“One Church,” Many Expressions
“The Religion of the Future”
The Portugal News reported the following on the annual interfaith congress “The Future of God,” which was inspired by the Vatican and U.N. and held in Fátima during October 2003. Clearly, the religion of the future is no longer “future,” even in today’s “Christianity”:
“One of the principle speakers, the Jesuit theologian Father Jacques Dupuis, was insistent that the religions of the world must unite. ‘The religion of the future will be a general converging of religions in a universal Christ that will satisfy all,’ he said.
“The Belgium-born theologian argued: ‘The other religious traditions in the world are part of God’s plan for humanity, and the Holy Spirit is operating and present in Buddhist, Hindu, and other sacred writings of Christian and non-Christian faiths as well.’ In an impassioned plea he said: ‘The universality of God’s kingdom permits this, and this is nothing more than a diversified form of sharing in the same mystery of salvation. In the end, it is hoped that the Christian will become a better Christian and each Hindu a better Hindu.’
“An official statement put out by the Congress called for a non-proselytising approach by all religions. ‘What is needed is that each religion be true to its faith integrally and treat each religion on the same footing of equality with no inferior or superiority complexes.’ It emphasized that the secret to peace amongst all religions is admitting that contradictions exist between creeds but to concentrate on what unites them, as opposed to what separates them.” (Emphasis added)1
All religions are being gathered into the emerging universal religion: “One Truth” and “one God,” yet many theologies and paths—“One Church,” yet many expressions. It is no coincidence that the religious harlot of Satan’s counterfeit kingdom has “MYSTERY” written on her forehead (see Revelation 17:5).
It is this counterfeit kingdom and its universal “Christ” that accept people regardless of what religion (faith) they are in. The Lord Jesus Christ only accepts those on His narrow way.
The Body of Christ Transcends the Borders of
the Faith of Christianity?
“A church family identifies you as a genuine believer. I can’t claim to be following Christ if I’m not committed to any specific group of disciples.” (PDL; p. 133; emphasis added)
“I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.” —Rick Warren (Emphasis added)2
The “whole new way of thinking” in today’s Christianity lines up more with “the religion of the future” than with the Word of God. In this new Paradigm, the “genuine” believers who are following Christ are those who commit to a local church, and, obviously, the specific “church family” one commits to does not even need to be of the Christian faith!
Believing in either a universal “Christ” or a “relationship with God” that transcends religious (theological/doctrinal) barriers is the teaching of the emerging counterfeit kingdom, not the Kingdom of God. To claim that there are followers or believers of the Lord Jesus Christ in other religions (faiths) is to attempt to unite the religions and darkness of the broad way with the Lord and light of the narrow way. This preference to strive for both/and rather than either/or is found in the (New Age) New Spirituality, as pointed out by one of Satan’s minions:
“That is a sign of maturity, and most human beings … begin to see that they do not live in a black-and-white world, that there are multiple shades of gray, and that standing firm in an ‘either/or’ position rarely serves anyone—least of all, Life.
“You do not live in an ‘either/or’ reality. The reality is ‘both/and.’…
“This will be one of the dramatic shifts to occur in the future, for your religions will adopt this larger understanding in the days of the New Spirituality.” —Neale Donald Walsch’s “God” (Bold added)3
They are indeed. Given its own adoption of this “larger understanding,” how long until today’s Christianity blatantly verbalizes inclusion of the local churches, congregations, and “houses of worship” of other religions in “the Church” or “the Body of Christ”? Regardless of the religion, they have already been included along with “the church” as having the distribution needed to accomplish the P.E.A.C.E. Plan’s ministry in the world.
