See related articles at bottom of this page, and Why Were Our Reformers Burned?
Nicky Gumbel's Alpha Course Being Absorbed by Roman Catholic Ecumenism
Resources for Refuting New Wine Theology, Charismatic Excesses, Roman Catholicism and Alpha Course Ecumenism
By Chris Lawson
(Updated 11/21/13 and 9/10/14)
Damian Thompson: “But doesn’t Holy Trinity sometimes use the Alpha Course to poach Catholics?
Nicky Gumbel: “‘No! When they do Alpha I say to them: do not come to HTB but go back to your Catholic parish.
It’s part of the Church and I love the whole Church.’”
- Alpha male: Can Nicky Gumbel and Holy Trinity Brompton save the Church of England?,
The Spectator, December 15, 2012 (http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8789231/alpha-male/).
"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you,
let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again:
If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed."
- Galatians 1:8–9
In 2004, as a foreign missionary serving overseas in Edinburgh, Scotland, I saw firsthand the incredible apostasy occurring in many churches that were using Nicky Gumbel's Alpha Course. As the record shows, churches that host a similar but more biblical course called Christianity Explored, generally are more biblical and more scripturally based churches, as far as Christian doctrine and practice are concerned. This of course is very commendable. Praise the LORD for Christian leaders who want to be biblical and separate from apostasy and false teachers.
To the contrary, churches that host the Alpha Course often times tend to be more liberal, more ecumenical, more emerging church friendly, and more open to pretty much anything that blows through the Church, regardless of how dangerous it is. I observed this growing trend first-hand over a four and a half year period while living in the United Kingdom. I am not trying to make a blanket statement here, as this does not of course apply to every church. The point here is that a general trend has been observed, and I, and many others have seen it up close. The Bible tells us where this type of ecumenical tolerance for unbiblical teachings and practices comes from, but unfortunately, the Alpha Course does not seem to separate from it.
"Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."
(2 Corinthians 11:1-4, KJV)
God's Word informs us clearly what to do when people bring "divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned." We are to "mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" not join in ecumenical Interfaith dialogue with them.
"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil." (Romans 16:17-19)
Ironically, Paul wrote this warning to the early believing Christians, in ancient Rome. Rome! It's in the book of Romans, written to Christians who were living in Rome. Unfortunately, many Christian leaders in our day are doing nothing at all when it comes to the biblical command to watch carefully, mark, reject and separate from false teachers. This includes Nicky Gumbel, one of Roman Catholicism's favored neo-Evangelical ecumenists.
It is with great concern for many people who are being deluded by ecumenical apostasy that I have updated this article. The Alpha Course has become one of the largest ecumenical movements on earth, and now with the unbiblical ecumenical drive, influence, money and powers of the Roman Catholic, both spiritually, monetarily and in sheer populace numbers, the Alpha Course is set to draw many more undiscerning people into the arms of Rome.
Nicky Gumbel and the ecumenical Alpha Course leaders have not heeded clarion call warnings from Scripture regarding false teachers bringing error and dangers into the body of Christ, much like Roman Catholicism does. Choosing rather to rush headlong into ecumenical relations with Rome's leaders, Gumbel has effectively led the Alpha Course into oneness with the Roman Catholic agenda. In reality, working alongside of Rome is just another way of being absorbed by Rome. You see, Rome never changes, it just continues to absorb everything and everyone that yield to its pagan influence. Amazingly, the Alpha Course has for quite some time now been involved with one of the greatest apostate movements in the history of planet earth - Rome's New Evangelization.
The following material has been written because I love people and because I want to see more people freed from the dangerous pagan influences of the Roman Catholic Church. I want more people to know the truth as it is in the biblical Jesus, and to avoid the false "Eucharistic Jesus" of Roman Catholicism. The false Jesus of Roman Catholicism is crucified mystically and endlessly upon Roman Catholic altars. Under the guise of Jesus being "represented" as an unbloody sacrifice, Rome's Jesus cannot save.
