Protestant charismatics fell for the deceiving flattery, just as Jehoshaphat fell for evil king Ahab's flattery
Which spirit is making this move? It cannot be the Holy Spirit, whom Christ said would lead His disciples into all truth (John 16:13). The Berean Call reports another ecumenical cardinal:
… Augustine Bea, a Jesuit and 19 years rector of Rome's Pontifical Biblical College. Along with Rome's Pro Deo University, Bea annually co-hosted 'Agapes of Brotherhood,' attended by hundreds of guests from scores of countries representing the world's major religions. Typical of Cardinal Bea's speeches was one at the 7th Agape in which he 'stressed the brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God, which, he said, embraces all men .… Cardinal Bea was Pope Pius XII's personal confessor, close advisor to several other Popes, and president of the Secretariat for Promotion of Christian Unity until his death in 1968. He sought out David DuPlessis (known as 'Mr. Pentecost'), whom he invited to the third session of the Second Vatican Council. Bea saw the blossoming charismatic movement as a vehicle for Rome's ecumenical goals.
DuPlessis and other leading Protestant charismatics fell for the deceiving flattery, just as Jehoshaphat fell for evil king Ahab's flattery (2 Chronicles 18:2-3) to induce him to 'go up against Ramoth-gilead'. Bea's supporters included such wealthy and influential Americans as Henry Luce of Time, Life and Fortune and shipping magnate J. Peter Grace.
Another guiding hand behind the Charismatic movement, who likewise used it to further Rome's ecumenical aims, was Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens, recipient of the 1976 Templeton Award for Progress in Religion. Suenens was praised thus on the Templeton website (www.templeton.org):
'As the movement gained popularity in the early 1970s, many worried what effect this ancient, Biblical phenomenon would have on modern Christianity. The Cardinal's enlightened discourse on the movement provided guidance and reassurance, eliminating misunderstanding and offering thoughtful insight to followers and observers alike.'
New Age adherent Templeton called Cardinal Bea one of "the 'prophets' of our own age." Suenens was likewise given a special mandate to oversee the worldwide charismatic 'renewal movement' in the Catholic Church, an assignment that was reconfirmed by John Paul II, and influential in the General Council which was formed in the early 1970s by Shepherding and Protestant/Catholic charismatic leaders and guided the ecumenical charismatic movement for years from behind the scenes. The minutes for its May-June, 1977, meeting reveal that a 'covenant relationship' was entered into with Cardinal Suenens, which included the following:
We, as a Council, are committing ourselves to work together with the Cardinal for the restoration and unity of Christian people and world evangelization in projects to be mutually agreed upon. In each project, headship, authority and method of functions will be mutually determined by the Cardinal and the Council in the light of the requirements of each situation. (The Berean Call)
How low have Protestant denominations sunk in seeking 'world evangelization' with a leader from an apostate organisation? What incredible naiveté has been demonstrated by a collection of spineless wimps! Cardinal Suenens hosted and gave the opening speech at the Second World Conference on Religion and Peace in Louvain, Belgium, as long ago as 1974, receiving Pope Paul VI's blessing. Delegates expressed that they were particularly impressed with the important role that religious unity will play in establishing the coming world government and a continual call was sounded for 'a new world order.' Under Catholic leadership, the Louvain Declaration stated:
Buddhists, Christians, Confucianists, Hindus. Jains, Jews, Muslims, Shintoist's, Sikhs, Zoroastrians and still others, we have sought here to listen to the spirit within our varied and venerable religious traditions ...we have grappled with the towering issues that our societies must resolve in order to bring about peace, justice, and ennobling quality of life for every person and every people ....
We rejoice that ... the long era of prideful and even prejudiced isolation of the religions of humanity is, we hope, now gone forever.
