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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
ECUMENIST DANGER OR ROMAN CATHOLIC/MASONIC DENOMINATIONAL UNION IN CHURCHES: THE ONE-WORLD CHURCH
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It seems we will never be able to reach the end of deceptions that Satan has devised for us. For this purpose, the Lord Jesus Christ promised in Mt. 28:20b: “Behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion,) to the very end of this world.” (Amplified Bible.) We hold on to our Savior-Redeemer’s promise as we work through this article.
[Acknowledgement to those who compiled the images in this study]
Above, second row from left: Note the last three photos of Billy Graham, James Robison and Kenneth Copeland. Benny Hinn states Catholics do more miracles [through Mary] than Pentecostal-Charismatics [through Jesus.]
1. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE “MOTHER” OF ALL CHRISTIANITY
2. THE ECUMENICAL UNION OF ROMAN CATHOLICISM AND HER DENOMINATIONAL DAUGHTERS
3. THE KINGDOM-NOW THEOLOGY VS THE REAL SPIRITUAL KINGDOM OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIS
4. UNIVERSALISM: THE SALVATION OF EVERYONE ON EARTH WITHOUT BIBLE TRUTH
5. COMRADE JESUS, THE SOCIALIST LIBERATOR
6. WHAT JESUS’ BELIEVERS MUST STAND FOR
7. THE KINGDOM-NOW THEOLOGY OF SOCIALIST MARXISM
8. THE COMMUNIST WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
9. THE SOCIALIST GOSPEL IS THE UNITING FACTOR OF THE ONE-WORLD RELIGION
10. JESUS’ REACTION TO THE SOCIAL ILLS OF THIS WORLD
11. JESUS’ VIEW OF OPPRESSING GOVERNMENTS
12. THE PARADOXICAL GOSPELS THAT ECUMENICAL LEADERS TEACH
13. GOOD WORKS WILL NOT SAVE US
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE “MOTHER” OF ALL CHRISTIANITY
In the Book of Acts, the young, truly born again body of Christ was known as The Way, (Acts 24:14, 22.) The sincere followers of The Way shared the true Gospel of Christ with the world wherever they went, made sincere followers or disciples for Jesus, baptized them as Jesus commanded and demonstrated, and taught them everything Jesus had said, (Mt. 29:19-20.) These “Followers of The Way” were severely persecuted for their obedience to Jesus, (Acts 9:2.) Deep commitment to Christ and the truth of His Word governed their lives. The Holy Spirit manifested His powerful gifts through them and evangelized nearly the entire known world, (Mark 16:16-18.)
Then, after Paul’s death, “ravenous wolves” infiltrated the assemblies of The Way, which fellowshipped in their homes, (Acts 20:27-29.) These teachers corrupted the pure faith and God-set priories of the Followers of The Way. These infiltrators began to Christianize nearly all the pagan beliefs of the Greeks and Romans to draw disciples after them. By 2 A.D., Mary worship was already established among the assemblies. They turned the Followers of The Way to manmade doctrine and physical temple worship under the control of the unscriptural hierarchy of the emerging Roman Catholic Church, (Acts 7:48; 17:24.)
Acts 11:26, “It was at Antioch that the [Followers of The Way] were first called [Roman Catholic] Christians.” In 313 A.D., with the proclamation of the Edict of Milan, the Roman Emperor Constantine officially declared Catholicism the religion of the Roman Empire. God’s powerful Holy Spirit gifts and leading ceased. Roman Catholic Church ritual and ‘saving’ sacraments replaced Scriptural truth.
In 1517 – 1648, the Protestant Reformation split from Roman Catholicism, but kept many of their “mother’s” most important doctrines, church norms and forms. The Reformers Calvin, Luther, Zwingley and their peers’ alleged “break” with Rome was actually Catholicism’s First Reformation.
All other churches that modeled their assemblies on Protestantism to this day, simply followed the original dictates and designs of the “mother church” of Rome. It was taught that these many denominations or divisions of Christianity were different from Roman Catholicism. However, today, without (once again) seeking the real contextual truth of God’s Word and the working of the Biblical Holy Spirit, they are openly returning to Rome in their great quest for “church union.”
This is the “Second Reformation/Reconstruction” of Roman Catholicism and her many divisions.
‘Ecumenical’ means, “relating to, involving, or promoting the union of different Christian denominations, groups, and also different religions” without repentance from all the unscriptural doctrines and practices, which they preach and commit. Practically, this means that compromising ecumenicals are unifying all Christian denominations and different religions into a One-World Religion of lies and deceit.
