them the sincere recomposition in truth and charity, of the mystic body of the sole Catholic Church." The Pope made his condition for unity clear.
Other Christian faiths would have to return to the sole Catholic Church.
The Pope, John Paul II, on his year 2000 trip to the Middle East held various meeting with the representatives of the Coptic Church in Egypt and with the representatives of Islam, the Arab and Muslim religious belief System and Judaism. His agenda was to promote dialogue on issues of unity and a united common purpose. (From Time Magazine)
Today we have a new influence towards this one world church. The charismatic movement has become a tremendous unifying force in our generation. When the rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Van Nuys, California, stood before his congregation on April 3, 1960, to say that he had spoken [Glossolalia] in tongues, he seemed to trigger off a movement which has not only influenced his own church, but also spread to Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics and even to other world religions. Now it has spread throughout the world.
In a similar way this has happened before. In the 2nd century Montanus claimed to be a divine prophet who spoke in Tongues. The movement spread like wildfire into Asia Minor, North Africa, Italy and France until it was condemned by the Council of Constantinople in 361 and gradually died out. During the Reformation between 1517 and 1548 a group speaking in tongues and practising divine healing sprang up and was marked by gross immorality and excesses of behaviour. In 1650 there arose the "French Prophets" in the Forest of Cevennes. They spoke [Glossolalia] in tongues, rolled on the floor being in a state of [Delirium], and went into fits of supposed holy laughter. Their places of assembly were designated as "public places of prostitution."
[Glossolalia] - The unintelligible speech or sounds that are currently claiming to be a gift of the Holy Spirit. These speech patterns are commonly associated with a trance state or certain schizophrenic syndromes. Many primitive tribes and world religions practice glossolalia.
[Delirium] - The Frenzied physical body movements that are currently claiming to be a gift of the Holy Spirit. These physical manifestations are commonly associated with a trance state or certain psychotic syndromes. Many primitive tribes and world religions practice delirium.
Then in the first half of the 19th Century Rev. Edward Irving, minister of Regent Square Church of Scotland, London, England, became interested in the "tongues movement" and soon promoted the supposed renewal of Pentecostal gifts.
Within the past ten years we have seen the Charismatic Movement grow and influence Christians and non-Christians alike. They have promoted union meetings not only with all the major Protestant Denominations but also with the Roman Catholic Church and other world religions as well. This gathering together is setting the stage for the one world church.
This was the startling news in May, 1968 which came from Kevin M. Ranagham, Instructor in Theology at St. Mary's Roman Catholic College, Notre Dame, Indiana:
"A remarkable series of meetings took place last year in South Bend, Indiana. Catholics from the community of the University of Notre Dame met with Protestant Christians mainly from evangelical and fundamentalist backgrounds ... The Lord was among us, and by the power of His Spirit, we who were naturally so far apart were made truly one in Christ."
When the crowds demanded an "overflow" meeting, Mr. Ranaghan said: "We overflowed the confines of the Old College and had to hold prayer meetings in large classrooms and TO CELEBRATE MASS TOGETHER at the outdoor grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes."
Another tremendous influence today towards the one world church is the large crusades and ecumenical evangelism.
Ecumenical evangelism in the united churches evangelistic campaigns paves the way for the world-wide Ecumenical Movement, and the world-wide Ecumenical Movement paves the way for a One World Church possibly under a Pope of Rome but eventually under control of The False Prophet. The plot has been hatched in secret for years but is only now coming out into the open.
Dr. W.H. Horton, an ecumenical liberalist, in his book TOWARD A REBORN CHURCH, explains the plan now in operation to bring the evangelical separatists and other world religions into the ecumenical fold (p.p. 30,31).
"I do not believe the leaders of the Ecumenical Movement are going to be able to change the feelings or allay the suspicions of these Conservative Evangelicals sufficiently to bring them fully into the I.M.C. or The World Council in the near future; but they can do two things which may make further reconciliation possible:
(1) keep in personal touch with the evangelical leaders, answering sometimes captious criticism with patience and not with scorn;
(2) conduct evangelistic campaigns and meetings with an earnestness which their rivals cannot fail to respect AND A CONSTANT WILLINGNESS TO COLLABORATE ON PARTICULAR EVANGELISTIC PROJECTS.
A generation of such tolerant, respectful relations might actually lead to unity, since there is an almost invariable historic law that evangelistic movements become less separatistic in the second generation. At least tolerance should be tried in this critical test case."
