A PEARL FOR BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP
July 1, 2019
While my reflection is built upon a revelation Scripture, I want to advise you that my answer may be different from yours at this time, for that reason I also advise you not to apply the context until you have developed a strong understanding that is held in faith. I hope that in ministers to you and increases you.
What would I do as a Minister of the Gospel, if I was invited to a meeting scheduled with an inter-faith group (pluralism or universalism) about a prayer or ceremonial service that explicitly involves Christian ministerial duties combined with theirs?
For Example: A dual baptism with Jehovah's Witnesses or A Prayer service with Catholics.
I may have to respectfully decline. While trying to avoid that trap of cultural isolation and respecting the usefulness of positive alliances among the Christian church and other community members groups, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to have the kind of service that is being suggested, or any kind for that matter. Doing so has the potential of sending the wrong message to the local church and community. There are at least three negative outcomes that this kind of collaboration can have. 1) It trivializes our faith, 2) It Implies that there is another way, 3) It suggests that they (pluralism or universalism) have a form of truth.
1)To have a unified prayer effort with those that have beliefs based on falsehood trivializes our faith. Christians have been called to salt and light and although we are in this world our life and worship is not like the world’s. To be that light is to intentionally avoid the trap of desiring or making relevancy or people pleasing a primary goal of leadership or ministry. We must be clear in what we believe and communicate what we believe clearly in order to guard from the notion that Christianity can co-exit or interpolate itself with other religions.
See 1 John 4:5-8
2) A meeting involving spiritual exercises, with any faith movement that does not acknowledge God the Father, Creator of the Heavens and Earth, as God ALONE and Jesus as Lord and Savior and the ONLY WAY, is a poor decision. It implies that there is another way, but truth cannot be dichotomized, leaders must depend on a standard, an authority that is beyond their feeling, opinions and beliefs, the Bible is that standard.
See 1 Corinthians 8:5-6, John 14:6
3) It suggests that they have a form of truth, watering down the truth or suggesting that truth is relative, for the sake of cultural accommodation and people pleasing is inappropriate. Biblical leadership must respect and promote objective truth of God’s word and its authority, even when it is not popular or accommodating.
See Galatians 1:8-9
Catholicism is not Christianity
Islam is not Christianity
Mormonism is not Christianity
Jehovah’s Witnesses is not Christianity
Gnosticism is not Christianity
I conclude that a Christian leader should not isolate from the community or other religions, but the decision to participate is dangerous indirect-approval that can lead to confusion.