“PEACE is our plan to attack the world’s five biggest problems …
“There’s only one thing that is big enough to handle this: that is the global church.…
“In the PEACE plan, the P stands for partnering with other congregations. You have to start locally … There are a lot of places in the world where the only social structure is religion.” —Rick Warren (final ellipsis dots in the original; emphasis added)4
“I could take you today to a million villages that don’t have a school, … but they got a church. Or they got a synagogue. They got something. They got a house of worship.…
“Partner with congregations, partner with congregations. You start with them because they’re already there.… They’re in the village.” —Rick Warren (Emphasis added)5
“[C]hurches have two things the [sic] neither government nor business will ever have. Number one, we have universal distribution. There’s a church in every village of the world. I mean the church was global 200 years before anybody started thinking of globalization. I can take you to millions of places that don’t have anything but a church.” —Rick Warren (Emphasis added)6
“Partner with other houses of worship, Partner with churches …” —Rick Warren (Emphasis added)7
“‘You are part of the only group in the world capable of handling this task,’ he [Rick Warren] told them. ‘There’s only one organization big enough, and that’s the local church in all of its expressions in places all around the world.” —The Orange County Register, 11/6/05 (Emphasis added)8
“The local church is the Body of Christ, and is the best instrument to accomplish Christ’s ministry in the world.” —Rick & Kay Warren (Emphasis added)9
In the biography of Rick Warren, he and Richard Abanes engaged in a frivolous interview that contained repeated responses of noted “laughter” and a disregard for warnings being sounded, as well as a sidestepping of many main issues.
Abanes asked, “When you talk a lot about being ‘global’ and reaching out to the world, are you talking about any kind of spiritual globalism—a New Spirituality—wherein all religious divisions are removed?”
Rick Warren answered, “Not at all. It is simply a call for local churches to be the church in all of its expressions” (emphasis added).10
The lack of discernment regarding the (New Age) New Spirituality continues, as does the transformation of today’s Christianity.
Incidentally, this biography and its interview were published in 2005. Rick Warren knew that he intended for his P.E.A.C.E. Plan to include local churches of other religions (faiths) in villages around the world when he answered this question. In fact, Rick Warren had already admitted earlier in this same interview with Abanes:
“[My peace plan] is not globalism, it’s church-ism. The P.E.A.C.E. Plan is built on local churches—built on the idea that these problems are so big they cannot be solved by anybody except the church. That’s the P.E.A.C.E. Plan. Nothing else is big enough—no businesses, no education, no governments. The UN isn’t big enough. It is only the millions of local churches spread around the world [that are big enough]. You can go into any village without a clinic, or school, or store, or post office [around the world]—but they’ve got a church. And that church can become the center of the community if it is properly trained to do so.” (All brackets in the original; bold added)11
Then in his call “for local churches to be the church in all of its expressions,” Rick Warren went on to say:
“I believe the twenty-first century is the era of the local church. And it should be the goal of parachurches to support the churches, not vice versa, because Jesus said, ‘I will build my church.’” (Emphasis added)12
Richard Abanes then commented, “So there is, in your opinion, no way to be saved outside of a personal faith in the historic, orthodox Jesus of the Bible.”
To which Rick Warren replied, “Absolutely not. John 14:6. Very clear. I’m betting my life on John 14:6.”13
And yet Rick Warren has said:
“I have known many people who believe in the Messiah of Jesus, regardless of what religion they are, because they believe in him. It’s about a relationship, not a religion.” (Emphasis added)14
“I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.” (Emphasis added)15
Clearly, definitions have changed!
Regardless of his stand on John 14:6, the truth of this Scripture is being denied by his various interfaith actions, such as:
• his reaction of “great, God bless you, keep going,” to people who say they are “an active member of a local church – of any kind of religion – synagogue, mosque, whatever;”16
• his belief that growing communities “need new houses of worships, temples, and synagogues, and churches, and stuff like that;”17
• the various interfaith aspects of his P.E.A.C.E. Plan, including his call for “spiritual care” to be distributed by the “houses of worship” in “all the different religions;”
• his interfaith prayer with those of many religions (faiths) who are either praying to their own false god or seeking to approach God apart from the Lord Jesus Christ;
• his inclusion of other religions (faiths) as paths to a “relationship with God;”
• his belief that Christ can be followed “in other religions;” and so on and so forth.
