However, there are none without error, and that certainly includes the ecumenical examiner. The point must be made, and the reader must understand, that nothing on this site, or any other site should be blindly accepted. The same is true of whatever one might hear from the pulpiteers of the institutional churches. We should test every teaching and doctrine against scripture and verify the truth of every assertion through our own personal study. The Holy Scriptures should be our guide. Inspired scripture is God's word, His teachings, held out to humanity, that we might learn to develop a relationship with our Creator.
Learn personally, to distinguish between truth and falsehood in the teachings of others. Wheat from tares. The words of scripture are always the final authority. It's your salvation at stake, and it depends on your own effort. You will find that, along with personal study, you will gradually develop a personal relationship with the Father and His Messiah. You don't need a middleman. We at the ecumenical examiner are simply trying to lend some klutzy assistance by encouraging a fresh way of looking at things.
The End Times, or the End of the Age, began when the Messiah was crucified, a couple thousand years ago. It's been a long time by human reckoning, but this passage of time is a drop in the bucket to an eternal God. Even so, these times will come to a conclusion, and that promised conclusion is drawing very near. You can sense it and see it through the quickening of signs we've been given, and we can observe now in prophetic fulfillment and fruition. It's in the heartbreaking spectacle we call the daily news. Make yourself spiritually prepared for whatever the future is bringing, and may God bless your studies.
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After telling the parable about the complaining widow and the unrighteous judge (Luke 18), the Lord articulated a rhetorical question, almost in an off-hand manner; "Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?" This question is troubling on several levels. He was looking into the future and seems to know something about our contemporary times, that we don't recognize right in front of our faces. That the flourishing of the faith, the seed that he planted, isn't exactly a given.
When he comes, he will find a great deal of something that is done in his name. Something that apparently passes as faith to the puny, beleaguered mind of the contemporary human. In reality the Christian faith was hijacked by a class of professional clergy a long time ago, with their ambitious desire to be recognized as uniquely qualified to speak for God. The hand of the Evil One plays largely into this transformation.
They reshaped the Christian community into something the Messiah may not recognize when He returns.
Where faith is defined as an impoverished assemblage of perfunctory rites and rituals based on doctrine and traditions drawn from a ludicrous entanglement of Judeo-Christian teachings (which curiously includes a pointedly hostile posture towards its foundational Jewish traditions), Greek philosophy, and Greco-Roman paganism. An entanglement that began in earnest with the First Council of Nicaea (325 AD), though in fact, the first seeds of confusion were being subtly sown even during the Apostolic period.
As the early Christian community of faith was transformed into the Nicene religion, the mother church chose to force-feed false teachings to the congregations under the guise of profound ecclesiastical insight, which none were allowed to question. What we see now, is the congregation of Yeshua being compelled to view their faith through a false frame of reference. When the Son of Man arrives, He won't be shocked, He already knows (see - Matthew 7: 22,23).
'ecumenical' - from the Greek oikoumenikos. -----
of, or referring to, the full spectrum of the Judeo-Christian community, including, but not limited to, that which is interdenominational or interreligious.
The ecumenical examiner believes the truth of biblical scripture for two primary reasons. First because of creation and the fact that life exists in a universe of space and time where it shouldn't. How could a human body happen by cosmic accident? We believe anyone can see God through His creation, and anyone can know God by the things made. The brotherhood of man is understood to be altogether related, judging by the fact that so much of His law is universally imbued in every human conscience.
Secondly, we believe in the Word of God because of prophecy. Prophecy is the element of Judeo-Christian scripture, found in no other religious tradition, that proves God. Without prophecy rational men would be left to believe the unbelievable. Only a Spirit who exists beyond the constraints of time can know what will happen in the distant future. When the events predicted, play out precisely as predicted, verifiable reality demonstrates the reliability and truth of the prophetic predictions. Blind faith is then, perhaps gradually, replaced by rational judgment, and reason.