Other trends today also promote the one world church. Bible-believing pastors sit side by side with modernistic apostate ministers in ministerial associations and with representatives of non-Christian religions. Men who deny the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and representatives of other world religions are now being invited to lecture in evangelical schools, colleges and universities. Christian bookstores even sell modern perversions of the Bible and handle non-Christian literature written by the enemies of the Cross.
Christian magazines carry articles by writers who use other versions and who do not stand 100% for the Bible. Gospel-preaching evangelists insist on having liberal apostate preachers on the platform to pray for the crusades. Young converts are encouraged to go to their own churches whether that church preaches the Bible or not. Many new evangelicals are having fellowship with those of other world religions and those who are destroying the faith of our fathers.
The stage is being set for the whore church of Revelation 13 and 17. May the Lord help us to be faithful to the Word of God no matter what the cost might be.
2. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECUMENICAL CHURCH
The dream of a world-wide church was first presented in 1910 in the World Conference on Missionary Co-operation at Edinburgh, under the leadership of Dr. John R. Mott. Its goal was the evangelization of the world in one generation. Out of this conference came the International Missionary Council.
In 1925 there was held the Universal Christian Council on Life and Work in Stockholm. This was largely sponsored by liberal leaders who preached the "social gospel." At Lausanne in 1927 came the World Conference on Faith and Order which was the first real effort to find a common ground of belief in the midst of different church doctrines, traditions and religions.
It was out of these various conferences that the World Council of Churches (Wcc) was formed with the one main view of uniting the churches and religions of the world into one world ecumenical false church. This Council is composed of every shade of theological and religious belief - liberal in the forefront, evangelical, neo-orthodox, Armenian, Calvinist, Lutheran, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and now including other world religions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Confucianism and for good measure they have thrown in Mysticism, Wicca and Spiritism.
One of the main motives of the WCC is to rethink and to restate ecumenically the entire Christian faith. Actually their language is double-talk. They bypass the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and authoritative rule of faith. This clever device, designed to please everybody, calls for a new orientation of authority - "starting point of conversation," "foundation of collaboration," and to "cross-fertilize" Christendom with other world religions so that it will try to have "one mind and one voice and one body."
The Bible speaks of believers being deceived as well as the unsaved and certainly this kind of double-talk has already deceived many.
This development of the ecumenical church was well set forth by Dr. G. Bromley Oxnam, one of the leaders of the World Council and National Council of Churches: "It will be possible to kneel before a common Roman Catholic Church altar, beg forgiveness of Christ for disunity, and, sharing in the Bread and Wine of Holy Communion, rise in His Spirit to form the Holy Catholic Church to which all Christians may belong."
The Bible teaches plainly that the development of this ecumenical false church will continue until Jesus returns. After the rapture of the true Bible believing church the Antichrist will be revealed as the leader in the Great Tribulation period. Then the ecumenical false church will emerge as the church of the Antichrist and will be called "Babylon."
In order to trace the development of Babylon we go to Genesis 10:1 where we find the sons of Noah listed, -Shem, Ham, and Japheth. In verse 6 we see the development of the line of Ham through Cush and in verse 8 we are told that Cush begat Nimrod.
Verse 9 tells us that Nimrod became a mighty hunter before the Lord. Notice verse 10: "And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel (or Babylon)."
Then in Chapter 11 we have Nimrod and his people building the tower of Babel as their way of approach to God. When God saw that the people were of one language, He said, verses 7-9: "Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; (or confusion)". Nimrod's desire was to build a false religious system that would be a new approach to Heaven.
God came down and pronounced this system confusion. That is why the Apostle John speaks of Babylon as the MOTHER of harlots for this was the originator of every kind of false religious system and the beginning of the ecumenical false church.
In order to understand something of the final form of Babylon in the Tribulation Period, let us examine the teachings of this system of Nimrod, the first apostate. Nimrod married a girl by the name of Semerimus and when their son Tammuz was born they claimed him as the fulfilment of the Messianic promise of Genesis 3:15. She instituted a religious system in Babylon and became the high priestess and made herself and her son the objects of worship. The symbol of this religion was a figure of a mother holding a child in her arms. She adopted the title, "the queen of heaven."
We see this influence upon Israel. Ahab, king of Israel, married Jezebel, a foreigner who was brought up in this mother-child cult worship. It was not long before the nation Israel gave themselves over to the worship of Ashteroth and Baal, the mother-child worship. In Jeremiah 44 we read why God said he would send the children of Israel into Babylonian captivity.
In verse 16 the people answer: "As for the word that thou has spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes ..."
Notice verse 18: "Since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things." (Read also verses 19 and 25). The nation Israel had repudiated the worship of Jehovah for the worship of Ashteroth and Tammuz, or Baal.