Even if he affirms the fundamental doctrines for himself and his church, disaffirming their essentiality for every other person and church does not leave the message unchanged. This changes the message from one of absolutism to relativism. And relativism is replacing fundamentalism in today’s Christianity.
Fundamentalism: An Enemy of the Universal Religion
The Master Deceiver’s Plan continues to achieve obvious success in its neutralization of today’s Christianity:
“[W]ill the churches have the vision and the courage to let the bad old ways go and turn to the people with the message that God is Love, proving the existence of that love by their own lives of simple loving service? Will they tell the people that Christ forever lives and bid them turn their eyes away from the old doctrines of death and blood and divine appeasement and center them upon the Source of all life …? Will they teach that the destruction of the old forms was needed and that their disappearance is the guarantee that a new and fuller unlimited spiritual life is now possible? Will they remind the people that Christ Himself said that it is not possible to put new wine into old bottles?… Can churchmen of all faiths in both hemispheres attain that inner spiritual light which will make them light bearers and which will evoke that greater light which the new and anticipated revelation will surely bring?…
“Within the churches today there are men responding to the new spiritual idealism, to the urgency of the opportunity and to the need for change.…
“Men want the conviction that Christ lives; that the Coming One - for Whom all men wait - will come and that He will not be Christian, Hindu or Buddhist but will belong to all men everywhere.…
“What is the solution of this intricate and difficult relationship throughout the world? A new presentation of truth, because God is not a fundamentalist … a new mode of interpreting the ancient spiritual teaching … These are imperative changes.
“Nothing can prevent the new world religion from eventually emerging.… It will be hindered by the fundamentalists, the narrow-minded and the theologians in all the world religions, by those who refuse to let go the old interpretations and methods, who love the old doctrines …” —Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul (Bold added)18
Not surprisingly, the Angel of light doesn’t think much of narrow-minded Christians who believe in the fundamentals of the faith of the narrow way. No matter what, true Christian fundamentalism holds to the fundamentals of “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). Thus in reverence and fear of God it does not waver in the belief that God never changes and He said what He meant and meant what He said in His Holy Scriptures. And what He said will always be at odds with the universal religion and its “One Church” of many faiths.
Accordingly, true Christian fundamentalists pose a hindrance to the Master Deceiver’s Plan because they contend for “the faith” instead of cooperating with his neutralization of today’s Christianity. Thus he will complete the neutralization of these “enemies” through his “selection process” when his Antichrist takes power.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” (2 Timothy 3:12-14)
According to “the faith,” a true fundamentalist Christian believes the narrow way of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to God and His Kingdom. Therefore other religions (faiths) cannot participate in the Kingdom of God or offer “spiritual care,” and do not have the salvation of souls as their end. They can only offer the spiritual destruction of the broad way they’re on.
It would be non-fundamentalists who believe that specific beliefs and the faith of the narrow way are irrelevant, and that a relationship with God (salvation) can be achieved regardless of which religion (faith) a person is still in.
“Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?” (Ecclesiastes 7:13)
Yet this is exactly what today’s Christianity is trying to do. The fundamentals of the faith have become too narrow and exclusive for today’s broad-minded Christianity. Consequently, the Angel of light isn’t the only one who sees fundamentalism as an enemy.
“Warren said he sees religious institutions as more powerful forces than governments for solving the world’s problems.
“‘I would trust any imam or priest or rabbi to know what is going on in a community before I would any government agency.’
“But, powerful as churches can be in working for the powerless, they can’t succeed without governments and nongovernmental organizations, Warren said.
“Warren predicts that fundamentalism, of all varieties, will be ‘one of the big enemies of the 21st century.’
“‘Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism - they’re all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.’” —The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/8/06 (Emphasis added)19
Regardless of what the Purpose-Driven Paradigm’s intentions are, the three segments of the world—government, business, and now “faith communities” (i.e., “the One Church”)—are all being fused together into “the larger Whole” to ultimately serve the purpose of the Master Deceiver and his Antichrist.
