Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division. (Luke 12:51)
Today, we face a very large ecumenical outlook in the modern church, we see Catholics, Mormons, Protestants, and Evangelicals holding councils for unity and brotherhood. We have bishops and “popes” telling us to set aside our differences and join together. We have interfaith meetings in the U.N. but now this same attitude is in the modern churches. We have some church goers telling us all religions are true, we even had a pope tell us Christians and Muslims worship the same god. A blasphemous statement against the God of heaven, the God of Scripture.
Should all denominations and sects join together for unity? I think not. Should all religions join together? No.
And we will see from the Scriptures the truth about truth, and how it divides.
Luke 12:51-57 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
Before anything else is said about interfaith, I would like to make two things clear,
1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message for anyone to receive.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
2. The Gospel excludes all other beliefs as error.
1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)
Any Christian who tells you “all religions are true” has not studied the Scriptures.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
One mediator excludes Mohammed, Buddah, Krishna, Shiva, Mary, or any other person or ‘god’ from mediating between God and men. The Lord Jesus Christ does that.
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Wide is the gate that leadeth to destruction. Does that sound like an inclusive, tolerant, statement? No.
Jesus was clear HE is the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE. Do not be deceived by any church or organization, that tells you there are many ways to God. Narrow is the way that leadeth to life.
The Scriptures are clear on being separate from the world, and separate from errors in religious doctrine.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-17) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 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.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Should the churches compromise truth to be more pleasant to the world? Nay, it is written!
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 9:33)
Paul said if he preached circumcision the offence of the cross is ceased. (Galatians 5:11).
If the message does not offend the lost world, the church needs to check it.