I am baffled by the backward nature of evangelical and charismatic denominations in Norway. In 2006 even the Pentecostal Movement joined the Christian Council of Norway (NKR), which does not state that the Bible has authority, and which does not state that Jesus Christ is the only way to God! Before the pentecostals, even Oslo Kristne Senter, Karisma Senter and other charismatic ministries had joined!
They all said that it is for Christian unity in Norway…. They all said that it was to break isolation and give new opportunities for the gospel….
But “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9. 1Corinthians 5:6).
Let me underscore again that I seek spiritual fellowship with all Christians, even liberal and catholic Christians. But I will not make formal spiritual ties with non-evangelical, non-biblical movements. That is a significant distinction.
For several years, the Christian Council of Norway (NKR) has made anti-Israel statements, in line with the liberal Church Aid of Norway (Kirkens Nødhjelp). During pastor Torsten Mentzoni´s tenure as a board member of NKR, this trend was actually halted, but now he isn´t there any more.
A dear Norwegian brother said to me yesterday that he could be positive to NKR and WCC if the Norwegian board chairman, who is a catholic nun, speaks in tongues, because there is a massive Holy Spirit baptism movement within the roman church today. Naturally, I had to reject that. The catholic-charismatic movement is given by God, but to use that to legitimize formal ties with the roman church or liberal christianity, would be to let it leaven the whole lump.
When the Pentecostal Movement debated the proposed membership in NKR in 2006, I stood up as an almost lonely voice, and a lot of the pastors supported me in this. However, the leadership of the movement were adamant that they wanted to join NKR, regardless!
I remember that I asked a question in a general session about the NKR affiliation with the World Council of Churches (WCC), which of course is a driving force behind anti-evangelical positions, historically and worldwide. The representantive of the NKR answered by telling something “non-truthful”: He said that NKR is not affiliated with WCC! Here is the WCC webpage that states the exact opposite: Member Churches of WCC.
But is there a good alternative to the NKR?
I have actually had meetings with key leaders of lutheran evangelical organizations and of charismatic movements who see the need for a truly evangelical, trans-denominational fellowship in Norway. It will come! Don´t worry and don´t be short-sighted!
Internationally, the World Council of Churches (WCC) does not have support from evangelical, pentecostal and charismatic leaders and movements. The only exceptions to this would be in theoretically inclined academic circles, such as the Society of Pentecostal Studies (SPS) which I was a member of for several years.
Please check the websites of great evangelical movements, and you will find that they all reject WCC & Co, and instead seek fellowship with Bible-believing and Jesus-centered movements and associations:
Enoch Adeboye and the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Eddie Villanueva and the Jesus Is Lord Church, Bill Hybels and the Willow Creek Association, Rick Warren and the Saddleback movement, the Assemblies of God worldwide, Jack Hayford and the Foursquare movement, the Southern Baptist Convention, Youth With A Mission, Operation Mobilization, Campus Crusade…. The list goes on and on.
Let´s rise up in Europe and bring true Biblical values and Jesus focus into our continent!