For quite some time now I have been really, even extremely bothered by the current and increasing movements within the church community to "be accepting" of or "tolerant towards" other religions! There is something wrong with that ... but what?
Some denominations and fellowships along with some very influential celebrity church community leaders are going so far as to have entire services (that should be to worship Jesus) spent on explaining the "beneficial" aspects of other religions and what is our common ground with them and why we should unite with them in order to live peacefully and cooperatively with each other!
There is something really wrong with this ... but what?
Some would say that I am being closed minded and bigoted towards other religions just because they don't believe "exactly the way we do"! Some would challenge me with "who is to say that one religion is more right than any other?" But these are really false arguments by which church people have been deceived into accepting and even coming into agreement with this thinking themselves!
In fact, even those arguments that agree (with the fact that other religions are wrong) are off target in that they don't tell the complete problem.
Some would say it is that other religions don't believe in Jesus, or that Jesus is not what they believe to be the ONLY source of salvation. Others would say that other religions are based on works of some kind while yet others would say that other religions don't believe in the need for salvation at all.
Ok, these are valid statements but not the answer to what is wrong with other religions and as long as saints are stuck on these types of responses the arguments FOR accepting/tolerating other religions will continue to prevail!
By the way, we are not discussing different denominations of the Christian faith here but Religions found in the world.
So what IS wrong with other religions? What is wrong is that they are FALSE religions and the force behind all false religions is SATAN!
Ready for the answer? Part of the problem is that Christians began shying away from the answer and settling for some watered down argument like “they don’t follow Jesus” without stating who the false religions do follow!
What is wrong with other religions is that they are manufactured by SATAN in order to steal for himself the worship and service that belongs only to God Almighty!
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart ...
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:12-14
Satan's great, driving desire is to be seen and treated as though he were actually god!
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 1 Corinthians 10:20
- - Again, satan is the manufacturer of false religions!
So this brings us to the issue of "getting along" with other religions or accepting other religions as "legitimate": First of all, how can something be legitimate if it is FALSE?
Could it be that the faith of multitudes of American Christians has become so diluted that they can no longer bring themselves to agree with what God Himself says about other religions? Have multitudes of Christians become so spiritually compromised that they are afraid to speak the truth?
What else does God say about accepting false religions into our lives?
*** Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Let's go back to 1 Corinthians 10 for a moment, in verse 21 ...
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
Here is what seems to be happening:
***The devil pours out false religion and the world - and deceivers in the churches - insist that we drink!
***The devil prepares a table alongside our faith in Christ, and the world - and deceivers in the churches - insist that we receive the food!
All the while doing all they can to convince us that what is being set before us is equal to what God has established as testified to by Christ Jesus our Lord! AND WE BEGAN TO STOP CHALLENGING WHAT IS HAPPENING!
IT IS TIME to begin anew to declare what God's Word says and state the facts - - we cannot accept what false religions teach because false religions are orchestrated and directed by satan - - the enemy of God and of God's people AND OF THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE!
Now I am not advocating that we treat the followers of false religions with hateful actions ... on the contrary we need to muster up the power of God's love and tell them the truth - in love - that they are in eternal danger and tell them the truth about their false religion!
And then, share the Gospel of Truth, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!