We set forth to write a simple tract on ecumenicalism. But in our research
of Pentecostal history we discovered two different groups, the "David du Plessis'es",
and the "Latter Rain", each playing a precise historical role in ecumenicalism.
As our study unfolded, we noticed the inheritances of these 2 different revivals,
whether family or friend, claims it was their ancestors that originated the 1940s-1960s
movements, which now guides the spiritual path that millions of ecumenical church members
follow (500 million was the 2002 estimate). These 2 groups give great honor to "their
men," while ignoring others as they herald the successfully harvest of the 1940s - 1960s
revival. In this article, we will be connecting the starters of these revivals to the right
individuals and how many people were lead astray.
Some revivalist writers declare others whom we will not mentioned as the flounders
of these movements, or at least, they say, it would not have happened with-out their
religious founder. Many are shuffling for "front and center" of this modern glory parade.
We believe the history will speak for itself.
Ecumenicalism came from Roman Catholic Vatican Council 11, 1962-1965. We will be
connecting that fact along with other important elements later in this study.
It is hard for us that believe Brother William Branham's message to understand how
other leaders could claimed they started the last world wide revival. As you read, you will
understand how they misinterpreting God blessing upon their ministry. You will see their
spiritual blindness by comprehending theirs reasons. Most of all, you will see why
"the David du Plessis' Revival," the Latter Rain Revival , and the "Catholic Ecumenical
Revival", has become the same manifestation in today's modern charismatic church. Certainly
these groups were predestinate to unite together in this last age to create an
irresistible deceiving religious tidal wave, called ecumenicalism. FOR ALL SHALL
BE DECIEVED, except those who names were written in the Lambs Book of Life before the
foundation of the world.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in
the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
NOTE In this writings, when speaking of a revivals or a movement, we are not
speaking of individual ministers, individual church services, or certain revivals where
God done miraculous miracles and supernatural events. We are speaking about spiritual
movement on a national or world scale.
David du Plessis
David du Plessis (1905-1987) was a South African borne Pentecostal minister, and is
considered by Protestants the main founders of the Charismatic movement, in which the Pentecostal
experience spread to non-Pentecostal churches worldwide.
The story began in 1937, David du Plessis a young Pentecostal minister from South
Africa (a friend an interpreter for Smith Wigglesworth) was invited to Memphis,
Tennessee to speak for the Assemblies of God (AOG). During the AOG meetings they
discussed the benefits of a meeting with Pentecostal leaders in London or some other
Europe place during 1938/39. Near the end of their planning Donald Gee is quoted
as saying, it would be wonderful if David du Plessis could be secretary for such
a meeting. A European conference was held in Stockholm in 1938 primarily to resist
any formation of an International Pentecostal Movement. Nevertheless, the seed was
sowed. In 1947 almost 10 years later David du Plessis did help staged the First World
Pentecostal Conference (PWC). This world conference was held in Zurich, Switzerland
and organized by the Swiss Pastor Leonard Steiner and assisted by David du Plessis.
David du Plessis would later create 2 other Pentecostal World Conferences.
Around 1949, the Church of God offered David du Plessis a professorship at Lee College
in Cleveland, Tennessee. This enabled his family to obtain a residence visa in the
United States. He moved his family to Cleveland, Tennessee. Soon, David du Plessis
believing that he needed to be near the centers of the established organized churches
resigned from teaching at Lee College and moved to Stamford, Connecticut. Here David
developed a friendship with Dr. John A. Mackay who was the president of Princeton
Theological Seminary. Some historians say, Dr. Mackay influence caused David du Plessis
ministry to changed. We believe David du Plessis had his own agenda at heart. His
ministry change was mostly, at that time, confessing his wrong attitudes toward other
how he had overcame his haughtiness. At the end of the 1952, David du Plessis traveled
to Germany to attend the World Conference International Missionary Council at the
suggestion of Dr. Mackay. This meeting is where his inexhaustible apologies for the
Pentecostal people resulted in him receiving the nickname, Mr. Pentecost. This
nickname stuck with him though out his life. Also, at that same conference he talked
with 110 of the 210 delegates including Dr. Willem Visser 't Hooft the secretary of the
World Council of Churches (WCC). Dr. Hooft arranged for David du Plessis to speak at the
second assembly of the WCC in Evanston, Illinois in 1954. David du Plessis ministry had
quickly risen to stardom among the World Council of Churches, and other elite religious
denominational leaders of the world.
