"Christian leaders reach agreement on guidelines for evangelizing"
“Christian witness is always a sharing in his witness, which takes the form of proclamation of the kingdom, service to neighbor and the total gift of self even if that act of giving leads to the cross.”
The document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” was issued jointly on June 28 by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance.
The three bodies include Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal and independent churches. Their combined membership accounts for around two billion people or nearly 90 percent of the world’s Christians.
Organizers said the guidelines are the result of a five year process involving the consultation of over 40 experts and are intended to “serve as a set of recommendations for conduct on Christian witness” around the world.
The list includes suggestions on how to best evangelize in multifaith societies, defends the right to share the Gospel and the rights of others to change faiths, and urges missionaries to reject aggressive or coercive methods.
You know the "Protestant Reformation" is dead when most of the world's Christians or at least their official "representatives" are uniting with Rome, to follow a 'CONVERSION CODE" at their bidding.....
I knew this was being written years ago..."Evangelicals Support Conversion Code" from 2007.
Here is a copy of the document:
The purpose of this document is to encourage churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the
recommendations in this document to prepare, where appropriate, their own
guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and
among those who do not profess any particular religion. It is hoped that
Christians across the world will study this document in the light of their own
practices in witnessing to their faith in Christ, both by word and deed.
#4 is quite odd, so let me get this straight helping the poor AND preaching the gospel to them is WRONG? The poor are exploited by being HELPED OUT?
4 The exploitation of situations of poverty and need has no place in Christian
outreach.Christians should denounce and refrain from offering all forms of allurements,including financial incentives and rewards, in their acts of
Some of the stuff is weird, I didn't know there were great hordes of born again Christians, getting converts by offering cash money to sign on. That stuff may happen in a few small places but its interesting how it is focused on in this document. Here they seem to hate even missionaries that may help the poor in service of giving the gospel to them!
"6. . If Christians engage in inappropriate methods of exercising mission by resorting to deception and coercive means, they betray the gospel and may cause suffering to others. Such departures call for repentance and remind us of our need for God’s continuing grace (cf. Romans 3:23)."
Christians are to be born again in freedom, but one wonders how the word "coercive" is defined here? Luke 14:33 anyone?
Of course #8 and #12 bring up the interreligious, one world religion" thing..
"8. Mutual respect and solidarity. Christians are called to commit themselves to
work with all people in mutual respect, promoting together justice, peace and
the common good. Interreligious cooperation is an essential dimension of such commitment."
"12. Building interreligious relationships. Christians should continue to build relationships of respect and trust of different religions as so to facilatate deeper mutual understanding, reconcilation and cooperation for the common good"
Here is one clincher, they want you to look for what is good, in FALSE religions.
There is nothing good in false religions as they were founded by Satan, and led by demons, and part of Mystery Babylon. The sad thing is how many will be deceived by this statement. As I have reminded many on this board, the Catholic church presents other religions as avenues to "God", like many paths up a mountain.
"10. Renouncing false witness. Christians are to speak sincerely and
respectfully; they are to listen in order to learn about and understand others’ beliefs and practices, and are encouraged to acknowledge and appreciate what is true and good in them. Any comment or critical approach should be made in a spirit of mutual respect, making sure not to bear false witness concerning other religions."
The message too in this tells you do not bear false witness against other religions, how interesting! Any Christian apologist will tell you the those in other religions will claim that their view of their false religion is a "lie". I have experienced this myself many times. It's an unwinnable argument without the help of the Holy Spirit because they are still in darkness.
For this next one, WHAT do they consider sufficient time, to change your religion? I found this one odd as well. When one is born again, often that is within one day, it was for me, I remember the day, when I repented and was born again in Jesus Christ....so even here the immediacy of conversion to Jesus Christ, is denied. Why wouldn't it be since this was directed by the RCC and it's daughters? Well religions are false, and I suspect take a lot of time and RCIA classes while conversion to Jesus Christ is something different.
11. Ensuring personal discernment. Christians are to acknowledge that
changing one’s religion is a decisive step that must be accompanied by sufficient time for adequate reflection and preparation, through a process
ensuring full personal freedom.
Act 16:29-32 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Now come the recommendations...
"The Third Consultation organized by the World Council of Churches and the PCID of the Holy See in collaboration with World Evangelical Alliance with participation from the largest Christian families of faith (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal), having acted in a spirit of ecumenical cooperation to prepare this document for consideration by churches, national and regional confessional bodies and mission organizations, and especially those working in interreligious contexts, recommends that these bodies:"
This one is highly absurd, they want to CONSULT people in false religions to help direct your conversion of other people. How is that one going to work?
"1. study the issues set out in this document and where appropriate
formulate guidelines for conduct regarding Christian witness applicable to their
particular contexts. Where possible this should be done ecumenically, and in consultation with representatives of other religions."
Here comes another statement backing up support for the one world religion; "interreligious dialogue as part of their Christian commitment?" God never told us to go have dialogue with other religions or to seek after their "gods" only to preach the gospel to them.
"2. build relationships of respect and trust with people of all religions, in particular at institutional levels between churches and other religious communities, engaging in on-going interreligious dialogue as part of their Christian commitment. In certain contexts, where years of tension and conflict have created deep suspicions and breaches of trust between and among communities, interreligious dialogue can provide new opportunities for resolving conflicts, restoring justice, healing of memories, reconciliation and peace-building."
Notice the nominal Christians here are told to tip-toe around other religions and the onus is on them NOT to offend anyone in a false religion. There is nothing wrong with studying false religions for information, and to warn of their false teachings but to study them for the purpose of universalistic leanings and to go along to get along is something else.
"3. encourage Christians to strengthen their own religious identity andThis one brings in false social justice, to push unity between religions.
faith while deepening their knowledge and understanding of different religions, and to do so also taking into account the perspectives of the adherents of those religions. Christians should avoid misrepresenting the beliefs and practices of people of different religions."
2Cr 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
4. cooperate with other religious communities engaging in interreligious advocacy towards justice and the common good and, wherever possible, standing together in solidarity with people who are in situations of conflict.
So there you have it, check out the links for the full documents, realize the World Evangelical Alliance just like the World Council of Churches represents a vast array of world evangelical churches and organizations, you can see the list here. The organization members include the Billy Graham Center as well as many other well known names like The Navigators, and the denominational members include many mainline churches and others.
We know they do not really want to convert anyone, what would they convert them to but deception? They want to tie the hands of true Christians who are out there preaching and witnessing and daring to "offend" non-believers with the gospel. I still remember when it was reported in the news, that the WCC and Vatican wanted to join together to combat those who were "obessed with converting others". Here is this article "Vatican/WCC study on conversion affirms freedom of religion, warns about "obsession of converting others" from 2006. In that article the two groups state: "The report makes a bold recommendation: "All should heal themselves from the obsession of converting others".
See this article too. This is where I got this picture and caption:
"From left to right, Cardinal Tauran, Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, and Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe at the launch of the document, Geneva, Switzerland, 28 June 2011 Photo: Christian Today"
Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.