Most Christians would find it hard to believe, but Protestant and other churches, divided into so many denominations, are all affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, (the ‘mother’ of all formal Christian churches,) through her militant masonic orders such as The Knights of Malta [the Sovereign Military Order of Malta,] the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, and the Jesuit Vatican New World Order. Let us seriously note that the truly believing, spiritually born again, blood-bought body of Christ, who adhere to the contextual truth of His Word, can never be divided unless they accept the various divisional or denominational doctrines of Rome and her daughters, (1 Cor. 3:1-19.)
One important way to directly declare the influence of Rome in their denominations, is the so-called ‘hyper-anointed’ ‘bishops’ that are modeled in name, importance, and collar on the bishops of Roman Catholicism. Not only Baptists and other denominations, but especially the Pentecostal/Charismatic, masonic Promise Keepers Movement, through preachers such as Paul Cain, Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, etc., are pushing hard and fast to move all their members through the wide gate of this Jesuit-controlled “new reformation.” This reformation therefore putting on its clerical collar and changing back into its white, black, red, and purple Roman Catholic coats. These preachers are allegedly ‘dragging heaven to earth and restoring God’s Kingdom here on earth even before Jesus’ return!’ What they fail to disclose, is that this worldwide Christian ‘kingdom’ will be under the firm rule of the masonic orders of the Vatican, and they will once again be altar boys in the crystal cathedrals of the Roman Catholic Church!
Do not be fooled to think that these ecumenicals declare and worship the True God of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ, although they deceive their members to believe that they do.
If they did, they would have obeyed His New Testament/Covenant commandments. Jesus Himself declared, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love, [and truth is a vital component of Godly love,] for one another… If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word [of Truth…] He who does not love Me, does not keep My Word...” (Jn. 13:34-35; 14:6, 15, 21, 23-24.)
THE KINGDOM-NOW THEOLOGY OF HUMANISM VS THE REAL SPIRITUAL KINGDOM OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
While the true Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ is an unseen Spiritual kingdom, ecumenical leaders use one important tool in this unification process — they direct the attention of Jesus’ believers to their ‘Kingdom-Now,’ political (church) kingdom here on earth, where, eventually, all the kingdoms of this world will supposedly be under the rule of the mighty One World Religion of political worship.
God never commanded His believers to ‘better’ the political structures of this physical world; to war in the ‘flesh,’ or to build Him a physical ‘kingdom’ or temple here on earth! (2 Cor. 10:3-4; Acts 7:48.) Jesus declared in Jn. 18:36, “My Kingdom belongs not to this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My followers would have been fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, My Kingdom is not from here; [it has no such origin or source.]”
Through humanity’s fall in Eden, Satan became ‘the god’ or highest priority of this unbelieving world, which chooses to remain disobedient to the Most High God, (1 Jn. 5:19.) He is not the owner or creator of this world to control its destiny, but for the time being, God allows Satan the power to deceive those who choose to be deceived. That’s why Satan could say to Jesus in Mt. 4:9, “All these kingdoms of the world and their glory I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” What audacity to speak to his Creator God like that! Yet, Jesus did not ban him to everlasting torment right there and then. Jesus still allows him to play god so that everyone who enters heaven through Jesus’ New Covenant, go there by personal choice, while those who choose Satan and his lies, also go there by personal choice. God does not violate the free will of humanity; it is one of His greatest gifts to mankind, (Jn. 3:16; 1:12-13.)
Accordingly, Jesus answered the Pharisees who asked Him whether it is lawful to pay taxes to the Roman Caesar or not, “…Pay therefore to Caesar, [who choose to do the devil’s will in governing his physical kingdom in this world,] the things that are Caesar’s; and pay to God, [the Most High Spiritual King, Judge, Owner, and Creator of His entire universe] the things that are due to God.”
There will come a day when every Caesar will have to render an account of his affairs, and bow the knee to the Living God. Ultimately, the Just and Righteous Judge of the universe will bring order OUT OF all the chaos. But until that Day, history has proven that the Caesars rule their physical kingdoms any which way they choose – and for the time being, God allows them to do that, (Rev. 11:15.) The Caesars who rule and live under the “sway of the evil one,” and the Most High God Who is Spirit, operate in two completely different dimensions. [1 Jn. 5:19; Jn. 12:31 & 14:30; Eph. 2:2; 2 Cor. 4:3-4.] So, during our present New Testament age, the Spiritual Kingdom of God, being of a completely different Origin and Source than that of Kingdom-Now theologians, will not ‘save,’ ‘restore,’ or ‘change’ the physical kingdoms of ‘Caesar.’ During the New Testament dispensation, God’s primary interest is the salvation of souls, who are the citizens of His eternal Spiritual Kingdom!