At a 1951 meeting of the WCC in St. Andrews, Scotland, David du Plessis met Professor
Bernard Leeming, a Jesuit Catholic priest from Oxford, England, who asked David du Plessis
for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. No doubt his desire was actually for the gifts of the
spirit (Baptism and the Gifts are 2 different things, the gifts are listed in 1
Corinthians 12 chapter). Or possible, Priest Leeming just wanted the gift of tongues
(Pentecostal doctrine declares that tongues is the initial evidence of the Baptism).
The point is, Priest Leeming believed he was already saved and was desiring a manifestation
of the spirit. Priest Leeming request was the start of David du Plessis' ministry (promoting
the manifestation of the gifts of the spirit) to Roman
Catholics. Priest Leeming knew Pope John XX111 personally, and he arranged for David du
Plessis to visit Rome. First he met Dr. Robert Murray, and then Dr. Thomas Strandsky, the
secretary for Promoting Christian Unity. Dr. Strandsky had searched for a Pentecostal to
talk to him and was told David du Plessis was the only one. Dr. Strandsky's boss was
Cardinal Bea who asked David, What do the Pentecostals want to say to Rome?
David's du Plessis response was, " I have to say, the Pentecostals have
no intention of talking to Rome." Betraying no emotion Cardinal Bea asked,
"What do you want to say to Rome?" David du Plessis replies,
"Make the Bible available to every Catholic in the world in his own language.
The Holy Spirit will make that book come alive and that will change lives and renew
the church." Cardinal Bea was taken in and stated, "That is what the
Holy Father would want to know, write it down," he said to his secretary.
By the late 1950s and early 1960s, because of David du Plessis association with the World Council of
Churches, and the Roman Catholic Church, David du Plessis was finally rejected from the Assemblies
of God, and the Pentecostal World Conference (he help start this group) and practically
every other Pentecostal denomination. Later they would welcome his charisma. By the 1980s,
the Assemblies of God welcomed him back, reinstating his credentials. Before his death
he was celebrated internationally as the grand old man (founder) of the modern Charismatics.
David duPlessis was on a mission to convert all religions denominations to the
"Gifts of the Spirit" to make this happen among the none Pentecostals,
a new Christian movement had to be created (defining what this "new movement" was,
is in the "Same Old Organization" paragraph below). The Charismatic movement was born.
This new compromising spirit promoted the gifts of the spirit to operated outside the
scriptures. With and in people who embraced anti-scripture teachings, even the doctrine
on the gifts of the spirit. This concept or deceiving spirit slowly reach out to feed
the flames of multitudes who want to feel the Holy Spirit (Jesus Christ), but did not want Bibical
teachings. It was the people of the last age that welcome this artificial concept.
Surely David du Plessis had a real burden for the unfilled, but the road he build led
billions to spiritual deception. No doubt his intentions were honorable but he had
been deceived by his burning desire for the advancement of his personal dreams at the
cost of the Body of Christ.
After the surprise late 1950s Pentecost excommunication, David du Plessis world vision was failing,
banish from the Pentecostal circles, he reached out to the Full Gospel Business Men (FGBM)
to promote his dream. In the 1960s, David du Plessis received a significant offer from an
OLD FRIEND. It was an offer that would give David du Plessis an official position
within the "Latter Rain Movement" (also known at that time as the "William
Branham Revival", more on both in next paragraph). The friend's name was Demos
Shakarian, founder and President of the Full Gospel Businessmen (FGBM) -- an organization begun in 1951, to
encourage fellowship and the manifestation of the gifts of the spirit among laymen. Demas said to
David "We'd like to make you an offer. Come and join the FGBM
as our secretary. We'll give you all the finances you want". The Full Gospel
Businessmen would soon become the battle ground for a great spiritual war. We will now pause the
subject about David du Plessis at his excommunication and pick it up later.
