Evangelicals Hosting Ecumenical Conference in Conjunction With Glenn Beck Event
A number of evangelicals will be participating in an ecumenical conference today in Texas in conjunction with Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love event.
The one-day conference is called Under God: INDIVISIBLE and will be held at High Point Church in Arlington. According to a press release from Life Outreach International, the event is hosted by James Robinson and “is open to every pastor, priest, rabbi, church and business leader, along with concerned Americans who understand our need for a spiritual awakening.”
“Every significant turning point in our nation’s history—from the birth of this republic to the abolition of slavery to the Civil Rights Movement—was preceded by a great spiritual awakening, when people of faith joined together in prayer and purpose,” Robison stated. “In spite of their differences, they found common ground to address common concerns. We must do that today.”
Speakers include priests Jonathan Morris and Frank Pavone, Jewish rabbi Aryeh Spero, prosperity preacher Kenneth Copeland, Richard Land, ousted president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as apologist Ravi Zacharias, John Hagee, David Jeremiah, Tony Evans, Franklin Graham, Ken Hutcherson, historian David Barton and others. Music will be provided by the award-winning Contemporary Christian group Phillips, Craig and Dean. Some speakers will be delivering their messages via video.
“Standing united, the group will encourage and pray for the next Great Awakening.” the release states.
The event website also outlines that the speakers “will encourage and challenge us to find common ground for common concerns,” emphasizing the final phrase in bold letters.
Gloria Copeland, Betty Robinson and Frank Pavone will be among those providing benedictions at the event, which begins in the afternoon with a panel discussion on how churches can address concerns in their community.
“Topics covered in this session will help teach leaders how to discuss moral concerns and current issues without being partisan,” the website explains. “The afternoon session will include an open discussion and will provide critical information to leaders concerning how to make a positive impact on the culture and on national direction.”
While the organizers outline that the conference is separate from Glenn Beck’s 4-day Restoring Love event, they state that it is being held in conjunction with the Mormon personality’s gathering. Restoring Love lists the conference on its schedule of events, citing it as a religious leadership conference.
Tomorrow afternoon, a women’s conference called Open Your Heart: Faith, Character, Purpose, which is officially part of the Beck event, will also be held at High Point Church. It will feature Glenn Beck’s wife Tania, along with Diana Hagee (wife of John Hagee), Michelle Bachmann and Betsy Morgan, president of Beck’s online publication The Blaze.
Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries recently denounced the Under God: INDIVISIBLE gathering. He pointed to 2 John 1:9-11, which instructs, “Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
“We’re told ‘people of faith’ are coming together at UGI; which faith?” he asked. “That of the Roman Catholic Church who left the Body of Christ to follow her own antichrist dogma and would end up placing her never rescinded anathema upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No light matter.”
He concurrently expressed disappointment that Word of Faith speakers are a part of the event.
“Can you see [what Scripture admonishes]? Those teaching false doctrine are involved in wicked works. This means people who promote and help advance such as these take part in his wicked works,” he stated. “That’s not merely my opinion, and it also isn’t open to debate; this is what God Himself has instructed us in His Word.”
Silva states that the conference gives “the impression that the purity of the Gospel really doesn’t matter.” He explained that it “is exactly the wrong message to set before the world which desperately needs it.”
Pastor Ralph Ovadal of Pilgrim’s Covenant Church in Monroe, Wisconsin has also consistently spoken out against ecumenicism among evangelicals.
“[M]any evangelical leaders, even pastors, remain stubbornly intent on yoking with the death, darkness, and satanic bondage of Rome in the vain hope of bringing life, light, and liberty to America,” he said.
“There is no doubt that America as a nation is sliding ever deeper into the murky, dangerous depths of immorality and godlessness. But it is just as obvious and more dangerous that much of the conservative, ‘evangelical’ church in this nation is plunging ever deeper into the depths of idolatry, spiritual corruption and utter lawlessness,” Ovadal explained. “[M]ost evangelicals ‘will not endure sound doctrine’ and refuse to return to ‘the old paths, where is the good way.’ They continue to follow celebrity personalities who refuse to see the handwriting on the wall and instead plunge drunkenly ahead on their mad course, leading millions along with them.”
“Frankly, as I see it, men like Ravi Zacharias, Tony Evans, and David Jeremiah should be ashamed of themselves,” Silva concluded.
Over six thousand people are anticipated to attend the ecumenical conference today, with many more attending the Beck event in general.