Ecumenicalism on the downlow?

cctThe ecumenical Christian group, Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT-USA)  says what you believe about homosexuality isnt important to join them as long as you believe in the trinity.  According to CCT leader, homosexuality is too divisive to determine whether or not a church is a legitimate Christian organization. In fact, a  homosexual denomination like the Metropolitan Community Church,  could join CCT and it wouldn’t be a problem.

According to the CCT’s Executive Administrator, Dr. Richard Hamm, conflicting beliefs about homosexuality among Christian churches is their basis for rejecting  such criteria for admission as divisive. Hamm believes that unity can be achieved without adhering to the Bible’s standards of sexual conduct. In an email response to a GCM Watch inquiry Hamm stated:

Participation in CCT does not require a particular position on the issues around sexuality. Our participant denominations are “all over the map” in regard to the matter, including a few that have taken no position. I think it is fair to say that the various perspectives/opinions are each understood to be based on the Bible among those who hold them. CCT is seeking to bring Christians together on the basis of what unites us (our common utter dependence upon the grace of God made known in Christ), rather than that which divides us (various opinions in regard to various doctrine and interpretations of scripture). Beyond affirming the Triune God and the authority of scripture, there is no other doctrinal standards for admission.”

Is he serious? CCT’s mission statement says it wants to “enable churches and national Christian organizations to grow closer together in Christ in order to strengthen our Christian witness in the world.”

But this philosophy flies in the face of Amos 3:3.  How can two walk together, except they be in agreement? Apparently, agreement has a new meaning in the contemporary church. And isn’t the prohibition against sexual immorality of all kinds a substantial tenet of scriptural authority? In Acts 15, after a major conflict arose concerning new Gentile converts, the Jerusalem Council commanded two things. If the gentiles wanted to be accepted into the new fellowship of believers they were instructed to abstain from (1) idolatry and (2) sexual immorality. Thus, how can true Christian unity be achieved by intentionally excluding an apostolic decree given by direction of the Holy Spirit?

Ecumenicalism on the downlow

The two obligatory beliefs CCT requires of its members, are important but do not raise the standard high enough to ensure that true biblical unity cannot be impeached by false brethren. The gay christian church also believes in the Trinity and the authority of scripture (here’s an example), except when it condemns their sexual conduct.

If an organization is adamant about its rejection of homosexuality, homosexual marriage and all of its attendant malfunctions, why would they even consider being part of a junket like CCT? Particulary when CCT allows as equals churches which accept homosexuality, ordain homosexual clergy and support gay marriage? Why would any biblical church overlook such spiritual dereliction for cheap, contrived “unity”? Why?

That’s a good question to ask COGIC’s CH Mason Seminary dean,  Dr. Harold Bennett. Bennett was a participant in the 2006 meeting and  COGIC is listed as an “observer”. I guess all of this yoking together also intersects the “peace movement”, a subset of antiwar/conscientious objector groups. A representative from the Mennonite Church USA describes his meeting with Bennett.

I also had a fascinating conversation with Harold Bennet[sic], dean of the COGIC seminary. Through the Pentecostal Peace Fellowship I had heard about the head of the COGIC publishing house who has begun advocating conscientious objection. (I have been trying to get his contact information for some months.) When I asked about this, Bennet[sic], pulled out his cell-phone, dialed the number in Memphis, and introduced me to Elder [David] Hall, with whom I had a ten-minute phone conversation!”

I can understand the apostate denominations being drawn into this, but I thought the Church of God of Prophecy, International Pentecostal Holiness Church and The Vineyard USA would know better than to yoke up with mess like this?  Or perhaps CCT has never told them that acceptance of homosexuality is a noncriteria for admission. Or maybe they never asked.

The CCT categorizes organizations into two groups. A “participant” is an organization which has already joined while an “observer” is one who participates but with no voting power. A participant has not officially joined the oganization.

More and more, churches we thought were upholding righteous beliefs on homosexuality are being drawn into false partnerships with those who despise God’s Word.  Compromising through false unity will only weaken the church’s inner defense and provide enemies of Christ an open door to spread their poisonous teachings to the flock.

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Bishop Charles Blake endorses gay marriage declaration

blake2 A Special GCM Watch Report. COGIC leader signs onto document affirming universal rights to homosexual marriage.

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  •  Just over two months ago, Bishop Charles Blake appointed Dr. David Hall, a midlevel church official, as his “official emissary” to the signing of the Universal Declaration of International Human Rights The Faith in Human Rights Statement was issued in conjunction with the anniversary of the UDIHR.

    The Memphis-based Tri State Defender said Blake’s invitation came at the behest of The Netherlands Queen Beatrix whose nation in 2001  was the first to grant full marriage rights to homosexuals. Queen Beatrix assembled this diverse religious gathering on the 60th anniversary of the document’s signing. And everyone was giddy with ecumenical joy.  But peel away the feel good humanism and you are left with a bizarre collusion of world religions and political religionists whose goal is to enact universal law governing humanity and its “rights”. According to the Tri-State Defender:

    The meeting took place in the Peace Palace during the International Inter-religious Faith in Human Rights Conference. Sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation and the government of The Netherlands, the event attracted an entourage of 10 supreme authorities of various world religions, political leaders, heads of state, and high-level UN officials.

    Invitees were asked to sign the 2008 Faith in Human Rights Statement, which, in essence, pronounces and confirms that true religion, irrespective of religion, gender, race or other distinctions, defends the human rights and fundamental freedoms of every human. [source]

    Blake, in a video message  aired at the event, could barely conceal his excitement at this opportunity to prove his ecumenical credentials.

