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"It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish. (Deuteronomy 8:19)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview

2006 Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil

1993 WCC Conference Minneapolis, Minnesota
 Honoring Lesbianism and the goddess Sophia
Sophia Upstages Jesus at ReImagining Revival

1991 WCC Conference in Canberra
World Council of Churches Baptizes Heathenism (1991)
Invocation of Evil Spirits at WCC Meeting In Canberra

World Council Promotes "BAKERWOMAN GOD"

World Council of Churches and Catholicism

The Truth About The World Council of Churches

 

 

Overview
In it’s own words [Emphasis Added]

    “The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity.

    The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians and including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of denominations from such historic traditions of the Protestant Reformation as Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed, as well as many united and independent churches. While the bulk of the WCC's founding churches were European and North American, today most are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific”. [http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=1636]

Delegates sent from the member churches meet every seven or eight years in an Assembly (the supreme legislative body), which have been held since 1948 and last met in Porto Alegre, Brazil in February 2006.

    Note that The Roman Catholic Church is not a formal member of the WCC, but works in close cooperation with it and has done so for more than three decades now. The Catholic Church sends observers to all major WCC conferences as well as to its Central Committee meetings and the Assemblies. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity also nominates 12 members to the WCC's Faith and Order Commission as full members.

Members of the World Council
The more than 300 member bodies of the World Council of Churches include the

    American Baptist Convention
    Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
    Anglican Church of Canada
    Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland
    Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)
    Christian Church in Canada
    Church of the Brethren
    Church of England; Episcopal Church
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
    Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches
    International Council of Community Churches
    Methodist Church of the United Kingdom
    Methodist Church in Singapore
    Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland
    National Baptist Convention of America
    National Baptist Convention, USA
    Presbyterian Church in Canada, USA, and Wales
    Progressive National Baptist Convention USA
    Reformed Church in America
    Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists of the former USSR
    Union of Welsh Independents
    United Church of Canada
    United Church of Christ USA
    United Methodist Church USA
    Uniting Church in Australia.

(For a complete list see http://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/global-bodies-and-mission-communions/wcc.html.
 

2006 Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil

The last WCC Assembly was held in Porto Alegre, Brazil in February 2006. Apparently the Assembly was invited to Brazil by the WCC’s Brazilian member churches and the Brazilian National Council of Churches (which includes the Roman Catholic Church).

Both Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa, addressed the WCC 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, the website of which says.

    At the end of the 9th Assembly, participants prayed, as they had done at the beginning of the ten-day event : "God, in your grace, transform the world". The prayer – that was also the Assembly theme - was echoed by a message from the Assembly which ended : "Transform us in the offering of ourselves so that we may be your partners in transformation to strive for the full, visible unity of the one Church of Jesus Christ, to become neighbours to all, as we await with eager longing the full revelation of your rule in the coming of a new heaven and a new earth." [http://www.wcc-assembly.info/]

Young People at  Porto Alegre: The World Council of Churches wanted to make its Ninth Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil, a space where young people are welcome and enabled to speak - and be heard and have as much of an impact as possible.

    Right now the spaces for youth to have a strong impact on the Assembly are being created. There will be a three day pre-Assembly youth event, gathering young delegates and stewards to develop ideas to be brought to the Assembly. ... A further 250 young people from Latin America will get together at a youth camp during the Assembly. Cláudio Becker, the Brazilian Assembly youth coordinator, calls the camp a 'trademark' of the events involving youth in Brazil. "The purpose of the youth camp is to build a space for gathering, formation, empowering and celebration. It will be a place for the young people to 'show their faces' and make their voices heard," he says.

    Of the 150 young stewards helping in all the operational tasks of the assembly, 30 will come from Brazil, 20 from other countries in Latin America and 100 from the rest of the world. Their backgrounds are extremely diverse and range, for example, from that of a software engineer from the Middle East, to an Orthodox woman studying business in Canada, to a cattle farmer and a government expert for seaweed from Fiji, to that of a Christian youth worker from Brazil.

    ...During the Assembly, delegates and official participants will gather in 22 "ecumenical conversations", designed to provide opportunities for discussion among the delegates on significant issues. One of them will be on "Youth transforming the ecumenical landscape," and will focus on how young people and organizations like the Student Christian Movements can contribute to the unity of the churches...” (Excerpt from an article We Are The Church", say Ecumenical Youth by Gustavo Bonato on the WWC Website)[TOP OF PAGE]

So lets see what the youth from all over the world were exposed to.. The following photographs are from the website of Julio Severo [Last Days Watchman] http://lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com/2006/02/world-council-of-churches-babylon-and.htmlWCC  Metropolitan

MCC is the Metropolitan Community Church, a Christian denomination with a special affirming ministry with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Founded in Los Angeles by Troy Deroy Perry II who reportedly performed same sex unions as early as 1970 and who lives in Los Angeles with his long term partner, Phillip Ray De Blieck, whom he married under Canadian law at Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Perry]

 

 

 

WCC EAPPI

   While EAPPI is The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel which seeks to support local and international efforts to end the Israeli occupation. [http://www.eappi.org/] Apparently the WCC has debated strategies to lead the evangelical churches to boycott Israel in order to strengthen the “Palestinian” cause.

 

 

 

 

1993 WCC Conference Honors Sophia Goddess,
Gives Ovation to Lesbians

By David W. Cloud

In November 1993, the World Council of Churches sponsored a Re-imaging conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Some 2,000 women "seeking to change Christianity" attended, and the most radical women in apostate Christendom pontificated on every sort of weird and unscriptural subject imaginable.

Speakers included Chung Hyung Kyung, Korean "theologian" who equates the Holy Spirit with ancient Asian deities; Virginia Mollenkott, an avowed pro-abortion lesbian; Elizabeth Bettenhausen, professor at Harvard Divinity School; Lois Wilson, a United Church of Canada "minister"; Jose Hobday, a Roman Catholic nun.

Liberal denominations supported the conference. The United Methodist Women's Division sent 56 representatives and paid their expenses. Altogether almost 400 United Methodists participated in the conference. The United Presbyterian Church contributed a grant of $66,000 and sent a group of representatives led by high-ranking officials. 405 Presbyterians participated. More than 300 representatives from the misnamed Evangelical Lutheran Church in America attended. There were 234 Roman Catholic and 144 United Church of Christ participants. There were representatives from the United Church of Canada, the Church of the Brethren, American Baptist, Episcopalian, and Mennonite.

When challenged by certain members who were protesting their denomination's involvement in this meeting, the Presbyterian Church's General Assembly Council issued a "fact sheet" which claimed, "Participants were challenged to expand their horizons, to be enriched and nurtured spiritually, and to engage in dialogue with women and men from around the world." Apostates always have clever explanations of their rebellion.

Don't need atonement

During a panel on Jesus, Delores Williams of Union Theological Seminary, said: "I don't' think we need a theory of atonement at all. I think Jesus came for life and to show us something about life. I don't think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff ... we just need to listen to the God within." (See Why Did Jesus Die On A Roman Cross?)

