Ecumenical Baptists

Dr Pierre Coovert

Many Baptist churches have dropped the name “Baptist” and become community churches. Many more should do the same since, like those who have already dropped the name, they are no longer Baptists. The name “Baptist” is not just another name. It is a name with a proud heritage of standing for truth from the time of the apostles until this very day.

An advertisement in a newspaper for special services at the Central Baptist Church in Minneapolis, listed the following churches as participants: “Bethel Temple, Central Baptist, Elim Covenant, Warrendale Presb., S.E. Asian, Rose Hill Alliance, Simpson Memorial, Summit Ave. Assemply of God, Calvary Evangelical, Taiwan Christian.” The service was called a “Supper with our Lord” and was a Good Friday service.

That Baptists would unite with such a smorgasbord of Protestants to celebrate a Roman Catholic holiday shows how much of our Baptist heritage has been forgotten. This ecumenical attitude shows the spirit of the age we live in. There was a time when true Baptists stood for doctrinal truth. Today many are following Satan’s call for unity at any cost.

Does God’s Word have anything to say about all this?

Bible prophecy tells us that there is a coming universal religion called Babylon. In this Babylon all of the religions of the world will come together under one banner. In light of this we should be seriously concerned about the coming together of different denominations under the ecumenical movement. Many today are involved in this ecumenical movement and are unknowingly being used of Satan to set things up for the Antichrist. True Baptists will never be a part of this!

The Bible gives us clear instruction concerning our relationship with Ecumenism. True Baptists will not get caught up in this movement because they follow the teachings of God’s Word on separation from error.

Colossians 2:8 says, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” We are top follow Christ, not the philosophies of men.

Amos 3:3, “Can two wald together except they be agreed?”, Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” and in Romans 16:17, “…Mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” all tells us to separate from those with whom we find teaching things that do not agree with the clear teachings of Scripture.

We do not have freedom to compromise the truth of God’s Word! We are to stand for the truth. It may cost us friends, but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

A misunderstanding of the biblical concept of love is the basis of ecumenism. We are told that we should lay down our doctrinal differences out of love. We are told that division will confuse the world and cause them to reject Christianity. Actually the opposite is true. The world is laughing at Christianity because all of the different denominations are accepted as true Christians in spite of their differences. The world thinks that anything can be proven by the Scriptures and, therefore, the Scriptures cannot be held up as a standard.
Wile it is true that God is love, it is also true that God is a God of wrath and will punish those who turn from His precepts. It is not love to avoid telling the truth for fear of hurting someone’s feelings.

The question is often asked, “Do you love the Lord enough, the family of God enough, the cause of Christ enough, or have compassion on the souls of the unsaved of this world enough to fellowship with us though we may not agree on everything?” This is called compromise and we should never compromise God’s precepts. The question that should be asked is, “Do you love the Lord enough, the family of God enough, the cause of Christ enough, or have enough compassion on the unsaved souls of this world to obey God, stand against error, and be separate from those who teach error even if they call themselves Christians and even if they may be saved?”

As Christians we are to show their love for our Lord by keeping his commandments. John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” It is not by keeping some of His commandments, but by keeping all His commandments, which include separation from false doctrine, that shows our love for Him. We can only show true Biblical love for the brethren when we love God and keep His commandments. I John 5:2,3 says, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:”

We do not help others by compromising Bible doctrine for the sake of unity. Those who do actually do great harm to the cause of Christ and to the propagation of the Gospel. During the Dark Ages, when those who held to the biblical faith were killed by the millions, their stand for “the faith once delivered to the saints” is what drew other to Christ in spite of the persecution.

Satan’s greatest tool to inhibit the spread of the Gospel is to deceive us into compromising our doctrine. Let us stand fast in the faith that the truth may continue uncompromised.

Copyright 2017 Pierre Coovert, All rights reserved

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