In Ezekiel 8:6-18 we find that the mother-child cult had come right into the temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem. Notice verse 13: "Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz." Here the people are found doing special penance to honour the queen of heaven and her miracle son Tammuz.
A careful study of God's Word shows the development of this whole system which is to head up during the Tribulation Period under the title of Babylon or the Ecumenical False Church of the Antichrist.
But there is one more development we must see as an important background to this study.
In the days of Christ, when the Ceasars were crowned, they were crowned not only as emperor of the Roman Empire, but as PONTIFEX MAXIMUS or High Priest. Every Roman Emperor from the time of the Ceasars were thus given the title of high priest of this same mother-child cult that had spread to Rome.
There was now a definite union of church and state, with the Roman Emperor administering and controlling the system of worship of the mother-child, which brought in the observance of lent, hot-cross buns, Easter eggs, the sacred tree and the festival of lights, the giving of gifts at the mid-winter solstice birthday of the child Tammuz, and all the rest that went with it.
Then in the year 312 when Constantine defeated Maxentius, as PONTIFEX MAXIMUS, he Legalized Christianity and that everybody in the Roman Empire was now to be called a Christian. There was, however, no change of heart. They went to the same temple and worshipped the same mother-child god. They followed the same calendar year, the same pagan rituals of the winter solstice, the sacred tree, the giving of gifts, the festival of lights, lent and Easter with Easter eggs and hot-cross buns and all these pagan festivals had officially become combined into a false or Counterfeit Christianity.
This decision and public demonstration of Constantine brought Babylonianism into the professing church. It has continued right down to this present day and will find its culmination in the Babylon of Revelation 13 and 17. We have today the head of the Roman Catholic Church still bearing the title of PONTIFEX MAXIMUS and certainly the worship of the mother-child is predominant over the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This shows why the great Ecumenical Council of our day includes not only Protestant Churches but also the Roman Catholic Church. And they are currently courting other world religions to join them as well.
We, of course, who are truly born again of the Spirit of God, must not belong to this great apostate system. God says in Revelation 18:4: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." We must remain separated unto the Lord, living day by day in His presence and strength, and looking forward to His return when we will be in His presence for ever.
3. THE ECUMENICAL FALSE CHURCH IN ITS TRIBULATION GLORY
The church of the first-born, as the bride of Christ, had a glorious beginning at Pentecost. Its witness, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles and Epistles, bore rich fruit and grew rapidly under the power of the Holy Spirit. As the body of Christ, united to its living Lord as Head, it is truly the perfect work of God and cannot be molested by man or the Devil. But as God's local testimony and dwelling place (1 Cor. 3:16, 1 Tim. 3:15), under the leadership of men of worldly ambition it is subject to apostasy and corruption.
In the early church at Jerusalem there were deceivers like Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:2) and murmurers (Acts 6:1).
In the Galatian churches, there were false teachers brought in unawares to lead the people away from the liberty which they had in Christ to the bondage of the law. (Gal.1:8; 3:1; 5:7-9).
The church at Colosse was beset by false philosophy and humanistic rationalism which beguiled the saints. (Col.2:8-20).
At Corinth the church was confused by divisions and evil practices almost beyond mention. (1 Cor.1:10; 5:1; 11:17-22).
The early church had to deal with false teachers, "grievous wolves" who came in from without to devour the flock (Acts 20:29).
The "mystery (secrecy) of iniquity" was at work in Paul's day (2 Thess.2:7).
He also warned the early church in 2 Timothy 3:13: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
The history of the Seven Churches of Asia in Revelation, Chapters 2 and 3, not only tells of the falling away of these seven actual churches, but also portrays the historical development of the church right up to the time of the rapture.
The last church of the Laodiceans, which is the professing church before the return of Christ, finds Christ on the outside of the church trying to get in: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).
These Scriptures clearly show that the professing church, called Christendom or that which bears Christ's name on earth, will steadily depart from God and His Word. There will be inward corruption as well as outward conformity to the world. The apostasy of course cannot reach its height with the presence of so many of God's people here as "the salt of the earth." As long as the restraining power of the Holy Spirit (2 Thess.2:6-7) still continues, the full apostasy of the Ecumenical false Church and the manifestation of the Antichrist cannot take place.
But the next great event in this process is the rapture of The True and Faithful Church at the return of Christ. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:16,17).
The removal of the True Church, the salt of the earth, will mean increased corruption in the world. Spiritual darkness will set in permanently once the saints, the light of the world, disappear. The apostate - counterfeit church, still bearing Christ's Name, will reach its climax during the rise and revelation of the Antichrist.