Latter Rain Movement
During almost the exact same time that David du Plessis came to America,
another group was emerging on the Pentecostal scene. It was called the "Latter
Rain" (they believe the former rain was the 1906 Azusa Street revival). William
Branham is considered by historians to be the founder of the Latter Rain because those
who started it were inspired by attending one of his meetings (Brother Branham views
toward this group is quoted after this paragraph). The "Latter Rain"
started in 1947, when several leaders of Sharon Orphanage, a small Pentecostal orphanage
in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada were inspired to look for a deeper dimension
of Christianity after visiting Brother Branham's meetings. They began to fast and
pray in search of it. In the fall of that same year, the nearby Bethel Bible College of
Saskatoon united with Sharon Orphanage and became known as Sharon Bible College (orphanage,
school, high school, technical school, and college, were all
with-in the same quarters). Around 70 student gathered to begin the first term of the newly
forged College. During the winter of 47-48 the students
worked hard by day to prepare the buildings for classes and gathered for prayer in the
evenings, which included intercessory prayer, prophecy and fasting. Some fasted between
three and forty days. On February 11, 1948, there was a prophecy about an open door which
God had set before the students and was asking them to enter in. Following this came a
prophecy that this open door is the doorway into the gifts and ministries in the Body of
Christ. Thomas Holdcroft is quoted next: In extended chapel services for four days...
the procedure emerged of calling out members of the audience and imparting a spiritual
gift to them by the laying on of hands accompanied by a suitable prophecy. The authorization
and direction of these activities was a series of vocal prophetic utterances by both
students and their teachers. On Easter weekend 1948, special services were held
which the school called the "Feast of Pentecost." Many people who had heard of the out-pouring
of the gifts of the spirit in North Battleford and attended these services. This led to what
is considered their first Camp Meeting in July of 1948, which began drawing large crowds from Canada
NOTE The late Dr. Morris R. Ungren from Memphis, Tennessee a long time believer of the Brother
Branham's Message wrote a book called "Now it can be told" that perfectly
explains the spirit condition of the North Battleford followers, along with many historical
The folks from Bethel Bible College. was sponsored by the Pentecostal Assembles of Canada (P. A. O. C.),
They help to start this new college on the Sharon campus. The Bethel College administration
staff that came to Sharon College in the fall of 1947, were George Hawtin, Ernest
Hawtin, and Percy Hunt. These three men joined forces with Herrick Holt who was the
overseer for the Amiee Semple McPerson Foursquare Church in North Battleford. These
men were to be the leader of this new outpouring. These men call this movement the,
"New Order of the Latter Rain." At first, these leaders were humble; neither gave
room in respecting person or professional ministries. They latter believed they were a
kingdom of priest. Organization arose fed by Nicolaitanism. Soon division struck. By
1952 the tide of this movement was ebbed. Many earlier aroused by the "Latter
Rain" returned to their denominations. But most people began to look for a movement
that supported ministries that had like-wise gifts of the spirit in operation. As time when
along the Battleford ministries would become intertwine with the Full Gospel Businessmen. George
Warnock who had been Ern Baxter's secretary wrote the book "Feast Of Tabernacles"
This book wrote by George Warnock over 50 years ago describe what many believe was transpiring
in that 1947/48 Latter Rain revival.
By the mid to late 1950s, the "Latter Rain" gifts of the spirit manifestation revival was
dying, like David du Plessis they turned to the Full Gospel Businessmen (not saying
everyone did but the movement as a whole). The Full Gospel Businessmen was
emerging to the front as the main leader of the gifts of the spirit ministries.
Brother Branham quotes concerning the North Battleford People.
CHURCH AGE BOOK What seemed to be the answer came as many began to speak in
tongues and manifest gifts of the Spirit. It was then believed that this was indeed the
long awaited RESTORATION. It was not, for the latter rain can come only after the former
rain which is the spring or TEACHING rain. The latter rain, then, is the HARVEST rain.
How could this be the real thing when the Teaching Rain had not come? The Prophet-Messenger
who was to be sent to TEACH the people and turn the hearts of the children back to the
Pentecostal fathers had not yet come.
THE HARVEST TIME And they went up there in Canada and got a few latter-rain
brethren. It died right there. Remember the latter-rain, you brothers? Where did it go
to? Where did anything else go to? But what did the organization get out of it? Millions
of converts, and made slaves out of them to their creed, become rich, and building
millions and billions of dollars in buildings and things like that, and saying "the Lord
is coming," sending preachers to seminaries and things, and educating them on man-made
theology, like Luther, Wesley, and the rest of did. It become a shuck.
THE INDICTMENT When we ordain these ministers by laying on of hands... Now,
we realize that the Scriptural way of ordaining a minister is laying on of hands. I
think that's where our Latter Rain brethren, or the Battleford people, and so forth,
got mixed up and--when they seen that laying on of hands to impart spiritual gifts. Now,
we do not believe that gifts comes by laying on of hands. We believe that laying on of
hands is a sanction to what we've already seen. See? It's a "amen." See?
