The 2005 National Workshop on Christian Unity recently completed their meetings at the Sheraton New Orleans. Over 325 delegates from all the major denominations participated in events opened with worship on Monday, April 4th. Keynote Speaker, Catholic Bishop Sklba called the delegates "to be partners in the proclamation of the gospel, not rivals."
Following the Keynote Address, attendees went to seminars, including a dozen topics such as Ecumenism 101 (The Rev. Lydia Veliko), Rapture, the Middle East and Left Behind Series (Dr. Barbara Rossing) and Restorative Justice, The Most Rev. Alfred Hughes (National Workshop on Christian Unity website, conference highlights).
The pace of ecumenism continues to speed up and it would be profitable to review some comments by Reaching Catholics for Christ speaker Mike Gendron from his article "The Vatican’s Call for Unity."
How are Christians to protect themselves in the midst of the religious deception so prevalent in the world today? The Bible exhorts us to search the Word of God for wisdom, understanding, and discernment (Prov. 2). We are to test every teaching. "Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good" (1 Thes:5:21). We are warned not to believe every spirit because many false prophets have gone out into the world. It is only by God’s Word that we can discern the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of error (1 John:4:1,6).
We are to be like the Bereans who examined the Scriptures daily to verify the truthfulness of the Apostle Paul’s teachings (Acts:17:11). If the one who wrote over half the New Testament was tested, it stands to reason everyone’s teaching must be examined in the light of God’s Holy Word.
What are we to do with the false teachers within Christendom? We are to expose their false teachings and refrain from participating in their endeavors (Eph:5:6, 11). With gentleness, we are to correct those who are in error in hopes that God may grant them repentance leading to the truth (2 Tim:2:25). Those who "profess to know God but by their deeds they deny Him" must be exposed and silenced so others will not be deceived (Titus:1:9-16). We are commanded to separate from those who persist in false teaching (Rom:16:17; Titus:3:10). For some, this may mean finding another church. For others, it may mean withholding support from ministries that continue to compromise the Gospel. The apostles warned us that if we do not separate from false teachers we could be disqualified for service (2 Tim:2:20), become identified with them and their error (2 John 10-11), and risk being partakers of their fate (Jude 11-13).