“[T]he vision is a vision of group work, of group relationships, of group objectives, and of the group fusion to the larger Whole.” —Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul20
“The vision of the giving of the individual in sacrifice and service, within the group and to the group ideal, will be the goal of the masses of advanced thinkers in the New Age, whilst for the rest of humanity, brotherhood will be the keynote of their endeavor. These words have a wider connotation and significance than the thinkers of today can know and understand.” —Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul (Emphasis added)21
This “group fusion” is taking place willingly now by the masses who want to help the world, but it will become mandatory when the Antichrist assumes power. Oneness is ultimately all about assimilating individualism into the global community and global mind, with nonconformity to be punishable by death under the iron fist of Satan’s Beast.
The (New Age) New Spirituality teaches that those who refuse to become ONE with the many and who remain separate in their beliefs that there is no other way to God are full of “fear” of Oneness with God and each other.22 Thus, as mentioned earlier, these so-called “enemies” (“cancer cells”) will be selected for removal from the planet so the purged world can then finally achieve its sought after “health” and “peace.”
As relationships continue to be elevated above the truth, the conditioning for this “selection process” against “fearful” fundamentalists continues. The following is from Rick Warren’s interview with Larry King on December 2, 2005:
Larry King: “Before we talk about Rick Warren’s peace plan are you a fundamentalist?
Rick Warren: “No.… a fundamentalist is not an evangelical. There are all kinds of fundamentalists, Larry, and they’re all based on fear. There are Christian fundamentalists.” (Emphasis added)23
For those who are true Christian fundamentalists, it’s called the fear of God!
Regardless of what Rick Warren’s definition of fundamentalism is, in both of his two previous quotes he lumps “all varieties” and “all kinds” together and critically says “they’re all” based on and motivated by “fear.” When interfaith unity is desired it is inevitable that true Christian fundamentalism will eventually be deemed an “enemy” because the fundamentals of the faith oppose interfaith unity.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival last July, Rick Warren made the following comments in contrasting fundamentalists with evangelicals:
“I could count the number of true fundamentalists on a couple hands today. There really aren’t that many left. It’s a term that’s pushed around, but they happen to be on the media, okay. They happen to be on the media a lot. But evangelicals simply are those who would say we believe in a personal relationship to God. And it’s not a denomination. There are Catholic evangelicals, which surprises people.… There are evangelicals in every denomination. It is not a denomination. But it is a – the focus is more on relationship than religion.” (Emphasis added)
“Fundamentalism is an angry religion. It is a reactionary religion. It is an exclusive religion. It is an inclusive and primarily it is an isolationist view of religion that says in order to protect ourselves we will build walls around us and we will fight culture.… [Y]ou know the word evangelical, I don’t know if you know it, it comes from the Greek word ‘good news.’ That’s all it means.… I think as a whole evangelicals are far more positive, and they’re far more engaged in culture, okay. A fundamentalist wouldn’t go see Star Wars. I’ve seen it three times.” (Emphasis added)24
The actual message that comprises the “good news” of today’s “evangelicals” has obviously changed, as evidenced in Rick Warren’s own belief that people can be “followers of Christ in other religions.” The magnitude of the changes to the evangelical’s new message is summarized in the previously mentioned poll conducted for Newsweek and Beliefnet: 68% of evangelicals believe that “a good person who isn’t of your religious faith [can] go to heaven or attain salvation.” One thing leads to another in relativism which has replaced fundamentalism. First the world is given back its own ways (“styles”), and then its own religions and “truth,” and finally its own “salvation.”
These “evangelicals” are separating themselves from the fundamentals of the faith in their “whole new way of thinking.” In addition, their new beliefs are consistent with the (New Age) New Spirituality belief that the religions (faiths) of the world are drawn from the same source and that mankind is “ONE at the highest spiritual component of our nature.” Rick Warren is clearly right when he says there aren’t many fundamentalists left.
The world is allowed to stay on its own dead-end path to God by those in today’s Christianity who are far more interested in what is “positive” and inclusive than what is holy and true and who view obediently contending for the faith as reactionary.
