How Ecumenicalism Destroys The Gospel
by David J. Stewart | May 2020
Galatians 1:6-7, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
Everything in this world tends toward chaos and death. The human body is born dying. How long we live is determined by how well we fight the decaying process, through maintaining proper weight, good health and a sound mind. Everything possession we have in this life gets old, dry rots, becomes brittle. That is why on May 20, 2020 the Edenville Dam collapsed in Michigan, due to several days of heavy rain, which flooded local communities and caused massive damage, permanently changing the landscape. After a safety inspection in 2017, the Edenville dam was classified as a high hazard dam. Nobody fixed the problem! Now everyone is paying the price!!! Everything in this world only lasts for so long, and then returns to the dust from which it came!
Likewise, in the religious realm, everything tends to move toward corruption. When the Gospel is correctly taught, Satan always attempts to infiltrate churches, to corrupt and destroy them. You have God and truth on one end of the spectrum; you've got Satan and lies on the other end of the spectrum; and then you've got everything in between. Unsaved people cannot understand the truths of God's Word, because they are spiritually discerned (1st Corinthians 2:14-16). Ecumenism is dangerous! Ecumenicalism is defined as better cooperation between different religious faiths, but essentially it is corruption. There is only absolute truth! There is no in between. There is no half-correct gospel! The Gospel is plainly defined in the Holy Scriptures for us in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 and the Gospel of John. Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ, who died on the cross to pay our debt of sin. He was buried in a tomb, and three days later He physically resurrected from the dead.
There is nothing about following Christ as His disciple, nor surrendering to Him as your “Lord,” nor of turning away from your sins to be saved. The Gospel does not include public confession of one's faith, nor of water baptism, nor does it require faithfully running 'The Race,' nor are we commanded to pursue a relationship with Jesus. The Gospel does not include sorrow for sins (penance), nor trying to amend our ways (penitence), nor being willing to turn from our sins (reformation). The Gospel doesn't require us to commit our life to serve Christ, nor are we told to persevere in holiness, nor to live a lifestyle of repentance! None of these things are taught in 'The Gospel'! I made this helpful chart today. You've got two extremes of God and Satan, of truth and lies, and then everything in between...
The truth is always under attack from the ungodly media, ecumenical organizations, corrupt fake churches, pseudo Bible colleges, and reprobate unsaved liberals. We are taught in the Bible to fight for the Christian faith. Jude 1:3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
I love this next Bible verse. We are commanded to “BE WATCHFUL.” I believe this means we need to always be on guard, against the Devil trying to creep into a local church! Revelation 3:2, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.” Fundamentalism is ready to die in America! By “fundamentalism” I simply mean New Testament Bible Christianity! This junk theology of being “willing to repent and turn away from your sins” to be saved is not sound Bible doctrine. Neither the Hebrew or Greek word for “repent” in the Bible means to “turn from sins.” In Jonah 3:10b we read that even “God repented of the evil.” Was God turning away from His sins? No, God simply changed His mind about destroying Nineveh. Repentance is a change of mind so you will believe the Gospel to be saved. That's all repentance is, and nothing more!!! False prophets like John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Steve Pettit, Bob Jones University and countless other theological reprobates today get it WRONG!!!
Ecumenicalism portrays these false prophets of Hell as being Christians, but they are NOT saved at all! No one is saved who ADDS to the Gospel of free grace. If you believe that you must be willing to turn away from your sins to be saved, then you are adding human effort to Christ's complete payment, which He made with His literal blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:12, 22-24). Jesus' blood sprinkled on the heavenly Mercy Seat is all that is required to save us, and not our willingness to let God reform our life of sins. The Holy Spirit doesn't need our help!!!
Will Jesus Say: “I Never Knew You!”
One of the most dangerous and foolish things you will ever do is assume that people who pervert the Gospel are saved. It would be easy to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, saying that whoever believes in Jesus is saved. We could assume that they are just a bit confused. But it is important that we not lean upon our own human understanding. What saith the Scripture? Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” We must carefully consider Matthew 7:21-23, a disturbing Scripture passage which clearly confirms Proverbs 14:12. These people in Matthew 7:21-23 were committed to Jesus Christ. In their own defense they said that they prophesied (preached) in Jesus' name. They did many wonderful works in Jesus' name. They even cast out devils in Jesus' name. Yet the Lord Himself said He did not know them. They were NOT God's born-again children!
The Lord didn't hesitate to deny them! I tell you dear friend, that God Himself will deny ever knowing you, if you follow the counterfeit gospel of John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, Steve Petit and other false teachers today. They don't even come close to the truth when they speak of God's plan of salvation. These people all call Jesus, “LORD, LORD,” but they do not obey the will of the Father. Jesus plainly stated in Matthew 7:21 that only they who DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER can enter into Heaven. Jesus only knows His sheep. You don't become a sheep by following Jesus. Many wolves follow Jesus, wearing sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15). The only way to properly and truly become a bonafide child of God is to do the will of the Father, which is to BELIEVE ON THE SON OF GOD!!! John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
I would guess that over 95% of professed Christians are not really saved. They have been deceived by the Devil. They are living the Christian life, but they've never been born-again. They go to church, tithe, sing hymns, pray, do many wonderful works, care about other people, have been water baptized, and in their mind think they love God. Unfortunately, they are living a religious lifestyle that Satan uses to make them feel comfortable in their lost condition. It is easy to find out which of them are not saved, by simply asking them a few simple questions:
- Is there anything you could ever do to lose your salvation? [The answer should be NO)
- Can a person be saved by only admitting they are a sinner and believing the Gospel? (The answer should be YES)
- Do you have to make an effort to stop committing sinful behavior to be saved? (The answer should be NO)
- Is there anything that you need to do to stay saved? (The answer should be NO)
- Are Roman Catholics who trust in the Seven Sacraments saved? (The answer should be NO)
- Do all religions lead to Heaven? (The answer should be NO)
- Do you believe in “once saved always saved?” (The answer should be YES)
These are just a sample of the type of questions that I always use to determine if someone is saved. A truly born-again believer has the Biblical mindset that JESUS PAID IT ALL! Therefore, nothing is required of the recipient of the gift of eternal life, other than to believe the 'Good News' of Christ crucified, buried and risen from the dead. The Gospel is not Good News to be LIVED, it is good news to be BELIEVED!!!
