I would like to start by way of illustration:
A Christian radio host promotes a worship meeting of Evangelical Christians with a known Paedophile and leader of a pro-homosexual ‘Christian’ group. This man claims how this meeting is important this meeting is in breaking down walls in the Christian church and such a meeting celebrates the unity that Christ brings. When asked why such a man promotes a meeting with a known Paedophile and representative of the homosexual lobby the radio presenter denies ever having promoted anything of the kind. When presented with evidence that the radio presenter did actually promote such a meeting he responds by saying that he was only reporting on the meeting, and he neither condones or condemns such a meeting. Can I ask you how you would respond? Would you say that such a radio presenter does not need to be called to account? What about all the children who have been abused? What about the liberalisation of scripture’s teaching on sexual matters? Would you not make a voice? I know that members of the Roman Catholic Church would!
However, the Roman Catholic Church is a false religion. It is a pseudo form of Christianity which believes that Mary is co-mediator with Christ when 1 Tim 2:5 states that there is only one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. There is no mediator between man and Jesus. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) teach their members to pray to the dead saints which is necromancy, something that Deut 18:11 God denounces as an abomination or to put it in laymans terms, a disgusting thing. The RCC teach that the bread and wine of communion actually turn into the actually body and blood of Jesus and they worship it. Jesus is clear that we do this in rememberance of Him and we share in His sacrifice by believing in His word and obeying it. (cf John 6:55-58 with John 6:47). To worship a piece of bread as if it is Jesus is idolatry which is a sin God strongly hates. These are just a couple of examples. Mike Gendron makes the following comparison between Jesus and the bible and the RCC:
Jesus and His Word teach…
- You are saved by faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- All who rely on observing the law (commandments) are under a curse (Galations 3:10).
- Salvation occurs at the moment you believe the Gospel (Ephesians 1:13).
- Jesus purifies sin (Hebrews 1:3).
- You can know for sure you are saved (1 John 5:13).
- The sacrifice of Jesus is finished (John 19:30).
The Pope and his church teach…
- You are saved by faith plus works.
- Obedience to the commandments is a condition for salvation.
- Salvation is a process from baptism through purgatory.
- Purgatory purifies sin.
- You are condemned if you claim to be saved.
- The sacrifice of Jesus continues in daily Mass.
As you can see these two teachings directly oppose one another. You must make the choice as to which is true and which is deception. Your choice will determine your eternal destiny.
Thus Roman Catholicism is just as serious an issue as Homosexuality and Paedophilia.
The above illustration mirrors my actual experience with David Sedaca, Latin American co-ordinator of Lausanne Consultation for Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) a prestigious organisation which promotes Jewish Evangelism which includes some wonderful partners and members such as Jews for Jesus, Arnold Fruchtenbaum and Ariel Ministries, Tuvya Zaretsky, and Mitch Glaser with Chosen People Ministries. All have done some notably work in the body of Christ. However in LCJE’s newsletter “LCJE Bulletin 95″ David Sedaca praises an ecumenical gathering with a Roman Catholic Archbishop Monsignor Rivas of Saint Joseph Basilica as an important meeting which demonstrated the unity that Christ brings. David Sedaca claimed this explicitly. When I wrote to him privately to question him he did not respond. When I questioned again with witnesses he flatly denied having ever promoted any ecumenism. When I contacted him again stating the evidence, he claimed he was only reporting on the meeting and did not condone or condemn it. Surely brothers and sisters this is not good enough for a serious question directed at a serious issue? Do we let this go by in resignation or do we demand a better answer. By praising such an ecumenical meeting, promoting it and using it to speak of Christian unity and then failing to condemn it, does that not seem to you that he is in fact not condoning it but actively promoting it? (For details of our private correspondance please see the open letter which contains such private correspondance at: http://lausannecje.wordpress.com/about/ )
It is for this reason that I have put a petition together. I am hoping that with enough signatures LCJE will see that this is not a handful of trouble makers simply trying to stir up a nest but a genuine concern from a large section of the Evangelical Church. A genuine question needs a genuine answer. It is not good enough to ignore such a call to account. My name is Salvador Ung Hayworth. I am not in any discernment ministry. I am a missionary who shares the gospel with Zulu folk in South Africa and teach the Bible to Zulu, Afrikaans, Indian and English South Africans. (Our ministry website is www.kwazulumission.com ) I am not searching for every ministries piece of dirt. I believe in the purity of the gospel and the need to withstand compromise on the gospel which is the call of every Christian in Christ’s body.
The reason why my petition is important is because other people have contacted representatives of LCJE with similar questions and had their emails ignored. I have recieved correspondance of someone who explicitly promoted an ecumenical meeting as important and then refuses to condemn ecumenism. This is not simply a member of the LCJE network, this is a co-ordinator writing in an official LCJE publication. It is clear that LCJE are ecumenical in principle.
In my petition I have up to now had 39 signatures including Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries, Geoff Toole of Moriel Japan, Chris De Wet of Moriel in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Mark Van Niekerk of Hazorim, Roger Winter-Smith of Christian Witness Ministries, UK, Keith Parker of Light in the Darkness ministries, representatives of First-Plumbline ministries and other individuals. We are all from different ministries and churches but we have seen the importance to sign a petition like this so that even if we cannot change LCJE we can save some of its members from ecumenical compromise. It is my hope that through this petition and other peoples efforts we will make the danger of ecumenical compromise an unavoidable issue to our evangelical people.
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