Keep in mind Rick Warren’s repeated clarifications that he is not a “fundamentalist” and that “Fundamentalism is an angry … reactionary … exclusive religion” when you consider his definition of “the word ‘fundamentalist.’” In addition, given the inclusive beliefs of today’s evangelicals, watered-down definitions are obviously behind his description of “evangelical” (e.g., what happened to saved by grace through faith?):
“[S]o what’s an evangelical? Let’s just review. An evangelical believes the Bible is God’s Word, Jesus is who he claimed to be, salvation is only by grace – in other words, you can’t earn your way to heaven – and everybody needs to hear the good news; information, not coercion.…
“There is a difference between ‘evangelicalism’ and ‘fundamentalism’ and ‘the religious right.’… – they are very, very different. I am an evangelical.… I’m not a fundamentalist.” —Rick Warren25
“… I’m just tired of having other people represent me and represent the hundreds of thousands of churches where the pastors I’ve trained would nowhere, no way, relate to some of the supposed spokesmen of a previous generation.
“Now the word ‘fundamentalist’ actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity …” —Rick Warren (Emphasis added)26
The list of five essential doctrines of faith—which also became known as “The Five Points of Fundamentalism”—was first adopted in 1910 as a basic list of beliefs that candidates for ordination must affirm. This list was reaffirmed in 1916 and 1923, but it was strongly opposed in 1924. The opposition came from a large group of preachers who viewed the following five so-called “theories” as too narrow and legalistic. In seeking unity and liberty, these preachers preferred more latitude in even their basic beliefs.27 Some things never change.
The document makes it clear that these five doctrines are not the only essential doctrines but that they must be the starting place or foundation of a pastor’s beliefs. And, yes, this starting place is “narrow” because “narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life” (Matthew 7:14). It is not unreasonable or “very legalistic” to require pastors to believe these fundamentals of the faith! On the other hand, these five doctrines could seem “very legalistic” to those who prefer interfaith unity of purpose and who encourage churches to maintain their own “doctrinal convictions”:
The inerrancy and inspiration of the Holy Scriptures (without which we would only have relativism and no standard for life or faith)—
“1. It is an essential doctrine of the Word of God and our Standards, that the Holy Spirit did so inspire, guide and move the writers of the Holy Scriptures as to keep them from error.”28
The virgin birth (without which the Lord Jesus Christ would not be God manifest in the flesh, so He would be nothing more than a sinful man)—
“2. It is an essential doctrine of the Word of God and our Standards, that our Lord Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary.”29
The Lord Jesus Christ’s atonement for our sins (without which we would all be going to hell)—
“3. It is an essential doctrine of the Word of God and our Standards, that Christ offered up ‘himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and to reconcile us to God.’”30
The Lord Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection (without which our faith would be in vain and there would be no forgiveness of sins)—
“4. It is an essential doctrine of the Word of God and our Standards, concerning our Lord Jesus, that ‘on the third day he arose form [sic] the dead, with the same body in which he suffered; with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his Father, making intercession.’”31
The miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ (without which He would have given no evidentiary manifestation of His claim to be God)—
“5. It is an essential doctrine of the Word of God as the supreme Standard of our faith, that the Lord Jesus showed his power and love by working mighty miracles.… These great wonders were signs of the divine power of our Lord, making changes in the order of nature.”32
These five fundamentals of the faith are “a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity”?
“What is the solution of this intricate and difficult relationship throughout the world? A new presentation of truth, because God is not a fundamentalist … a new mode of interpreting the ancient spiritual teaching … These are imperative changes.” —Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul (Emphasis added)33
The subtle switch from religion to relationship is a key aspect of the “new presentation of truth.” Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ do indeed have a personal relationship with the Lord God, but it stems from believing the doctrines of the faith (religion) of true Christianity. Yet in the switch, relationship transcends religion so that a “relationship with God” can be attained in any religion. The subtilty of this switch lies in its replacement of believing the doctrines of Christ in the faith with experiences of Christ in any faith (religion).
