“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 16

The Completion of the Image of the Beast

“An organization along similar lines to the Evangelical Alliance, but of much larger scope and
proportionate influence, was formed within the required framework of
Revelation 13:14. This occurred at
the first assembly of the World Council of Churches, where delegates from more than forty countries met
in Amsterdam, Holland, from
August 22 to September 4, 1948.

The thing done at Amsterdam was the thing the churches sent their delegates there to do,
namely,
to bring into existence a new entity in Christendom, to be called the World Council of
Churches
.

The 151 churches (denominations, presently 349) represented there had previously accepted as
the basis of their participation the single [Trinity-oriented] creedal formula of ‘Jesus Christ as
God and Savior
.’ On this rock (this doctrine) it was believed that the separated churches of non-Roman
Christendom could erect a structure which would not only symbolize their common faith, but provide for
cooperative action to meet the crying needs of our disordered world.

Note: they do not officially require all their member churches to hold this doctrine today as they may
have in the past, as there are members of the WCC who are not Trinity based churches
.

“The World Council of Churches is a new emergent in Christian history. Not since the Protestant
Reformation has an event of such importance to the Christian faith occurred. Its importance can be
appraised from many angles. But its deepest significance lies in the fact that it marks a reversal of the
direction in which the current of non-Roman Christianity has been flowing ever since the Reformation. For
four centuries the trend in Protestantism has been marked by the multiplication of sectarian divisions. No
longer ago than two generations these divisions were accepted and even gloried in as a Protestant virtue.
They afforded a special kind of church for every national tradition, every belief, every kind of liturgy, every
social affinity, and even every taste. That there could be any wrong in thus dividing the church of Christ
was hardly perceived.

“… It will be seen how insistently the sin of division was condemned and the need of corporate unity
proclaimed [by the conferees]. This should provide positive encouragement to every movement now afoot
in the United States and Canada
to reduce the number of denominations by mergers [emphasis
added], and to the more comprehensive undertaking that would bring together in one body those
denominations which already ‘
recognize one another’s ministries and sacraments.’”

Following the subhead “
A Declaration on Religious Liberty,” a significant statement is introduced: “The
community has the right to require obedience to non-discriminatory laws passed in the interest
of public order and well-being. In the exercise of its rights, a religious organization must respect
the rights of other religious organizations and must safeguard the corporate and individual
rights of the entire community
.”

Thus it can be seen that ecumenists have declared a divided body of Christ to be sin. In fact,
however, it is the ecumenical movement that is the real danger.
In spite of their vigorous protests to
the contrary, this movement is a striving toward
a super-church (or One World Order Church). To
expect Christians to dissolve their differences in the euphoria of church union is to assume that the
principles for which men have suffered and died are not really that important—that Luther, Calvin, Knox,
Wesley, and all their spiritual descendants have been haggling over nonessentials.
Was the Protestant
Reformation a great mistake? Is the big task before Christians the undoing of the Reformation?
Nay!
The need is not to annul the Reformation but to complete it.

Does not the ecumenical movement, by extension, give birth to a new and frightful form of bigotry,
namely, the assumption that anyone who holds to his
own views is guilty of a perversely obstinate and un-
Christian attitude? Look again at the years before the Protestant Reformation… at a time when
Christendom was cloaked in a seamless robe, at a time when Papacy reached its zenith and Hildebrand
(Pope Gregory VII) forced King Henry IV to stand barefoot in the snow at Canossa. It was seventeen days
before the monarch was permitted to resume his reign.

Can it not be seen what will happen when all (or nearly all) Protestant churches unite into one
and this one Church becomes the sole repository of religious doctrine? Where will the dissenter,
the nonconformist, the individualist go? Where will one meet if he finds himself at variance with
a doctrine or, worse still, the governing authority of that one Church? The implications of a
super-church concept are obvious
.” (“The Keys of Revelation” Pages 356, 357)

The WCC in its 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”.

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.

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.

The list below contains a few of the more than 300 member churches of the World Council of Churches;
note especially the addition of
the two-horn beast of Revelation Chapter 13 to this organization. Here
both the beast (the two-horned beast, the Church of England), and those who dwell on the earth
(Protestant congregations, church’s and etc.) have constructed (i.e.
made) an image of the beast, one
which is fully recognized by
the first beast (Papacy) as noted above.   

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.

http://www.inplainsite.org/html/world_council_of_churches.html


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