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" Reconciliation Sunday "

"Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them...and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.' You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done...to their gods. Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'; which you have not known; 'and let us serve them,' you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. (Deut 12:30-13:4)

Pat Robertson's "Christian Coalition" unites Catholics, Mormons, Moonies and others together with "christians" under the label "people of faith," even though these "faiths" are in opposition to one other. Robert Schuller focuses on the "beliefs the major faiths can agree on." The Dalai Lama in a recent Catholic-Buddhist conference said, "Members of different religions should not try to convert one another, but rather exchange ideas, study each other's traditions and conduct pilgrimages to each other's shrines."

Recently it was reported that a coalition of "main line" denomina- tions, who at one time in history preached the Gospel of Jesus' blood, issued an "official apology" to the Native American Religions for their ancestors' attempts throughout history to convert them from their Mother Earth-based religion, to Jesus Christ and His Saving Grace.

Now, "Reconciliation Sunday" (Sept 29,1996) is to gather together "all faiths" so they can apologize and repent to each other for years of "intolerance" of each other, and simply love one another and worship together. They want to be "reconciled" TO EACH OTHER in "unity."

    WHAT?!

    "Repent" for having preached the Gospel of Christ?

    WHAT?!

    "Repent" for obeying God in holding fast to "sound Doctrine?"(Tit1:9)

    WHAT?!

    A True Christian is to stoop from God's Holiness to fellowship and become "one" with Satan and his followers?

    WHAT?!

FOR A TRUE CHRISTIAN, the Gospel Message in a nutshell is this, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Rom 5:8-10)

Christians are "Citizens of heaven"(Phil3:20) and "Ambassadors for Christ."(2Cor5:20) We are called to be set apart, not join in. We are called to be different, not "tolerant." We are called to compel sinners to be "reconciled TO God," not to each other.

"Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God..they shall be My people.

COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM...BE SEPARATE, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean. And I will receive you.(2Cor6:14-17)

What if the "unclean thing" has the label/s "christian" and "church?"

COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues." (Rev18:4)

Amen!


For a more complete treatment of this subject, please check out the upcoming
December,96 VW issue "Tolerance or Holiness?" now available.

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