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20)
“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19)
“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” (Galatians 3:22)
Regardless of how convinced people in other religions are that they follow Christ and have a relationship with God, the Lord Jesus Christ warns:
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48)
This passage also says the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t come to judge the world, but to save it (see verse 47). The Lord Jesus Christ came to “bear witness unto the truth” (John 18:37), and His Word—the truth—will do the judging.
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.… Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:9, 11-13)
The last thing many evangelicals need is another “worship” experience that furthers their passionate zeal for God that is not according to knowledge. What they need are Bible Studies that actually study the Word of God rather than the books of men, where they can thoroughly learn the fundamentals of the faith, study to show themselves approved, and then go out and preach the true Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world. (Saddleback’s Foundations curriculum which has spread to other churches is clearly ineffectual, perhaps because it is “A Purpose-Driven Discipleship Resource”?)
If people would shed half as many tears because people are hell-bound as they do because people are in poverty or have AIDS then maybe they would care enough to help people God’s way.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
This isn’t just for the sake of those in the world. It is also for the sake of the many in today’s Christianity who no longer know or believe the fundamentals of the faith so are uniting with the post-truth world in more ways than one. Regarding the Newsweek and Beliefnet poll, the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Beliefnet wrote an article titled, “The Pearly Gates are Wide Open,” in which he comments:
“How could so many Americans be tossing aside such a central element of theology? I think the Newsweek cover story that grew in part out of this poll has the best theory. Americans have become so focused on a very personal style of worship— forging a direct relationship with God—that spiritual experience has begun to supplant dogma.” (Emphasis added)34
It appears the world is more aware of what’s going on than are Christians today who have fallen for the propaganda that “the message hasn’t changed.” The Newsweek article “In Search of the Spiritual” includes the following astute observation in its discussion of this poll:
“‘Rather than being about a god who commands you, it’s about finding a religion that empowers you.’” (Emphasis added)35
Finding One’s Own Self-Empowering Religious Expression
“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to worship and friendship with God. One thing is certain: You don’t bring glory to God by trying to be someone he never intended you to be. God wants you to be yourself. ‘That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.’ [endnote: John 4:23 (Msg)]” (PDL; p. 103; bold added)
According to God’s Holy Scriptures, neither approaching God nor worship of God nor friendship with God is about our unique expression in being “simply and honestly” ourselves before God. We can only approach the Lord God on His terms, which the world has rejected in its search for self-empowerment. Contrary to the man-centered Message, Scripture actually says in John 4:23:
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
“In spirit and in truth” are obviously being sacrificed (deleted and redefined) in today’s inclusive “Christianity.” This narrow, exclusive, one-size-fits-all approach to worship and friendship with God requires everyone to first receive a new spirit, born of the Holy Spirit through belief in the truth. It is not about finding our own religious expression.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23)
The world has rejected truth, rejected being born again in the spirit, and rejected any relationship or friendship with the Lord God by rejecting the Lord God of truth, His Word of truth, and His narrow way of truth.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:9)
The world’s religions have their own doctrines and their own sacred texts that oppose God’s Word of truth and thereby oppose God’s means by which we are born again. Contrary to the teachings of the (New Age) New Spirituality, there isn’t one river or one ocean or one tree from which every religion and perspective draws their portion of “wisdom” and “truth,” through their own “well” or “branch.” There are two ways, one narrow and one broad:
• The narrow way is the absolute truth of the Lord God found only in true Christianity -- “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
• The broad way is the counterfeit and relative “truths” of the god of this world and his various religions (faiths).
• The narrow way of absolutism is believing and doing what is right in the Lord’s eyes.
• The broad way of relativism is believing and doing what is right in man’s eyes.
• The narrow way leads to life and only a few are on it.
• The broad way leads to destruction and many are on it.
These two ways are eternally separate and cannot be synthesized. The broad way will never lead to life, or to a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ or God.