AND THY SEED SHALL POSSESS THE GATE OF HIS ENEMY And so you--you find out that
in those things... Now, when I first started to come here to Phoenix years ago in the
Pentecostal move, had an opportunity to start an organization myself. The Latter-Rain
brethren came to me and said, "This is it. Let's start. Why, we'll be--be bigger than
all the rest of them." I said, "Mercy, that's not it. That's not--that's not the thing,
brethren, you're--you're a million miles off the--off the road.
Full Gospel Businessmen
Before we examine Demos Shakarian's Full Gospel Businessmen (FGBM) we want to make the following
statements. Demos Shakarian was not a preacher. He was only a businessman that attracted other
businessmen. He spend millions of dollars of his OWN personal money to promoted the gospel. Only
those who have spend the same have a right to criticize him. We
believe Demos Shakarian had his heart in the right place. All he done was to provide the
battleground for great spiritual war by getting the businessmen to come to his chapters, in
doing so, the church leaders would also come. The FGBM over the years,
having great success, seem to think they were leading the way, they even claim credit for the
origin of the
Charismatic movement. But to their honor, on the great day of judgment they will not be accountable
for either. These businessman's guilt was mostly just allowing false ministries to lead them and
speak for them. Personally Demos Shakarian can not be blame for ALL that when on during those meetings
and the hypocrisies of the modern anti-word charismatic church. For the remaining of this article
when we mention the FGBM we are not necessarily speaking of Demos Shakarian's personal actions.
The FGBM by the mid 1950s had become the Hospital Intensive Care Unit for the David du Plessis'
and the Latter Rain Movement. The FGBM success was due to the fact that
people came to their
gathering to meet men like William Branham, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, and Tommy Hicks ...etc,
...men with the gifts of the spirit operating in their lives. We have read Demos Shakarian
Life Story, and his book records the constant support these ministers gave. Recorded in
that book is chapters on how, Oral Robert, William Branham, Tommy Hicks, , and even David
du Plessis saved the FGBM from total failures. Not saying that the FGBM did not have
some standalone success, but successful revival were everywhere. In those days, it was
not unordinary for an almost unknown gifted tent evangelist to draws crowds of over 10,000.
The FGBM called on the well-known gifted ministries to speak and they were
over jubilant to help. The FGBM attracted the followers of these movements, along with
everyone else that was interested in the Gifts of the Spirit.
NOTE "Followers" does not mean that the individual previously attend those Canada or
World Council of Church meetings. It just means those who came under the influence of
By the late 1950s, the David du Plessis followers and the Latter Rains group (either no
longer just a few men) were seeking a highway to keep their vision alive. The FGBM became
their destination. All supernatural happenings, Biblical, or in
complete scriptural error, were allow in the FGBM fellowships. There was another group
which was a part of the FGBM, it was the William Branham revival with the holiness
Pentecostals. There were 3 groups, on the FGBM road; ...one driving the gifts toward the
denomination established churches (David du Plessis), ...and the other
towards the gift-giving mentality (Latter Rain). In that same road
were the Brother Branham followers and the holiness Pentecostals. The "Branham
movement" with the Pentecostals were the only ones that spiritually prospered
during those mid to late 1950s. Under their influences, the sign seekers dare not step
too far away from the Scriptures with their desire for the gifts of
the spirit to operate outside the boundary of the Word of God.
The du Plessis'es and Latter Rain discovered that the Full Gospel Businessmen held a promise
for the reviving of their dead revivals. For the David du Plessis'es, ...they promised a
gifted manifestation among all denomination, and for the Latter Rains ...they promised the gifts of the
spirit would be manifested by a succession. Nevertheless, these 2 self promoting kingdoms
were lying in ashes. The leader's desire for fame and fortune was lost. They were hunger
for a renewal of their once revival spirit, unknowingly these leader has smothered the original flame.
The only thing they had started was a desire to promoted the manifestation of the gifts of the spirit.
During these years, there were revivals, great meetings in certain isolated places but it was like watching a
love one dying, that draw another breath, bring relieve and hope to these two families.
