Back in 2005 there was a Pastor who was fired from his job as host on a Christian radio program, because of something that he said on the air. Here is an excerpt from an article from Charisma Now:
“Marty Minto 39, a senior Pastor of the 100 member, Turning Point Community Church in New Castle, was fired earlier this month after three years as a host on WORD-FM in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported . . . Minto said he was told he was ‘alienating listeners’ . . . After the April 2, death and funeral of the Pope, Minto discussed with callers John Paul ll’s deep devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Catholic beliefs, such as Purgatory . . . I made it clear that the discussion was not an attack on the character of the Pope but rather a look at the teachings – not only of John Paul ll, but of the Catholic Church, Minto said. Minto said he responded to the question about whether the Pope, would go to Heaven with the belief held by many evangelicals that a person must be a born-again believer. [Charisma Now April 21,2005 Online Edition]
Now there was absolutely nothing wrong with what Pastor Minto discussed on his radio program that day. I mean after all, we are supposed to be preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we are constantly making it clear to people that the wages of sin is death, and that there is a Heaven and a Hell. Pastor Minto was told that he was ‘alienating listeners’ but that is to be expected, because the true Gospel has always brought confrontation and division, even as Jesus Christ promised it would:
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:32-38)
Pastor Minto is one of a rare breed in this day of apostasy, mixture and compromise. Pastor Minto simply counted the cost, and then he simply spoke the truth, which is what every Christian is supposed to do. His view was diamatrically opposed to the mainstream “Christian” view that does not make waves, lest their ecumenical apple cart of compromise should be disturbed.
I was not surprised by the statement that Pat Robertson (700 Club) made after the death of Pope John Paul ll. This is the same Pat Robertson who declared that “the LORD” told him that Mitt Romney would win the last Presidential election against Barack Obama, and that there would be a great economic boom. Pat Robertson declared that Mitt Romney would also be a two term President. The results are in and Barack Obama is still President after winning the election, and showing us very clearly that it must have been a deceiving spirit which prophesied through Pat Robertson. Here is what Pat Robertson said after Pope John Paul II passed away.
“I am deeply grieved as a great man passes from this world to his much deserved eternal reward. John Paul ll has been the most beloved religious leader of our age – far surpassing in popular admiration the leader of any faith. . . I pray for the Cardinals of the Catholic Church that they might have God-given wisdom in selecting the successor to this great man . . .” [CBN.com Virginia Beach, VA – April 2, 2005]
Pat Robertson called Pope John Paul II a great man after he passed away. That same Pope John Paul II (now a Catholic Saint) once referred to the Pentecostal Christians in Brazil, as “rapacious wolves” because they were “devouring Latin American Catholics.” [FULL ARTICLE HERE] The Pentecostal Christians in Brazil were simply preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost souls in the Roman Catholic church, and many of those Pentecostal Christians were formerly caught in the DEMONIC bondage of the Roman Catholic church. Here is an excerpt from that article.
There appears to be a change in tone in the run-up to the Aparecida meeting with respect to the church’s approach to the challenge of the “sects.” In his opening address to the fourth general conference of Latin American bishops, which was held in the Dominican Republic in 1992, the normally ecumenical Pope John Paul II condemned pentecostal and other sects as “rapacious wolves” who are devouring Latin American Catholics and “causing division and discord in our communities.”
The late Pope John Paul II
The late Pope John Paul II said that the Pentecostal Christians were causing “division” in their communities, BUT that is exactly what happens whenever the true gospel of Jesus Christ is preached. Precious souls were SET FREE from the DECEPTION and DEMONIC BONDAGE of the Roman Catholic system, and the DEVIL was not happy with that. I know because I am a former Roman Catholic, and I have been WARNING people about that false church since 1989.
Over in Brazil, multitudes of people got saved, and they LOVED their fellow Roman Catholic friends enough to WARN them that they were living in DECEPTION, and they needed to get out of that church! Pope John Paul II unashamedly referred to the Pentecostal Christians as WOLVES, but it was the Pope himself who was clearly the WOLF according to the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ.
The late Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship was another well known ecumenical compromiser, and one of the main people involved in the ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together) document of 1994. (Pat Robertson signed that document also) Chuck made this statement after the death of Pope John Paul ll.
“Pope John Paul ll was one of the truly heroic figures of the 20th Century . . .I had the honor of meeting his Holiness, and I have been part of a collaborative fellowship called Evangelicals and Catholics Together . . .”[Prison Fellowship Newsroom, Press Kit, Washington, April 2, 2005]
What an incredible contrast are the statements of Pat Robertson and Chuck Colson, compared to that which was spoken by Pastor Minto, who was fired from his radio program. I believe that there will be much more of this type of thing happening in the coming days, as the apostasy snowball gathers incredible speed.
