07 April 2010

Interfaith Movement Gains New Strength

Have you heard? We're rapidly moving toward the prophesied One-World Religion of Revelation. I'm not just talking about Tony Blair and Rick Warren. Religious leaders worldwide are becoming more eager to engage in "interfaith dialogue." I imagine the initial impetus of this movement stems from the fact that all faiths except true Christianity are works-based, and so these various religions believe that bringing about global religious "peace" will help bring them one step closer to their version of God. This week the Washington Times ran a 3-part series about this interfaith movement. Some interesting excerpts follow:
Interfaith Movement Gains New Strength
In a world in which sectarian divisions fuel some of the most violent and dangerous confrontations, the interfaith movement — once thought as irrelevant — has emerged as a force in American religion like never before.
It involves unlikely alliances, such as when one of the most conservative Christian pro-life groups staged a news conference on Capitol Hill in September applauding a Muslim prayer service on the Mall.
It involves unlikely allies, such as leading Christian "emergent" leader Brian McLaren, who was roundly criticized during Ramadan last year when he fasted the entire month out of solidarity with Muslims.
It involves unlikely support, such as that offered by the Obama White House, which has identified interfaith work as a public policy goal.
It benefits from some unlikely backing. Some of the biggest movers and shakers in the interfaith movement are governments in Muslim states: Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan.
Read the rest of this article here.
 United States Offers Europe Interfaith Model
"It's so good to see my friends on both sides of the religious aisle, if you will," he said. "The real world changers and leaders are in this room. You have influence over the hearts, minds and spiritual direction of most of the people on this earth." 
But many religious scholars say a seminal event in the U.S. interfaith experience was the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
The best-remembered incident from the gathering was a speech given by [Swami Vivekananda]. He identified Judaism, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism as the world's oldest religions before giving a summary of his faith and congratulating the Americans for the conference.
He said, "May He who is the Brahman of the Hindus, the Ahura-Mazda of the Zoroastrians, the Buddha of the Buddhists, the Jehovah of the Jews, the Father in Heaven of the Christians give strength to you to carry out your noble idea."
Read the rest of this article here.
Bridging Religions: 'Challenge of the 21st Century"
 "The challenge of the 21st century," he [Rabbi Marc Schneier] said in an interview, "is to narrow the chasm between Judaism and Islam."
What's in this for the Saudis?
"The future of Islam," the rabbi responded. "They have this internal struggle between moderates and radicals. I believe the moderates will win out, but we've got to help them take back their religion from the cadre of extremists who've hijacked it."
But what if the Saudis have the ulterior goal of converting the world to their religion?
"I'm not questioning their motives," the rabbi said. "I am focused on the ultimate result." Jews and Muslims are likewise invested in the need for world peace, he added, saying that "not only do we share a common faith, but a common fate."
"So many people focus on what's going on with [megachurch pastor] Rick Warren or organizations like Focus on the Family, while this whole other thing is going on under the radar," he said. "It is absolutely fascinating. It's happening all over. It really is a movement."
Read the rest of this article here.
The emphasis in those final two quotes is mine. I find it difficult to grasp the concept that Muslims and Jews share a common faith but then, neither acknowledges or worships Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. So the comment that they share a "common fate" is true. If neither group turns in faith and repentance to Jesus Christ then both will share the eternal fate of damnation in the Lake of Fire.

As for the very final quote, "...this whole other thing is going on under the radar [.] It is absolutely fascinating. It's happening all over. It really is a movement." Nothing could be more true. This push for a global religion is everywhere--both outside and inside the churches. Sadly, most Christians are unaware of this "dialogue" that is occurring. Or, if they are aware, they have been duped into believing that it is the equivalent of Christian outreach and Gospel proclamation. But the "Christians" who are involved in the interfaith movement are not Christians by God's standard. If they were, they could never compromise the true Gospel of Jesus Christ in favor of a shallow, worldly definition of peace. So wake up, be aware of what is happening outside of your own personal world. This is one more sign that Jesus Christ is returning SOON for His church. What are you doing with your remaining time on this earth? Are you sharing and proclaiming the Gospel? Or are you worried about your weekend plans? Christian, it's time to WAKE UP and LOOK UP lest we be found asleep when our Lord comes for us.

Maranatha!

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