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Many of God's Ministers have written many fine warning articles concerning the Ecumenical movement over the years, and we should go back and review them from time to time. The Ecumenical movement is still moving forward as planned, and the sad thing is that many of our brethren have been lost to this movement and do not see the web that has been woven around them. My purpose in writing this paper is to warn about a sub-movement of the ecumenical agenda that is fast becoming a very effective force in deceiving God's people into accepting this deception that even Jesus warned us about. The sub-movement of the Ecumenical movement that is taking hold and moving fast is called "The Walk to Emmaus". The Walk to Emmaus is called a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The truth is that its an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo pronounced, ( cur-see-o ) Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949. Cursillo de Cristianidad means "little course in Christianity." The original Cursillo leaders designed the program to empower persons to transform their living and working environments into Christian environments. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Episcopalians and Lutherans, along with several nondenominational groups, such as Tres Dias, began to offer Cursillo to their congregations. In 1978, The Upper Room of the General Board of Discipleship adapted the program for a primarily Protestant audience and began to offer it under the name "The Upper Room Cursillo". In 1981, The Upper Room made further adaptations and changed the name of the program to The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus. In 1984, The Upper Room developed a youth expression of Emmaus called Chrysalis. They openly admit that although connected through The Upper Room to The United Methodist Church, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical.
The Walk to Emmaus gets its name from the story in Luke 24:13-35, which provides the central image for the three-day experience and follow-up. Luke tells the story when the risen Christ appeared to the two disciples who were walking together along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The Walk to Emmaus experience today begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation with special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus community," made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends. During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. It is stated that the members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community, through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups are told that they will strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in a mission to the world. There are several names this movement goes under. Chrysalis -- an adaptation of Emmaus for high school youth; Horizons -- for college age youth, and Kairos -- an outreach of the Emmaus community taken to the residents of the prison system.
How is the walk to Emmaus misleading Christians?
What we need to understand and beware of is that the Great false Church is in the process of stamping out the original Protestant reformation. The great Church understands that they can't successfully change doctrine such as the celebration of Holy Communion, or recognizing the Pope as head of the church of Christ by sending outsiders in to do so. Because many leading members would see them coming a mile away, they needed a plan to infiltrate the Churches with the churches own respected and trusted members. One of the first things the Jesuits did many years ago was infiltrate the Christian collages and then re-instruct the new ministers in the doctrines of Rome. They also had all old books burned and then bought out all printing presses in order to control what was printed. In these modern times they began their next point of attack by having ministerial conferences around the country to get much of the old clergy on the same page. They use many ecumenical organizations such as "The Baptist World Alliance" or "The Lutheran World Federation" and "The World Alliance of Reformed Churches" to move their agenda along. The walk to Emmaus allows the minister of any church to sponsor a few members at a time to attend, and then to testify before the church how great the walk to Emmaus was in order to encourage others to attend. Most that have attended praise the program with statements like "I thought I was converted these past 25 years but now I truly understand real conversion." Or "Now I truly understand the love of God and how to pass this love to others." Or "My life had no meaning until I experienced the Walk to Emmaus."
All this sounds very good and along the lines that Jesus Himself wants us to go; and that my friend is what makes it so successful. As I have stated many times over the years, the ecumenical movement will be hard to resist because it will, and does, teach all the ways that helps others and project love. It has programs that teach good values, and brings many together for the healing of old wounds from church to church; however, the problem comes in when during this experience they take the Communion daily as noted above, and at the end of the last day (Sunday) they place their hands on the pagan cross and pledge their allegiance to their savior which comes from the old song "I come to the cross, I look to the cross, I lay my sins at the foot of the cross. Christians that attend began to excuse false doctrine for the sake of their new friends they meet through the walk to Emmaus. They unknowingly replace the true Messiah for the false one, thus never truly receiving salvation no more then those that look to any other false god for salvation. The fact is that a false god is still false even if it takes on the name of Jesus the Messiah. We must take to heart the clear warning in II Thes. ch. 2, but the big question is will we believe the warning and turn from ministers that promote the cross, trinity and even the Madonna? Will we believe that there is a great deception coming? Will we Beware of the walk to Emmaus?