If Nicky Gumbel and the Alpha Course ecumenists want to pave the way for millions more people to join with this false Jesus of Rome, that is their own prerogative. Rome's works based salvation and Christianized mystical/occult practices only end in worldly peace, emptiness and a total lack of the assurance of salvation. Furthermore, ecumenism with Rome leads people away from God and the Bible and straight into the growing global Inter-Spirituality that the Bible warns against. That spirituality is none other than "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." It is all centered around mysticism, which is at the very heart of Roman Catholic Eucharistic adoration and Rome's global, New Evangelization.
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth." (Revelation 17:1-5 KJV)
The rest of this article will simply provide suggested resources with some added commentary in order to show this to be the case.
Dangerous influences that come with the Alpha Course: New Wine Theology, the Charismatic Movement and Roman Catholic ecumenism
The Alpha Course started off as a basic Bible curriculum for new believers in Christ and for and enquiring individuals. Sadly, something went wrong years ago, for the Alpha Course has systematically become a hodgepodge of unbiblical Ecumenism.
Nicky Gumbel, the man at the front of the Alpha Course, explains:
Alpha runs in every arm of the Church. It’s growing the fastest in the Catholic church. There are a billion Catholics in the world—many in Latin America, and in France where 99% are Catholic. But the course runs exactly the same no matter the denomination. In Alpha, we stick to the foundational pieces of the Christian faith we all agree upon: Jesus, the cross, the resurrection, the Bible, prayer. What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us. We focus on what unites us. We present a united front to the world. In every different part of the body of Christ—Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran, non-denominational, Catholic, Pentecostals, Bulgarian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox—Alpha crosses all divides. No matter the church, Alpha sticks to the same key ingredients: food, a presentation of the gospel, and talking. The gospel is unchanging. It’s the power of God. The key part of Alpha’s success is the work of the Holy Spirit. We’re still not sure why Alpha works. But it does.
Source: Nicky Gumbel, vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton Church, London, England, 2012 interview with the Catalyst ministry at Willow Creek Church, http://www.willowcreek.org/southbarrington/get-involved/catalyst/interview-with-nicky-gumbel (Link removed from Willow Creek website.)
Nicky Gumbel's statement here is simply impossible to accept if one understands clearly the extensive differences between Roman Catholicism and sound biblical theology. Gumbel says, "What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us. We focus on what unites us." Gumbel's statement is pure unvarnished ecumenism, and a perfect example of horrific pastoral irresponsibility. The following explains why.
What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us?
Here are some of the major Bible doctrines that Roman Catholic tradition/doctrine either convolutes or reinterprets, or mixes together to the point of creating the utter antithesis of sound biblical "Protestant" theology: Propitiation/atonement, Reconciliation, Regeneration, Justification and Sanctification.
When one examines clearly the major theological themes in the Bible (as noted below), in context and throughout Scripture, one will find that "what the Bible teaches about them on the one hand and what the Catholic tradition/doctrine teaches about them on the other, we...discover that Roman Catholicism has denied, altered, or confused all but one or two" (Emphasis in original).
Depravity, Imputation, Grace, Propitiation, Atonement, Reconciliation, Calling (efficacious), Regeneration, Union with Christ, Conversion, Repentance, Faith, Justification, Adoption, Sanctification, Eternal security, Perseverance, Election/predestination, Redemption, Death, resurrection, and the final state, The church.
(Protestants & Catholics: Do The Now Agree?, Ankerberg & Weldon, pp. 268-269)
In summary, Gumbel saying "What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us" and "We focus on what unites us" is the ultimate in promoting two completely separate gospel messages. Played by side-by-side with Nicky Gumbel and the Alpha Course ecumenically joining them together, this is pure neo-Evangelical confusion. If Catholic tradition/doctrine is not different than the pure biblical gospel message, than why did the Roman Catholic church burn, torture, molest, hack-up, drown, filet, draw-and-quarter, slaughter countless multitudes during the counter-Reformation? Multitudes of faithful Bible believers refused to yield to the pagan heresies of Rome, and for doing so they were forced to endure all manner of diabolical persecution by decree of the Roman Catholic church.