In Revelation 13 we find a final merger of all religions under one great head. Two Devil-inspired men will take over the rule of the earth after the rapture of the Church. The beast of Revelation 13:1-10 is the Antichrist. The Other is The False prophet or the second Beast which takes control of the one world church.. Notice that this whole chapter deals with the worship of this man by the people. The whole attention of the world today is centred around man. There are those who tell us that the God of our fathers, even the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is dead. The god whom they say is alive is within all men and is revealed in attitudes and responses towards others.
This man-centred philosophy is preparing the way for the worship of a man in Rev. 13. Verses 4, 8, 12 and 15 all speak of worship but it will be the worship of the Antichrist. We have a good example of this in Nebuchadnezzar who, in his day, caused all the people to fall down and worship his image.
This great church is clearly explained in Rev. 17:1: "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgement of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters."
In the Book of Revelation the figure of a woman is used symbolically of religion at least four times: Jezebel represents the pagan idolatry of the past (Rev. 2:20); the woman clothed with the sun represents Israel (Rev. 12:1); the bride of Christ represents the true Church (Rev. 19:7-8; 21:9). The whore of Revelation 17:1 represents the ecumenical false church of the Great Tribulation Period.
It is not surprising that the Bible uses the word "whore" or "harlot" to represent an apostate or Counterfeit Christendom. In many parts of the Old Testament God condemned Israel for spiritual harlotry. A church which calls itself Christian and at the same time courts alliance with the godless systems of this world commits spiritual adultery. James 4:4 says: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?"
In Rev. 17 we find the whore sitting upon many waters. verse 15 tells us that the waters are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues, so she has world-wide influence. This speaks of the ecumenical false church which will have world-wide influence.
Verse 2: "With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." God mentions Israel's great religious sin of fornication in Jeremiah 3:2,3,9 and Ezekiel 16-23 at least 20 times.
Verse 3: "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."
Here this false church sitting upon the scarlet beast, Antichrist, means that he will support the harlot church for his own advantage. He uses the influence of this church to establish his name and authority. In our next message we shall see that in due time he will crush this false system and destroy its influence.
The 10 horns speak of the revived Old Roman Empire. We see the stage being set for the revival of this Empire in the European Union of our day. The woman riding the beast pictures this super church controlling the nations for a while.
The 7 heads according to verse 9 are "Seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth." The city of Rome is built on seven hills and without a doubt this great church will have its centre in the city of Rome.
The church's wealth is described in verse 4: "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication." It is hard to imagine the tremendous wealth of this super church which is made up of Romanism, Judaism, and Protestantism and with all other world religions thrown in.
Verse 5: "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Babylon, the culmination of all the religious efforts of man, is the last stage of apostate Christendom.
Verse 6: "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." Religious leaders and systems have been the greatest persecutors throughout history. I believe that as the ecumenical false church grows in strength and influence, we may see even greater numbers of the saints put to death for their love of Jesus. We need to read Fox's Book of Martyrs again to see something of the suffering of God's people for Jesus' sake. May we be willing to suffer for Him.
Verse 10: "And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." The five kings already fallen are Julius Caesar, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. The one that is, at the time of John's writing was Domitian, the last of the Caesars.
The other that is not yet come will be the Antichrist who will continue but a short space of seven years.
4. THE COLLAPSE OF THE ECUMENICAL FALSE CHURCH
We have noticed in previous studies that the church system of the Great Tribulation period is called the great harlot. There have been others in the religious sphere called harlots, but here is one which exceeds them all.
This period is marked by the coming together of all the rival states of Europe under one head. This will be made possible by the influence of the woman enticing the heads of the states to bring them under her power and authority.
In Revelation 13:16-17 we read of the oneness of this period: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads; And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
We see the stage being set for this today. Everyone in our nation, for example, has a social security number and this identification is becoming more and more important for each individual. We have zip codes and city zones for mailing purposes as well as licence numbers, insurance numbers, credit card numbers, bar codes etc. Just the other day someone suggested that to replace all of these numbers everyone should have one common ID number to be used in all personal and business interests. This is a preparation for the rule of the Antichrist who will have a number for every person, without which no one will be able to buy or sell.
Once the Antichrist finds no further use for this great ecumenical false church, he turns against it as recorded in Rev. 17:16-18: "And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
The first cause of her destruction will be opposition from world-powers under the Antichrist who turns against her.
This great political power will hate the whore church because of being under her control. In order to free themselves they will "make her desolate and naked, and eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God shall put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled."