One goes from believing in God to knowing God. He provides prophecy as the validating confirmation that He and He alone is God, there is no other. The inventor and master of time, knowing the end from the beginning, and everything in between. Therefore, His Word, while it may not always be what one wants to hear, is true and will not fail. What we see is that God's Word is alive, His prophets are real, and His promises are true.
The ecumenical examiner is essentially a study site. we have studied the various denominations from the standpoint of doctrines, practices, tenets, creeds, and traditions. Sadly, we have found none that can stand to the Scriptures. We of the ecumenical examiner are completely independent non-denominationalists of the simplest sort, and the Scriptures, Tanakh and Gospels are the only guidance we look to.
It started off, not because of the obvious distortions the church has gone through over time, in terms of doctrine, practice, structure, and schism, but because of the chasm that has developed between the ways of the "primitive" Judeo-Christian apostolic church and the ecumenical church of today. We started off as a research project to discover where the first missteps were taken, leading the Lord's community off the path. Where did the fork in the road first appear? That's what we wanted to know, it's the question that nags. The disconnect between what was, and what is -- that's the itch, the irritation in the walk of a couple thousand years.
We are told by priests and pastors, in no uncertain terms, that the very idea of restorationism, or a return to the ways of primitive Judeo-Christian worship, is an idea so preposterous as to be laughable, yet they can't exactly say why. Is it perhaps, because the restoration of something resembling the apostolic congregation would establish a community without professional ordained clergymen, bishops, priests, pastors or rabbis? Without the assortment of denominations? Without grandiose church buildings, cathedrals, vestments, ceremonies (perhaps a few of the simplest) roman collars, rituals, icons, images, doctrines and dogma, and all the other trappings that have come to define the Judeo-Christian faith of our day, is simply so harebrained as to be a ludicrous proposition. In the context of Judeo-Christianity they will tell us, we shall never speak of this again.
The commitment of the ecumenical examiner is to provide a different frame of reference for the Judeo-Christian believer, other than the dissatisfying, and perhaps confusing, experience provided by the institutional churches, where we believe the blind are leading the blind.
The original Christian community, as a branch of Judaism, was called "The Way." (John 14:6 - Acts 9:2 - Acts 19:9) It was quite simply, a way of life, a community focused on the development of a relationship with Yahweh, the Father, based on the teachings of the Messiah, Yeshua, who was grounded in the Law, or in other words, the Torah, the Prophets, and Writings. Yeshua had little respect for the rabbinical system, which had hijacked the Torah teachings, and turned Judaism into something that removed any sense of a personal relationship with God and replaced it with the burdensome laws of men.
Then the sacrifice, once for all time, provided for the remission of sins and opened a path to salvation. This act put an end to the need of the Temple priesthood or sacrificial offerings. Yeshua fulfilled everything that the Temple stood for. We are told to repent, because the Kingdom of God draws near. It's coming, like a juggernaut, and we are to get spiritually ready.
This is where we focus our attention - the current state of the Judeo-Christian community, which can only be understood within the rich, and broad context of history. The good, the bad, the ugly, and yes, the really ugly.
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We at the ecumenical examiner would like to express our sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to all of our readers. Readership to our little website has been growing steadily over the last few years, in spite of the fact that we don't do any promotions, marketing, or advertising, and completely avoid the social media outlets. We publish by the precept, "you received free, give free," only wishing to educate, and advance the 'WAY' of Judeo-Christianity, the teachings of the Torah, and the gospel of Yeshua. We offer our warmest thanks to all of our highly enlightened readers, acknowledging that your readership reinforces our devotion and commitment to spreading the truth of the Way to salvation which was opened by Yeshua's blessed sacrifice.
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Friends - it's a big world filled with snares and traps, and a well disguised malicious demonic presence here and there. Listen with care and keep your eyes open. Keep safe under the care of God's good graces.
We find it bewildering and peculiar to learn what isn't being taught in churches across the country about the Jewish roots of our faith and we seek to readjust the alignment between Christians and our older brothers of Judaism. The lines have become so skewed by the institutionalized religious organizations, all staking out their various claims, that confusion reigns.