Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Global Faith Forum

Here is a new evangelical ecumenical event: Global Faith Forum, whose website states:

Why Attend?
The Evangelical Church says we want to reach the world, but do we really understand the world? At the Global Faith Forum, we’re moving from a conversation about other faiths, to a conversation with other faiths. A conversation that allows us to hear from leaders with different faiths, different worldviews and different ideas that shape the way we communicate in the 21st century.

This is just repackaged Catholic interfaith "dialogue" for the evangelical masses, and has nothing to do with preaching the gospel, but more about joining world religions together via unity in diversity. Check out the speakers and globalist aspects to the scheduled programs. One of their sponsors is the Council on Foreign Relations, need I say more?

By the way this group is Lausanne connected: via one of the speakers. That is Raymond J. Bakke who served as Senior Associate for Large Cities with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism from 1979 to 1995. I was not able to figure out if this was one of the multitudes of 'official global conversation" events that are being held along with the Lausanne Movement's Capetown 2010, but it definitely is of the same flavor.

If you haven't read my warnings about the Lausanne Movement yet, read here.


Elmarie said...

The Lausanne 2010 Capetown could be the formation of one of the biggest ecumenical movements worldwide. This is a biggie move and if one have understanding what it is about the picture is not good. You know Rick Warren is on the Board to?

thanks BB

Nice peacefull blog and to the point. I have paged trough your blog and appreciate that you do not post insulting comments or do not get into nonsensical arguments that are pointless. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

And they just keep gathering into the valley of decision, don't they?

Paul Schneider said...

Thank you so much for checking your facts...or did you? As the Communications Director for NorthWood Church and the Global Faith Forum, I would have gladly answered any questions for you, but it's probably easier just to make assumptions.

This is not interfaith. We stand strong in a very conservative, fundamental Christian theology. What we don't do is vilify those from other religions. We prefer the term "multifaith" for the very reason that "interfaith" has failed.

No, we're not Lausanne affiliated. Ray Bakke is one of our speakers and has done excellent work in reaching across cultural and religious boundaries in urban environments.

Not sure what you have against conversing with people of other faiths since that's pretty much what Jesus calls us to do in the Great Commission.

Anonymous said...

He called us to go preach the Gospel not go on a large platform with other faiths. That gives it the appearance of equal footing and in my opinion that does not magnify the Word. He is to be kept separate from that which is profane. By doing what you are doing you are profaning the Word of God. This is exactly what being lukewarm is all about. Anon. #1

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Bible Believer said...

Mr. Schneider

Thanks for the info on it not being an official Lausanne event.

How do you define "Multi-faith" and what is the difference between an "interfaith vs a multifaith" event?

From the Global Faith Forum website:

"Now, that relationship is being nurtured through community projects and other programs that show we can still hold strong beliefs but work together to improve not only our neighborhoods, but make a difference around the world."


There is a new "global spirituality" out there preaching the message that Christians should join with false religions for global endeavors [be that social programs or other ties]. As you can see from one of main topics of my blog here, I do not agree with this premise, looking to this Bible verse:

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

I agree with Anon #1

Anonymous said...

Paul Schneider's sarcastic and personally attacking response, shows that he is convicted.

There is only one true faith, and whether a person uses "multifaith" or "interfaith", they are still denying THE faith by their activities.

They might think they are preaching the Gospel, but in reality, they are endorsing other faiths by not making it clear that all other faiths are false.

Jesus spoke openly about the falsehoods and errors of all other beliefs other than Him. Jesus is the example, not these guys.

Anonymous said...

Any group that requires you to not first and foremost proclaim the exclusive Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the lost is one to run from, not join!

This is just another cog in the one world kingdom building effort. Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world.

Paul Schneider said...

Multi-faith acknowledges that people of other religions can be just as strong in their belief of their religion as we are of ours. So, if we're going to have a dialog with people of other faiths about Christianity, if we're going to be able to share the Gospel with them, we've got to show respect for one another.

The Biblical model of Jesus and Paul is to show respect to the tax collectors and at Mars Hill. Respect does not imply endorsement. Did Jesus accept the wrongful ways of the tax collectors? No. Should we find Jesus guilty by association? No. If Jesus didn't just socialize with the tax collectors, but instead did a project to build a well or tent with them, would He have been unequally yoked?

Too many Christians have decided to show hate and vilify those we would seek to reach. Burning their sacred text doesn't lead to them hearing the Word of God but rather leads to escalated hate and closed ears.

I think the problem here is the thought that we've accepted the tenants of Islam and are mixing them with Christianity. We have not. That's what some Interfaith programs have done by accepting "multiple truths and paths to God."

We're simply engaging them in conversation, so we can hear what they think of us and the way we present ourselves and our religion to them. That conversation is a two way street where they're open to hearing about our beliefs as well.

Anonymous said...

It's always funny to see people bring up "Mars Hill" as if that is the "ultimate example" of evangelism.

Yet, if you study the fruit of Paul's ministry at Mars Hill, there was next to nobody that got saved. Very few. Most just walked off and didn't believe. Nothing like other places where Paul saw abundant fruit and tons of people.

So the "Mars Hill" ministry didn't work, and Paul abandoned it, because chronologically, the next thing Paul wrote was:

1 Corinthians 2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

Paul refused to "engage them in conversation" anymore.

This "engaging them in conversation" is a failure model that doesn't put the focus on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, but rather, puts the focus on "conversation" and upon the other person's false belief system that is leading them to eternal torment in the lake of fire!

Bible Believer said...

The whole multi-faith network, is based on the world being offended by the gospel.

Rom 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

They "reach" out and unify with false religions for good works which is against biblical commands. Studying many of these interfaith sessions, especially from the Catholic side of things, it's all about watering down religions and focusing on "commonalities" moving everyone to a pseudo-universalism, where the gods of other religions simply are other "understandings of God". When Christians embrace hearing the falsehoods of other religions, in order to "understand them" or their people, as valid, already some steps have been made towards compromise.

I agree with Anon above.

Preaching the gospel is love. Watering things down, unequal yokings and compromising to seemingly make the gospel more palatable to unbelievers is not the answer.

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Bible Believer said...


This has to do with the comment about those who would burn the Koran, I came out against this.

One thing I wanted to add, Christians understand that false religions [Mystery Babylon are satanically inspired; there will be no truth arrived at in having Christianity and a false religion meet, two way streets do not work here. Truth does not mix with error.

The pluralists of the world, have an entirely different view of religions, they may see other religions in "error" but truly see them as "holding truths" with the false spirits in them as "other representations of God" This is where the Christian differs.