The second aspect of my note is about the Roman Catholic position in ecumenical matters. Here again most evangelicals must be either blind or ignorant of Rome's way of doing things. Rome has never changed one iota of the articles of the Council of Trent. Her attitude has always been one of waiting and persuading all to return to the "One True Church". While everyone else it seems is only too willing to compromise in the ecumenical cause, Rome has steadfastly given nothing away. It never ceases to amaze me, that so many think Rome is somehow different since Vatican 2. This is the cleverness of the Roman system. She lulls everyone into a sense of false security before swallowing them up. Just look at how many of our institutional churches and others are making overtures to Rome, and you begin to see how successful Rome has been. She lulls everyone into thinking she is sharing, when all the time she is taking over. This is why Alpha is a ready tool for Rome to exploit. While everyone is enjoying a meal and warm company, totally unaware of what is really going on under their very noses.
A futher point to notice since the Songs of Praise program devoted to Alpha, is the dishonesty of the propaganda. Did any of you notice how Alpha's history was glossed over in half a sentence; and how Nicky Gumbel was strangely absent in voice. You have to admit the propagandists have done a very skillful piece of work, but then this is precisely what you would expect from something that will be a major factor in the World Church scene.
(see below) > http://www.feasite.org/concerns_with_alpha_course
A 15-session course designed to introduce the Christian faith to unbelievers and new believers in a relaxed, informal and conversational setting is continuing to grow in popularity in churches throughout the world. Called the Alpha Course, this program originated at the Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in England, and was developed by HTB pastor Nicky Gumbel for use by churches in addition to his own. Over eight million people worldwide have participated in the Alpha Course at various churches since its inception in 1992, and millions more are being exposed to the Alpha Course through satellite television via the GOD Channel, a media outlet that reaches most of the world. According to the Winter 2006 issue of Alpha News, 127 denominations worldwide currently host Alpha courses. Here in the United States, the Alpha Course’s rising popularity among evangelical churches is being fueled by endorsements from some of the leading evangelicals in America—including megachurch pastors Bill Hybels and Rick Warren.
Alpha is an acronym which explains the purpose and goal of the course. An informational booklet describes the Alpha Course as follows:
Anyone interested in ﬁnding out more about the Christian faith is welcome on the course.
Learning and laughter. It is possible to learn about the Christian faith and have fun at the same time.
Pasta and pie. Eating a meal together gives people an opportunity to get to know each other.
Helping one another. The small groups give you a chance to discuss issues raised in the talks.
Ask anything. Alpha is a place where no question is regarded as too simple or too hostile.
Typically, individuals desiring to learn about Christianity meet for several hours a week for ten weeks at a location (usually a local church) designated by a host church. Promotional materials for Alpha state:
"Alpha courses are held during the day or the evening. Each session starts with a light meal followed by a talk on a subject central to the Christian faith. Participants then discuss what they think and feel about the talk in pre-arranged small groups. Trained lay people from the church host each group, to provide welcome and gentle facilitation of the discussion. No question is treated as too simple or too hostile. In such a setting, participants experience Christian love and fellowship as they explore their own beliefs."
Topics for discussion, according to the introductory brochure, include (among others): “Christianity: Boring, Untrue and Irrelevant?”; “Who is Jesus?”; “How can I be sure of my faith?”; “Why and how should I read the Bible?”; “How can I be ﬁlled with the Holy Spirit?”; “Why and how should I pray?”; “Does God heal today?”; “What about the church?”
The introductory brochure describes Alpha as a course “for everyone in every kind of church.” It states, “Alpha is being run by churches of every different denomination, including Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Free Church and House Churches. Wherever the course is being held, all churches provide the same material, making alterations only to suit local culture.” The variety of Christian leaders who endorse Alpha, including many American Evangelicals, attests to its interdenominational emphasis. Note the names and comments of several endorsers: