United Religions (2000): A Tower Unto Heaven
by Tom Stewart
March 12, 2000
Unbeknownst to many, will be the June 26th 2000 inauguration of
the United Religions (UR), whose purpose is "to
promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation" (from
the Preamble of the United Religions Initiative Charter). "And
they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto Heaven;
and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole
Earth" (Genesis 11:4). The "United
Religions Initiative (URI) is a growing global community"
that, "in time, aspires to have the visibility
and stature of the United Nations" (from the introductory
remarks to the United Religions Initiative Charter). "5 And the LORD came down to see the
city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have
all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from
them, which they have imagined to do" (11:5-6). June 26th
is also significant, in that it is the anniversary for the signing of the charter
of the United Nations. "Though hand join
in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall
be delivered" (Proverbs 11:21).
Likewise, the month of June will see the official Catholic celebration of Pentecost (on Sunday, the 11th), during the "Jubilee of the Year 2000", hosted by Pope John Paul II. "24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart" (Proverbs 26:24-25). The Roman Catholic Church will observe a "Day of Reflection on lnterreligious Dialogue", which is an "invitation to prayer and reflection addressed particularly to Catholics... fixed for Pentecost Sunday in the year 2000... Pentecost is a sign that Babel can be overcome, that harmony can be achieved, and this finally is the goal of interreligious dialogue... for Christians to remember that they are not Christians just for themselves alone, but that they are called to relate to other believers and indeed to all members of humanity" (from the Vatican website). "A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin" (Proverbs 26:28).
Why such negativity to the demonstration "that Babel can be overcome, that harmony can be achieved"? "10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?" (James 3:10-11). The duplicity of the Papacy can be seen in its March 1st 2000 publication of a Vatican document on the past faults of Catholic leaders, entitled "Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past" (as reported in "Vatican Releases Document on Past Faults" from Catholic World News). The document's release, in an effort of the Pontiff to prepare for the celebration of the Jubilee, is a "request for pardon on behalf of the Church"; meanwhile, the document insists that "'the purification of memory' should not be misinterpreted as a suggestion that the Church has erred on questions of faith and morals, or has failed in her task of 'proclaiming the revealed truth which has been confided to her.'" "7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 8 Therefore thus saith the LORD GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the LORD GOD" (Ezekiel 13:7-8).
The Papacy may seek "Dialogue" and "Reconciliation" in this proclaimed year of celebration of the Jubilee. But, the "repentance" of Pope John Paul II for the condemnation and martyrdom of John Huss (1370-1415) by the Ecumenical Council of Constance (1414-1418)-- infallibly convened by Pope John XXIII, where Pope Martin V infallibly condemned Huss-- is not allowed in this admission of faults. Again, "Memory and Reconciliation" specifically denies that the "Church has erred on questions of faith and morals". "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy" (James 3:17). John Huss of Bohemia (also spelled Jan Hus), a priest of the Church of Rome, was proclaimed as a heretic, i.e., divisive away from the faith and morals of the Catholic Church, because he "had transferred his allegiance from the Church [of Rome] to God speaking in his Word. This was his great crime" (from "Imprisonment and Examination of Huss" in J. A. Wylie's "The History of Protestantism" ---New Window). "But the Anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same Anointing teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as It hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him" (1John 2:27).
Such are the encumbrances to the Papal attempt for religious harmony this June (2000). But, if the Pope ultimately manifests himself in the role of the False Prophet of the Apocalypse, then his eventual headship in the union of all religions, i.e., United Religions (UR), will be his greatest achievement. "And he [the False Prophet] exerciseth all the power of the first beast [the Antichrist] before him, and causeth the Earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed" (Revelation 13:12). This editorial only desires to warn those that hear the voice of the Holy Spirit through His Word to "keep [yourselves] unspotted from the world" (James 1:27) by keeping yourselves "in the Love of God" (Jude 21) through prayerful obedience to His command to "come out from among them, and be ye separate" (2Corinthians 6:17).
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Revelation 3:22). "Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision" (Philippians 3:2). "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy Crown" (Revelation 3:11).
[For further study, please see the "Babylon the Great Manifests Itself As The Global Religion: United Religions (2000)" section of our article, "The Final Judgment of the Great Whore" ---New Window, in our series, "Babylon the Great" ---New Window.]
Lest We Forget
A WStS Prologue to J.A. Wylie's "The History of Protestantism"
by Tom and Katie Stewart
"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men"
(1 Corinthians 7:23).
Martyrs have added their testimony to the foundation laid by our LORD. "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward" (1Corinthians 3:14). They have given us an heritage unto the LORD, a lineage of faith. They have given us their testimonies of a Love that the flames could not burn out. For example,
The word "protestant" is a reactionary word. It objects to the errors of the Church of Rome. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2Corinthians 6:14). In 1755, Samuel Johnson's dictionary defined a Protestant as "one of those who adhere to them, who, at the beginning of the reformation, protested against the errours of the church of Rome." Error-- in the name of Christ-- is to be separated from and reproved. "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11). To passively abide in the darkness of Roman Catholicism is to take sides against the LORD Jesus Christ...
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