Many are praising the recent signing of the document by the pope of Rome and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb agreeing to work together in interfaith unity for the advancement of religious and human “brotherhood.” It comes as no surprise as “religious diversity” is all the craze nowadays. The pope declared to Muslims that “faith in God unifies us.” He wrote that “Catholics, Muslims, and people of all faiths must work together to promote unity, respect, and an “awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters,” calling “pluralism” the “will of God.”
But Catholics and Islamics aren’t the only ones. Progressive mainline Protestants have set aside doctrinal integrity for years, making social justice their gospel allowing them to work with anyone who stands on the same principles of inclusiveness in their circles.
The Southern Baptist Convention has drifted into a pluralistic scheme over the last few years as well, under Russell Moore, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission head. Moore has praised the pope for his view of the “primacy of the gospel over culture wars” (though Rome has a false gospel) even visiting the Vatican to speak with the Pope at a marriage conference. Moore also declared that he “didn’t want to see any fewer Rosary beads” at the March for Life.
But this religious pluralism is not something we should, as Christians, be fighting for. The Scriptures know nothing of “religious diversity” except that it is the very act of spiritual whoredom. It is certainly not divinely inspired. While we believe in the constitutionally protected “freedom of religion” at the government level, from a Christian standpoint, we are called to call people out of false religions.
God hates other religions. The very first commandment makes this absolutely clear, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,” and Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Should we be fighting to work together with other religions? Should we be working with them on social issues? Well, if the Church is caught up in the social justice zeitgeist of this age, then you really can’t argue against it. Sadly, this is where the majority of the professing church has landed. But the reality is, we should hate other religions. And I mean, hate them with a passion. If God hates it, why are we okay with it? These are other religions that send people to Hell — in droves.
The social justice movement, the inclusiveness movement, the “brotherhood of humanity movement,” — these are all Satanic distractions from the gospel. They are designed to make you more comfortable and accepting of other religions while making it difficult to speak truth. Why? Because they’re all united around a common, carnal cause.
So what do we do? We preach the gospel. We commit ourselves to the inerrant truth of God’s word. And we call people to repent of their idolatry, turn from their sins, and turn to Jesus Christ.
And be prepared to be hated for it — even by those in our own churches.