The Church and Religious Plurality

by | Nov 6, 2020

Christians! Let me ask you a question. How committed you are to ending religious plurality in our society? On a scale of one-ten, how do you feel about a) answering the question, and b) saying that your commitment is total?

Think about it for a second; a multi-ethnic state united by one religion, one set of values, one doctrine, one common heritage, with variance only in the customs and traditions in how we celebrate common festivals. I think most of us when we ponder these things feel somewhat irksome; as if such a thought or ambition of that nature is somehow taboo, or wrong.

We should acknowledge that this idea is politically incorrect, in that it is anathema by the political elites and the ‘let’s forget about our different values and beliefs’ mantra of the gooey culture and the self-proclaimed ‘enlightened.’ However, even if it is distasteful to those who oppose Christ teachings, who are in themselves antichrists, should we as Christians care about their condemnation? Their ideologies are currently dissolving into the air, and the very thing they are celebrating, giving nest to ideologies and beliefs that want to and will, given the chance, destroy it? (not that this should be mistaken for any approval of the idea in the first place) We Christians need only ask ourselves what our Lord teach us, what His apostles teach us, and reason from this.

Let’s looks at Apostolic teaching and reason out some of the consequences that flow from it: We see in Acts 4:11 – 12 that Christ, having been rejected, is the cornerstone upon which a new covenant is being built; a new people, a new creation, and that in His Name alone are the people saved. Saved not by some mechanical utterance of the Name, but by the very real presence of the life of Christ in the believer, as communicated by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of GOD the Father. Indeed, the very name Yeshua, means that YAHWEH saves! All other names are excluded: Buddha can save no one, Muhammad can save no one, Marx can save no one, Krishna can save no one!

‘Those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved,’ the prophets proclaimed. And the Apostles applied this directly to Christ Jesus (see Acts 2: 14 – 21). Christians call upon that Name for salvation!

This builds directly upon the words of our Lord Himself who was emphatic when he stated His own role as recorded by John 3: 10 – 17, as the means of salvation offered to the world in His atoning sacrifice. Like the serpent lifted up by Moses before Israel, He mutes the effects of the poison of sin in the world to those who lift Him up in their hearts and live by His way, truth, and life unto the Father.

With this certainty affixed in our hearts, why do we quake from the consequences and implications of such a teaching? Why are we not committed ideologically to ending, through the conversion of souls, the religious plurality in every land? Why do we equivocate, and even celebrate, that some souls are not in the truth and are in peril of their souls – being captive of Satan and his legions who seek the ruin of man the image bearer of GOD himself?

We see it at large in the Church, which must play a difficult game, arguing for its own right to exist in lands where it is a minority; and seeking to hold onto the culture where it dominates (not that there are many places like this). What then should be the line we Christians take, between holding the line consistently, which means we can advocate and stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians, and being faithful to the very absolute teachings of our Lord?

The answer is one stumbled upon by the trauma of the Christian civil war in Europe, known as the ‘Reformation;’ the anniversary of which was recently commemorated on the festival of Hallowmass. As Christians, we should seek cultural, economic, and social triumph over falsehood and be spiritually committed, through the conversion of souls, to the closing of every mosque, temple, lodge, and so on. Legally, we should advocate for the right to exist as a religious minority.

However, we should not confuse the legal space we wish to maintain and advance globally for persecuted Christians, with a theological legitimacy. Islam is falsehood, as is Hinduism, Sikhism, Free Masonry, amongst many others. Therefore, we should seek to use all other mechanisms apart from the law which can lead to communities, families, and souls, embracing the Christian faith whether they be economic, social, cultural,l or political.

However, this attitude is counterintuitive precisely because we have been discipled by the secular liberal state, not by our own apostolic faith. We should find the many, multi-faith services and false ecumenism within the church blasphemous and those ministers involved should be disciplined, brought to heel, and if necessary removed from their offices. In the worst case; they should be excommunicated.

Christians should not participate in these false ecumenical services but actively boycott and oppose them, calling the Church to faithfulness to YAHWEH who was clear that we should worship no other GOD, by any other name but Him. Our only interaction with false ecumenical networks should be aimed ultimately at seeking conversions (so, not a total boycott of such networks).

Christians! We must recover a strong IDENTITY in the Lord and not confuse political necessities with theologically based actions. The cry of the Christian must be toward a Church that is triumphant over all others and in all spheres. The push to blur the lines of religious identity, especially in the anglosphere, emerges from the ‘necessitates’ of a non-Christian ruling class trying to deal with large populations of different beliefs. Our commitment to the existences of religious minority rights to exist should be focussed abroad, where it is most needed by our brethren. Our activity to its existence here is hardly required, but may well be in the future, and should only become active in this at home, as a secondary concern, unless Christian practices are curtailed at home. Christians, how committed are you to seeing religious plurality end?