God is an "abusive parent"
Virginia Mollenkott, who participated in the translation of the New International Version, said, "[Jesus] is our elder brother, the trailblazer and constant companion for us--ultimately is among many brothers and sisters in an eternal, equally worthy sibling-hood. First born only in the sense that he was the first to show us that it is possible to live in oneness with the divine source while we are here on this planet. ... As an incest survivor, I can no longer worship in a theological context that depicts God as an abusive parent [referring to Christ's death on the cross] and Jesus as the obedient, trusting child." [See Footnote on Virginia Mollenkott]

Praying to the trees
Korea's Chung Hyung Kyung told the crowd, "My bowel is Buddhist bowel, my heart is Buddhist heart, my right brain is Confucian brain, and my left brain is Christian brain." This is ecumenical schizophrenia of the most radical sort! Chung is a professor at Korea's Ewha Women's University, the world's largest university for women, with 20,000 students.

Chung instructed the crowd of women to seek help from the trees if they are in need of energy:

    "When we do pranic healing, we believe that this life-giving energy came from god and it is everywhere, it is in the sun, in the ocean, from the ground and it is from the trees ... We ask god's permission to use this life-giving energy for our sisters and brothers in need. If you feel very tired and you don't have any energy to give, what you do is ... go to a big tree and ask it to `give me some of your life energy'" (AFA Journal, Feb. 1994).

Chung has published a rewrite of the Gospel narratives from an Asian feminist perspective. She told the Minneapolis conference, "The Bible is basically an open book, and I want to add the next chapter." Chung spoke at the 1991 General Assembly of the World Council of Churches and identified the Holy Spirit with a Buddhist goddess. (For more on Chung see the article "WCC Baptizes Heathenism" below)

Standing ovation for lesbians

During the conference, a group of roughly 100 "lesbian, bi-sexual, and transsexual women" gathered on the platform and were given a standing ovation by many in the crowd. They were "celebrating the miracle of being lesbian, out, and Christian."

    "The lesbian theme was heard repeatedly from major speakers. In a workshop called `Prophetic Voices of Lesbians in the Church,' Nadean Bishop, the first `out' lesbian minister called to an American Baptist church, claimed that Mary and Martha in the Bible were lesbian `fore- sisters.' She said they were not sisters, but lesbian lovers. Janie Spahr, a self-avowed lesbian clergywoman in the Presbyterian Church USA ... claimed that her theology is first of all informed by `making love with Coni,' her lesbian partner. Judy Westerdorf, a United Methodist clergywoman from Minnesota, told the workshop that the church `has always been blessed by gays and lesbians ... witches ... shamans.' In a seminar on `Re- Imagining Sexuality-Family,' lesbian theologian Mary Hunt said, `Imagine sex among friends as the norm. ... Imagine valuing sexual interaction in terms of whether and how it fosters friendship and pleasure. ... Pleasure is our birthright of which we have been robbed in religious patriarchy" (AFA Journal, Feb. 1994). See Section on (Homosexuality)

Worshipping Sophia

The Nov. 3, 1993, Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that "throughout the conference worship experiences will celebrate Sophia, the biblical goddess of creation." Sue Seid-Martin of the University of St. Thomas School of Divinity in St. Paul, Minn., claimed that this Sophia is "the suppressed part of the biblical tradition, and clearly the female face of the human psyche." Seid-Martin believes Sophia is found in Proverbs 1-9, Matt. 11; Lk. 3:35; 11:49; and 1 Cor. 1-2, and she identifies Jesus Christ with this Sophia.

These feminists are not reading the same Bible I have read for 20 years. I have never found a Sophia goddess in my Bible! The Greek word sophia is translated "wisdom" in the KJV and "denotes mental excellence in the highest and fullest sense ... comprehends knowledge and implies goodness" (George Berry, A Greek-English Lexicon and New Testament Synonyms). This word is often applied to Jesus Christ, but never in any sense whatsoever having to do with "the female face of the human psyche." The word "sophia" is not found in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word most commonly translated wisdom is chokmah. This is the word translated wisdom in Proverbs 8 and 9. It refers to understanding, skill, revelation, godly reason, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with a supposed feminine side of God.

See
The Sophia Circle and Isis: "Queen of Heaven"   and Wimmin, Wiccans and Goddess Worship
 

Naked Sophia goddess

A painting displayed at the Re-imagining conference supposedly depicted this Sophia. The painting contained the picture of a bald, frowning woman with large naked breasts. The middle of her forehead is adorned with a mark that appears to be a Hindu "tika" or tilaka, the same mark women in Nepal and India receive from their priests when they do "puja" (worship) at pagan shrines. (It is interesting that one of the speakers at this conference encouraged the wearing of the tika. Aruna Gnanadason, South Asian feminist, "lashed out against alleged oppression by Christian missionary teachings in India," and she invited participants to put red dots on their foreheads to "represent the divine" in them.) The cover of The Presbyterian Layman for January-February 1994 featured this painting. In a frame surrounding the painting were some of the words from the prayer to Sophia.

IPS Note: Dr. Aruna Gnanadason is a feminist theologian from India, who is presently Executive Director for Planning and Integration in the General Secretariat of the World Council of Churches (WCC). She was until recently Coordinator of the Justice, Peace and Creation Team and the Women’s Programme of the WCC.

On Sunday morning the conferees joined together in repeating a prayer to Sophia, including these words:

    "Our maker Sophia, we are women in your image. ... Sophia, creator God ... shower us with your love. ... we invite a lover, we birth a child; with our warm body fluids we remind the world of its pleasures and sensations. ... Our guide, Sophia, we are women in your image. ... With the honey of wisdom in our mouths, we prophesy a full humanity to all the peoples."

Honey of wisdom, my foot! This is the sour mash of new age feminism, a movement foreseen almost 2,000 years ago by the prophet Jude: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion..." (Jude 7- 8). [Way of Life Literature, 1701 Harns Rd., Oak Harbor, WA 98277.]
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Sophia Upstages Jesus at ReImagining Revival [Excerpts]
By Parker T. Williamson

ST PAUL , Minn. - “Who is not here?” That was the question conference convenor and Presbyterian minister Sally Hill asked almost 900 women who gathered here April 16-19 to revive their ReImagining God movement. “Here we taste, see and savor how good it is to be in our bodies” declared conferees in the words of their opening “milk and honey” ritual. But again Hill asked, “Who is not here?” As conference themes unfolded, the answer came clear. The missing person was Jesus Christ.

Despite the fact that conference leaders called themselves Christians, it was Sophia, the goddess of wisdom, who emerges when women reveal their inner selves, that occupied center stage in this event. “I found God in myself, and I loved her. I loved her fiercely,” declared a quotation in the conference program.

“This is the body of God for healing the bitterness of the human heart …” declared Rev. Hill as women passed the milk and honey mixture around their tables. “We have seen the power, rising from the earth … Together we have given birth to a ReImagining Community which extends to every corner of our world!”

Also See The Sophia Circle and Isis: "Queen of Heaven"

Light of the world

Enshrouded in darkness, the ReImagining community gathered in a Radisson Hotel ballroom on opening night to the throbbing of conference drummers. Overhead, light flashed from a rotating, mirrored sphere while flames leapt from a four-foot cauldron on stage. “We are the light of the world,” announced Rita Nakashima Brock. “What we do with our experience makes us light to the world.” Brock then named women who are examples of that light, including “Tina,” from Zimbabwe who is fighting for solidarity with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons, those whose sexual behavior is unlawful in Zimbabwe. “Tina is a light to the world,” said Brock.

