Jesuit Pope Francis continues his crusade to pull all the religions together. In a recent prayer video, he stated: "Most of the planet`s inhabitants declare themselves believers. This should lead to dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently."
More and more, the world is looking for simple solutions to complex problems. The pope is playing to this ignorance, hoping no one will notice the vast differences in what people "believe" in.
A Muslim believer, dedicated to conquering the world for Allah, can hardly develop effective dialog with a Jew who believes that the temple mount belongs to Jehovah. Only the grossly ignorant can be seduced to believe that the Torah and the Qur`an came from the same God.
But the pope is following a familiar playbook. In the U.S., Roman Catholics started by "collaborating" with supposedly bible-believing "evangelicals" on common concerns like abortion and care for the homeless. Now, a recent poll showed that over half of evangelicals are convinced that the pope is a brother in Christ. However, when the pollster posed questions about accepting Catholic theology, more evangelicals were not so sure.
In the above video, images are shown of people expressing confidence in Buddha, belief in Allah, in Jesus, and a Jewish man stating, "I believe in God."
Then the pope says: "In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty we have for all, we are all children of God." This, of course, plays on the false idea that all religions worship the same God. A major scripture, John 14:6, stands squarely in the way of accepting this lie. Jesus made it clear that "no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
This excludes Buddha, Muhammad, and worship of the Torah. Someone suggested that, since the pope claims to be Jesus Christ`s representative on earth, that he will eventually present himself in the John 14:6 role of Jesus, claiming that he is the "way" to the universal "god" that he is promoting.
This video continues with a clip of each character looking straight into the camera and declaring: "I believe in love; I believe in love; I believe in love; I believe in love! It is typical of Satan to pick up a half truth and promote it as truth.
Today, "love" is the universal theme. Again, those ignorant of biblical truth are sucked in to the "can`t we all just get along?" dream. The biblical command to love one another is only half the coin. If we don`t love God first, we have nothing left but mushy affection for others. And biblical love for God involves obedience. Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Only when we understand the unconditional nature of biblical love, can we effectively get beyond mushy affection. And obeying Jesus` commandments does not include praying five times a day to Allah or honoring Buddha.
The bible is clear that chaos and confusion will increase in these last days. People will keep looking for answers in all the wrong places. At some point, a charming leader will appear seeming to have all the answers proposing a one-world government and one-world religion. By then the Bible will be so watered down that it will support any desired doctrine.
As soul winners, we are commissioned to make disciples for Jesus, freeing them from idolatry and false religions, not joining them.
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