Should we unite or not.....
Should We Unite? Or Not...
By Ron Kempen, Gospel Light Ministries Email: Gospel-light@ sbcglobal.net
I recently read an article that disturbed me to the point in which I decided to write this article. That article was about the “World Wide Communion Sunday.” A Presbyterian pastor thought it was a good thing with the very concept behind “World Communion Sunday” being important because it spans so many faith traditions. The article expresses the idea that we are all “brothers and sisters.” This is very deceptive as those that know the Bible, and care what it says, can tell us.
We are aware that the Bible is God’s Word and we should follow that as our authority. Let me show you what’s wrong with that line of thinking by showing you just what Scripture does say.
The Bible tells us that there is only one path, only one way to Heaven. On the other hand, it also tells us that wide is the road and many are the paths that lead to destruction, and many will follow this way.
Believers aren’t permitted to think like unbelievers as the Bible shows in 2 Corinthians 6:14, 15, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?” Ephesians 2:13 shows that, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Now, as a believer, we are to have a different view from the world, not unity with the world. (See many verses such as Luke 12:51-53).
I first heard about these types of get-togethers happening around 1988, but this article tells us that they actually had their origins in 1936 at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Now it has become a gathering of so many different beliefs such as those who follow the Dali-Lama, Buddhists, Hinduism, snake worshipers and many far-eastern beliefs as well as Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox religions take part in these common gatherings. Think for a moment about what the Bible tells us above. The fact is that most of these religions either have no idea who Jesus is or what He came to earth to accomplish with His death at Calvary’s cross.
Mike Gendron writes about the dangers of these religions uniting in his following letter: “As more and more evangelicals embrace Roman Catholics as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must wonder if they think the 16th Reformation was a mistake or a protest that was unnecessary. Chuck Colson recently reported that 470,000 evangelicals have now signed The Manhattan Declaration. The document seeks unity among Catholics, Orthodox and Evangelicals as co-belligerents in the ongoing cultural wars. We all agree the battles for religious freedom, the sanctity of marriage and protection of the unborn are of utmost importance, but they should never be fought to the detriment or compromise of the Gospel. Yet, that is exactly what the document does. It dares to imply that Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and evangelicals are all Christians and are united in a common faith.
“Evangelical leaders who have signed the accord may also not be aware of the ongoing strategy of the Roman Catholic religion to unite all Christians under the power and influence of the papacy. Since its Decree on Ecumenism at Vatican Council II in 1965, the Vatican has initiated an all out effort to bring all ‘separated brethren’ back home to Rome. One of their most effective strategies, over the last 16 years, has been to recruit highly visible, highly influential evangelical leaders to help reverse the Reformation. Unity accords, such as ‘Evangelicals and Catholics Together’ and ‘The Manhattan Declaration’ have proven to be highly successful in persuading evangelicals to put their stamp of approval on Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of Christianity. As evangelical leaders influence others to reverse or dismiss the Reformation, we must contend more earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Let us speak the truth in love and faithfully proclaim the Gospel of grace for the glory of our great Savior and the purity of His Gospel.”
There is one more point. Most of that article that I mention about at the beginning is similar to what the new “Emergent Church” teaches. One part mentions, “That the event itself allows participants to visualize people beyond us taking the bread and the fruit of the wine.” Another part says, “How do I change as a result of what I experience in this bread and in this cup?” he said.
Visualize? Experience? As I mentioned before, what does God’s word tell us to do? That is what should be our guidance. As Jesus once said, “You are mistaken, not knowing Scripture.” Let us not make the same mistakes.
Uniting might sound good to some, but compromizing on God’s Word and His way, which is what this type of uniting does, is not what true Christians should do.