Billy Graham: The Greatest Compromiser With Rome
Dr Henry Halley was a man who had a strong conviction that everyone ought to read the Bible. He is best known as being the author of the “Halley’s Bible Handbook” which has sold over 5 million copies over the years. Halley’s Bible handbook started out as a 16 page booklet and it ultimately grew into a 864 page almanac of Biblical information. Near the back of that book there is a small section (pages 757-804) on Church History, which contains the true history of the gross wickedness of the Popes and the Papal persecutions. It also contains the history of those who rebelled against Rome, and sought to reform it. Here are some excerpts from Dr Halley’s book:
“The Papacy’s methods: It brought itself to power through the prestige of Rome, and the name of Christ, and by shrewd political alliances, and by deception, and by armed force; and by Armed Force and Bloodshed has maintained itself in power.”
“The story of the Papacy has been written as a background to the Reformation, in the belief that we ought to be familiar with the wherefore of the Protestant movement and the Historical foundations of our Protestant Faith. Some of the things told herein seem Unbelievable. It seems inconceivable that men could take the religion of Christ and develop it into an Unscrupulous Political Machine on which to ride to World Power. However, all the statements made herein may be verified by reference to any of the completer Church Histories.” [Halley’s Bible Handbook, 24th Edition, Zondervan Publishers, pages 783-784]
In her well documented book entitled “Billy Graham And His Friends” Dr Cathy Burns wrote the following concerning the well known Evangelist, Billy Graham:
“Not only does Graham not attack the falseness in the Catholic Church, but he even protects the wrong. For instance . . . around 1961, Billy Graham bought the rights to Halley’s Pocket Bible Handbook. The original Halley’s up until the 22nd Edition (1959), warned about the Jesuits. There are chapters about the Roman Papacy, and the Jesuits. According to Mrs Halley, Mr Halley spent years working on those chapters and never would have permitted the book to be changed. However when he died, Billy Graham bought the rights, and REMOVED all the research and warning about the Jesuits in the editions Billy Graham printed.” [Billy Graham and His Friends, 2001, by Cathy Burns published by Sharing]
I went online to see if I could get a hold of a copy of the Billy Graham Edition, which Cathy Burns had mentioned in her book. I found the book online (Billy Graham Crusade Edition 1962) and purchased it at a bargain price, just to see if what she wrote about was true. I already owned a hard cover copy of Halley’s Handbook which contains the information about Rome, and I compared that book with the Billy Graham edition and sure enough, that WHOLE SECTION on Church History was missing! All of the information on the Papal persecutions and the history of the Popes was nowhere to be found. It was as if those pages never existed in that handbook!
My wife Cathy and I trained and worked as Christian Counsellors for the 1991 Billy Graham Crusade in Central Park NYC. When a person makes a “decision” for Christ at the end of the meeting they are given a card to fill out by the Cousellors. Cathy gave a card to one young lady who had raised her hand, and the lady filled out the card, and put down her local Roman Catholic Church on the card. The Billy Graham organization will then send that lady back to that very same church.
A fisherman will often use what is known as a “lure” to try to catch fish. some of the “lures” that I have seen in the stores are very colorful and attractive. They are made that way because the purpose of the “lure” is to entice and snare the fish, through the promise of the bait. The fish is not aware of the very sharp hook that hides beneath the soft colorful brushlike hairs which hide it very well. Christians are being “lured” into a FALSE and very dangerous UNITY, with the system known as Roman Catholicism. The undiscerning Christian is totally unaware of the deceitful “hook” that is hiding under the “lure” of the colorful UNITY of ALL “Christians” and ultimately ALL religions. They are ignorant and unaware that this DEMONIC deception is geared to the very destruction of their own eternal soul. We would do well to remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he spoke before he was killed:
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (Matthew 24:3-4)
The modern day church is filled with so called leaders who are simply “playing church” as they join hands with the Roman Catholic system which preaches a false gospel.
Deceiving And Being Deceived
A recent article in the TEXAS STAR-TELEGRAM speaks about a meeting which took place between the current Roman Catholic Pope Francis and Evangelical “leaders” which included James Robison, Kenneth Copeland
“Euless-based evangelist James Robison and other Protestant evangelicals met with Pope Francis this week and talked about the need for all Christians to work together in a troubled world.
“This meeting was a miracle,” Robison said Thursday, shortly after returning from Rome. “This is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians to put his arms around the world by working together.”
During a meeting and luncheon on Tuesday, Robison got a high five from Francis after they talked about the need for all churchgoing believers to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Pope Francis didn’t know what a high five was, but the translator told him,” Robison said. “It was just a joy-filled meeting.”
Robison said he was impressed by the Roman Catholic pontiff’s humility and his courtesy to all who attended.