Then in Chapter 18 we see the further collapse of this false church by direct judgement from heaven. Notice verses 1 and 2: "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."
There are many foul spirits mentioned in the Bible that come to their climax in this apostate church. There is the spirit of the world: "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God" (1 Cor.2:12).
There is the spirit of disobedience: "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph.2:2).
There is the spirit of error: "We are of God; he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error" (1 John 4:6).
There is the spirit of bondage: "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear ..." (Rom.8:15).
There is the spirit of man which finds its climax in this Tribulation period: "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?" (1 Cor. 2.11).
God's Word makes plain that as these spirits of the Antichrist are at work even today we are not to believe every spirit but "try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
Notice Revelation 18:3: "For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies."
This is the spirit abroad today as we see society as a whole bowing down to the ecumenical false church - to the Counterfeit or apostate Christendom of our day.
Knowing, therefore, the end result of this great whore church, what are God's children to do while waiting for the return of our Lord from Heaven. God says in verse 4: "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
The teaching of the Ecumenical world is that we are to unite with the apostates and show a spirit of unity to a godless world. But God's message is: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins."
I want you to notice that this is plain Bible teaching and has nothing to do with personalities as such. You will agree that the message of the prophets of the church of our day is to unite in large crusades with everyone, irrespective of what they believe,or what religion they belong to, in order to promote the ecumenical false church.
But THE BIBLE says something different. We are to:
TRY THEM (1 John 4:1);
MARK THEM (Rom.16:17);
REBUKE THEM (Titus 1:13);
HAVE NO FELLOWSHIP (Eph.5:11);
WITHDRAW THYSELF (2 Thess.3:6);
RECEIVE THEM NOT (2 John 10,11);
HAVE NO COMPANY WITH THEM (2 Thess. 3:14);
REJECT THEM (Titus 3:10);
BE YE SEPARATE (2 cor.6:17).
Since the Bible is the sole authority of faith for the believer, we desire no other. Its message is simple and plain as to what we must do in this age of grace.
First, we are to follow the truth.
God is truth (Deut.32:4).
Christ is the truth (John 14:6).
The Holy Spirit is the "Spirit of truth" (John 16:13).
The truth is also found in God's revelation to man for God's Word is truth (John 17:17)
and Paul speaks of the "truth of the Gospel" (Gal.2:5,14).
Furthermore, this truth does not change with the changing generations nor does it change to accommodate itself to some passing fancy of any age.
"His truth endureth to all generations" (Psa.100:5).
"The truth of the Lord endureth for ever" (Psa.117:2).
"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven" (Psa.119:89).
"The scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35).
"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away" (Mark 13:31).
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but fulfil. For verily, I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matt.5:17-18).
"The word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the Gospel is preached unto you" (1 Pet.1:25).
The Word of God is therefore fixed and is a sacred deposit in the hands of All The True and Faithful Believers. Why, then, the sudden change upon the world church scene of our day? Why has it come about that children of God are yoking up with unbelievers and deniers of the truth in order to crusade for souls? Why is it that believers are allowing new curriculums to be taught that deny the truth of God's Word?
Finally, God's people are instructed by God to faithfully uphold, defend, and preserve the truth as it is found in His Word.
THE BIBLE SAYS: "Every word of God is pure ... add thou not unto His words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar" (Prov. 30:5-6).
Deut.4:2: "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it."
Rev.22:18-19: "If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
Gal.1:8-9: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed (go to Hell). As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed (go to Hell)."
THE BIBLE declares that the Word of God is the basis of all faith:
2 Tim.1:13: "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me."
Titus 1:9: "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers."
2 Thess. 2:15: "Therefore brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
1 Tim. 4:16: "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine: continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee."
In the light of this plain teaching from the Bible, for we, The True Bible Believing Spirit Filled Christians -The Called Out Ones- must remain as old-fashioned True Bible Believing Fundamentalists, unashamed of Jesus, seeking fully to stand by His Word and to remain as a "Very Few" a "little flock" a small "Remnant" in the midst of the majority, the "Many" of the growing counterfeit-apostate church of our day.
I pray that God's people all over the nation will love the Lord Jesus sufficiently to obey His Word no matter what the cost might be and to sacrifice self and all for the True Gospel's sake.
The Ecumenical False Church professes that all that it is doing, is being done in the name of the Lord. Do not be deceived!
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23)
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!
Revealing The Mysterious Harlot Of Revelations!
Revealing The Rise Of A Counterfeit Christianity!
Revealing A One World Church Under Antichrist!