Ecumenicalism: It’s Driving Force
One of the most perplexing things observed by people who function on objective truth is ecumenicalism. Now, remember, TANC Ministries deems itself as a research organization that stands on some basic objective fundamentals that should get the ball rolling, but it will take the collective effort of God’s family to significantly mine the wisdom of God’s word. Protestantism is really just another Dark Age.
One of those basic fundamentals follows: every action is driven by core logic. People do things for a reason. Always ask, “why?”
My church life was a collection of perplexing experiences. One was ecumenicalism. If what church A believes is efficacious to eternal life, but church B has it wrong, why would church A do anything to validate church B? As a former Baptist, the National Day of Prayer drove me nuts in that regard, but it was just one perplexing event among a litany.
Let me suggest what might be driving ecumenicalism; what I call the gospel of humbleness. What is it? It’s this whole idea that you show yourself approved of God via a willingness to “submit to godly authority” and thereby showing yourself, “humble.” Ah yes, you have “given up your so-called right to be right.” You see, it has nothing to do with your love for the truth because you are totally depraved and can’t really love truth; your real motive, supposedly, is to prove yourself right. In other words, and we hear it constantly, “you are arrogant.”
Being interpreted: you think you actually know something other than, “Christ and Him crucified.”
By the way, this is the exact same verbiage that was socially vogue during the rise of Nazism in the 30s and 40s. The whole “knowledge puffs up but faith is a matter of the heart” motif. Folks, come now, let’s be honest, we hear this constantly in Christian venues.
I would also suggest that it is predicated on an additional idea that truth can’t really be known, and society’s only hope is to be led by those who know we can’t know. And by the way, since they are so special, they should get lots of goodies from the labor of those “enslaved to the material world.” Since they work so hard to save the totally depraved zombie sheep from themselves, the zombie sheep should be more than happy to buy them lots of respite goodies. Stop and think for a moment in regard to your overall church experience over the years; does any of this sound familiar?
Also notice that the followers of various church leaders can only stand and watch while their hard-earned money is used for these guys to get together and stroke each other’s egos. Despite all of the moaning, groaning, and whining, these guys are going to get together and be puffy which is the cardinal sin for everyone but them.
In the end, if these knowers can only get on the same page, ah, “unity” will usher in utopia. What the “believers” believe is completely irrelevant—they are only required to humbly submit to a “godly authority.”
Herein is the word “believe” redefined as belief in man’s authority, not THE truth.