“And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”
And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear:”
(Revelation 13:1–9 ESV)
One of the dirtiest words in the vocabulary of dispensational eschatology is “ecumenical”.
If you’re ecumenical in their eyes, it’s not because you share the vision of Jesus in John 17, it’s because you are a pawn of Satan enabling a “one world religion”.
This is odd because the passage above is the only one that speaks of a “one world religion”.
Rick Warren isn’t mentioned.
The Roman Catholic Church isn’t mentioned.
The Pope is nowhere to be found.
Religious and political liberals are not seen in the text either.
According to the passage above, the “one world religion” isn’t a co-operative group of Christians or a group of Christians plus other faith traditions.
It’s the worldwide worship of an anti-Christ who utters blasphemies against God and murderously hates Christians.
Strangely enough, the text explicitly says that Christians, those “whose names were written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain ” will not worship this figure.
Therefore, when you see brothers and sisters in Christ maligned for being “ecumenical”, understand that those brethren are being sinned against without biblical warrant by divisive people who should be marked for doing so.
Christianity is an exclusive religion and is the only religion that worships the one, true, God, Jesus Christ.
Within Christianity, however, all those who profess Jesus are brethren…even the ones who don’t like each other.
I watched part of both parties presidential debates last week…and if that’s the best a nation this size can do, we’re in a heap of trouble.
There is much I would like to say, but have no desire to pay the price to say it.
We are sowing to the wind and will reap the whirlwind…but at least we had someone to blame for awhile.
I will watch and be silent.
The person who claims to interpret the Scriptures with no external bias or influence prior teaching is a liar.
We all…and I mean all…have been shaped by others and our traditions.
We choose those influences which suit us best.