Syncretism and Interfaithism

We live in a post-religious era in which all boundaries are being set aside. Embracing a mixture of religious views and philosophies (syncretism) is regarded as being contempo. For example, to solve declining congregation numbers, the Church of England has been training its clergy to create a “pagan church” where Christianity will be “very much in the centre.”
A spokesperson, Rev Steve Hollinghurst, says in The Telegraph that “Christianity ought to be relevant to all people” because “for many it seems to be a tired, old religion, a relic of a passing age.”

There is also Chrislam, a mixture of apostate Christianity and Islam. Notable Christian author, Rick Warren, spoke favourably at the 2009 Islamic Society of North America upholding this fraudulent mix. In the Yale Covenant document signed by 138 Muslim scholars and clerics, Chrislam claims claims Christianity and Islam share “core common ground” and both should “ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One.” A variant of Chrislam also exists in Nigeria, called Ifeoluwa Mission.

Some Christians reason that interfaithism – worshipping and praying together with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or Eckists to “the common God of humanity” – is a noble idea. But the question is, are all religions worshipping the same God? Granted, each religion claims to offer revelations of the true God or gods, yet in their basic concepts of deity, there are wide differences that no syncretism or interfaith can solve.

Hinduism for instance, believes in a multitude of gods and is pantheist in its view. By contrast, Islam denounces polytheism and claims Allah is the only true God. Buddhism on the other hand is basically atheistic in its view. How can these religions lead to the same God? Let’s say, you newly joined the staff of a company and you haven’t met the boss yet. A colleague tells you that the boss is a tall, dark dude, another says that he is a short Latino man. Then you hear from another colleague that he is an European guy with blue eyes. You are told by another person again that the boss is a pregnant woman. Can their claims all be true? No. In the same vein, all religions – with conflicting beliefs and teachings – do not lead to God. Consequently, to suggest that all religions are true is an affront to each religion.

In the Bible, God makes it clear: “[B]efore Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me” (Is. 43:11). God denounces the gods of other religions, including Allah, as impostors who actually represent Satan or his demons. “ALL the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens” (1Chr. 16:26) “They [pagans] sacrificed unto devils not unto God…” (Deut. 32:17).

Its often said that interfaithism will help unite all people and bring “world peace.” This line of argument except at the surface, is a deception. The word “unity” has been so misused nowadays that it has almost lost its real meaning.
Yes, the Bible teaches unity, but its specifically the “unity of the Spirit” found in Christ and based on God’s Word. This is the unity of all True Believers. There is only “one Spirit…one Lord, one faith” (Eph. 4:3-5). The Spirit of Truth does not wed truth to error. Therefore, truth must always take priority over unity. And there can only be one truth.

On June 8, 2014, the Vatican held an interfaith service where Catholic priests, Jewish rabbi and a Muslim imam came together to “pray for world peace.” However, the imam went beyond his script and recited Sura 2:284-286 in his prayer – a part which calls for Allah to grant Muslims victory over the infidels (“non-Muslims”). His prayers were in Arabic so most of his non-Muslim audience had no idea of what he said. That part was later edited out of the released video when this was discovered. Why this detour if that was a gathering united by truth? And did that meeting bring world peace?

God says “if My people are called by My name…pray and seek My face” He will hear from heaven “and heal their land” (2Chr. 7:14). This call was specifically to God’s people called by His name. It wasn’t a call to those who worship Baal, Ashtoreth or Allah. In interfaith services where everyone prays, who exactly is being prayed to? Hinduism’s Brahma? The Buddha? Orunmila? Or “the Force” of New Agers?
God didn’t send Moses and the nation of Israel to unite with the pagans of Canaan. The Lord Jesus didnt unite the different sects of Judaism, neither did the apostles hold interfaith meetings with the pagans of Greece and Rome.

“What agreement is between the temple of God and idols?…Therefore come out of them and be ye separate” (2Cor. 6:15-17). While traditions of men in the church become “relics of a passing age,” the Gospel is ever relevant “for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes” (Rom. 1:16). There is no compromise or middle ground on the Gospel truth. Syncretism and interfaithism are tools of the Antichrist to create a one world religion.

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