A recent major U.S. Conference in October has called for Protestant and Catholic Ecumenical Unity.
But the Unity that Jesus prayed for to His Father was that we would have Oneness with Jesus and with His Father so that the unsaved world would know that the Father had sent His Son Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) to be the Savior of the world.
In Jesus’s High Priestly Blessing of John 17, this Unity is now under attack in a distorted way to bring about another Gospel & ‘the falling away!’
All Christians are commanded by God to love one another. Jesus even commanded us to love our enemies. But Jesus never called us to unite together with other Christians who are in sin, disobeying God with the practice of idolatry! The veneration of the Pope, the worship of Mary, Jesus’ mother, and of the other statues of the patron saints is idolatry! This sin was absolutely forbidden by God!
See Exodus 20:3-5 God never called us to unite with heresy!
The whole purpose for Jesus’ Body being One in the Father and in the Son was first for each one’s individual Salvation; but also so that the lost world would know that it was our Father in Heaven who had sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, Yeshua, into the world for the Salvation of lost humanity!
Being One with the Son & with His Father, Almighty God, in a real and personal way, is the only Way that anyone can be Saved! Being a good Protestant or a good Catholic or a good Orthodox or Jew will never save you!
The Oneness Jesus spoke of is not about belonging to any Christian religion, or being submitted to any man, the Pope, head of the Catholic Church.
Psalm 133:1-3 Psalm of David. Behold, how good and how
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is
like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard,
the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains
of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the Blessing,
But the so called unity that the Roman Catholic Church leaders want with Evangelical Protestant Church leaders has little to do with the Oneness Jesus meant by being One in Us, Father & Son!
This deception is what Jesus warned us about! “Take heed that no one deceives you!”
Matthew 24:4, 5, 11, 24, 25:
And Jesus answered and said to them, “Take heed that no one deceives you! For
many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many… Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many… For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.”
2nd Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and (then) the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition …
Why is anyone surprised that the falling away has now begun? For it will continue and will draw in great multitudes of believers. There are many prominent Evangelical Christian leaders today who are now wanting the whole Evangelical Christian community
to unite together with the Roman Catholic Church, and under its first Jesuit Catholic Pope from Buenos Aires, Argentina, whose real name is Jorge Mario Borgoglio, aka Pope Francis.
Why would any sincere Christian believer want anything to do with this so called unity with the Roman Catholic Church and its terrible history of murders & seeking religious world domination?
The Roman Catholic Church not only exalts the Popes, but also worships Mary, as co-Redeemer with Jesus, and worships statues of the patron saints, all idolatry! And this is abominable sin to God and blasphemes God’s Holy unbreakable Word … For God directly commanded us in Exodus 20:3-6, saying, “You shall have no other gods before Me! You shall not make for yourself a carved image, any likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a Jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing Mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.”
It would be good to study what our Protestant forefathers both understood and warned us about concerning the Roman Catholic Church and its idolatry, which is still being practiced today. This unrepented sin of idolatry will only bring God’s Judgement upon
many good, but deceived people. (see Romans 6:16)
Ephesians 4:15 … but speaking the Truth in love …
Revelation 21:7, 8 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son! But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second Death.”
2 Thessalonians 2:1-7 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of
Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so
that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of
lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed!
This falling away of many in the Evangelical Protestant Church is moving rapidly, pushed forward by the enemy. Remember that Jesus had told us that even the elect would be deceived.
Daniel 12:4, 9, 10 “But you, Daniel, shut up the Words, and seal the Book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the Words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end… Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand!”
Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance (salvation, healing), as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls.
John 8:21, 23-24 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.” And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins!”
1 Timothy 2:3-5 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth. 2:5 For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus!
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus the Messiah His Son cleanses us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 4:3-5 But even if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the Gospel of the Glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord …
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 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? And what agreement has the Temple of God with idols? For you are the Temple of the living God. As God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the LORD. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive
you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.” (Isaiah 5:20, 23, 24)
Matthew 7:13, 14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to Life, and there are few who find it.”
John 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to My Father except through Me!”
John 12:24-26 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for Eternal Life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
God is Love! God is Light! God is Holy!
“You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am Holy.”
“I am the Light of the World!” John 8:12
God is Merciful! God’s Mercy triumphs over His Justice! But the God of Heaven is also a God of Justice! God sent His Son to Save the World!