The Most High God will not take control of any of the world’s kingdoms until that day when Jesus returns on the clouds to bring order OUT OF Satan’s present-day chaos on earth. John prophesied in Rev. 11:15, “The seventh angel then blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, shouting, The kingdoms of this world have now become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever!”
But since the fall in Eden, Satan has been focusing humankind’s attention on political and religious structures to ‘change, better and save’ this fallen world by ‘converting’ everything that is bad into something ‘good.’ Nevertheless, Peter prophesied in 2 Pet. 3:10-11, “The Day of the Lord [His return] will come [unexpectedly not secretly] like a thief, and [in that Day] the heavens will vanish (pass away) with a thunderous crash, and the [material] elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus in the process of being dissolved, what kind of person ought each of you to be in [commitment to Jesus,] holy behavior and devout and godly qualities.”
Universalism: The Salvation of Everyone on Earth Without Bible Truth
The doctrine of Universalism teaches that God extends His spiritual Kingdom by saving every person on earth regardless of humanity’s bad choices; restoring this world to its former glory in the here and now. However, the truth of New Testament Scripture states that this world is destined for the fire at Jesus’ return, (2 Pt. 3:10-15.)
When we pray, “Let Thy Kingdom come, let Thy will be done here on earth, as it is in heaven,’ we are not asking God to turn this ungodly physical world into a Godly world. We are asking God to make a way for Jesus’ His True Gospel to be preached to the people of every ‘tribe, and tongue, and nation; the Hebrew nation included,’ saving, redeeming and blessing personally believing humanity through the spiritual rebirth, (Mt. 28:19-20; Jn. 3:16; 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)
Sadly, the whole world will not turn to Jesus Christ. According to Jesus, “narrow is the way and few are those who find it.” This is so because only those who willingly choose to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and follow Him wholeheartedly through the truth of His Word will be saved - (Mt. 7:13-14; 21-23; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6.)
On the other hand, the spirit at the heart of the Kingdom-Now theology is humanism, as this theology is supposed to ‘delegate’ God’s special ‘anointing’ or supernatural power to ‘hyper-anointed’ leaders, making them into god-men. Instead of being God’s humble servant-leaders, they become elevated ‘mediators:’ ‘priests,’ Calvinist ‘dominees’ and ‘ministers;’ pastors, and so-called ‘restored prophets and apostles,’ like Old Testament Elijah and New Testament Paul and Peter were. Supposedly “christs and gods,” whom the people pamper and revere as they establish God’s physical kingdom here on earth.
This ‘god-man, mediating position’ is exactly what the pope of Catholicism has been claiming for nearly two thousand years. That is why they say, “The church is my mother, and outside her there is no salvation!” However, Heb. 1:1-3 says the exact opposite of what they allege, “God, Who at various times and ways spoke in time past to the prophets, [during the Old Testament Covenant, which was done away with in Christ, Heb. 8:13,] has in these last [New Testament Covenant] days spoken to us by His Son, [as we find in the full context of the New Testament,] Whom He has appointed Heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds…” Also, there can never be another human mediator like in the Old Testament. 1 Tim. 2:5 undeniably proclaims, “There is One God and One Mediator [and Eternal High Priest] between man and God: the Man Christ Jesus.”
No religion or political power can bring fallen man to a living relationship with God the Father. (And anything can be a religion - the love of money, of self, of power, etc.; Buddhism; Satanism; Hinduism… church Christianity too.) Only the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and the power of His Holy Spirit can accomplish the spiritual rebirth, and lead humankind to really worship, know, and obey God, Who is Spirit, in spirit and in truth, (Jn. 4:21-24. Hence, Jesus said in Jn. 3:3-5, “Unless a man is [spiritually] born again, he cannot see, [that is, know, be acquainted with or experience] the [Spiritual] Kingdom of God… Unless a man is born [again] of water [the Word of God, Who is Jesus Himself,] and of Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter into the Kingdom of God.”
What is born of the Spirit, is spirit; what is born of the flesh, remains flesh.
Thus, the only commission Jesus gave His born-again believers is to proclaim His real Gospel, (His atonement for fallen mankind,) to a world dead in sin; to baptize His sincere believers, and to teach them everything He Himself has said, (Rom. 3:23-24; Jn. 1:12-13; Rom. 12;1-2; Mt. 28:19-20; Jam. 2:14-20; Eph. 4:28.)
This is the Truth of the Gospel; this is God’s Word, which is Spirit and Life, (Jn. 6:63.)