As Brock and others appeared on stage to deliver their speeches, ritual leaders carrying lanterns escorted them while the audience sang, “You are a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.” Then the crowd blessed each speaker, singing: “Now Sophia, dream the vision, share the wisdom dwelling deep within.”

Looking within

The transcendent God was noticeably absent from most conference presentations. Instead, speakers and ritual leaders invoked a spirit that emerges out of “women’s experiences.” Women were encouraged to express the divine reality that is locked deep within their identities by sharing their stories. Special emphasis was placed on telling stories of abuse, defilement, and repression, the kinds of stories that evoke what Brock called “holy outrage.”

Mary Farrell Bednowski told the audience that story telling is feminist theology’s great contribution to the church. It is in telling our stories, she said, that traditional theology has been “brought down to earth,” made “relational,” encouraged to abandon moral absolutes, and enabled to bring about “healing and wholeness.” She encouraged her listeners to open up, and in so doing, to transform the world from darkness into light.

Troubling the waters

On the following morning the symbol changed from light to water. Women came forward to pour vials of water into a vessel on stage. As participants mingled their libations, the congregation sang, “Sacred river, flowing over rocks of pain … collecting streams of insight … blessed with light of self love, and flowing … to the vast divine sea, saying ‘I am That,’ Sacred River.”

Once the water had been poured, conferees were told that the time had come to trouble it. Dancers wearing aquamarine shawls gyrated around the basin, setting the stage for those whose words would soon make waves...

... Rolling stone

Mary Ann Lundy, who lost her job at Presbyterian Church (USA) headquarters following her leadership in the 1993 ReImagining God conference, was welcomed enthusiastically. Lundy’s firing blossomed into a golden parachute that landed her in Geneva, Switzerland where she was named Deputy Director of the World Council of Churches. (“I was fired up,” she quipped.) Yet conference leader Sally Hill insisted on describing her as ReImagining’s martyr, “a symbol for us … who bore the brunt of the violent backlash.”

Delores Williams, a Presbyterian professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York who stirred waters in the first ReImagining conference by suggesting “I don’t think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff,” underscored Lundy’s call for a Christianity that is not limited to the Lord Jesus Christ. “We shouldn’t be persecuted for being heretics,” she said.  Williams said that women must create “a church without walls … a community” where people can be free …” Williams described the emerging community as a “context of the sacred” where no sexuality is unclean: “In the heart and soul of the deities, we are all loved, and it doesn’t matter who we’re sleeping with …,” she declared.

Carter Heyward, professor at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts proclaimed the view that all of life is simply an extrusion of divine reality, meaning that all persons and things are essentially divine and no person can claim to be unique, not even Jesus: “While nobody, even Jesus, is divine in and of him or herself, every body, like Jesus, is able to god, and I use this [god] as a verb … That is what we are to do … to god, and that is what the Jesus story is all about.” So who is Jesus Christ? Heyward credited Jesus as “a window into the ongoing presence of the holy in our lives.” But she cautioned her audience not to make too much of his uniqueness: “The salvation of this world of ours did not begin with the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus,” she said. Heyward readily admits that her theology “breaks ranks” with biblical faith (“the religion of the slave masters”) but she insists that her beliefs are authentically Christian, so she remains a member of the Episcopal Church.

Williams’ description of a congregation’s removal of the cross from its sanctuary as “life giving,” and Heyward’s denial of Jesus Christ’s uniqueness as the Son of God for example, brought  [TOP OF PAGE]

 

World Council of Churches Baptizes Heathenism
by David Cloud

The Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), held February 7-20 (1991) in Canberra, Australia, gave further illustration of the Council's hideous apostasy. The WCC is no small organization. It represents more than 300 denominations with roughly 500,000 members. Most major Christian denominations are members of the World Council. Yet the apostasy of that body is appalling.

Though the WCC is full of apostasy, we do not feel it is necessary to report on all that went on the WCC Seventh Assembly. We believe it is enough to report on the abominable ideas of syncretism and universalism which were supported there--the heresy that there is some light and salvation in heathen religions. This has been a trademark of the World Council for years, but its syncretistic emphasis grows bolder with time.

Aboriginal pagans open the WCC meeting

The Canberra meeting was opened by Australian aboriginals who worship nature. Consider the following Religious News Service report:

    "Aboriginal men girded in loincloths and feathers, their bodies painted in tribal decoration, danced around an altar and beat drums in a traditional purification ceremony that opened the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches here February 7. Standing near them at the altar were aboriginal women clothed in traditional black and red dresses and colorful aboriginal clergymen garbed in western vestments" (Christian News, Feb. 18, 1991, p. 1).

An Ecumenical Press Service report gives more details of the heathen purification ceremony which opened the WCC Assembly.

    "The congregation entered the tent by passing through smoke made by burning leaves--a traditional cleansing process for Aborigines in Australia. ... Before worship began, a traditional Aboriginal `message stick' was carried to the worship tent by an Aboriginal runner. In that action, WCC General Secretary Emilio Castro asked permission for the council to enter the land. Gathered in the tent were Aboriginal elders, who ritually granted permission, whereupon the WCC worship leaders walked in procession into the tent."

The Aborigines involved in this rite were half-naked, and the entire thing was an abomination to God. The supposed spirituality of the aboriginals was applauded by the WCC Assembly, but the Bible condemns it as heathen idolatry. The WCC leadership has no understanding of Bible salvation and spirituality. Therefore they find "spirituality" in this fallen, wicked world even among the unsaved.

Prayer to a female god

Further evidence of the World Council's syncretistic spirit occurred the second day of the Assembly, when South Korean Presbyterian feminist, Chung Kyun Kyung, evoked a female pagan god.

    "Combining verbal fireworks with a performance by Korean and aboriginal dancers, Chung rendered a dramatic evocation of a female Holy Spirit. She linked that spirit to that of Hagar, the Egyptian slave woman in Genesis who Chung said was `exploited and abandoned' by Abraham and Sarah. Chung then burned bits of paper bearing the names of other exploited spirits--which she said were full of `han,' the Korean word for `anger'--and identified them as Holocaust victims, freedom fighters, murdered advocates of non-violence, struggling Korean women, the poor, and women in Japan's `prostitution army' during World War II." <Religious News Service (March 5, 1991).

Chung said, "I also know that I no longer believe in an omnipotent, Macho, warrior God who rescues all good guys and punishes all bad guys." Chung concluded her message by likening the "spirit" to the idolatrous image of Kwan, "a Goddess of compassion and wisdom [worshipped in] East Asian women's popular religiosity."

The RNS report stated that though some WCC delegates were offended by this blasphemy, most warmly received it. In fact, the audience gave Chung's blasphemous presentation a standing ovation!

All faiths are one with God

The Director of the WCC's Inter-Faith dialogue is a Sri Lankan, Wesley Ariarajah. His apostate ideas about salvation were voiced at the Canberra meeting and were reported in local newspapers. Consider this report from the The Australian:

    "The World Council of Churches took ecumenism to its farthest limits at the weekend, suggesting Muslims, Hindus and others achieve salvation in the same way as Christians and warning the latter against `narrow thinking.'

