January 2, 2020 DCLM Daily Manna Devotional :- ALL FAITHS ARE NOT EQUAL!
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 2020
TOPIC: ALL FAITHS ARE NOT EQUAL!
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 10:14-33.
KEY VERSE: “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils” (1 CORINTHIANS 10:21).
Leonard Sweet, in his book ‘Soul Tsunami’ wrote: “Our postmodern American culture wants tolerance of all beliefs…” The result is the morphing of Jesus into Syncretism. Americans are deeply spiritual and secular. We cook up our own religion to our taste.
Dictionary definition of syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures or schools of thought. Apostle
Paul, in our text, warned the Corinthian believers against the babit of mixing their pure faith in Christ with idolatrous practices among the natives which was their way of life before their conversion. He pointed out the degree of irreverence involved when a believer who partakes in the Lord’s Table with the brethren also maintains his fellowship with the pagan feasts and ceremonies of their days. There is no gain in any opportunity that accommodates every interested party.
Interfaith dialogues can easily slip into syncretism, if care is not taken. It doesn’t mean believers of different denominations should not network with each other; but such networking should have the Bible as its base. Deceivers preach about God but equate Him with other gods in an attempt to drown out the uniqueness of God in a crowd of all-commers; the aim is to confuse the simple. New age spirituality states that all faiths are equal and we have already witnessed attempts by so-called ‘Christian leaders’ to lead the body of Christ away from God through ecumenism and syncretism. These are wolves in sheep’s clothing and the true believers must not fall for this hoax.
We must not partake in the practice of syncretism. We must continue to live, walk and act in faith while watching against Satan’s attempts to spy on our liberty and corrupt the Body of Christ.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do not eat with the devil at all; not even with a long spoon!
BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 4-6.