Thursday, June 2, 2016

World Religion and a Tipping Point

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Although the title of this piece sounds a mite like something from a conspiracy theory, there is a passel of reasons to think that a world religion may be coming. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, and my father was involved in the ecumenical movement, and the liberal UMC was (and is) involved in the World Council of Churches: "The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organized expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity". Those of us who are knowledgeable in these matters know that their claim to uphold Scripture has no basis in reality, since it's based on theological and political liberalism, as well as a heapin' helpin' of compromise on biblical truth. Maybe it would have been easier to join Moon's Unification Church and accept him as the messiah.


Although Christians need to be unified, it is not at the expense of truth. The Parliament of the World's Religions emphasizes socialistic unity and harmony, where "truth" is based on emotion and experience. Contains links to Carl Teichrib's interviews on his observations.
Modified Hindu Sri Yantra image from Clker clipart
While the Bible does call for unity among his followers (John 17:22-23, 1 Cor. 1:10, Heb. 4:2), it was not at the expense of fundamental principles. After all, Jesus preached repentance and adherence to his teachings (Matthew 28:18-20). That kind of truth claim and exclusivity does not appeal to many church folks.

There are people taking a notion to call for the harmony and unity of all religions. Sure, you can keep your "faith tradition" (whatever that means), but we have to all get along. Carl Teichrib from Forcing Change attended the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions, which takes the idea of unity to a new level. There was an emphasis on climate change, income inequality, as well as war, violence and hate. Problem is, the emphasis on "oneness" involved socialism and talk of having an arm of the United Nations to deal with spiritual issues. 

Which religion is right? None of them. All of them. This was an event that attracted people from all over the world, and many different religions were represented. Watered-down liberal and mystical "Christianity" had representatives, but Teichrib only saw conservative Christians as observers or there for evangelistic purposes, not invited to present or give workshops. The conference essentially demonized conservative Christians, and hated the idea of evangelism. But I wonder what of the Mormons and Mohammedans who attended, since they hold to exclusivity in their religions.

There was a great deal of New Age activity going on, including prayers to the spirits of the four directions, and an emphasis on femininity, getting in touch with the goddess. (This oneness and unity gang apparently did not address how Mohammedans abuse and mutilate women. Interesting.) Hearing about this invocation stuff in the first interview, I remember many years ago in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I attended a kind of Earth consciousness event held on the grounds of (I think it was) the Unitarian church. Drumming, grooving on rhythms, a big bonfire, and so on. When they wanted us to all join hands and sing songs to the four elements (if I recollect proper), I stopped being an observer and abruptly went home. That was because I felt that they wanted me to pray to demons, and the whole thing seemed like a form of a Witches' Sabbath. I wonder if Carl felt similarly at that world religion event.

Since Bible-believing Christians were demonized, I can't help but think that biblical creationists are the worst of the lot and would get run out of Dodge, since we hold to the Bible being true from cover to cover, and that Genesis is not poetry or allegory, but actual history. But I disremember if that was discussed in the interviews with Carl that I heard.

By the way, New Age spirituality is, in my opinion, buffet-style religion with an emphasis on Eastern religions. Take what pleases you, make your own false gods, emphasize experience and feelings, but do not have any ultimate truth.

What is it about Chicago, anyway? Sure, Sinatra sang "my kind of town", but the first two sessions of the Parliament of the World's religions were held there. Now, we have another call to Christian apostasy with the "Justice Conference" in Chicago on June 3-4, 2016. If you click the link, you'll see false teachers and compromisers, but if you see Bible-believing Christians, let me know.

If you want to hear these interviews with Teichrib, I have three of them for you. First, at Janet Mefferd, you can listen online or download at this link. Note: apparently downloading requires signing up, but they haven't bothered me after I did this. Next, "Coming Together as 'One'" and "Global Governance, Religion, and Socialism" at Stand Up for the Truth. These can be heard online or downloaded without sign-up. Finally, if you want videos of the call to socialistic apostasy, click here.

It is more urgent than ever to get out the truth and equip believers to know what and why they believe, and teach sound doctrine without compromise.

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