By the early 1960, the FGBM was losing ground. On the scene came the rock
group "the Beatles," and the political Camelot Kennedy's, hippies, sex revolution,
and more culture changes. The world was changing. The FGMB was dying. The winter had
come. Their seeds were frozen. But there were warm winds blowing inland for these groups,
which was by now mostly Full Gospel Business Men members. It was the revival that
the Roman Catholic Church was initiating.
Even before the Vatican Council 11 was started in 1962 these leaders had
embraced this ecumenicalism. But it was not going to be easy to sell Romanism to PENTECOSTAL
PEOPLE. It was going to take a lot of, behind the door meeting, private conversations,
and money. The FGBM was the battle ground designed over the years to undertake driving
in this tunnel. The FGBM wheels were turning before the Vatican model car was
manufactory. It was the Pentecostal Denominational Charismatic and the Latter Rain groups last hope.
The Real Ecumenical Move
David du Plessis claims that he took the Gifts of the Spirit to the Roman Catholics. Even
though he also states that the Catholic came to him asking for the Gift. We believe the
latter is more accurate. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) had watched the nineteen century
America/Canada Pentecostal revival with great interest. RCC desire a repeat of the same
in their church. The RCC Ecumenical Movement is a counterfeit of the America/Canada
Pentecostal revival were people drop their denominational different (just the Pentecostal
Spirit-filled groups). The RCC believed that
these revivalist men could bring the same type of uniting spirit to the religions of the world. But
the Pentecostal revivalists were sworn enemy of the church of Rome. Rome found their instrument first through
the World Council of Church, then David du Plessis, FGBM, and others. It needs to be said, that the Pentecostals
were to the RCC a little small stone in the road. Their quest is for the world unity,
Islam, Judaism, Buddha ...etc. Nevertheless, it was a start. If they could stop the
American/Canada Pentecostals they could stop almost all the spreading of anti-catholicism around the world.
Ecumenicalism was born in spirit (demon from hell) and named at the Vatican Council 11, 1962-1965. It is a
new concept that was destined to emerge itself at the end of this last age to fulfill
Matthew 24:22-24 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh
be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. if any man shall say
unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false
Christs (ANOINTINGS), and false prophets (TO PROCLAIM THAT
ANOINTING), and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect. This anointing would deceive the
elect if possible. This false anointing was the birth of a charisma called Charismatic.
The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, or Vatican II, opened under Pope John
XXIII in 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI in 1965. At least four future pontiffs took
part in the council's opening session. The purpose was to rewrite Catholic Doctrine.
The Vatican Council 11 was over a time span of 4 years. The hierarchy spend most of their
time preparing for the session that were called periods. During these periods, all was
summoned to appear at Saint Peters Basilica to read and vote upon the new changes. Pope
John stressed in the opening session before 2,908 fathers that pastoral attitudes not
doctrinal view would be the nature of the Council. He exhorted the Council Fathers
to use the medicine of mercy rather than the weapons of severity in the
documents they would produce. Again Pope Paul's opening address on September 29,
1963 stressed the pastoral nature of the council, and set out four purposes for it:
...to more fully define the nature of the church and the role of the
bishop; ...to renew the church; ...to restore unity among all Christians, including seeking pardon for Catholic
contributions to separation; ...and to start a dialogue with the contemporary world.
The council's menu was directed to the rewriting of their doctrine in a ecumenical fashion
of forgiveness with understanding.
The first business of the fourth period was the consideration of the decree on religious
freedom, which was the most controversial of the conciliar documents. The vote was 1,997
for to 224 against (a margin that widened even farther by the time the bishop's final
signing of the decree called "Dignitatis Humanae." (the word is Latin for "Declaration of
Religious Freedom"). This article is linked inside the wikipedia.org web site which will
take you to the "Holy See's" web site where you can read the complete dialect upon
religious freedom adopted by the new Catholic church. Unmistakable, this new doctrine was
to reach out to all religions of the world. Thus ecumenicalism was born in the Vatican Council
11. Its purpose according to them was to produce a spirit of unity through patronizing
different religions. The Vatican claimed this new doctrine would unite the people of the
world in common goals for the betterment of mankind. However, the Catholic hierarchy was
re-empowered, at the close of the last period, by the voters of the gathering, to lead
all down this ecumenical way.