    "The council's Director of Inter-Faith dialogue Dr. Wesley Ariarajah, said it was inconceivable to him that God listened to Christian prayers but ignored those praying to their particular versions of God.

    "`As a Sri Lankan Christian who has read the Hindu writings and the scriptures of the Hindu saints I simply cannot believe that there have not been other people [than Christians] who are familiar with God,' he said. `It is beyond belief that other people have no access to God or that God has no access to other people.'

    "`Who are listening to the prayers of the Hindu? Are there many Gods? If we are thinking about a God who is the creator and sustainer of the whole universe, as in Psalm 24, then there are not two Gods. Therefore it is inconceivable to me that a Hindu or a Buddhist, or anybody, is outside God. My understanding of God's love is too broad for me to believe that only this narrow segment called the Christian church will be saved. If you are a Christian you must be open and broad, not narrow and exclusive.'

    "Dr. Ariarajah said being a good Christian did not include going around telling people of other faiths they had got it all wrong." <The Australian (Feb. 11, 1991).

Ariarajah is dead wrong about the condition of those outside of Christ. Consider the following truths from the Word of God, truths which are utterly ignored by Ariarajah and his WCC friends:

The condition of the heathen: dead in sin

    "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." (Eph. 2:1-3)

    "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." (Eph. 2:12- 13)

These verses from Ephesians show us plainly the condition of the unsaved heathen. Before the Ephesians came to Christ, they were idolaters. What was their spiritual condition at that time? The Bible says they were dead in trespasses and sins. They were under the power of the devil. They were by nature the children of wrath. They had no hope and were without God in the world. That is the "spirituality" of every person outside of Jesus Christ. The Bible says it was the blood of Christ that changed the spiritual condition of the Christians at Ephesus.

The way of salvation: only through Jesus Christ

    "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23)

    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (Jn. 14:6)

    "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13:38-39)

    "And [the jailer] brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." (Acts 16:30-31)

    "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. ... Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:10,12)

These plain Bible statements make it clear that there is no salvation outside of Jesus Christ. All men are sinners and are condemned under the righteous judgment of God. The only way of escape from sin's condemnation is through personal faith in Jesus Christ and in His blood which was shed at Calvary. The Bible says there is only one name through which salvation comes: Jesus Christ. Any other name--whether it be Buddha, Mohammed, or Krishna--is unable to bring eternal salvation.

The Gospel demands repentance
Ariarajah said being a good Christian did not include going around telling people of other faiths they are all wrong. He doesn't know what he is talking about. Were the Apostles "good Christians"? They certainly went about telling people of other faiths that they were wrong and that they must repent and turn to Christ! Consider this sermon by the good Christian, Paul, to the religious heathen at Athens:

    "Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things ... Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." (Acts 17:23-25,29-31)

The Bible says God loves all men and is no respecter of persons. But He offers only one way of salvation, and men must repent and come on God's terms through the Lord Jesus Christ. The problem with the World Council of Churches is simple: They have rejected the Word of God.

The Rainbow Serpent that created the world

WCC blasphemy reached equally perverse heights in an advance publication which called for "a rediscovery of Aborigine spirituality and for a new creation spirituality." Consider a quotation from this amazing ecumenical document. In this quote, the WCC is giving an example of the supposed "spirituality" of Aboriginal thought:

    "The creation of the world began in Dreaming. Before the Dreaming, there was a pre-existent formless substance, in which spirit beings lived. In some of the stories of the creation event, the Rainbow Serpent emerged from her long sleep underground when she realized her time to give birth had come. She set free in the spirit beings to create hills and valleys, light and shade, water and trees, and flowers, and all living things. ... The serpent also set free the spirit beings to create the animals and the human beings in a particular relationship with each other, forever related through story, song, and ceremony." <Wanderer (March 14, 1991).

The World Council publication in question called "for recasting the theological understanding of creation. Much of Christianity, especially the major strains of Western theology, has given support to human dominance over creation. The Assembly discussions want to challenge theology and Christian thinking that have seen humanity's task as subduing the earth."

This is foolishness. The Bible plainly states that man was made in the image of God and was given the commandment: "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth" (Gen. 1:28). Man is not an animal. Man is not a product of evolution. It is not wrong for man to subjugate the forests and rivers of this world. It is not wrong for man to subjugate animals.

The fact is that the World Council is made up of a bunch of theological weirdoes! It is the home of every sort of radical: environmentalists, communists, New Agers, One Worlders, feminists, syncretists. It is not the home of humble Bible believers.

We could proceed to give more details of the strange goings on at the WCC Seventh Assembly, but we see no reason to do so. Those who can look at the facts already stated and yet continue their relationship with the World Council will not be convinced by other WCC blasphemies. God has commanded that His people separate from error.

    "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4) [TOP OF PAGE]


Invocation of Evil Spirits at WCC Meeting In Canberra
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Dr Chung is professor of Theology from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. She drew a standing ovation for her performance as a featured speaker. The first section of her speech is called "Invocation" in the official transcript issued by the WCC. But what kind of invocation? She explains, with reference to the performers capering around her, "We are dancing to prepare the way of the spirit." Again, what spirit is this?

Dr Chung has 18 invocations to offer. Her first cry is to the spirit of Hagar:

     "Come. The spirit of Hagar, Egyptian, black slave woman exploited and abandoned by Abraham and Sarah, the ancestors of our faith."

Next, she calls upon the spirit of Uriah to come to the Assembly.

    "Come. The spirit of Uriah, loyal soldier sent and killed in the battlefield by the great King David out of the King's greed for his wife, Bathsheba."

An array of spirits are summoned in this fashion, among the notable being, the spirits of: "Mahatma Gandhi, Steve Biko, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Victor Jara, Oscar Romero and many unnamed women freedom fighters who died in the struggle for the liberation of their people."

As Dr Chung warms to her theme, she identifies the Holy Spirit with the spirits of Han. Korea is a 'land of spirits full of Han '. Han is several things: chiefly anger, resentment, bitterness. These spirits of the dead are, she claims, "agents through whom the Holy spirit has spoken her compassion and wisdom for life. Without hearing the cries of these spirits we cannot hear the voice of the Holy spirit. {small 's' -- twice}

I hope the presence of all our ancestors spirits here with us shall not make you uncomfortable. For us they are the icons of the Holy Spirit who became tangible and visible to us. Because of them we can feel, touch and taste the concrete bodily historical presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst." [Emphasis mine throughout]

The reader should keep in mind Dr. Chung is a Professor of Theology and as such knows full well the literal force of all the words she uses here.

The unity of Babylon desired.

We are advised by Dr Chung, further, how Pentecost undid God's stroke of judgment at Babel. "The common language they lost at the greedy tower of Babel was restored in a radical new way at Pentecost. . . It was a language of liberation, connection and unification from below. The wild wind of God breaks down the Babel tower and all the divisions it produced within us ". . . Here she goes completely off the rails again. Just to mention one point, the language of Babylonish unity was not restored at Pentecost. Babylonish unity is evil throughout. God did not restore there the very thing He judged and scattered before at Babel. Babel's tower did not 'produce the divisions', God did --He brought the confusion to Babel and He will not be party to restoring that accursed thing which He condemned in judgment then and condemned forever.

Holy Spirit likened to heathen goddess.

