Chapter 8: Towards unity

The coming together of world religions? Seems pretty harmless, right? That’s why it’s so dangerous.

In Chapter 1, we discussed how momentum was building towards this agenda worldwide.

I hope you’ll have seen why it is so dangerous for true Christians to accept solidarity or sign declarations of unity with what the Bible tells us are false religions, or even those who claim to be Christian, but who follow a false gospel.

In this chapter, I want to look at some of the evidence to prove that this agenda does indeed exist, and that it’s gathering momentum.

The clamour to coexist
In theory, being nicer to each other and seeking to end the hostility between religions is a noble cause, but then the only ones killing each other are extremists or elite leaders and rulers who have abused their positions to grow power in the false name of religion.

You certainly won’t find true Christians killing members of other religions or hating them, so the need to sign documents seems unnecessary.

Even so, it’s happening.

Perhaps the most obvious breakthrough in this move towards unity came in 1986 at Assisi, Italy, where Pope John Paul II invited 150 leaders from 12 religions to join him for joint prayer (interestingly towards the east).

Since then, unified prayer events have been held on several occasions.

While this might seem like a good idea to religious leaders, allowing leaders of false religions to raise prayers to their false gods alongside prayer to the one true god is an abomination to Yahweh.

It effectively says ‘we are all the same’. It effectively says ‘we can’t say who’s right, so let’s all just let each other get on with it. Actually, let’s learn from one anothers’ traditions’.

This is clearly wrong Biblically. Love and understanding isn’t wrong, reaching out isn’t wrong, but allowing people to continue in error when it leads to destruction is hardly love, even if it looks like it.

Since taking up the Papacy in 2013 it’s hardly surprising that Pope Francis would take this concept and run with it, because he is the first Jesuit Pope.

The role of the Jesuits when they were established in the 1500s was to counter the reformation and to bring people back to the Mother Church by whatever means necessary, including stealth and infiltration of the enemy.

As this film trailer shows, Pope Francis is modelling himself as the global face of unity, love and togetherness in sharp contrast to leaders such as Donald Trump.

What’s slightly troubling is firstly that, despite his reputation for social justice, Pope Francis’s reign as pope was initially clouded by accusations regarding his actions during Argentina’s dirty war. See this BBC article for details.

Even so, Pope Francis is now considered a humble and compassionate pope, driving the world towards unity.

This includes lending his face to initiatives such as the Elijah Foundation, which tellingly use a rainbow on their main website.

This video from Elijah Interfaith shows religious leaders, including the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Buddhists, Jews and Muslims, calling for unity. One even says we are ‘all climbing different sides of the same mountain’.

The Elijah Foundation is interesting because its primary goal is to establish a joint prayer centre called the Center of Hope in God’s holy city, Jerusalem, where different religions will worship side by side.

Inter-faith prayer is an idea that’s growing in popularity. You may have noticed the trend for united prayer events following major tragedies such as the New York and UK terrorist attacks in 2017.

America’s Episcopal Church (part of the Anglican family of churches) is also keen on this inter-faith concept.

At Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (apart from holding a Beyonce Mass complete with a ‘Our Mother’ version of the Lord’s Prayer) they also have a chapel called the AIDS Inter-faith Chapel, which features symbols from several religions on its pillars.

Elsewhere, in St Andrews, Scotland, in 2017, an event was held where leaders from different religions, including representatives from the Catholic, Methodist and Anglican churches, signed the Declaration of Shared Humanity and indulged in shared prayer and rituals. Click this link to view the 10-point declaration, which includes the statement: ‘We share a common path towards the Absolute’.

A summit held in South Korea in 2014 and attended by former world leaders and representatives from all the top world religions included a lavish opening ceremony where the idea of uniting behind ‘the supreme being’ was promoted.

For highlights of the appropriately named WARP Summit, view this video.

In the following days, religious leaders signed up to a document pledging unity. View from around 4.20 to hear the pledges they signed up to.

In 2017, the Azusa Now stadium event in the Los Angeles Colosseum (perhaps not the most fitting name for a venue hosting Christians), saw the likes of Bethel’s Bill Johnson and The Call’s Lou Engle mix Christian worship with Native American chanting.

At the same event, as well as asking God to rain down fire from heaven, Engle kissed the feet of Catholic priests asking for forgiveness, announcing we are ‘of the same spirit’, destined to be ‘one church’.

Now, of course, this was all done in the name of peace and harmony. There was an excuse for it, cloaked in love, but we have to ask what God thinks about it.

Love, yes of course, I love Native Americans, Catholic people and everyone come to that, I live with them in harmony and I’d acknowledge that people of my nation and colour have committed awful crimes against them, but I can’t endorse pagan beliefs or say that, in terms of faith and salvation, we are all the same.

That might seem loving, but I think it is more loving to admit that is a lie and tell them about salvation through Jesus Christ.

None the less, the appetite for Christian unity in error abounds…

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