    “As Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ, International, it is my great honor and privilege to attach my signature to the 2008 Faith in Human Rights Statement. On behalf our 12,000 plus Church of God in Christ congregations in America and in 60 nations of the world, I endorse and encourage the great ideas and ideals of this document.”

    The gospel of inclusion, part II

    Im curious about this. Although lauded as a monumental occasion, a historic first, not one slither of it was noted on the COGIC’s main website nor any of its subsidary sites. The Tri-State Defender, an African American newspaper with a regional audience and small circulation, was the only publication to carry the story. Why did COGIC only release the information to this small newspaper? Why not the much larger Commercial Appeal which is arguably COGIC-friendly?

    Secondly, Im not that familiar with COGIC polity, but does the Presiding Bishop have that much authority to sign up his entire church up for something like this without approval from the General Assembly? After all this is an indirect endorsement of homosexual marriage. Does COGIC really want to reverse the work of GE Patterson? And incidentally, Patterson did need to approval of the GA to issue its historic marriage proclamation. Read it.

    Third, what’s in this  package of “great ideas and ideals” that would prompt Bishop Blake to shower it with such glowing praise?

    For one, the UDIHR  (and its accompanying faith statement) is a mark of achievement for homosexual rights advocates who have pressured the United Nations for years to enshrine gay rights into its official positions.  Read carefully. Gays want the UN to “afford same-sex partnerships full protection of the law, equal to marital and other legally recognized mixed-sex partnerships, with regard to pension, inheritance, taxation, social security, custody and adoption, donor insemination and other services, in which discriminatory policies and practices currently exist. Additionally homosexuals want to “stimulate the development of positive images of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and lifestyles as role models for young people.”

    In short, homosexual activists have invested much into the declaration because it would give them broad international leverage against any nation who refused to legislate acceptance of homosexual rights. Armed with the Declaration they could pressure the UN to impose sanctions against such nations. Although the Declaration has no legal power, it nonetheless is a powerful weapon (particularly Article 16) against non-participatory nations.

    Calling the general assembly statement a “powerful victory for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, the Human Rights Watch gay and lesbian faction said the “statement confirm[s] that international human rights protections include sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the first time that a statement condemning rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has been presented in the General Assembly.”

    The Faith Statement in essence is an extenstion of the UDIHR. What the UDIHR does not address about the religious aspects of human rights, the Faith Statement does. And it follows the same path of securing universal acceptance of homosexual marriage among religious entities.

    A snapshot of the antichrist and his false prophet’s world religion

    But much more than just an affirmation of basic human rights, the manifesto is a stunning snapshot of what a future one world government and one world religion would look like under the rule of the antichrist. In our opinion this is what characterizes the ecumenical ideology of Bishop Charles Blake. Its dangerous, unbiblical and works against the goals of the kingdom of God. 

    How could any minister endorse and promote a message of the right to  ___________ (fill in the blank)? Should we preach rights or should we preach the message of the kingdom of God? If youre unsure of what that is look here.  If you don’t agree with that, let’s try a rewording of the Great Commission to see the effect. Can you imagine Matthew 28: 19-20 rewritten to say this?:

    Go into all the world and preach the right to commit sin.  Teach them all things that the United Nations has deemed is of human value. Teach them to respect other religions and lifestyles. And most importantly, dont try to change the world, just live in peaceful coexistence with them.  Respecting human rights is greater than doctrine or biblical directives. And lo, in return, they’ll respect your religion too. Amen.

    You may consider that far fetched but that’s exactly the lie David Hall is pushing with Blake’s approval. “Peace is the way the Lord would want us to live and respect each other’s rights and dignity,” said Hall. “The Human Rights Accord speaks louder than our politics or our religious affiliations.  We embraced each other and talked about issues that face humanity.” (our bold) 

    As you can see the Faith in Human Rights Statement espouses a humanistic “gospel”, contrary to the kingdom of God and its righteousness. It reduces the glory and divinity of our Lord Jesus to the diaprax heresy. It encourages God-less solutions to the issues of humanity, and instead elevates man’s own solution as better than God’s. It arrogantly declares that “true religion” is one where no religion is superior, thus enpowering it to “defend” any ungodly definition of human rights.  This is what Charles Blake enthusiastically endorsed.

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    hall1hall3Above: (left) David Hall, Blake’s special emissary smoozing with “his holiness” Sri Swami Davananda Saraswati who teaches”vedana” a demonic belief that all humanity is divine, thus there is no need for God or Christ. The center picture is of Hall with Muslim Dr. Al-Shekih (center), a representative of Hawza Al-Najaf. Hawza is a Muslim political organization which has been criticized for religious tyranny inside Iraq. 

    The right picture is of Hall with “his holiness” Drikung Skyabgon, Chetsang Rinpoche, the supreme head of a variation of Tibetan buddhism. Adherents practice  what is termed “Phowa”. The practitioner learns how to expel his/her consciousness or mindstream through the fontanel at the top of the skull at the moment of death. This practice is said to aid the practitioner in remaining aware through the death experience, thus aiding one in attaining enlightenment in the Bardo (the state in between death and the next rebirth).

    We are supposed to respect these demonic beliefs and encourage people to remained enslaved to this insanity?

    And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18:4,5).


    Clarification update 03.02.09:

    Wiley Henry, a senior staff writer at the Tri-State Defender said the text of the article was submitted by someone who represents COGIC and was edited by TSD staff.

    Update 7:45pm Links to faith statement and Bishop Blake’s video message added.