From Battle Cry Issue Date: September/October 2000
Satan's forces are working on several fronts to unify all the world's false religions and push Bible believers out of the game. Organizations such as the Parliament of World's Religions, the Millennium World Peace Summit and the United Religions Initiative are promoting worldwide ecumenical movements.
They hope to unite all the religions of the world to "build cultures of peace and justice." But written into their charters are subtle statements forbidding witnessing and soul winning.
Last year, 7000 delegates attended the Parliament of World's Religions conference in Cape Town, South Africa. In a mission statement posted on the cpwr.org web site, one of their goals was to "cultivate a spirit of harmony and to celebrate, with openness and mutual respect, the rich diversity of religious and spiritual traditions."
This fall, the United Nations will host the Millennium World Peace Summit, gathering about 1000 religious leaders in New York to discuss the influence of religion in world conflicts. Recognizing that war is often motivated by religion, organizers hope that a permanent council of religious leaders can be formed to advise the United Nations on preventing and resolving religiously motivated political conflicts.
In June of this year the United Religions Initiative was birthed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Delegates from 44 countries and 39 religions signed a charter pledging to "respect the uniqueness of each tradition, and differences of practice or belief."
The 21 principles of the charter encourages members to "deepen their roots in their own tradition," and a promise that "Members of the URI shall not be coerced to participate in any ritual or be proselytized."
The Parliament of World Religions says that they plan to "cultivate mutual respect" which the URI carefully defines as not being "proselytized." This shows that this global movement is not going to be friendly to Bible-believing soul winners.
To illustrate this, the URI's organization plan is to establish local "Cooperation Circles (CC)." These will be self-organizing groups working to bring together members of the community in religious unity. In order to start one of these "circles" it is required that there be at least 7 members from no less than 3 different religions.
To be a member of a CC one must encourage the other members to "deepen their roots in their own tradition," and promise not to "proselytize." This closes the door to any form of soul winning. No Bible believer can participate in one of their CC's. We are forbidden to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. "For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness..." (2 Cor 6:14)
It is sad that, as the world panics over the increasing "wars and rumors of wars" they are carefully eliminating the one Source of true peace. Instead, they are valiantly trying to unite all of Satan's counterfeit religions.
The Bible predicted that there would be
a political "beast" and religious "false prophet"
in the last days. As we see the stage being set for their entry,
we must redouble our "proselytizing" (soulwinning) while
there is time.
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