This of course was coined and promoted by a Jesuit, Karl Rahner:
Anonymous Christian is the controversial notion introduced by the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner (1904 - 1984) that declares that people who have never heard the Christian Gospel or even rejected it might be saved through Christ. Non-Christians could have "in [their] basic orientation and fundamental decision," Rahner wrote, "accepted the salvific grace of God, through Christ, although [they] may never have heard of the Christian revelation."
Many say this formed the foundation of Vatican 2. We see this theme in many of the Pope's words or and even Mother Teresa's words about people becoming "better" Hindus.
There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers."
CS Lewis [with many other liberal compatriots] also held this viewpoint:
There are people in other religions who are being led by God's secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it
This is why you see in the Catholic church, ashram worshipping and zen studying Catholic monks along with nuns and groups that sponsor endless interfaith seminars and worship sessions. If you have doubts about the Catholic church being involved with what amounts to full blown one world religion universalism, check out the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue website. This is a Pope approved group by the way.
Check this out:
Realize while the world is being brought together to worship the so called cosmic christ or antichrist, this is not Jesus Christ of the Bible but another spirit altogether!
Madame H.P. Blavatsky:
He is the "Self-manifested;" in short, the "Son of the Father." Crowned with seven dragons, above his statue there appears the inscription Pu-Tsi-K'iun-ling, "the universal Saviour of all living beings" .
Pope John Paul II:
Jesus thus appears as the universal Saviour: all human beings, according to the divine plan, are ransomed, freed and saved by him.
later in the same speech the last Pope repeats the theme that 'jesus' supposedly works via false religions...
Consequently, any other autonomous sources or ways of salvation cannot be admitted apart from Christ. Thus in the great religions, which the Church considers with respect and esteem in the way indicated by the Second
Vatican Council, Christians recognize the presence of saving elements, which nevertheless operate in dependence on the influence of Christ's grace.
Therefore these religions can contribute, by virtue of the mysterious action of the Holy Spirit who "blows where he wills" (Jn 3:8), to helping men on their way to eternal happiness, but this role is also the fruit of Christ's redemptive activity. Thus with regard to other religions, Christ the Savior is also
mysteriously at work. In this task he unites to himself the Church, which is in a way the "sacrament of communion with God and of unity among all men" (Lumen gentium, n. 1).
Saving elements in Hinduism and Buddhism?
That's crazy. Jesus Christ does not save through false religions!
Think about this, that is what they are selling to the world. They want people to believe that all religions lead up to one mountaintop and to the same "god". This is why Christian [Protestant in this case] churches are allowing the services of other religions to be held in their facilities: "Churches Open Doors to Muslim Worship"
Remember Rome presents "another christ". We are warned about those who would bring another gospel, false christs in Matthew 24 and who would preach another "gospel":
Gal 1:6 ¶ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Even here the Catholic church makes it known, they care only for their own power rather then bringing a dying Hindu man to Jesus Christ for salvation.
Finally, it also enables the Church to take part in transforming the world (O'Connell, 1996. p.101). All this is possible when we see Jesus as the Universal Saviour and we can experience what Mother Teresa did when the dying Hindu man under her care exclaims " Glory to Jesus Christ through you" to which she proclaims " No, but glory to Jesus Christ through you, because you are sharing in His passion" (Hill, 1995. p. 4).
How many because of false teachings like this believe all you have to be is a "good person" to get to heaven and it doesn't matter what you believe? Biblical salvation is definitely rejected for false fuzzy feel-good imperatives that see all "gods" as "true".
One thing you must remember, a main part of the deception is presenting a false jesus to the world, that people will embrace. It is happening now. False religions even one's that focus on unity of religions like Baha'i present a false "jesus":
Baha'is believe that Jesus is "the very Savior of man". (Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.63)
Baha'is believe that Jesus' mission was to offer Himself "as a ransom for the sins and iniquities of all mankind." (Gleanings, p.100). The mission of Baha'u'llah, however, was to unite Humanity into the literal Kingdom of God the Father on earth; otherwise known as the New Jerusalem.
Remember Hindus believe that their "god" Braham, has come in variations of human forms, many different avatars including one of "jesus".
Hindus worship millions of gods, and believe that the creator-god Brahman manifested himself as a human many times. Buddah, Krishna, Jesus and many others were believed to be incarnations (this coming to earth in human form) of this god. Hindus find it easy to believe that Jesus was God in the flesh, but they do not accept Jesus as the only begotten Son of God (as the Bible teaches in John 3:16).
A false "jesus" is presented in Islam as well:
In Islam, Jesus (Arabic: عيسى; `Īsā) is considered to be a Messenger of God and the Messiah who was sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā'īl) with a new scripture, the Injīl or Gospel. The Qur'an (Koran), considered by Muslims to be God's final and authoritative revelation to mankind, mentions Jesus twenty-five times.[2
See where I am going with this? Things have already been set up for this world to follow a false "jesus": the antichrist as it were. The Vatican and the interfaith organizations in their messages of a "jesus" that saves even via false religions is setting the entire world up for deception. This stuff has infested the evangelical world as well. This is why Rick Warren [who just met with Catholic interfaither Tony Blair] is stumping for the same interfaith agendas as the Vatican. Here you'll see Rick Warren following the same "anonymous Christian" theme.
“I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.” —Rick Warren Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, July 6, 2005, “Discussion:Religion and Leadership,” with David Gergen and Rick Warren
“...You may be Catholic or Protestant or Buddhist or Baptist or Muslim or Mormon or Jewish or Jain, or you have no religion at all. I’m not interested in your religious background. Because God did not create the universe for us to have religion. He came for us to have a relationship with him.” —Rick Warren United Nations, Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, September 2005
One thing to ask yourself, is who is born again in the true Jesus Christ or who is following the antichrist? Think about those who preach that people can be saved via false religions and their devil inspired lies that keep people from salvation. Remember this verse too:
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Have nothing to do with the "anonymous christian" teachers!