This Babylonish teacher, Dr Chung, admits that her image of the Holy Spirit is unscriptural and anti-scriptural. Her image. . ."does not come from (her) academic training as a systematic theologian but from (her) gut feeling . . . (with) thousands of years of spirituality" (i.e. spiritism). "For me," she continues, "the image of the Holy Spirit comes from the image of Kwan In. She is venerated as Goddess of compassion and wisdom . . .She is a bodhisattva, enlightened being. She can go into Nirvana any time she wants to, but refuses to go into Nirvana by herself. "

Nirvana is the Buddhist state of blessedness with the extinction of individual existence and absorption into the supreme spirit as the final "reward." This heathenism promises the extinction of individual existence. What an empty hope heathenism is when put up against Holy Scripture. Worst of all, if the illustration is taken at face value, this woman leaves her followers with the notion that the Holy Spirit also may eventually elect to go into extinction. [TOP OF PAGE]

 

 WORLD COUNCIL PROMOTES "BAKERWOMAN GOD"
By David W. Cloud

To illustrate the radical heresy of the World Council of Churches (WCC), we offer some poems from a book printed by them in recent years. The book No Longer Strangers was a joint project of the Lutheran World Federation, World Council of Churches, World Student Christian Federation, and the World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). It was first published in June 1984 and reprinted three times in the first year.

This WCC publication is supposed to be a guideline for worship. Consider some names we are supposed to call God during worship times--The Source, Lady of peace, Lady of wisdom, Lady of love, Lady of birth, Lord of stars, Lord of planets, Mother, Home, Bakerwoman, Presence, Power, Essence, Simplicity.

Nothing could be more blasphemous than these names by which the WCC says we can address God. My friends, God is not a "lady," nor is He a "bakerwoman" nor a "presence" nor the "Lord of planets"!

Throughout this publication God is spoken of in female terms. Consider a few more examples:

    O God of a thousand names and faces
    Mother and father of all life on earth,
    Lady of peace, of love, of wisdom,
    Lord of all the stars and planets,
    Teach us to know and love you.

    BLESSING THE BREAD
    In the beginning was God ...
    And God loved what SHE had made
    And God said, "It is good."

    Then God, knowing that all that is good is shared
    held the earth tenderly in HER arms
    God yearned for relationship
    God longed to share the good earth
    And humanity was born in the yearning of God
    We were born to share the earth...

    God said, You are my people,
    My friends, My lovers, My sisters,
    And brothers

    Then God, gathering up HER courage in love, said,
    Let there be bread!
    And God's sisters, HER friends and lovers,
    knelt on the earth
    planted the seeds ...

    I BELIEVE
    I believe in God, MOTHER-FATHER SPIRIT
    who called the world into being,
    I believe in God, who because of love for HER creation, entered the world to share our humanity,
    to be rejected, to die, but finally
    to conquer death and to bind the world to HERSELF.

    PRAYER OF ST. ANSELM
    And Thou, Jesus, sweet Lord,
    Art Thou not also a mother?
    Truly, THOU ART A MOTHER,
    And Thou, Jesus, sweet Lord,
    Art Thou not also a MOTHER?
    THE MOTHER OF ALL MOTHERS ...

    BAKERWOMAN GOD
    Bakerwoman God,
    I am your living bread.
    Strong, brown, Bakerwoman God ...
    Put me in your fire, Bakerwoman God ...
    Break me, Bakerwoman God. ...
    Bakerwoman God, remake me.

These quotations leave no doubt about the apostasy of the World Council of Churches. It would be difficult to conceive of things more blasphemous, more foolish, and more unscriptural than the things we have quoted from this strange WCC book. Each of the 342 denominations associated with this Council partakes of its wickedness. These include the American Baptist Convention; Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; Anglican Church of Canada; Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland; Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker); Christian Church in Canada; Church of the Brethren; Church of England; Episcopal Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches; International Council of Community Churches; Methodist Church of the United Kingdom; Methodist Church in Singapore; Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland; National Baptist Convention of America, National Baptist Convention, USA; Presbyterian Church in Canada, USA, and Wales; Progressive National Baptist Convention USA; Reformed Church in America; Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists of the former USSR; Union of Welsh Independents; United Church of Canada; United Church of Christ USA; United Methodist Church USA; and the Uniting Church in Australia, the Church of South India and the Church of North India. (For a complete list see http://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/global-bodies-and-mission-communions/wcc.html.

    "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues" (Revelation 18:4). [TOP OF PAGE]

 

World Council of Churches and Catholicism

….The Roman Catholic Church is not a member of the WCC but works cooperatively with it in several areas, and is a full member of two of the Council's commissions: Faith and Order, and World Mission and Evangelism. Benedict XVI, then Prof. Joseph Ratzinger, was a member of the Faith and Order Commission between 1968 and 1975.

The main channel for WCC-Roman Catholic Church study and discussion is a consultative body created inWCC-Pope-Paul 1965. The Joint Working Group will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November this year in Geneva.”   (World Council of Churches - News Release. 10 June 2005) Also See The History of the RCC/WCC Joint Working Group. http://wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/ecumenical/jwgh-e.html]

In the photo on the right .. Pope John Paul II and Rev. Dr Philip Potter, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. Switzerland June 1984. Pope Paul VI visited the WCC in 1969.. The second visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church to the Geneva headquarters of the World Council of Churches.

WCC-Pope-BenedictIn the photo on the left Pope Benedict XVI greets Kenyan Rev. Samuel Kobia, the leader of the World Council of Churches, at the Vatican, Thursday, June 16, 2005. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

“The first ever meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev Dr Samuel Kobia since both took up their current positions was held on Thursday 16th June, and was witnessed by a small private audience.

The two organisations have both shown their pursuit in unifying all Christians, which is seen as an encouraging step in the ecumenical movement worldwide.

Pope Benedict XVI was quoted by the Associated Press: "The commitment of the Catholic Church to the search for Christian unity is irreversible."

In his remarks, Pope Benedict XVI also assured Kobia that the church he heads is "eager to continue cooperation" with the WCC, and expressed hope that the visit had been "fruitful, strengthening the bonds of understanding and friendship between us".

The WCC is the world’s largest ecumenical fellowship of more than 300 churches from nearly all Christian traditions, including Protestant and the Orthodox. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member of the WCC but works cooperatively with it in several areas, and is a full member of two of the Council's commissions: Faith and Order, and World Mission and Evangelism.

Since Pope Benedict XVI was elected as the new pope after the late John Paul II, he has repeatedly vowed that uniting all Christians and healing the 1,000-year-old rift with the Orthodox Church a "primary" task of his papacy.

Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, a Methodist pastor and general secretary of the Geneva-based council, said he was encouraged by the Pope’s pledges.”  (Pope Benedict & WCC's Head First Meeting Signals New Phase in Christian Unity Posted: Friday, June 17 , 2005, 11:40 (UK)

The WCC is not the only organization the Catholic Church cooperates with... Pope John’s Pope John Paul II's bizarre involvement with and approval of other anti-Christian religions has caused even many Catholics to call him the Anti Pope. [TOP OF PAGE]

Also See The Two Faces of Catholicism

 

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
By M. H Reynolds, Editor, FEA News & Views
Fundamental Evangelistic Association P0, Box 6278 Los Osos, California 93412.


WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES?"
This catchy question is also the title of a 1978 publication of the WCC. It is an obvious attempt to answer some of the vital questions and criticisms which are being raised by those who love Jesus Christ and who value our cherished American freedoms. However, far from answering such questions and complaints, a discerning reader will discover that the WCC actually confirms the charges of doctrinal deviations and political radicalism,

This leaflet is written to provide factual, up-to-date information regarding the World Council of Churches. We are concerned when we find so many true, Bible-believing Christians who still hold membership in denominations which are a part of the WCC (see complete listing of USA and Canada member denominations on the last page). We also believe that others, both within and without the church, who believe in our free-enterprise system should be informed as to how ecumenical church leaders are seeking to replace capitalism with some form of socialism or communism under the false label of the Kingdom of God. All quotations given in this article are either from the above-mentioned WCC publication or from one of the official documents presented at the meeting of the WCC Central Committee held in Kingston, Jamaica, January 1-1 1, 1979, which the author of this leaflet attended as a member of the press. Thus, all information is strictly up-to-date and fully documentable.


THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
begins with its organization in 1948 with 147 denominations from both Protestant and Orthodox backgrounds. Today, it has grown to include 293 member denominations representing some 400 million people. It has been and is a major force and voice of what is commonly called ECUMENISM,A term used to describe the effort to bring all churches into "a visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic fellowship". The WCC, while admitting that the ecumenical movement is broader than its own institution, claims with ample justification that it is "the most nearly comprehensive instrument of the ecumenical movement in the world today". It should be further noted that, while the original goal of the ecumenical movement and the WCC was "the unity of the churches", the new vision of the WCC is for the unity of all religions - and, in fact, all mankind. It should be clear to all who have been watching the WCC that it has become a modern Tower of Babel.


THE DOCTRINAL POSITION OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
is deceptive. Supporters of the WCC frequently point to their doctrinal basis when charges of doctrinal heresies and deviations are leveled against the Council. But be sure to read the fine print! Be sure to observe how this doctrinal basis is either ignored or stretched beyond recognition.


THE WCC's DOCTRINAL BASIS SIMPLY SAYS:
"The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of Churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and therefore seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit." It is hard to find anything wrong with that, right? However, two paragraphs later in this WCC publication, we read, "Since the World Council of Churches is not itself a church, it passes no judgement upon the sincerity with which member churches accept the basis." Did you get that? You can sign the WCC doctrinal basis whether or not you are sincere and no one will question it. And in the very next paragraph we read the following: "Some very conservative churches judge the basis not biblical enough; some liberal churches DO NOT ACCEPT THE TRINITARIAN FORMULA." What do you think about that? How can anyone claim to be Christian who denies the Trinity? Yet, the WCC admits it has such churches in membership. In fact, the WCC actually boasts of and glories in their doctrinal diversities. They admit that "Ecumenism exists by holding contradictions together." They admit that "it is impossible to speak of a single 'theology of the Council' as such." We remind Bible believers that such unity is not true Biblical unity - it is plain open disobedience to the Word of God. II John 9-11


WCC DOCTRINAL DEVIATIONS WERE CLEARLY OBSERVABLE
from the Central Committee documents in Jamaica. For instance, note the FALSE TEACHING OF BAPTISMAL REGENERATION. One document said, "Through Baptism every person is made part of the Christian Community . . ." Again, "Through Baptism we are redeemed from the powers of sin and death and incorporated into the one body of Christ." Note also the FALSE TEACHING OF UNIVERSALISM: "Put succinctly, salvation is a total involvement of God in the world. There is no sphere of life with which human beings, as individuals, as community or as nations, have to wrestle that is not related to God. Jesus Christ is this total involvement of God. In His life, suffering, cross and resurrection, all humanity with its agonies and struggles is judged, liberated and REDEEMED. It is this Christ who has called us as Christians to follow him in God's continuing work of creation and re-creation." And again, "Christians believe that all human beings are part of a dynamic pointing towards the messianic Kingdom . . . The Biblical witness refers to this final aim as the 'Kingdom of God' which embraces the two dimensions of redemption of the whole of creation and personal fulfilment for each human being." No wonder the WCC is confused in its programs! It is confused in its doctrine!


THE POLITICAL RADICALISM OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
is apparent. Just as in the case of doctrinal diversities, the WCC boasts of its ability to hold together exact opposites in the realm of politics. They say, "On other issues the churches recognize strong differences of opinion and seek to maintain a continuing dialogue among their own members. These differences are not limited to trivial matters. For example, THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES INCLUDES PACIFIST MEMBER CHURCHES…. IT ALSO INCLUDES REVOLUTIONARIES. Both groups contribute insights to the WCC, They continue to try to influence each other. And the WCC INCLUDES BOTH WITHIN ITS FELLOWSHIP. There you have it. Do not forget for one minute, however, that when WCC leaders speak and WCC pronouncements are issued IT IS ALWAYS THE VOICE OF RADICALISM AND REVOLUTION THAT IS HEARD. There are repeated attacks upon "Western Imperialism" and "capitalism" but seldom a word of criticism for socialism and communism. Noncommunist dictatorships are repeatedly attacked but no word is ever spoken against the communist dictators. A few conservative voices are occasionally heard within WCC meetings - but these rarely, if ever, become a part of the official statements which go to the governments of the world and to the United Nations as a "representative voice of the churches". Those who claim that the WCC is becoming more "evangelical" are either blind or naive. Evangelicals who remain in the WCC are being used as window dressing to hide the WCC apostasy,

IN JAMAICA, A PRIME TOPIC OF DISCUSSION WAS THE $85,000 GRANT TO THE PATRIOTIC FRONT OF ZIMBABWE (actually a communist guerilla group). The Salvation Army, the Irish Presbyterian Church and a Lutheran Church in Germany have all suspended membership in protest. Both the secular and religious press waited for some explanation, some justification of this atrocious grant to a group which has boasted of murdering missionaries and shooting down a commercial airplane. But all the press really got from the WCC was a charge that the news media had misrepresented and falsified the situation. The WCC Central Committee stood behind its PCR Commission which had recommended the grant and the executive officers who approved it. They concluded by saying that "although the adverse image and understanding of the PCH needs to be changed, the content and thrust of the PCR itself should not be changed." Incidentally, PCR is the abbreviation for the WCC's "Program to Combat Racism" - but in reality, it should be called the "Program to Continue Revolution". Over three million dollars has been given to radical groups around the world. While it is claimed that all monies in this fund come from designated gifts, this program could not operate without the administrative offices and support of the WCC. Those who remain in membership in WCC affiliated churches cannot be absolved from responsibility for giving this aid to the revolutionaries around the world.


THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IS FULLY COMMITTED TO THE CREATION OF A NEW SOCIETY
based on socialistic principles and deceitfully called "7ne Kingdom of God". They state: "The participation of the Church in the creation of a new society is not a secondary or derivative dimension of its existence. It begins at the very centre in the celebration of the sacraments as an anticipation of what the world is to become . . . ." Dr. Philip Potter, WCC General Secretary, quoted from a 1969 WCC Central Committee directive as follows: "We call upon the churches to move beyond charity, grants and traditional programming to relevant and sacrificial action leading to new relationships of dignity and justice among all men and to become THE AGENTS FOR THE RADICAL RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY." He also made it perfectly clear what this involved when he said, "But the conflict has become intense when it has been perceived that A RADICAL CHANGE OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STRUCTURES ARE NEEDED AND NOT THE MERE PRUDENTIAL TRANSFER OF RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGIES." Another WCC document stated: "in the developed countries it means changes in the production structure and employment policies which will ONLY BE POSSIBLE THROUGH A CERTAIN 'SOCIALIZATION' of decisions that have so far been taken autonomously on the basis of interests of the private sector." MR. BUSINESSMAN, MR. and MRS, FREEDOM-LOVING AMERICAN - the World Council of Churches has made it abundantly clear what their goal is! Are you willing to sit idly by or even help support this effort to destroy the very foundations of our faith aWCC-Swamind freedom?


THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES SUBSTITUTES DIALOGUE FOR WITNESSING
.
Having substituted the building of a new society in place of the preaching of the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, it is not surprising that the WCC should forsake "witness" for "dialogue" even while claiming that dialogue is a form of witness, In recent years, theWCC has been engaged in official dialogues with almost everyone. Roman Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Humanists, Traditional African Religions and Communists. As previously noted, the original goal of "Christian unity" has been superseded with the goal of the "unity of all mankind". They say, "opportunities and occasions for dialogue cannot and must not be confined to men of religious faiths but also must involve men of secular ideologies." This dialogue program is attractively presented as the WCC claims: "Dialogue offers the promise of discovering new dimensions of understanding our faith." One repeatedly is told of how dialogue "enriches dimensions of understanding our faith" but strangely, nothing is ever said about proclaiming the truth of the gospel in such a way that men "turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God."

(Photograph Above: Participants in conversation, from left: Swami SADHA SHIVANANDA (India) and ZIMBABWE 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Harare, Zimbabwe, 3-14 December 1998.)


IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT DIALOGUE IS INDEED ONE OF THE GREAT DANGERS AND
DECEPTIONS BEING PRACTICED AND ENCOURAGED BY THE WCC
. What is dialogue? According to their own definition, dialogue is, ". . . an OPENING OF THE MIND AND HEART TO OTHERS. It is an undertaking which requires RISK as well as a deep sense of vocation . . . . THIS OPENING, THIS RISK, this vocation, this sensitivity are at the heart of the ecumenical movement and in the deepest currents of the life of the churches." Further, the WCC says, "Love requires us to recognize and respect the integrity of our partners who enter into dialogue from the standpoint of their faith and commitment." This is exactly the opposite of Biblical teaching. God says, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them." Ephesians 5:1 1. The WCC tells us that dialogue is a required form of witness in a pluralistic world, yet they take special pains to assure their partners in dialogue that they "come not as manipulators but as genuine fellow-pilgrims .. . ." The WCC principle of dialogue implies that the Christian is a searcher for truth rather than a proclaimer of the Truth. The WCC says, "Be open, be vulnerable, take a risk." The Word of God says, "Beware!" "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:15. Will you follow Christ or the WCC?


THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND THE UNITED NATIONS
continue their close ties. In fact, we might call them "blood brothers". There were repeated favorable references to all sorts of UN programs in the Central Committee Documents at Jamaica - The New International Economic Order, the New International Information Order, the World Health Organization, the World Court, UNESCO, etc, It was reported that "an intervention was made on behalf of the WCC in the Security Council debate on South Africa in March 1977." It was stated that they were seeking "to sensitize churches, inviting them to lobby with their governments . . . as well as to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." The WCC issued a special document promoting the UN sponsored International Year of the Child, totally ignoring the fact that even though this appeal is made with the image of starving children in mind, the real thrust of this program is toward socialization of the child and the family. Individual believers and churches that are opposed to the philosophy and program of the UN should realize that it is not their voice which is heard in places of power and decision - it is the voice of the false prophets in the WCC that prevail and speak for you whether you like it or not.

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THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES stands for DISARMAMENT

and against U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY. The WCC is geared for a massive propaganda effort against our historic concept of national security. They want complete and unilateral disarmament - and they want it now. But it is ironic that at the very time the WCC is attacking America and the nations of the Free World for wanting to maintain national security, they are insisting on national sovereignty and security for the many new nations and governments which have been formed through communist revolutions. Following the WCC "Program for Disarmament and Against Militarism and the Arms Race" would leave America defenseless against her enemies. Yet, the Central Committee in Jamaica said that the churches should give "the highest priority" to implementation of this program. But if you read the entire document, you find that the WCC has taken this strong position in spite of the admission that they have not fully explored the underlying theological issues, They say, "These two meetings ... have underlined the need for more substantial work on the theological issues involved. They have posed questions rather than providing answers." What dangerous hypocrisy and liberal bias this reveals. Americans should remember that nations which lose their freedom rarely have a second chance.


THE CONFUSION, DOUBLE-TALK AND CONTRADICTIONS IN FACT OF THE WCC ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE TO ANYONE WHO WILL TAKE THE TIME TO STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN!
As the years have slipped by with little progress toward the goal of "one visible church", their frustrations have been manifested in the use of clever language to hide their failures. Instead of "One Church" we hear talk of "conciliar fellowship" and "unity in reconciled diversity" and trying to "relate the right kind of diversity to the right kind of unity." Through the years, they have followed the old ecumenical motto, "Service Unites, Doctrine Divides". But in spite of their wish to ignore doctrine, the issue continues to re-appear. At times, WCC leaders introduce new word games or "theological breakthroughs" which they announce with a great fanfare, seeking to revive the hopes of their disillusioned followers.


THE LATEST "BRIGHT SPOT" ON THE WCC's THEOLOGICAL HORIZON
is the idea that while they may not all be able to agree on the content of their faith, they can all agree that there is HOPE. The problem is that they cannot even agree on what that HOPE is. One of the WCC documents at Jamaica said, "The difference between the hopes expressed from different parts of the world - Africa, Latin America, North America, Eastern Europe -diverged so widely that ONE WAS TEMPTED TO ASK WHETHER THEY WERE SPEAKING OF THE SAME HOPE or indeed whether they can even give a common account of hope." But they went on to state, "Yet, the common attempt itself has become a source of hope." How sad it is that those in the WCC are ignoring the Bible which tells us plainly that our hope our only hope - is the return of Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13. How sad it is that they ignore the teaching of Scripture that the Kingdom of God is not some socialistic kingdom established through the efforts of man, but a perfect and righteous Kingdom to be set up by our Lord Jesus Christ in spite of and apart from any effort of man to either thwart or aid the establishment of that Kingdom. Daniel 2:44. Revelation 19:13-16.


