How many other Pastors will convert to Roman Catholicism and follow the example of Swedish Pastor Ulf Ekman? I warned the readers of my blog regarding Pastor Ulf Ekman back in 2008. I write to you once again as a former Roman Catholic who was set free by the Spirit of the living God, from the deceitful and wicked system of Rome back in 1989. Here is an excerpt from the Charisma magazine article on March 9, 2014, which reported that Pastor Ulf Ekman and his wife have converted to Roman Catholicism.
“During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism. Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”
“We have seen a great love for Jesus and a sound theology, founded on the Bible and classic dogma. We have experienced the richness of sacramental life. We have seen the logic in having a solid structure for priesthood, that keeps the faith of the church and passes it on from one generation to the next. We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion, and a kindness towards the poor and the weak. And, last but not least, we have come in contact with representatives for millions of charismatic Catholics and we have seen their living faith.” [Ulf Ekman Converts to Roman Catholicism/Charisma Magazine/Jennifer Leclaire]
I first heard about this man Ulf Ekman several years ago but I must say, that I have not been following that story.
I came across an old article today from the “Aletheia Blogg and TankesMedja” Website from November 2010, and I encourage you to read this EXCELLENT ARTICLE for yourself. Just in case you do not have the time to read the article, here is an excerpt that should get your attention:
“For the past four years many members, former members and bible school students of the Word of Life church in Sweden, pastored by Ulf Ekman, has expressed a growing concern about Ulf Ekmans fascination with Roman Catholicism. Although Ekman himself claims his calling remains the same as before – to teach the Word of faith message in Sweden and around the world, many have noted a gradual change at the church, once so radically teaching an evangelical message. During the peak of what many Swedes perceived as a spiritual revival or renewal, Word of Life was freed of icons, crucifixes and religious symbols, reminding us of the heavy yoke of Catholicism. The congregation was clearly wanting to be an extension of the reformation and all the revivalist teachers thats followed in it’s path.
Little by little teaching against the Maria cult, papism and traditions of men has been removed from Word of Life bookshelves and replaced by newer more catholic-friendly material. Ulf Ekmans earlier book on the subject ”Doctrines” with a clear stance against the Roman Catholic influence in Christianity has been replaced with a newer revised Catholic-friendly edition. Trips to Rome are being arranged by key ministers in the congregation and Ulf Ekman himself is flirting openly with both traditional Catholic leaders and Catholic Charismatic movement representatives around the world.
As our only two Swedish Christian newspapers are silent in this matter (one of them Ekman controlled), conversations about what is happening at Word of Life has moved to chats among members, supporters and former supporters, blogs and other internet forums. Perhaps the conversations partially got started after information leaked a few years back that a large donation was given by Mr and Mrs Ekman to Enhetens Kyrka (”Church of Unity”) an organisation that has pledged to gather all Christians under the Popes authority. When the senior Pastor (Mr Ekman) sold his house last year the Real Estate pictures on the internet (now removed) showed religious icons in nearly every room of the Ekman villa, to the surprise of many evangelicals in Sweden.” [Pastor Ulf Ekmans Fascination with Roman Catholicism Grows stronger/November 2010]
I was not the least surprised by what I read in that Charisma magazine article, but I still find it incredible that so few of the so called “anointed preachers” speak out. My respect for the modern day, well known “popular Pastors”, “anointed ministers” and “book authors” has reached an all time low. I find it incredible that so many who love to talk about prophecy, the “antichrist,” Israel, and the end times, never utter a word against the false system of Roman Catholicism. As a former Roman Catholic I can tell you that the spirit behind the fascination with the Catholic Mass, Mary worship, idols, Rosary Beads, and unity under the Pope is definitely NOT the Holy Spirit, but it is totally demonic in origin. Do you think for one minute that the Devil is going to come along with little red horns sticking out of his head, to tell you that he is here to deceive you? No, the Devil uses real people with his false teachings to seduce people away from the Lord. That is why the Jewish apostle Paul spoke and warned the way that he did!
