In my last blog, Obama's Religion, I explained the new religion that is taking American churches by storm. That new religion is articulated and exalted by no less than President Obama himself.
The religion adheres to the following belief: "Yes, Jesus is my Savior, but He's not the only one. Other religions are equally valid and accepted by God. Christianity is one way to God, but not the only way."
An even greater travesty is that so many well-meaning Christians are buying into that preposterous belief.
Why do I call it preposterous? Because it's equivalent to believing 2 + 2 = 5. That would certainly be a preposterous mathematical belief, but it's the same type of argument that adherents of the new religion follow.
They believe that 2 + 2 = 5, and who are you to tell them that they're wrong? Another person can choose to believe that 2 + 2 = 3. The President of the United States can choose to believe that it equals 100.
Most people would say, "Wait a minute. I know it's a mathematical fact that 2 + 2 = 4. And my opinion or the opinion of the President of the United States doesn't matter."
But the new religion adherents would say, "You have your truth, I have my truth, and someone else may have another. But all paths ultimately lead to the correct answer. To say that 2 + 2 = 4 is narrow-minded and intolerant of others' opinions. We must insist that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion."
Well, try paying your bills that way. Or, horror of horrors, filling out your tax returns that way. Then you'll discover how intolerant the IRS can be.
As a worshipper of Jesus Christ as the only way to God, I love everyone regardless of their opinions, ethnicity, language, and so forth. Jesus requires no less of me. I respect all my non-Christian friends and value them as men and women created in God's image.
But that is very different from saying other religions are as valid as faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said as much when he claimed, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). I consider myself as familiar with other religions as anyone can be, and I've never read or heard any of them claim that salvation is through them alone.
But America's new religion that many churches promote disavows Jesus' own words by claiming that you can fill your spiritual gas tank with any liquid and still get where you need to go.
Can you see how wrong, and even dangerous, that can be? For one thing, it creates confusion in the minds of the young and uninformed. But it also creates a vacuum that aggressive and violent ideologies can fill.