The Interfaith Movement
Interfaith (def): Of, relating to, or involving persons of different religious faiths.
I am always amazed/dismayed by the number of Christians who affirm interfaithism. What does the bible say about yoking ourselves with other religions (Baal worship & idolatry) and therefore mixing with unbelievers/idolaters in the name of the common good? We need look no further than the first three commandments of the Holy Bible.
1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
— Exodus 20:2-17, NKJV
Is the argument of sharing the gospel behind enemy lines, so to speak, a good one? Is it even believable that Christians are sharing tracts and the Gospel of Jesus Christ at interfaith community programs and services or are most Christians who support interfaithism more likely to subscribe to the adage of mutual respect and finding shared common ground, (eg…everyone believes in their idea of God, supreme being, spirit, universal love, etc…) .
Paul gives us exceptional clarity in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17:
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”
That verse leaves absolutely no doubt what God thinks. But here is the only real world, practical test we need to apply to the question of interfaithism: Is Christ the center of the interfaith movement? If not, that tells us all we need to know about whether it is something to embrace and support or something to warn against.
As much as I am concerned about the growth in popularity and advocacy among Christians towards the interfaith movement, I am also just as concerned by a distinct lack of an intrafaith movement, that is a coming together in unity among true believers. In fact, I see an increasing general disunity, separation, and even hostility among thousands of Christian denominations with differing views and interpretations of various biblical topics, most of which have nothing to do with the Gospel of Christ. When the true brethren are calling each other heretics, while schmoozing with witches, Hindus, Islamists, and humanists, that’s a big problem.
One of the first causes for the disunity may be that denominational entities and organizations are simply not scripturally sound. Where is it in the bible that groups of Christian men ought to form a separate, distinct organized system of beliefs that are corporatized as 501 (c) 3’s when they run against other Christian men who interpret certain verses differently from them? The consequence has resulted in thousands upon thousands of little man-made fifedoms that now form the umbrella of Christianity. According to this website, “world Christianity consists of 6 major ecclesiastico-cultural blocs, divided into 300 major ecclesiastical traditions, composed of over 33,000 distinct denominations in 238 countries, these denominations themselves being composed of over 3,400,000 worship centers, churches or congregations.’ (Barrett et al, volume 1, page 16, Table 1-5, emphasis added)”
“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” –Mark 3:25
Satan continues to win the cultural war, successfully dividing this nation on almost every demographic, value, and core belief that once strengthened and held us together as One Nation Under God. But even as we Christians pray against and bemoan the chaos within our country, the organized corporate church system, made up of bonafide true believers in Christ, continues to be blinded by her own disunity, dysfunction, and disregard.
The answer is NOT to yoke ourselves with Baal by participating in the interfaith lovefest. Instead, the Christian faithful ought to begin a grassroots intrafaith movement in communities as a possible first step in strengthening, and healing the church, with denominational interests playing a secondary role — if even that.
Note: It’s nearly impossible to find community Christian outreach programs and services that are not yoked to either interfaithism or denominationalism.
Intrafaithism is desperately needed for the sake of the one true church — a humble assembly of men, women and families who have faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and who worship the Creator of the heavens and this earth, the Father, the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.