The true Body of Christ, which is the true Church, does not transcend the narrow way. Those in other religions must exit the broad way, where their religion and false gods are, to come to the true Lord God. There is no bridge or unity of light and darkness that allows people to be on both the broad and narrow ways. There are only seeming bridges put up by the Angel of light to deceive people into thinking they are eternally safe and spiritually ONE.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” (1 John 1:5-6)
Contrary to the propagandistic claims, the message is definitely being changed. The new broad-minded “Christianity” prefers to see the world as the victim of a narrow-minded and so-called “outdated” and “religiously bigoted” Christianity. So instead of telling the world that the holy Lord God is the One Who determines how we can approach Him, worship Him, and find friendship with Him, it is leading the world to believe that all religions (faiths) are valid paths to God. This isn’t about the Lord God; it is about empowering mankind to be itself and find its own religious expression.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
The Lord God only knows those as His who depart from iniquity according to His definition. The choice is simple -- either we will depart from iniquity or we will depart from God. A seeming “relationship” with the Lord Jesus Christ that is apart from believing and obeying His truth on the narrow way will not get anyone into heaven.
Many people who do many wonderful works in Jesus’ name and call Him “Lord” obviously believe they have a relationship with Jesus. Yet the Lord Jesus Christ is going to tell even them that He never knew them. It is a one-sided “relationship” because of disobedience to the essential will of God. (Obedience is not legalism!) Sadly, as a result, He is “Lord” in lip service only to many who clearly have purpose and faith, but not the faith (believing and obeying the truth).
“And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Peter 4:18)
“Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” (Luke 13:23-24)
“Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.” (Luke 11:35)
Perhaps those who keep insisting that the message hasn’t changed have incrementally or dialectically lost sight of what the true message is. This is, after all, the purpose behind the Angel of light’s transformational process.
What we are seeing is not a spiritual “awakening” to the truth but, rather, away from the truth. The masses are being driven into the universal religion—the “One Church” where theology is irrelevant. Toward this aim, some of the successful devices of the Angel of light and his minions include:
• redefining “truth” and its message;
• redirecting the focus from beliefs to works;
• replacing the Lordship of Christ with the “example” of Christ;
• replacing the absolute authority of God with the relative authority of self and its experiences.
The following quote of Alice Bailey and Djwhal Khul provides a summary of the transformational process of the Angel of light’s emerging kingdom of Oneness:
“Out of the darkness of time there have emerged the great religions. These religions though diverse in their theologies and forms of worship … and though differing in their methods of application of truth, are united in three basic aspects:
1. In their teaching as to the nature of God and of man.
2. In their symbolism.
3. In certain fundamental doctrines.
“When men recognize this and succeed in isolating that inner significant structure of truth which is the same in all climes and in all races, then there will emerge the universal religion, the One Church, and that unified though not uniform approach to God … Theologies will disappear into the knowledge of God; doctrines and dogmas will no longer be regarded as necessary, for faith will be based on experience, and authority will give place to personal appreciation of Reality.… Man will enter into his divine heritage and know himself as the Son of the Father, with all the divine characteristics, powers and capacities which are his because of his divine endowment. But in the meantime what have we? A breaking away from old established tradition, a revolt from authority, whether of the Church, of dogma, doctrine or theology; a tendency towards self-determination and an overthrowing of the old standards, and of old barriers of thought and the divisions existing between races and faiths.” —Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul (Emphasis added)36
Since the Garden of Eden, the Master Deceiver has been incrementally leading mankind toward “his divine heritage,” the ultimate transformation and Self-empowerment -- man’s recognition of his own “divinity.”
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1. The Portugal News, 11/1/03, as quoted in the News Alert of the December 2003 issue of The Berean Call. (This news clip is also posted as “Catholic Fatima Shrine Has Developed Into Centre Where All Religions of World Can Pay Homage To Their Various Gods!” at http://www.cuttingedge.org/news_updates/nz1479.htm.)
2. Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion: Religion and Leadership,” with David Gergen and Rick Warren, http://www.aspeninstitute.org/site/c.huLWJeMRKpH/b.901097/k.C0C7/Agenda.htm. Transcribed from the audio available at Lighthouse Trails Research Project, http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletternovember05.htm.
3. Neale Donald Walsch, Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (New York, New York: Atria Books, 2004) p. 236.
4. As quoted in “‘We’re Made for More Than Success,’” an interview of Rick Warren by Jennifer Barrett, Newsweek, December 15, 2005, http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10495711/site/newsweek/, (pages 2-3).
5. Rick Warren, Keynote Address, 2005 RNA Annual Conference in Miami, Friday, September 30, 2005, Religion Newswriters Association, http://www.rna.org/programschedule.php. Transcribed from the audio available in the RNA conference archives at http://www.rna.org/meetingdates.php; below Friday, Sept. 29 [sic] -- “The Rev. Rick Warren.”
6. Interview with Rick Warren, CNN Larry King Live, Aired December 2, 2005, Transcript, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0512/02/lkl.01.html.
7. Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion: Religion and Leadership,” with David Gergen and Rick Warren. Transcribed from the audio available at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletternovember05.htm.
8. “No spectators allowed” by Ann Pepper, The Orange County Register, November 6, 2005, http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/article_751553.php.
10. As quoted in Rick Warren and the Purpose that Drives Him by Richard Abanes, p. 30.
11. As quoted in ibid., pp. 23-24.
12. As quoted in ibid., p. 30.
13. As quoted in ibid.
14. Interview with Rick Warren, CNN Larry King Live, Aired December 2, 2005, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0512/02/lkl.01.html.
15. Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion: Religion and Leadership,” with David Gergen and Rick Warren. Transcribed from the audio available at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletternovember05.htm.
16. Rick Warren, as quoted in Discussion “Myths of the Modern Mega-Church,” May 23, 2005, the Pew Forum’s biannual Faith Angle conference on religion, politics and public life, Event Transcript, http://pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=80.
17. Rick Warren, Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion: Religion and Leadership,” with David Gergen and Rick Warren, Transcribed from the audio available at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletternovember05.htm.
18. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, Problems of Humanity, Chapter V - The Problem of the Churches, http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/problems/prob1055.html.
19. “The purpose-driven pastor” by Paul Nussbaum, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 8, 2006, http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/living/religion/13573441.htm.
20. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, Section II - The General World Picture, http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/externalisation/exte1040.html.
21. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, Esoteric Psychology I, Section Two - III. The Rays and Man, http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/psychology1/psyc1111.html.
22. For information, see Reinventing Jesus Christ by Warren Smith, especially pp. 16, 19, 60-64.
23. Interview with Rick Warren, CNN Larry King Live, Aired December 2, 2005, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0512/02/lkl.01.html.
24. Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion: Religion and Leadership,” with David Gergen and Rick Warren. Transcribed from the audio available at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletternovember05.htm.
25. As quoted in Discussion “Myths of the Modern Mega-Church,” May 23, 2005, http://pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=80.
26. As quoted in ibid.
27. “The Auburn Affirmation,” The American Presbyterian Church, http://www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org/the_affirmation1.htm.
28. “Historic Documents of American Presbyterianism: The Doctrinal Deliverance of 1910,” PCA Historical Center, Archive & Manuscript Repository for the Continuing Presbyterian Church, http://www.pcahistory.org/documents/deliverance.html.
33. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, Problems of Humanity, Chapter V - The Problem of the Churches, http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/problems/prob1055.html.
34. “The Pearly Gates are Wide Open: A new Newsweek/Beliefnet poll shows a stunning level of acceptance of other people’s faiths” by Stephen Waldman, Beliefnet, http://www.beliefnet.com/story/173/story_17348.html.
35. “In Search of the Spiritual” by Jerry Adler, Newsweek, Aug. 29 - Sept. 5, 2005 issue, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9024914/site/newsweek/, (page 2); quoting Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.
36. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, A Treatise on White Magic, Rule Ten - The Present Age and the Future, http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/magic/magi1139.html.
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