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Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: January 15, 2009, p. 179. Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism (1964) is the Roman Catholic Church’s blueprint for restoring all professing Christians—especially the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants—to the papal fold. This will also serve Rome’s geopolitical goals: one world, one religion, one pope. Early Protestant Ecumenism and the Edinburgh Missionary Conference The ecumenical movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries involved Protestants with various backgrounds (Presbyterian, Congregationalist, Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Reformed, Lutheran, etc.) who were typically either Arminian or modernist (or...

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Dr. Torlach is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia and a student in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. * Address at the RFPA annual meeting, held September 25, 2008. Previous article in this series: January 1, 2009, p. 161. It was in just this environment that many of the founding members of the EPC were living in the early 1950s. In fact, they came from very diverse backgrounds. It is quite surprising, when one looks back at some of those founding members, to see where they actually came from. They had backgrounds in the Baptist, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian,...

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Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2009, p. 206. Having considered Rome’s false ecumenism with Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, and Protestantism, as well as the principles of Roman ecumenism, it remains to examine the methods of its ecumenism. For this, the prime source is, once again, the Decree of Ecumenism (1964), produced by Rome’s last “ecumenical” council, Vatican II (1962-1965).1 Some examples shall also be given of the use of these methods (or weapons) in the slaughter of careless, apostatizing Protestants. Remember too that Rome’s labors to bring all...

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Rev. Stewart is pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Previous article in this series: December 15, 2008, p. 138. Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism (1964) The most official, systematic, and widely accessible statement of the Roman Catholic Church’s false ecumenism is Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism (1964). The Latin name of this decree, Unitatis Redintegratio, is revealing, for it means “Restoration of Unity.” The unity the Roman Church wishes to see restored is that original oneness that it claims all professing Christians and churches had with the “Mother Church” (Rome) and the “Holy Father” (the pope).¹ This will also...

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Rev. DeVries is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. As you may recall, the Wingham, Ontario congregation was admitted into the fellowship and communion of the Protestant Reformed Churches in January 2004. The congregation was organized in 1979 in the neighboring town of Listowel. In 1988 the congregation, with eight families, bought an old mechanic shop in Wingham. With much volunteer work, the congregation transformed it into a church building. A portable building was added on as a lunch-room/nursery. This building served very adequately for twenty years for the Wingham congregation. In 2007 the congregation attempted...

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Rev. Terpstra is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois. IV. The Nature of the Growth A final area in which the modem church growth movement is to be examined and critiqued is in the area of the nature of growth itself. As Guinness points out in his book, the term is capable of double meaning: qualitative growth, referring to spiritual depth and character; and quantitative growth, referring to size and numbers. The church needs both, he says, but while they may be distinguished, they ought not to be separated. One of the problems is that in...

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