One wonders, did Nicky Gumbel forget the history of the Roman Catholic church, the Jesuit led Inquisition, the papal worship, the pagan doctrines, the psuedo-Christian trimmings, and the millions of persecuted Christian martyrs that Rome has decimated? It sure seems like he has if he is sending people straight back into Roman Catholic churches.
On December 15, 2012, The Spectator published the following statements from an interview between Damian Thompson and Nicky Gumbel:
Damian Thompson: “But doesn’t Holy Trinity sometimes use the Alpha Course to poach Catholics? Nicky Gumbel: “‘No! When they do Alpha I say to them: do not come to HTB but go back to your Catholic parish. It’s part of the Church and I love the whole Church.'"
Source: The Spectator, 'Alpha male: Can Nicky Gumbel and Holy Trinity Brompton save the Church of England?', www.spectator.co.uk/features/8789231/alpha-male/ Accessed November 21, 2013.
Alpha for Catholics and the New Evangelization
The current (2013) AlphaUSA.Org website opens with the following statement:
Welcome to Alpha for Catholics
Alpha for Catholics is a practical tool that parishes use to inspire Catholic renewal, answer the call to the New Evangelization and the call of Christ and His Church to "go and make disciples of all nations". The Alpha course is an effective tool for awakening faith in people who are on the fringe of the parish life, faithful Catholics and those outside the faith and a perfect tool to introducing people to a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
Source: http://www.alphausa.org/Groups/1000042056/Alpha_for_Catholics.aspx#.Uo5vVo1PnSo Accessed November 21, 2013.
It should be no surprise to readers that Nicky Gumbel has fully yielded to the Roman Catholic agenda of The New Evangelization. What is the New Evangelization? The following is from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website homepage:
What is the New Evangelization?
The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on 're-proposing' the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization."1 The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. (Source link, accessed November 21, 2013. Italics added.)
See also, The New Evangelization: Building the Civilization of Love (http://www.ewtn.com/new_evangelization/) and Alpha and the Pope by Roger Oakland.
Furthermore, Nicky Gumbel and several Pope's have been working towards this Ecumenical program for years now. Click here to view the June 2004 issue of Alpha News, and look at this picture (at right) that made the cover of the June 2004 Alpha News, the Japanese edition.
New Wine and The Babylonian Vine
The pictured book at the right is New Vine and the Babylonian Vine, by Roger Oakland. This is an excellent resource exposing numerous false teachings in the church today. Chapter 17 it titled Alpha Course and it explains how the Alpha Course was further launched into hyper-orbit by Sandy Miller, Nicky Gumbel and the dangerous counterfeit laughing revival of Rodney Howard-Browne. This dangerous movement further manifested at Sandy Miller's Holy Trinity Brompton church, in England.
Roger Oakland's book also gives a clear overview of the modern day global ecumenical movement and it warns about the endorsers who helped "spread the fire" (i.e., Toronto Blessing, kundalini, shakti-pat, occultism) and further launch the Alpha Course. The chapter 17 subtitles are as follows: Spread the fire through the Alpha Course; Alpha Endorsers; Alpha Critics; and Spiritual Gifts.
Although this is an older book, it still remains an excellent resource explaining how a Christianized Babylonian spirituality is leading millions of people into ecumenical delusion. The Amazon.Com description for this book is as follows:
"Roger Oakland's objective in writing this book was to further document the direction experience-based Christianity is heading and how it is joining together with experience-based Catholicism, other religions and a spiritualized environmentalism to form a global spirituality or ecumenical delusion that the Bible predicts will unfold in the last days. Jesus warned global spiritual deception would be a sign of His soon return and that a counterfeit bride masquerading in the name of Christ would become the religion of the Antichrist. New Wine & the Babylonian Vine examines the current global ecumenical movement in light of Bible prophecy and endeavors to answer the following questions: Will signs and wonders validate the counterfeit church? Who will lead the ecumenical movement" Who is the Queen of Heaven and what role will she play? Are we approaching a Second Pentecost or the final delusion? How could the religions of the world unite in the name of Christ? What role will the apparition Mary play? How can we escape the coming deception?" - Amazon.Com
New Wine and the Babylonian Vine by Roger Oakland (Purchase book new or used.)
