CATHOLIC ECUMENISM = NEW WORLD ORDER? . . . NAH !
by Dave Keene,
came across this article which I think you may find
ONE-WORLD RELIGION NOW OFFICIALLY BORN!! A SPIRITUAL EQUIVALENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS! - Christian Updates - New World Order.</A> This is the New World Order Plan in action, leading up to the forced worship of the antichrist! Gotta go,
(The Catholic Response)
Once again your friend, Monica, confuses (or maybe doesn’t know) this issue of a "New World Order."
The "New World Order" is a POLITICAL MOVEMENT, not a spiritual one. Every expert in the field will tell you this. After all, it is a one world GOVERNMENT, not church! Make sure you let her know this!
In the meantime, let’s take a look at what Jesus and the Bible says in regard to this "one world religion."
In the gospel of John, we read: "I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:16) Would you not say that Jesus is here referring to all His children being gathered into ONE fold? Isn't that one religion? For Jesus to want all who hear Him to become a member of "one flock," then He Himself must be teaching this "one church" idea that Monica is so afraid of.
In Matthew 11:1; "And when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities." Now did Jesus teach the same doctrines to all He spoke to? Of course.
"And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16) Now, what is meant by "believe" here? Do those who only accept a part of what was taught them qualify, or did Jesus intend for all to adhere to all his teaching. I’m sure Jesus would hope that we would accept all His teachings being that He is TRUTH (see John 14:6). He wants us to all know the truth. Therefore, all those who accept all the truth that He taught would only naturally join in His one church. There is no danger in adhering to all that Jesus taught! What a wonderful world we would have if everybody converted to Christ and obeyed ALL His commands! Does this sound like a "New World Order?" If it does, then you’ve just made Jesus the author of something evil, yes something which the Bible warns against. Remember again, the "New World order" is NOT a spiritual, but a POLITICAL entity!
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." (Matt 28:20) Here, again, is Jesus re-emphasizing this teaching that He wants all His children to be one family. Notice, He says to teach them EVERYTHING that He has commanded. That would mean to leave nothing out. As we look around Christianity today with the myriad of beliefs held by the myriad of denominations, we see that this teaching of Jesus is largely ignored. Why do we have these differing denominations? Because some have accepted (at least in part) Jesus’ teaching, while others accept one while rejecting another. Yet, as the passage shows, Jesus commands His Apostle’s to teach EVERYTHING the He taught.
"I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
"One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Eph 4:1-4)
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you." (John 16:13-16)
"Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)
"For in fact we have received the good news just as they did. But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened." (Heb 4:2)
"Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind." (1 Pet 3:8)
"If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing." (Phil 4:1-2)
I could go on, but why? If there is one thing Scripture clearly teaches it is this, that God wants all men to come to knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4). For people to say that when the Church tries to get all men of all nations to join together in one belief, that belief being the truth of God’s Word, as evil belies logic.
In the beginning of the second century, St. Ignatius wrote "I have confidence of you in the Lord, that ye will be of no other mind. Wherefore I write boldly to your love, which is worthy of God, and exhort you to have but one faith, and one [kind of] preaching, and one Eucharist. For there is one flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ; and His blood which was shed for us is one; one loaf also is broken to all [the communicants], and one cup is distributed among them all: there is but one altar for the whole Church, and one bishop, with the presbytery and deacons, my fellow-servants. Since, also, there is but one unbegotten Being, God, even the Father; and one only-begotten Son, God, the Word and man; and one Comforter, the Spirit of truth; and also one preaching, and one faith, and one baptism; and one Church which the holy apostles established from one end of the earth to the other by the blood of Christ, and by their own sweat and toil; it behooves you also, therefore, as “a peculiar people, and a holy nation,” to perform all things with harmony in Christ." (Epistle to the Magnesians, Chap 4, 110 AD)
And this from Tertullian; "Where the fear of God is, there is seriousness, an honorable and yet thoughtful diligence, as well as an anxious carefulness and a well-considered admission (to the sacred ministry) and a safely-guarded communion, and promotion after good service, and a scrupulous submission (to authority), and a devout attendance, and a modest gait, and a united church, and God in all things. (The Prescription Against Heretics, Chapters 43, circa 200 AD)
The Scriptures are clear, and plain ol’ common sense will tell you that God would rather us all be on the same team rather than constantly bickering with one another.
conclusion, I’d like to quote our Pope, John Paul II, from the
encyclical "Ut Unum Sint"; "The unity of all
divided humanity is the will of God. For this reason he sent his Son,
so that by dying and rising for us he might bestow on us the Spirit
of love. On the eve of his sacrifice on the Cross, Jesus himself
prayed to the Father for his disciples and for all those who believe
in him, that they might be one, a living communion. This is the basis
not only of the duty, but also of the responsibility before God and
his plan, which falls to those who through Baptism become members of
the Body of Christ, a Body in which the fullness of reconciliation
and communion must be made present. How is it possible to remain
divided, if we have been "buried" through Baptism in the
Lord's death, in the very act by which God, through the death of his
Son, has broken down the walls of division? Division "openly
contradicts the will of Christ, provides a stumbling block to the
world, and inflicts damage on the most holy cause of proclaiming the
Good News to every creature". (Chap 1)