The Protestant Horse
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts?” There is an ancient tale that nonetheless conveys a critical truth. It is known as The Trojan Horse tale, which is often told in connection with The Trojan War. The authenticity of this tale is highly doubtful. However, as told by the ancient Greek poet Virgil in Aeneid, Bk II, the Trojan horse was used by the Greeks to secretly enter the city of Troy and conquer it. Supposedly, the Greeks constructed a huge hollow wooden horse in order to gain entrance into the city of Troy during the Trojan War.
- “The Greeks, pretending to desert the war, sailed to the nearby island of Tenedos, leaving behind Sinon, who persuaded the Trojans that the horse was an offering to Athena (goddess of war) that would make Troy impregnable. Despite the warnings of Laocoön and Cassandra, the horse was taken inside the city gates. That night Greek warriors emerged from it and opened the gates to let in the returned Greek army.” (1)
Although the story cannot be proven as authentic, the moral of the story is biblical. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” –Proverbs 27:6. The Protestants of America are falling for a scenario similar to that of the inhabitants of Troy. There are subtle moves being made by “friendly” anti-protestants to break down the barriers of religious liberty that Protestants have erected in the constitution of the United States. And the Trojan horse used by these opponents of freedom can be called The Protestant Horse.
Recently, religious leaders from all over the world gathered together in Kansas City, MO for an event called Kairos 2017. This gathering was organized by United in Christ, a non-profit organization that promotes and fosters Christian reconciliation and unity in an ecumenical form. The organization was founded in 1995 in the United States by an Italian Catholic named Professor Matteo Calisi (pictured left). You may have never heard of him, but Matteo is also President and Founder of the Community of Jesus, an international association, which is devoted to worship, evangelization and Christian reconciliation. Of interest to us is Matteo’s roots and branches within Roman Catholic institutions. The official United in Christ website says the following concerning Matteo:
- “From 2002 to 2013 he served as President of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (CFCCCF). In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as a Member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He has personally met Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on many occasions. … [He] has participated in and contributed to various international dialogues with Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Orthodox, and Messianic Jews.” (2)
This may not alarm you, but if you understand history and Bible prophecy it should raise red flags. It was once said by President George Washington’s general, Lafayette, that, “If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hand of the Roman Catholic cult’s clergy.” -Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the “Church” of Rome, p. 483. Friends, the Bible is clear that, before the return of Jesus, there will be a uniting of the professed Christians of Protestant America with those of Catholicism to form a world-wide Church (movement) that will promote and even legislate a specific form of worship. How can such an event take place in America? Does not our constitution guarantee the freedom of religion and liberty of conscience? The Bible says, “And he [Protestant America] had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” –Revelation 13:15. Dear reader, this prophecy will be fulfilled in verity, and the movements of United in Christ, along with various other Christian associations, are nearing us to this catastrophic event! The Protestant horse, for America, are Catholic organizations such as United in Christ that subtly enters into Protestantism and helps to destroy its constitutional principles.
In order to pass out The Great Controversy books and to better understand how these Christians are seeking unity within all denominations, The Counsel of Prophecy attended a few of their meetings at the recent Kairos 2017 event. Space will not allow for me to fully express the impact this event had on me as I listened to their words and appeals for unity. In an attempt to gather more information, I attempted to interview Professor Matteo. But because English is not his mother tongue, I was unable to get much from him; his interpreter was not around when we spoke. I was, however, able to interview several other figures, one of which was Lou Engle (pictured left), who is a revivalist, visionary, and co-founder of TheCall, Inc. Mr. Lou represents a large body of evangelicals who are working for unity among Christians of all denominations. He and Professor Matteo are close friends. The picture below shows Lou Engle kneeling to kiss the shoes of Professor Matteo as an act of reconciliation with Catholics.
In my interview with Lou, I asked him about his thoughts concerning the doctrinal differences among Christians and how there can be unity with such differences. Mr. Lou stated in the interview: “We are not finding one another on the basis of biblical [differences]. The foundation of Jesus Christ, the son of God, savior of the world, being born again, being filled with the Holy Spirit, preach[ing] the gospel, these things [are] our centerpiece. … We’re not going to find one another on doctrine, we’re going to find one another around Jesus.” I also asked him if he thought that Christians would ever have to influence the powers of the state to assist in bringing unity to pass. He said, “The Lord instituted governments. … The fact is we’ve withdrawn from government, unbiblically. The fact is with the righteous in government, the nation prospers. So I believe that God raises up Daniels into high places to influence government to release decrees that bring forth justice. … I do believe that the church is called to be involved in the political realm for the healing of nations, but the government’s job is different for the church’s job.” -Interview with Lou Engle, October 26, 2017. This reminds me of a prophecy made by Sister White in 1888:
- “The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed—however important they might be from a Bible standpoint—must necessarily be waived. … And what do we see just ahead?—Another general council! A world’s convention! Evangelical alliance, and universal creed!” When this shall be gained, then, in the effort to secure complete uniformity, it will be only a step to the resort to force. When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.” -Ellen White, The Great Controversy, pp. 444, 445.
In the public message that Mr. Lou gave at the Kairos 2017 event he stated the following:
- “I think one of the great things that the churches need to know [is] the moment in which it lives so that it can act in the moment in which it lives. When Daniel understood those times, he set his face to fasting and prayer to shift us into a new era. This very gathering [Kairos 2017] is a trumpet sound of the shifting into a new era. We can’t just see it as a cool conference; something must come forth from this that shifts us into a new day. In fact, what is going on in America demands that we understand the moment.” -Message given by Lou Engle in Kansas City, MO, October 25, 2017.
Dear reader, do you understand the moment? Can you discern the signs of the times? In light of such startling revelations concerning Satan’s attack on religious liberty, God’s people must be awake and active like never before. Paul said, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” –2 Timothy 2:4. Are you a soldier for Christ? Do you entangle yourself with the common affairs of this life? In the story of the Trojan horse, it was because of their unwillingness to heed the warnings of Laocoön and Cassandra that the inhabitants of Troy were deceived by the enemy army and conquered. So it is with professed Protestants. Because of their refusal to heed the warnings of the three angels’ messages, they are left without the protection of God. Darkness has covered their eyes so that evil is seen as good, and good is called evil, and this will only worsen as time progresses. But for us who profess to know and believe the present truth, we must be watching and praying all the more earnestly. It will only be by a diligent search of the scriptures, and a firm adherence to them, that we will escape the delusions of the Protestant horse.