More than a Doctrine
As always, a false spirit adhere to false teaching. While the Cardinals were voting
the spirit was falling on them. Tongues, prophecy, and all sort of spiritual manifestation. Even the old
rituals of the church were becoming "spirit enlighten events". Before Brother Branham's passing
gifted Catholic priest were speaking regular for the FGBM, and more so since then. In the 1960s
the spirit was falling in Rome, they were awaking to the manifestation of the spirit. David du
Plessis and other sign seekers welcome that renewing. They called it their vision. but it was
coming out of this new Catholic doctrine? It was coming from Rome, which has always been the enemy
of the True church.
According to a YouTube video, that we saw, DAVID DU PLESSIS claimed that Smith Wigglesworth
gave him a prophecy in Africa when David du Plessis was a young minister stating, that he
would start a new revival in the old denomination line (also from page 153 of Smith
Wigglesworth story, not wrote by him). So we know why, David du Plessis claim that Smith
Wigglesworth had a greater healing ministry than Brother Branham. David du Plessis
misunderstood his place in the program, trying to use Smith Wigglesworth as his handed
down spiritual heritage. DEMOS SHAKARIAN claimed a similar event. From page 83 of his
life story he relates his prophecy from Charles Price prophecy concerning his new world
wide ministry. Both of these men claim the renewing mantle was hand down to them prior to
1947. We have study these two prophecies for we believe Smith Wiggleworth and Charles
Price were great men of God. Amazing both prophecies state they would play a PART
in a new revival that was coming. Smith W. Page 153, You will have a prominent
part, Demos S. Page 83, it will happen in your life time, you will play a
They were not to lead the way, they just had a "part". The LATTER RAIN and many other well
known LEADERS point to their vindication as leaders. The truth is, God only gave them
a part in Brother Branham's revival but they were NOT the gospel fathers
as they claimed; they were to be helpers and providers, instead they sought their own glory,
to their eternal shame.
Same Old Organization
We certain know David du Plessis always belong to, and was a promoter of organization, even after they
throw him out. Sharon Bible College staffers were George Hawtin, Ernest Hawtin,
and Percy Hunt. They all belong to the Pentecostal Assembles of Canada Organization
(P. A. O. C.). These three men joined forces with Herrick Holt who was the overseer for
the Amiee Semple McPerson Foursquare organize group there in North Battleford. The
historical facts prove there was
only one new movement from God in the 1940s/1950s/1960s and that was the William Branham revival.
As this article has progressed the "du Plessis'es" and the "Latter Rain" groups
became the Full Gospel Businessmen (FGBM). The FGBM was not a Pentecostal movement. It was
a place where these spiritual elements migrated too, as place of false hope. Now we
see why there was so much pressure within the FGBM to join the Roman Catholic
Ecumenical Revival. To their spiritual disgrace these 2 groups' dreams did come to past.
In October 1974, Demos Shakarian was invited to the Vatican (an invitation which he accepted),
in order to receive the official thanks of the Vatican for Full Gospel Businessmen (FGBM),
having reached out to millions of Roman Catholic laymen. (Kathryn Kuhlman received a
similar reward from the Pope). So indeed, the Roman Catholic Ecumenicalism won the battle
for the du Plessis' and the Latter Rain. It was the FGBM that keep them alive to see that
sad day. They never got the organization structure they wanted. So instead, they turn folks
to the first organized church, the Catholic church. The reason why the Catholics care
little for the glory, is because they quickly move on to other battle grounds, world dominion
is their goal. Certainly the outcome of the Pentecostals would have been different if
Brother Branham had live his allotted years. But it had to be this way to blind the
multitudes for the rise of the "Anti-Christ Anointing."
The historical documentation of the Pentecostal revivalist and the ecumenical is a huge
library. Other words, the history is easily available for all. The reason why it grew like
a fire out of control is, multitudes wanted a reality of a God in their lives, but not the
WORD OF GOD. The Pentecostal church leaders' knew what ecumenicalism was, they wanted to keep
their church members, and to do so, they had to surrender the Word to survive. Strangely, but the facts speaks,
the move of ecumenical spirit (display of gifts not according to scripture) harmonized well
in the formal denominational church for THEY BEFOREHAND did not believe in the complete
Scripture. The modern Charismatic church today offers the "du Plessis'es", "Later Rains", "Full Gospel Businessmen",
Kathryn Kuhlman, and many others, great praise and honor, but there is no crown and there
is no throne. Roman Catholic Ecumenicalism (Vatican Council 2) produced a spirit (chrismal/charismatic)
that won their war for them.
