Cecil Robeck, Jr.
Fuller Seminary professor Cecil Robeck, Jr., praises Pope Benedict for his “commitment to ecumenism” (“Protestant Scholar Lauds Benedict’s Ecumenical Stride,” Catholic News Agency, Feb. 24, 2013). Robeck, also an Assemblies of God minister, has participated in ecumenical gatherings at the Vatican and at Assisi. He praises the Pope’s warm relationship with Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Protestants, and Orthodox, and the Pope’s New Evangelization program, which “helped all of our churches to rethink the question of evangelism.” This is further evidence of the spiritual blindness of “evangelicalism” today and of the fact that the formation of the one-world church is making great progress behind the scenes.
The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s was a major stepping stone in this program, and the Assemblies of God in particular and the Pentecostal-Charismatic movements in general have been at the forefront of pushing the ecumenical agenda, as we have documented in the illustrated book The Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements: History and Error. Consider David DuPlessis, known as “Mr. Pentecost.” This Assemblies of God preacher was invited to attend Vatican II and co-chaired the first ten sessions of a formal Pentecostal-Roman Catholic dialogue between 1972 and 1982. He was deluded by his heretical Pentecostal propensity to trust feelings more than the Scripture.
As a result he accepted “prophecies” and “words” that encouraged him to accept the Roman Catholic Church. During a Papal Mass, he had a powerful emotional experience and felt that he was purged from suspicion about Catholic doctrine and that he could readily accept Catholic priests as brothers in Christ without any judgmentalism (A Man Called Mr. Pentecost, pp. 215, 216). DuPlessis found God’s will by “praying in tongues,” which is a certain path to spiritual deception. The charismatic movement is one of the many powerful forces that are creating the end-time, one world “church.” Contemporary worship music and contemplative prayer are two other major factors. Pope Benedict recently stepped down from the papacy and a new pope has been selected. We can be certain that he will continue to promote the ecumenical program.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 15, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)