Why were our Reformers burned?
Nicky Gumbel certainly is not standing firm for the biblical Gospel as it is found solely in Scripture. It appears that he long ago completely forgot what many English Reformers were burned at the stake for. Noted Christians reformers were burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church because they stood against the heresy of Roman Catholicism, and primarily against what is known as the heresy of the "Real Presence" of Christ in the Eucharist, body blood, soul and divinity - in the consecrated host (bread and wine).
Now however, the Alpha Course can lead people into the arms of Rome. Nicky Gumbel knows better, yet he has chosen to become a clear enemy of the Gospel of God by joining hands with Rome. Rome's pagan heresies are well known across the world. See A Woman Rides The Beast by Dave Hunt and click here for recommended resources on SRN.
What Roman Catholic leaders are saying around the globe
The following three quotes are from the now defunct Alpha Friends/Catholics website (http://www.alphafriends.org/catholics). These statements were placed on this webpage several years ago, and they clearly reveal that the Alpha Course is being absorbed into Roman Catholic Ecumenism.
Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi
'Evangelising is in fact the grace and vocation to the proper Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelise.'
Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio
'I sense the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelisation and mission to all nations. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.'
Walter Cardinal Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
'John Paul II encouraged us as Christians, at the beginning of the new millennium, in the face of widespread apathy and Godforsakenness among men, not to relent in the task of the new evangelisation. The Alpha course sees itself as committed to exactly this task.'
Read more about who's endorsing the Alpha Course, and here also, Alpha for Catholics.
Further proof from the mouths of Archbishops, Bishops and Cardinals
If these above three quotes are not enough to prove the point of this article, the following quotes from Roman Catholic leaders will dispel any confusion at all. These quotes are straight from the Alpha Course USA, Roman Catholic Alpha Course website (emphasis and italics in original):
What Bishops, Cardinals and other officials are saying
Archbishop Rino Fisichella
President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization
Archbishop Rino Fisichella was interviewed by Salt and Light TV president (Canada) and made these comments recently:
Q: ‘You are in a good vantage point to look out over the world and you see, probably more than anybody else, the places where there are expressions of the New Evangelization that are concrete, that are clear, inviting, and beautiful... What would be some of those places in your mind where you see the New Evangelization at work?
A: [Gives the example of FOCUS (fellowship of Catholic university students), and then ... 'I can tell you for instance, present in France, in Britain, starting also in Latin America and in the States, probably also in Canada, there is so-called Alpha Course. Alpha Course is a new way of announcing the gospel.'
Archbishop Octavio Ruiz
Secretary for the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization
"The Alpha course, which I have had the opportunity to attend…is a providential tool because it precisely tries to reach out to those who are far from the Church, who are indifferent to the faith. By means of a very simple and humane tool based on fraternity and friendship, Christ is introduced to them and enters little by little into their hearts."
Bishop Michael Byrnes, Archdiocese of Detroit, Auxiliary Bishop
"Not only is Alpha an effective means to introduce people to an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, it is an opportunity to find out who are the evangelists in your parish. It is becoming increasingly common that parishes establish "evangelization committees;" but, as a good friend of mine said, "Committees are fine, but what we really need are evangelists." Put on an Alpha course in your parish, and you will find your evangelists."
Pontificium Consilium Ad Christanorum Unitatem Fovendam
"John Paul II encouraged us as Christians... not to relent in the task of the new evangelisation... The Alpha course sees itself as committed to exactly this task."
Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn, D.D.
Former Archbishop of St. Paul - Minneapolis
"Over the past few years, I have been eagerly watching the impact of Alpha all over the world."
Most Reverend Howard Hubbard - Bishop of Albany, New York
"The Alpha Program offers an opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel message in a non-threatening, friendly environment."
