Sunday, October 14, 2012

Syncretism - Blessing or Curse?

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you,
for when you love the world, you do not have
the love of the Father in you.
For the world offers only a craving for physical
pleasure, a craving for everything we see,
and pride in our achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father, but are from this world
(1 John 2:15-16 NLT)

Syncretism: the curse of apostate religion
~ Derek Thomas

According to Merriam, syncretism means:
1: the combination of different forms of belief or practice
2: the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms
 
Put another, yet similar way:
The union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy).
 
There's soooo much I could say on this subject, but I've decided to say but little.  The fact is, there is much going on in the religious world that is, unfortunately, oh-so cozy with THE world. 
 
 
 
Here we have the your God is the same God as my God doctrine.  It is the concerted compromise of making Christianity like any other worldview.  Regardless of what undergirds the motive for it, it certainly contains an element of craving in its ingredients -- for acceptance & validation, if not for vainglory.  Pride revs its engine.  Christianity is dumbed down.
 
All men (women & children) are precious & equal.  All beliefs & practices are not.
 
The operative word here is yoked, and not to be confused with becoming narrow-minded & meanspirited, lest we forget the mandate to love ...   
 
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.
For what do righteousness and
wickedness have in common?
Or what fellowship can
light have with darkness? 
What harmony is there between Christ
and Belial? Or what does a believer
have in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement is there between
the temple of God and idols?
  ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-16


 

7 comments:

myletterstoemily said...

i love your phrase that "all men are precious and
equal. all beliefs & practices are not." not many
are brave enough to say that any more.

skoots1mom said...

BeStill& Know and I were just talking today about people who can't commit to either end of religion; and the mushiness of their belief system b/c they don't want to draw a line in the sand, i guess.
we know the Lord has specifics when it comes to lukewarmness; may i be bold for Him!
thanks for the Word ;)
have a wonderful week

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I was going to tell you that skoots and I were just talking about that very thing....she beat me to it!

Right on target for the world today!
It's a slippery slope and staying diligent to the plumb line of Christ is the call of all believers!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I was going to tell you that skoots and I were just talking about that very thing....she beat me to it!

Right on target for the world today!
It's a slippery slope and staying diligent to the plumb line of Christ is the call of all believers!

Denise said...

Appreciate your sharing.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I have been in conversations in this regard lately, and find what you shared so true and so relevant to what Christendom is facing today. God's Word is Truth and His Truth will stand. I pray for discernment for me and for all beleivers in these crazy days in which we live. Well stated.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm particularly attuned to this as we move ahead in the presidential election. Mitt Romney's religion and God is not the same as mine. Many are willing to lump us all together. Here the name "God" and bing, the lumping begins.

It's a curious deliberation and one that must be carefully thought through.

I won't be voting for either candidate based on his religion/faith as the election rolls around.

I know you probably didn't intend for this post to get political; this is just what came to my mind while reading your thoughts.

peace~elaine