The reason why historians rarely mention the William Branham story was because the
du Plessis'es (FGBM), and the Latter Rains (FGBM), went to the extremes to avoid mentioning
Brother Branham name just like they tried to void out his work among the Pentecostals.
It was their ballgame. They falsely discerned that it was themselves that had
caused this 1947 revival (like Jambres and Jannes withstood Moses). Against Brother
Branham's warning, they tried to start an organization but the organization age
had already past. Their efforts failed. They tried to impart gifts by the laying on of hands,
but their gift
were a none-gift beside Brother Branham's gifted life. Brother Branham was leading the church to
Christ, but they
had other plans. God also had a plan, let them go to hell, for I have called another
group to take their place, MY WORD BRIDE!
In our nation as well as the world there has emerge two different ideologies. These two
ways are known as Conservatism and Liberalism. These two moral positions are defined in
the political arena as Democratic and Republicans. Politicians try to appeal to the mass of these
two mental positions, mostly in a hypocritical way. (not pushing either political party
for we believe politicians are always trying to fatten their own pocketbooks),
Nevertheless, liberalism was
started by the Roman Catholic Church which is a very conservative organization! Why,
because their "Liberal Ecumenical Revival" was not design for the Catholic faith it was
designed for the Protestant conservatives. The Protestant conservative church
has drops their scripture position, they now accept gay, lesbians, Moslems, ...etc,
as the church of Rome planned, the now liberal Protestants ecumenical church has
created among themselves a spiritual image of unity in a ecclesiastic realm
called ecumenicalism. It is that image (a spiritual
refection not a real phyical church group) that
is now leading millions toward Rome's phyical leadership.
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had
power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they
should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast
should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast
should be killed.
Today, we the Bride of Christ are fighting ecumenicalism, like never before. Our churches
are full of people anointed but are not living a Word directed life. Ecumenicalism has
creep under the front door all the way to the pulpit. There is only one doctrine that keeps
this message from becoming a main stream religion church, and that doctrine is relating to the
woman's place regarding "Holiness." For once she is allowed to completely terminate
her morals she will ascend into the leadership positions. Catholicism is built upon the
misplacement of the women scriptural position. Satan knows our weakness, and every gun is
pointed against those who preach against worldly things. But like Brother Branham, God
will call us off the scene right before ecumenicalism celebrates their next victory. And
that victory will be, the political encouragement from the ecumenical billions
to persecute ALL who dare to divide the UNHOLY from the HOLY.
One of our biggest mistake in regards to this subject is that, we message believers believe
that there is a Council of World Churches that is going to come together and bring us persecution.
That council has
already taken place at the Vatican Council Two in Rome during 1962 through 1965.
When Brother Branham spoke of that Church Council during his life time he was speaking in future tense for
that Vatican Council Two had not yet concluded. Today REAL spiritual people are not
looking for a "church
council group to bring us pressure", we know what the pressure is, the ecumenical spirit.
In this study the facts have been laid on the table, the finger
of God has been written on the wall of those that are found wanting. But before we close,
we want to look at ourselves, the ones who know the score. Certainly, many of these men did not
see the curve ahead in the road, before the crash. But we claim we do, we know the scriptures
teaches, "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark..."
Yet, the "ecumenicalism doctrine" is almost never mentioned in message pulpits. Why?
It's getting harder and harder to keep many message church doors open financially (buy or sell).
People will not come and message church members will not stay with a ministry that present the
gospel like it was preached in the 1940-1980s. The false ecumenical spirit declares, do NOT draw
lines, do NOT put anybody out, do NOT condemn anyone, for we are all God's children and don't
we ALL feel the spirit (chrismal). For the remaining future, it is not going to be
easy for a TRUE message church to stay in the middle of the road (not the new middle since
ecumenicalism creep into our churches). It's going to depend
upon how sharp the curve is (what God will allow), and how fast we are going (real wisdom), and
mainly who's got control of the stirring wheel (Jesus Christ?). We do want to make it home safely.
Keep me in your prayers.
Eagle Christian Church ' P.O. Box 1510 LaVergne, TN 37086 USA
Pastor James Tidwell
(Now it can be told, By Dr. Morris R. Ungren)
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(The Spirit and Spirituality- By Wonsuk Ma, Robert P. Menzies, Russell P. Spittler)
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(Baptised by Fire, Smith Wiggleworth Story, by Jack Hywel-Davis)