His Eminence Sean Cardinal O'Malley, OFMCap
Archbishop of Boston
"Many of our Catholic parishioners have benefited from the Alpha program by way of its building on their initial interest in the Church, as a pre-catechumenate experience, or for others, a renewal of their desire to more deeply understand and live their Catholic faith. Life-long faith formation is a priority for our religious education programs and I am grateful for the efforts of those who seek to assist with this important work. Should pastors of our parishes wish to utilize the Alpha program as part of their religious education curriculum they can do so with my approval."
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa
Preacher to the Papal Household
“. . . we need a new evangelization which, while being open to all the fullness of the truth and the Christian life, will yet be simple and basic. This is the reason why I look with interest and appreciation to the Alpha Course. It seems to me that it answers precisely this need of ours. The very name shows this. It is not called “Alpha and Omega course” but simply “Alpha Course” because it doesn’t claim to lead people from beginning to end in faith; only to help them get acquainted with it, to foster a personal encounter with Jesus, leaving it to other Church departments to develop the newly rekindled faith.”
This quote is taken from "Faith which Overcomes the World" Fr. Cantalamessa's opening address - International Alpha Conference, and is available at the Alpha Store.
(Source link, Accessed November 21, 2013: http://www.alphausa.org/Group/Group.aspx?ID=1000081072)
What the other ecumenists are saying
The following quotes are from the Alpha USA.Org, Pastor Endorsements page [http://www.alphausa.org/Groups/1000053720/What_Church_Leaders.aspx] , exactly as they are listed with photos of each individual. What is interesting is that while people are endorsing the Alpha Course, they are also throwing out of the window a vast array of biblical discernment scriptures that command, exhort and encourage believers to separate from false teachers and the influences they bring, such as Nicky Gumbel and his hardcore ecumenical movement. It's either for or against ecumenism with the Roman Catholic Church, one cannot have it both ways and remain faithful to Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
What other Church Leaders Say about Alpha endorsement
“One of the most effective evangelism tools for the 21st century.”
Dr. Rick Warren Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church
Having been a part of Alpha at my own church - I can wholeheartedly endorse it as a tool for helping people embrace a genuine faith in the person of Jesus Christ. The Alpha Course is intellectually and biblically sound in content, while at the same time creating an environment where seekers and skeptics feel safe and free to wrestle with the questions and misconceptions surrounding our faith. And one more thing that I find important - it's fun!
“The Alpha format is definitely a huge improvement and right for our time, because process is involved instead of a quick presentation and it is more communal.”
Tim Keller Author/ Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church
“I know of many people whose lives have been transformed through the Alpha course. I rejoice at how God is using it so powerfully to renew many churches both inside and outside prison walls.”
The Late Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship Ministries
“Alpha is a well-designed, implementable program that addresses the basic questions of life for the churched and unchurched alike. The course meets the vital test of being both open and faithful - welcoming of all, while presenting the Gospel message with clarity and power.”
George Gallup, Jr. Chairman, The George H. Gallup International Institute
“...we need a new evangelization which, while being open to all the fullness of the truth and the Christian life, will yet be simple and basic. This is the reason why I look with interest and appreciation to the Alpha course. It seems to me that it answers precisely this need of ours. The very name shows this. It is not called “Alpha and Omega course” but simply “Alpha course” because it doesn’t claim to lead people from beginning to end in faith; only to help them get acquainted with it, to foster a personal encounter with Jesus, leaving it to other Church departments to develop the newly rekindled faith.”
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Appointed Preacher to the Papal Household by Pope John Paul II
“In recent years Nicky Gumbel has helped millions of people consider the claims of Jesus Christ in fresh and stimulating ways through a course he put together called Alpha. Very few people alive have done this much to help people far from God draw nearer to Him - and many find Him.”
Bill Hybels Senior Pastor Willow Creek Community Church
“Alpha is a tool for mobilizing men and women to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost.”
