Wednesday, May 17, 2006

World Churches Affirm Freedom Of Religion, But Warn On Converting

Regarding the following statement that was posted today on Ecumenical News International News Highlights [17 May 2006]

...which do you want to believe, the World Council of Churches...or the Person of the Risen LORD Jesus Christ - the Savior of the world?


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World churches affirm freedom of religion, but warn on converting

Geneva (ENI). A joint effort by the Vatican and the World Council of Churches (WCC) to seek a common code for religious conversions has begun by affirming the freedom of religion as a "non-negotiable" human right while stressing that the "obsession of converting others" needs to be cured. "Freedom of religion is a fundamental, inviolable and non-negotiable right of every human being in every country in the world," states the report of the
12-16 May meeting in Velletri, near Rome, that launched the cooperative study.
[409 words, ENI-06-0407]
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If we do not seek to evangelize the lost, including those who are 'professing' to know Christ but are not truly saved, than we are not being faithful to Jesus Christ who said to go and preach the Gospel.

And if we reject Christ's command to 'preach the Gospel to every creature' than we are no better than soul murderers who care less about seeing the unsaved 'converted' - delivered from sin, Satan, God's wrath and eternal torment; by being BORN-AGAIN by His Holy Spirit [spiritually regenerated].

It is a Biblical command to preach the Gospel! It is Christ alone who converts sinners - by grace alone, through faoth alone in Jesus Christ alone.

CONSIDER THE WORDS OF OUR LORD...

The LORD Jesus Christ concering allegiance to Himself AND Believing WHO HE IS:

John 8:21-23

21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will He kill Himself, because He says, ‘Where I go you cannot come’?” 23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

AND

The LORD Jesus Christ Concering The Truth [Jesus Christ] Shall Make You Free:

John 8:31-36

31Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Choose this day whom you will serve, Rome and the [WCC] wisdom of this world, or The LORD Jesus Christ!

Acts 26;15-18

"Then I [Paul the Apostle] asked, 'Who are you, Lord?'

" 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 'Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'