AT THE VERY HEART OF THE WHOLE MATTER IS THE FAILURE OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES TO ACCEPT THE BIBLE
as the authoritative, infallible, inerrant, eternal, unchangeable Word of God. Note the following: "In the WCC we experience both the possibility for common confession of faith and worship together and also the obstacles to Christian unity. We are agreed in giving vital place in our thinking to bible study and worship, we are able to worship our one Lord in the very different way of the churches represented among us. YET WE ARE ALSO AWARE OF PROBLEMS CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE REMAINING UNSOLVED AMONG US and of the fact that we are not yet part of one eucharistic fellowship. It is not surprising therefore that there is controversy among Christians about the meditative use (rather than simply the intellectual study) of the holy books of other faiths and about the QUESTION OF COMMON WORSHIP BETWEEN THOSE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS." One speaker said, "The document on Hope coming out of Bangalore had succeeded in bringing out the fruitful tension between doctrinal unity and union in radical involvement in human hopes. But it has not settled the underlying question." What is that underlying question? "The problem is no longer the problem of loving one another, but the problem of understanding the faith." The doctrinal basis of the WCC is an empty shell - a front to deceive the unwary. Only by accepting God's Word as our only, absolute and final authority can we enter into true unity with those who truly belong to Christ - and at the same time be fully separated from those who appear as angels of light but are in reality the servants of Satan.


MANY OTHER PROGRAMS AND FACETS OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
could be helpfully presented and documented if space permitted. Take Roman Catholicism for example. The WCC has grown so close to the Roman Catholic Church that they now say, "The days of winning converts from each other are over . . . ."

Take the question of communism. You will never find the WCC to be anti-communist. In fact, they state plainly,

    "The story of primitive anti-communism and anti-communist crusades in the Christian Church is a long and sad one."

Red Agents and Communist puppet church leaders sit, work and propagandize at all levels of the WCC organization. The WCC and the NCC have been decisive forces in preparing the way for the shameful U.S. recognition of Red China. Though denying charges of pro-communism, the WCC track record is a long and consistent testimony to the fact that they are one of communism's strongest and best allies. The WCC is doing everything possible to indoctrinate young people into the radical, revolutionary ecumenical philosophy. It was reported that four young people, including one WCC staff person, attended the "11th World Festival of Youth and Students" in Cuba in 1978. They reported a "warm and wholehearted welcome from the Cuban people and the freedom to move around the island and to talk to the people." And what was the purpose of this meeting? They said, "These meetings provided opportunities for the Christian Youth to discuss the issues of the festival and the meaning of Christian commitment today, AS WELL AS TO EXPRESS SOLIDARITY IN THE STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE AND AGAINST IMPERIALISM IN THE WORLD TODAY. "Is there any talk of struggling against Communism? Oh, no, it is only against Imperialism!


THE NEXT THREE YEARS WILL BE CRITICAL YEARS FOR THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, largely because of severe financial problems. The fact that most of the WCC money comes from the USA, coupled with the devaluation of the dollar in comparison with the Swiss Franc, means that the WCC is faced with what one leader called "The moment of truth in WCC finances". To avoid drastic and immediate cut-backs of staff and programs, they approved deficit spending for the next three years, drawing on reserves or even borrowing if necessary. Financing is apparently already in hand or in view to proceed with their big conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 12-24, 1979, on the theme, "FAITH, SCIENCE AND THE FUTURE" and their big missionary-evangelism conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia, May 12-25, 1980, on the theme "YOUR KINGDOM COME". The 1979 conference will seek to join religion and science to further socialism and the 1980 meeting will promote socialism in the name of the Kingdom of God.


IF ONLY GOD'S PEOPLE WOULD WAKE UP AND SEE HOW THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IS USING THE CHURCHES TO DESTROY THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH AND FREEDOM, what a difference it could make! If only God's people would immediately withhold support and withdraw membership from the WCC and then begin attending and supporting only those churches that refuse to compromise with the ecumenical apostasy, what a difference it would make! Further loss of support now could be critical for the WCC. Are you one of those who are supporting the WCC by your finances and membership even while decrying its heretical, radical programs? If so, why not obey God - COME OUT AND BE SEPARATE (11 Corinthians 6:14-18) and join hands with those who are willing to stand up and speak out for our God-given liberties which enable us to preach the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ instead of a socialist revolution.


WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES MEMBER DENOMINATIONS IN THE USA AND CANADA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
African Methodist Episcopal Church; African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A; American Lutheran Church; The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of New York and all North America; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; Church of the Brethren; The Episcopal Church; Hungarian Reformed Church in America; International Evangelical Church; Lutheran Church in America; Moravian Church in America (Northern Province); Moravian Church in America (Southern Province); National Baptist Convention of America; National Baptist Convention, U,S.A., Inc.; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U,S.A.; National Council of Community Churches; The Orthodox Church in America; Polish National Catholic Church of America; Presbyterian Church in the United States; Progressive National Baptist Convention; Reformed Church in America; Religious Society of Friends - Friends General Conference - Friends United Meetings; United Church of Christ; The United Methodist Church; The United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

CANADA
The Anglican Church of Canada; Canadian Council of Churches; Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada; The Presbyterian Church in Canada; The United Church of Canada.

(For a complete list see http://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/global-bodies-and-mission-communions/wcc.html.

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Footnote1: Virginia Mollenkott.
(David W. Cloud, wayoflife.org)

At a news conference at the NCC's governing board meeting on November 10, 1983, Mollenkott claimed there is some evidence that Jesus Christ was really a woman. She cited the research of biologist Edward Kessel, who argued that Jesus was "born in parthenogenesis; that parthenogenetic births are always female; that in some cases, therefore, he would be willing to refer to Jesus as 'she' -- up until the last minute of sex reversal, in which case Jesus remains chromosomally female throughout life, but functions as a normal male and looks like a normal male" (Christian Challenge, August 1984)...

In 1993 Mollenkott published a book entitled Sensuous Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism (New York: Crossroad), in which she reflected on her rejection of fundamentalism, her lesbian "coming out," and her belief in a female God. Mollenkott concludes that

    "in a very physical sense we are all gay, we are all lesbian, we are all heterosexual, we are all bisexual--because we are all one" (p. 153).

    Her view of the kingdom of God on earth is a society in which "lesbian women, bisexual people, and gay men are going to be accepted as first-class citizens in the church and in society as a whole" (p. 153). [See Section on Homosexuality]

    She defines sin as "the absence of trust" (instead of disobedience to God's law) and defines salvation as "being brought back into a trusting relationship by remembering Who We Are: God's children, never actually separated from God's love even though we had imagined we were" (p. 157). [See Pages on Sin and Repentance]

    Her view of the new birth is as follows: "In the instant of remembering our true identity, we are at-oned, restored to a trusting relationship with God, with our Selves, with other people, and with the universe" (p. 157). [See Page on The New Birth]

    Mollenkott claims that providing mutual sexual pleasure, whether it be homosexual or bisexual or whatever, is one of the most important things in life. "Learning to love ourselves and others (including mutual pleasuring) is the greatest contribution we can make to the creation of a just society. And I am confident that the day will come when most Christian churches will teach a creation-positive method of glorifying God and enjoying Her forever" (p. 158).

    Mollenkott turns sin and righteousness upside down by claiming that it is the "pleasure haters" (those who believe God made the sexual relationship for heterosexual marriage only) who are the "unjust" (p. 158). She claims that her lesbianism "is simply a good gift, as all sexuality is a good gift" (p. 162).

    She admits that when she first started admitting her lesbianism publicly she "felt slightly soiled, as if I needed a good shower," but later she recognized "that the soiled feeling was residual heterosexism" (p. 162).

    Mollenkott worships a [wo]man-made idol she identifies as "our tender Father and our demanding Mother and then again our loving Friend, faithful Companion, and cosmic Lover" (p. 166). [See Section on Goddess Worship]

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