How Ecumenicalism Destroys The Gospel
The very definition of “ecumenicalism” is better cooperation between different religious faiths, which by very nature invites heresy into the churches. Our only authority in all matters of life, morality and faith is the inspired Word of God. I believe that Book to be the inspired King James Bible. The reason why so many tens of thousands of churches are corrupted today is because religious leaders rely upon the internet, local religious bookstore, and television for their spiritual guidance.
Case in point is when I attended the shameful Harvest Baptist Church on Guam for one year. The pastors literally purchased an 8-week series on Resolving Conflicts. I sat for eight Wednesday nights at church watching that garbage. I didn't bow my head to pray with the stupid videos, but everyone else did. Instead of the pastors of the church walking with God, and teaching the inspired Holy Bible, they buy crap off the internet and rely upon other organizations to feed their people. I found the same 8-part series for sale online for $19.95. Furthermore, the senior pastor was a walking clone of Dr. John MacArthur, idolizing that false teacher. Mr. MacArthur denies that Jesus' literal blood is applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven. MacArthur says (and I quote verbatim): “There is no such thing as a childhood conversion.” Jesus said that unless a man becomes as a little child, he shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Who are you going to believe, God or Mr. MacArthur? In John MacArthur's complicated counterfeit plan of salvation, I can see why a child could not be saved in his view. RUN FROM THIS FALSE TEACHER!!! The pastors of Harvest Baptist Church on Guam lack spiritual discernment, and love false prophets!!!
Kindly said, the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam has been deceived by the Devil. They have succumbed to ecumenicalism, inviting the heresy of the ecumenical crown right into their very midst! Dr. Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University since 2014, is an ecumenical false prophet. Mr. Pettit perverts the Gospel of free grace, requiring BJU students to faithfully “run the race” to merit the “award” of Heaven. That is a false gospel! Bob Jones University has blood on their hands! Harvest Baptist Church on Guam has blood on their hands. Sadly, they are corrupted, arrogant and they don't care. I tried to help them by giving them THE TRUTH, but they love heresy and false prophets. Please don't be deceived by them! They look like Christians, they talk like Christians, they know all the right words to say to trick the naive and vulnerable; but THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS! BJU and Harvest are no more Christians than Seventh-Day Adventists, who also pervert the Gospel of free grace, teaching the same Lordship Salvation garbage as BJU and Harvest!
I asked one of the school teachers (Jason) on staff at Harvest Baptist Academy on Guam a simple question: “Do you believe a person can admit they are a sinner, and believe the Gospel to be saved.” His replied confirmed to me that he is not saved at all. He said, “Ah, I think there needs to be a little more than that!” You see, he doesn't believe that you can come to God as a needy sinner, and rest completely in what Christ did through the cross of Calvary to pay for his sins!!! He foolishly thinks that he has to be willing to turn away from his sins, which is the Satanic crap being taught at Bob Jones University today. Dear reader, if this seems like a trifle matter to you, or you don't see a problem, then you need to make sure you are saved yourself, because I have my doubts! The Gospel is all about WHAT CHRIST DID FOR YOU! Getting saved has absolutely nothing to do with what YOU CAN DO FOR CHRIST! If you think that God expects you to be willing to reform to receive the free gift of eternal life, then you are not saved!!!
To the same degree you are caught up into the ecumenical movement, you will also be influenced by their perverse theology, counterfeit Bible revisions, umpteen gospel messages, and worldliness. The wise fundamentalist Christian searches the Scriptures instead, getting his or her doctrine from the inspired Word of God. We have a very bad habit as men sometimes, of blindly trusting popular Bible teachers. I cannot warn you enough against following today's ecumenical ministers; namely, Joel Osteen, Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, T.G. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, John MacArthur and many more. Avoid these dangerous false teachers like wolves in sheep's clothing!
“Faith is the only
righteous thing that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalm 51”
1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
BELIEVE “THE GOSPEL” 2B SAVED!
Confession Is Never A Requirement For Salvation
'The Gospel' In Just One Minute(by Pastor Max D. Younce)
John 3:16, “For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner
which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.” —Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Another Gospel Which Is Not Another (a red-hot MP3 by Dr. Curtis Hutson exposing Lordship Salvation)
Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
“If you have to look at
your life to prove that you are saved, it proves that you're not!”
—Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold; an excellent quote from the awesome YouTube sermon titled, “Why Lordship Salvation is WRONG! | MP3.”