Joyce Meyer Joyce Meyer Ministries
(Source link, Alpha USA, accessed November 21, 2013: http://www.alphausa.org/Groups/1000053720/What_Church_Leaders.aspx)
Nicky Gumbel an Ecumenical wolf in the arms of Roman Catholicism
Nicky Gumbel and the Alpha Course staff have yielded themselves and their movement into the ever-absorbing Roman Catholic embrace. A brief overview of numerous Church history books and the vast historical details showing the pagan roots of Catholicism prove the point beyond any shadow of a doubt, as does of course the clear teaching of Scripture.
Jesus of Nazareth said that we would know false teachers and wolves in sheep's clothing by their fruit (i.e., teaching, activities, words, etc.), and He as God expects us to examine such things so as to avoid being spiritually deceived.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:15-23)
Simply stated, Nicky Gumbel is an ecumenical wolf in the arms of Roman Catholicism. To have all the resources available to us in order to see it for what it is, and then deny it, is sheer delusion. One would do well to remember that proclaiming "the whole counsel of God" includes warning about false teachers both outside and inside the church, just as Paul the Apostle did.
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears." (Acts 20:26-31)
Extensive documentation showing Rome and the New Evangelization for what they are
The following articles by Roger Oakland show forth the heresies linked with Rome and the New Evangelization, and the compromises of both the Alpha Course and many others who willingly refuse to reject and stand against ecumenical apostasy.
Roman Catholic heresies exposed:
- Last Days Appearances Of "Jesus"
- Queen Of Peace
- Has The Pope Made A Mistake?
- Kingdom Now Or Apocalypse Next
- Will Every Knee Bow?
- The Mother of all Religions
- The Presence of Mary
- When is a Saint a Saint?
- Queen of Heaven
- Is "Our Lady" Ecumenical?
- Holy Door Disaster
Alpha and other Bridges to Rome:
- The New Evangelization And The Coming Eucharistic Reign Of Jesus
- The Emerging Church: Another Road To Rome
- Possible Plan For Peace
- Reemerging Of The Emerging Church
- The Emerging Church And Bible Prophecy
- Another Ecumenical Bridge
- Alpha and the Pope
- Alpha: Another Road to Rome
Another Jesus?: The Eucharistic Christ and the New Evangelism
Roger Oakland has also written an excellent book that refutes the Roman Catholic "Eucharistic Jesus," which is diametrically opposed to the biblical Jesus of Nazareth.
Another Jesus?: The Eucharistic Christ and the New Evangelism
"Pope John Paul II has called for a new evangelization focused on the Eucharistic Christ. According to Roman Catholic teaching, the Eucharist is the central component of the Mass and the source and summit of Christianity. It is believed that when a priest consecrates the Communion bread, the wafer is no longer bread, but the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Rome teaches that Jesus is literally and bodily present wherever a consecrated Host is found. Therefore, hundreds of thousands of Catholic churches claim that Jesus is present in their eucharistic tabernacle or monstrance.
How might this peculiar belief lead to the evangelization of the world into the Roman Catholic religious system? Is transubstantiation taught in the Bible? Does Bible prophecy give insight into these global, ecumenical end-time events? What did Jesus mean when He warned that many would claim that Christ was in the "inner rooms" in the last days (Matthew 24: 23-27)? Why did Jesus warn that these false appearances of counterfeit christs would be accompanied by "great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect"?
Another Jesus? The Eucharistic Christ and the New Evangelization, explores these topics from a biblical perspective - exhorting all to heed the Bible's warnings. By chronicling the growing cult of eucharistic adoration and the increasing trend of eucharistic evangelization, Roger Oakland points readers back to a "more sure word of prophecy" and the true Jesus of the Bible. (Paper Back)" Order Another Jesus from Lighthouse Trails Publishing.
Discernment books exposing the Alpha Course teachings and activities
For an extensive refutation of the Alpha Course and its variegated avenues of false teaching, you will also find all of the following to be very helpful. See Bayith Ministries to order copies of the three books on the right side of this page.
Articles exposing the Alpha Course:
Alpha’s Roots - Take a Closer Look
Nicky Gumbel and Pope John Paul II Working Together
Open Letters To Alpha Leaders
*Why Were Our Reformers Burned