We appeal to the religious communities of the world to inculcate the attitude of planetary citizenship .… (The Berean Call)
Dogmatism is not tolerated by those who preach tolerance for all beliefs
The World Conference president for many years was a Catholic archbishop from India and the Third World Conference, held in Princeton in 1978, concluded with a worship service at New York's Saint Patrick's Cathedral, where Cardinal Terence Cooke played host to members of dozens of religions 'worshipping' together. The Templeton website (q.v. - Templeton is founded on New Age occultic teachings) also reveals that another recipient of the Templeton Prize (in 1979) was Rev. Nikkyo Niwano, and we read:
'Literally translated, Rissho Kosei-Kai means "establishing the teaching of the true Law in the world, mutual exchange of thought among people of faith, and the perfection of the personality." When Rev. Nikkyo Niwano and Masa Naganuma founded Rissho Kosei-Kai, they set forth on a mission that has blossomed from a handful of adherents into the world's largest Buddhist lay group of over five million people. Niwano is also the founder of the World Conference of Religion and Peace'. (www.templeton.org)
Even the prayer breakfasts bringing political and religious leaders together across America and patterned after the one which began in Washington, D.C., and which was originally conceived by evangelicals as opportunities for a clear witness to Jesus Christ, have largely deteriorated into ecumenical platforms for the acceptance of all religions. 'Participating groups' at Los Angeles's annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, for example, 'range from the Board of Rabbis and the Buddhist Sangha Council to … the Bahai faith.' The Pope gathered leaders from 12 world religions at Assisi in 1986 to pray for peace and inspired similar efforts worldwide. John Paul II is deceived enough to believe his own anti-Christ leadership can amalgamate with other anti-Christ religions to bring world peace which only the Prince of Peace, the historical and Biblical Lord Jesus Christ, can bring. Perhaps this is why a move to declare the Pope the 'Prince of Peace' began to gain ground in 'the decade of evangelism', just as a group of adherents to Mariolatry seek her deification? All around the world moves to weld ecumensim to world-faith groups gathers ground and another 'Multi-Religious Meeting', sponsored by the North American Interfaith Network, and started by 'The Temple of Understanding' in North America, boasted of bringing together on an equal footing: 'Bahais, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Native North Americans, Shintoists, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalists, and Zoroastrians.' (The Berean Call)
Imagine going into one of these meetings and daring to state that Jesus Christ declared: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me' (John 14:6). Such dogmatism would not be tolerated by those who preach tolerance for all beliefs - although they can dogmatically state that you cannot be dogmatic! Or they will shake their heads in mock sadness and tolerance and declare that they used to believe like you do, but now they've matured beyond that! They are blinded to the 'doctrines of demons' they now embrace (1 Timothy 4:1). The Biblical Christian attitude toward such gatherings is easily ascertained from the writings of faithful apostles such as Paul. Imagine his reaction to an invitation to an interfaith' prayer service with participation of the Jewish Sanhedrin, excommunicated 'Christian' heretics, and priests from pagan temples! When Paul communicated with other religions it was with the sole intent of bringing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to their attention (e.g. Acts 13-17). This is certainly not the intention of today's ecumenical servants of the Pope.
'Christians' of this compromising ilk were exposed many years ago 'at the third annual World Instant of Cooperation, celebrated in Wichita, Kansas, December 31, 1988. This worldwide 'prayer service' was held simultaneously 'in over 70 countries and in cities throughout the United States' and the official program, which included talks and prayers by Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and 'Christians', opened with the hymn 'Amazing Grace' and concluded with 'a song by the Community Baptist Choir.' (The Berean Call)
In Britain we have become used to a few shallow Christian programmes on TV where a proliferation of individuals talk about faith in God (they usually have his own unbiblical definitions for both), and people like Joan Bakewell have denounced those who claim to be saved and 'thereby destroy the self-image of others who don't believe exactly as they do.' They give occasion for heretics such as 'Bishop' Richard Holloway to present their views as if they were somehow representative of Biblical Christianity. The gagging of the few Bible-believing speakers occurs regularly and the day is coming when evangelicals who dare to support the claims of Jesus will be muzzled as a menace to society. It will become increasingly difficult to be a Berean (Acts 17:11) and to earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints as the pressure to be 'positive' and not to disagree with others will become too much for many to bear.
Jesus warned that 'strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth to life' but 'broad is the way that leadeth to destruction' (Matthew 7:13) and those who have joined ecumenism seek to make the path to Hell as broad as possible, so that as many as possible can join them on it. The Apostle Paul was so concerned for the truth that while at Ephesus he 'by the space of three years... ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.' (Acts 20:31). Jesus told those who claimed to believe in Him, 'If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free' (John 8:31-32) - He did not instruct us to embrace any other words or truth. Christians are to be lovers of truth, and disciple others in the pure Truth of God found only in His Word, the Bible. We dare not compromise the truth, not because we delight in pointing out error, but because those who reject the gospel of Christ are lost eternally. It is better to risk wrath, ridicule, and even our lives, to bring the truth to the lost if we love them with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ who died to save them! He is coming soon and there is no time to waste, so let us have compassion for these lost souls and love them enough to bring them the Biblical truth they so desperately need.