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall DEPART from the FAITH, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES of DEVILS; (1 Timothy 4:1)
For such are FALSE apostles, DECEITFUL workers, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for SATAN himself is TRANSFORMED into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also be TRANSFORMED as the ministers of righteousness; whose END shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
A Christian woman quoted part of that last passage to my wife Cathy, and the Lord used it to bring Cathy and myself, out of the demonic deception of Mary worship! I thank God that he saved our souls, and we both appreciate the blood of Jesus Christ more than ever. (Romans 5:6-9) I thank God that we have been born again of the Spirit of God, and set free from the hellish and demonic deception which is found in the church of Rome. (John 3:1-8)
The Jewish apostle Paul knew how to deal with deception when it came into the church at Galatia. Listen to what he told them:
Ye did run well; who did HINDER YOU that ye should not OBEY the TRUTH? This persuasion cometh NOT of him that calleth you. A LITTLE leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Galatians 5:7-9)
Paul knew that it did not take much for a little leaven to permeate the entire lump. Take some leaven and knead it into the dough, and you will not even notice it, but it will do it’s job, and the whole batch of dough will be effected by the leaven, and cause it to rise! When the false teachers and their false teachings are ignored, and permitted to permeate a body of believers, the whole congregation will be effected by those demonic teachings. The false teachers are permitted to rise up, and persuade the people that there is nothing wrong, and many poor souls are deceived in the process. Paul was adamant and he wanted to know who got in there and persuaded the church at Galatia, that they should not obey the truth. Paul was dealing with the Judaizing Christians who had gotten inside the church at Galatia, and mixed their Jewish traditions with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul even rebuked Peter to his face because he was leading his own followers in the wrong direction with his hypocrisy. That should be a warning for the whole bunch of us folks. If Peter could be pulled away from the truth, what makes you think that you cannot be deceived? Think about it for a moment if you will. Peter was an eyewitness to tons of the most incredible miracles that Jesus Christ ever did. He saw the blind receive their sight. He saw the hearing restored to the deaf. He saw the Lord command a raging storm to stop. He saw tons of people delivered from demons. He saw the DEAD raised to LIFE again! He was one of three (Peter, James, and John) who were on the mountain top when the Lord was transfigured before their eyes. On that mountaintop he also saw Moses and Elijah talk to Jesus about his upcoming death at Jerusalem. Peter then denied the Lord and the Lord was crucified and rose again. Peter saw the risen Lord who forgave him and personally told him to feed his sheep. BUT then Peter was put in a position where the religious Jews came into town, and he had a decision to make. He did not want to offend them, so he pulled away from the Gentiles and marched toward the Judaizers. Paul saw what happened and the scriptures tell us this:
But when PETER was come to Antioch, I WITHSTOOD HIM to the face, because HE was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he WITHDREW and separated himself, FEARING THEM which were of the CIRCUMCISION (the Jews). And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation (Hypocrisy). But when I saw that they walked NOT uprightly according to the TRUTH of the GOSPEL, I said unto PETER before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. (Galatians 2:11-18)
I am surprised that the Roman Catholic church did not choose the apostle Paul to be their first Pope, because he was clearly walking UPRIGHTLY according to the TRUTH! Paul had to get in Peter’s face because he was being SEDUCED, by the Judaizers of his time, and he was taking a whole crowd down the WRONG road with him, because they respected Peter and they FOLLOWED him! How many will there be in the CROWD, which follow after the example of Pastor Ulf Ekman, and the multitude of others who have bent their knee toward Rome? Who knows how far the modern day church is going to go before this whole thing wraps up? How LONG before the TRUE God fearing modern day Pastors, preachers and ministers speak up and say ENOUGH is ENOUGH?
Mouths that used to speak out boldly against the CHURCH OF ROME have been quieted by the times. It no longer is in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now PROTESTANTS unwittingly believe that “OUR DIFFERENCES ARE NOT SO GREAT”. Ah, that is just what SHE needs us to think!
I’ve never completely understood why God led me to write these articles. But it becomes more clear with each day of study, and each page of research. NEVER has something so black and WICKED, gotten away with appearing so holy and MYSTERIOUSLY beautiful . . . for so long! (KEITH GREEN-The Catholic Chronicles)