The Protestant group included Betty Robison, co-host of the Robisons’ Life Today television program; Fort Worth television evangelist Kenneth Copeland; the Rev. Geoff Tunnicliff, outgoing CEO of the New York-based World Evangelical Alliance, and two of his associates, the Rev. Brian Stiller and the Rev. Thomas Schirrmacher; and the Rev. John Arnott and his wife, Carol, leaders of Partners for Harvest ministries in Toronto.” [Star-Telegram, by Jim Jones, June 26, 2014]
Here is a scripture which applies perfectly to the present day situation, regarding the compromisers mentioned throughout this article:
But EVIL MEN and SEDUCERS shall wax worse and worse, DECEIVING, and BEING DECEIVED. (2 Timothy 3:13)
When people have a television platform, or any platform for that matter, big or small, and they say that they proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, then they better not mess with the truth which they say they proclaim. If the Gospel of the Roman Catholic church is NOT a gospel of deception, then there is NO such thing as deception! All of the people mentioned throughout this article are going to stand before God one day, and they will give an account for joining hands with the deceiving spirits within the Roman Catholic church.
Do You Think That You Heard It All?
If you think that you have heard it all, then read the following concerning a major Christian Pastor in Sweden who went full throttle and converted to the Roman Catholic Church. Here is an excerpt from Charisma magazine about Pastor Ulf Ekman who was totally seduced by the “seducing spirits” and the “doctrines of devils” of the Roman Catholic church:
Charisma magazine reported on March 9, 2014, that Ulf Ekman and his wife have converted to Roman Catholicism. Here is an excerpt from that news report.
“During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism. Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. Newsreports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”
“We have seen a great love for Jesus and a sound theology, founded on the Bible and classic dogma. We have experienced the richness of sacramental life. We have seen the logic in having a solid structure for priesthood, that keeps the faith of the church and passes it on from one generation to the next. We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion, and a kindness towards the poor and the weak. And, last but not least, we have come in contact with representatives for millions of charismatic Catholics and we have seen their living faith.” [Ulf Ekman Converts to Roman Catholicism/Charisma Magazine/Jennifer Leclaire]
I first heard about this man Ulf Ekman several years ago, and I wrote a False Unity Alert about him, but I must say, that I have not been following that story. I came across an old article today from the “Aletheia Blogg and TankesMedja” Website from November 2010, and I encourage you to read this EXCELLENT ARTICLE for yourself. Just in case you do not have the time to read the article, you can read this excerpt. This is EXACTLY how the DEVIL works inside the church, and inside the heart of any believer who lets their guard down against his deceiving and seducing spirits:
“For the past four years many members, former members and bible school students of the Word of Life church in Sweden, pastored by Ulf Ekman, has expressed a growing concern about Ulf Ekmans fascination with Roman Catholicism. Although Ekman himself claims his calling remains the same as before – to teach the Word of faith message in Sweden and around the world, many have noted a gradual change at the church, once so radically teaching an evangelical message. During the peak of what many Swedes perceived as a spiritual revival or renewal, Word of Life was freed of icons, crucifixes and religious symbols, reminding us of the heavy yoke of Catholicism. The congregation was clearly wanting to be an extension of the reformation and all the revivalist teachers thats followed in it’s path.
Little by little teaching against the Maria cult, papism and traditions of men has been removed from Word of Life bookshelves and replaced by newer more catholic-friendly material. Ulf Ekmans earlier book on the subject ”Doctrines” with a clear stance against the Roman Catholic influence in Christianity has been replaced with a newer revised Catholic-friendly edition. Trips to Rome are being arranged by key ministers in the congregation and Ulf Ekman himself is flirting openly with both traditional Catholic leaders and Catholic Charismatic movement representatives around the world.
As our only two Swedish Christian newspapers are silent in this matter (one of them Ekman controlled), conversations about what is happening at Word of Life has moved to chats among members, supporters and former supporters, blogs and other internet forums.
Perhaps the conversations partially got started after information leaked a few years back that a large donation was given by Mr and Mrs Ekman to Enhetens Kyrka (”Church of Unity”) an organisation that has pledged to gather all Christians under the Popes authority.
When the senior Pastor (Mr Ekman) sold his house last year the Real Estate pictures on the internet (now removed) showed religious icons in nearly every room of the Ekman villa, to the surprise of many evangelicals in Sweden.” [Pastor Ulf Ekmans Fascination with Roman Catholicism Grows stronger/November 2010]
Will You Obey God Rather Than Men?
It is absolutely mind-boggling when you see how the mainstream “church” is being deceived little by little, with little or no resistance from Pastors, Evangelists and leaders around the world. The Jewish apostle Paul foretold of these days, and I hope that you are one of those people who desire to obey God, rather than man.
And when they had brought them, they set them before the COUNCIL: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled JERUSALEM with your DOCTRINE, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then PETER and the other APOSTLES answered and said, We ought to OBEY GOD rather than MEN. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye SLEW (KILLED) and hanged on a tree (the CROSS). Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a SAVIOUR, for to give repentance to ISRAEL, and FORGIVENESS of SINS. (Acts 5:27-31)
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES of DEVILS; (1 Timothy 4:1)
For such are FALSE apostles, DECEITFUL workers, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for SATAN himself is TRANSFORMED into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also be TRANSFORMED as the ministers of righteousness; whose END shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)