According to this NBC News article, the National Cathedral has now held its first Muslim prayer service.  Some Christians were quite upset about it, including one lady who disrupted the services, saying:

“Jesus Christ died on that cross over there! He is the reason why we are to worship only him. Jesus Christ is our lord and savior! We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country. Why can’t you worship in your mosque, and leave our churches alone?”

Listen, I respect all religions.  Everyone has a right to believe what they want, and basically worship how they want.  But I’m a Christian, and I’m quite aware of what the Christian Scriptures say about mixing religions, or even having spiritual fellowship with other religions.

We are not to give other religions equal voice in our own churches.  They have their own places of worship, from which they can promote whatever heresy they want.  And we have our Christian places of worship, from which the Word of God is to be taught.  And never the twain shall mix, except in the Biblically illiterate minds of those who believe in the serious misconception of “interfaith fellowship.”

Indeed, mixing Christianity with religions that don’t believe in Jesus Christ as the Lord, Savior and only begotten Son of God is strictly forbidden.  As it is written:

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

 

2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

 

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

 

2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

The bottom line is that our heavenly Father will not…and I repeat, NOT…bless this nation if it continues to mix other religions together with our own in some politically correct attempt to “foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world.”

What they are fostering, instead — in the name of cheap “understanding and acceptance” — is animosity between God and His Christian people.  Do not be deceived — that is the actual goal.  And they are quite aware of what they’re doing.

The powers that be are basically attempting to rob our Christian people of their inheritance in Christ.  Quite simply put, we’re not to use the National Cathedral to promote the policies, beliefs, prayers or heresies of other religions.

St. John also stated, in unequivocal terms, that we are not to allow Christ-deniers into our homes (i.e., our personal homes, or our houses of worship, either), nor so much as wish them “God speed,” for that makes us partakers of their evil deeds:

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

 

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

 

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Based on the clear Word of God, I can’t for the life of me understand the mentality that says we have some kind of moral obligation to “foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world” by letting them use our Christian houses of worship for their prayer services to their own “god.”

This might bother some Christians. But our heavenly Father is very clear about it.  He is a jealous God.  He does not want His Christian people mixing with other religions.  He says, in the great book of Exodus:

For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;” (Exodus 34:14-15).

Our heavenly Father is indeed a jealous God.  He knows the mindset of the enemy.  He knows that infiltration and deception are their methods of operation, and that spiritual conquest is their ultimate goal.  And He knows His people are stupid enough to fall for it (Jeremiah 4:22), so He puts it in terms so starkly clear you can’t mistake it unless you’re just willingly blind.  As it is further written:

1Co 16:22  If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

The term “Anathema Maranatha” means “accursed to the time of divine judgment.”  In other words, if they reject Christ Jesus as the one and only Lord and Savior, we’re to consider them enemies of the cross of Christ.  Call me dogmatic if you want.  But to me, that most certainly doesn’t sound like an invitation for heathen religions to come hold prayer services to their “gods” in our National Cathedral.

I pray for all men’s salvation.  And I’ll earnestly and without malice sit down and discuss Christ with any man or woman of any religion who sincerely wants to know more.

But to so thoroughly compromise with the enemies of Christ by giving our National Cathedral over to them so they can hold prayer services to their “gods” is simply unacceptable.   This is what cost king Solomon the united kingdom of Israel, in his old age.  To do so under the guise of “fostering understanding and acceptance” is just plain stupidity.  It means we haven’t learned a thing about how the enemy works.

If they want to pray in our churches, then let them become Christians.  They’re not to be allowed to pray to their “gods” in our churches — and most certainly not in our National Cathedral.

The only reason this nation is still standing is because of the mercy and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  One way to lose that mercy and grace is to turn our backs on His very clear Word on this matter, and on His feelings, as well, by embracing an empty “understanding” between Christianity and false religions.

To learn more on this subject, consider reading my Bible study, “Taking and Holding Ground: a Gospel Message.”

Regards in Christ,

Steve Barwick

 

Steve Barwick


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