Stout shoes, not warm gloves, needed for the next steps on the ecumenical path
When the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Olav Fykse Tveit, first visited Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in December 2010 he took with him a pair of warm gloves as a gift for the pontiff.
“In winter they protect well from the cold,” said Tveit, a Lutheran theologian well accustomed to the season of snow and ice in his Norwegian homeland. “So, in this time, which, according to some people is an ecumenical winter, they are a symbol of the possibility to go ahead, despite the difficulties.”
Almost eight years later, however, visiting Geneva on 21 June at the invitation of the WCC to celebrate its 70th anniversary, Pope Francis spoke not of winter but said he looked forward to the “flowering of a new ecumenical spring.”
Founded in 1948, the WCC today groups 350 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches worldwide. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member, although it cooperates with the WCC in some areas.
The meeting in Geneva was described as an “ecumenical pilgrimage,” with the motto “Walking, praying and working together.”
It was the third papal visit after those of Pope Paul VI in 1969 and John Paul II in 1984.
While his predecessors on their visits each underlined the unique role of the papacy in Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis told the WCC he had come “as a pilgrim in quest of unity and peace.”
According to Martin Bräuer, an expert on Catholicism at the Institute for Ecumenical Research at Bensheim in Germany, Francis “deals with the issue of ecumenism in a different way than that with which we have been accustomed.”
The pope is “convinced that Christians must act and bear witness together, and must speak with one voice on the great challenges facing humanity such as solidarity, peace, the environment and justice.”
Source: The World Council of Churches (WCC)
The spiritual conditions of many protestant churches are terrible. The Charismatic Pentecostal movement accept the Pope as a Christian brother. So do most mainline Churches. One of the mortal spiritual venom that spreads through the Churches on a global scale, is the New Apostolic Reformation movement. (NAR). They more or less secretly leads you back to spiritual prostitution, by praying with, working with and defending the Roman Catholic Church (RCC).
Be aware of such false brothers. And if possible name therm and expose them.
A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.
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I feel our team has done the job of a precent day prophet of God for the Bible. We have issued many warnings. Your blood shall not come upon our hands. We have displayed the disgraceful blasphemy of Rome. Those who walk back to the spiritual hore of Rome, run the risk of facing stern judgement. Such individuals will surely perish for their corruption, if they do not repent.
‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
May Jesus the Messiah open their eyes, and make them run for their life. Do not be seated in the assemblies of the wicked. Amen.
Written by Ivar.