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Biblical Interfaith Meetings – the 3rd Way using Land, Wood and Mohler


Or, bulldozing the Brick Wall

From Truth With Snares

From the first Biblical interfaith meeting in 1 Kings 18 when God’s Prophet Elijah met with the prophets of Baal, to the Apostle Paul revealing the true identity of their unknown God to the Greeks in Acts 17:23, and I have recently learned a number of Christian leaders have purportedly found a third methodology to successful interfaith meetings with Mormons.

At the invitation of Mormon leaders a number of Christian leaders have agreed to speak at the Mormon’s most prestigious school, Brigham Young University (BYU). Starting this past September and continued into October 2013, the BYU Universe student news service has headlined, “Interfaith Lecture Series a huge success on BYU campus.” (Source) The series has done so well the plans for more meetings in 2014 have already been announced. Here are some of the Christians leading the charge so far:

– Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary of Charlotte, NC on September 6th

– Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assembly of God September 16th

– Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on October 23rd 2013.

So are these Christian leaders bringing the Gospel of the true Jesus Christ, and reveal the Mormon god is no god at all? According to at least one of the Mormon leaders organizing these meetings the answer is, no. The stated purpose of these interfaith lectures is,

“…not to discuss the differences in doctrine between the LDS church and other religions, but rather is to build on common values and to encourage students to take an active part in defending family, their faith and community. “It’s about what we do have in common and what we can do to strengthen our society and our families,”said BYU Dean of Religious Education, Brent Top.  (Source: BYU Universe)

Continued here

Also see, Top Seven Reasons Why Not to Speak at Mormon Interfaith Meetings

6 comments on “Biblical Interfaith Meetings – the 3rd Way using Land, Wood and Mohler

  1. To the merits of value agreements I ask why, when you read how Jesus after forty days of fasting driven into the desert rejected the nafarious value questions by the god of this world to him, would godly men not do the same and reject the same notions by those whose religion is the work of the god of this world?

  2. II Jn. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

    10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

    11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

  3. That statement from one of the Mormon leaders organizing this interfaith ‘party’ showed me a lot about where the Church in America is today,

    The stated purpose of these interfaith lectures is,

    “…not to discuss the differences in doctrine between the LDS church and other religions, but rather is to build on common values and to encourage students to take an active part in defending family, their faith and community. “It’s about what we do have in common and what we can do to strengthen our society and our families,”

    Jesus, the gospel, and the lost being offered both, has taken a backseat to “saving” a society…and the so-called “American way of life”.

    If i ever doubted this false type of christianity had infiltrated the entire Church, clear to the top, this dispels any doubt i may have had.

    The harvest is plenty brothers, but no one is interested in working the fields.

    Andrew Strom emailed out something today which i had intended to share, here’s as good a spot as any to do so,

    PROPHETIC WORD from 50 YEARS AGO
    by A.W. Tozer

    “Let me go out on a limb a little bit and prophesy. I see the time
    coming when all the holy men whose eyes have been opened by
    the Holy Spirit will desert worldly Evangelicalism, one by one.
    The house will be left desolate and there will not be a man of God,
    a man in whom the Holy Spirit dwells, left among them.

    I hear Jesus saying…Mat 23:37-38: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the
    one killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to her,
    how often would I have gathered your children together, even as
    a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you would not!
    Behold, your house is left to you desolate”

    As the Church now stands, the man who sees this condition of
    worldly evangelicalism is written off as somewhat fanatical. But
    the day is coming when the house will be left desolate and there
    will not be a man of God among them. I would like to live long
    enough to watch this develop and see how things turn out. I would
    like to live to see the time when the men and woman of God – holy,
    separated and spiritually enlightened – walk out of the evangelical
    church and form a group of their own; when they get off the sinking
    ship and let her go down in the brackish and worldliness and form
    a new ark to ride out the storm.”

    I think the time has come to come out of her my brothers and sisters…

    Makes Dan’s question seem even more important, Is the American Church at the lampstand-removal phase?

  4. From Mohler address:

    “I come as a Christian theologian to speak explicitly and respectfully as a Christian—a Christian who defines Christianity only within the historic creeds and confessions of the Christian church and who comes as one committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to the ancient and eternal Trinitarian faith of the Christian church. I have not come as less, and you know whom you have invited. I come knowing who you are—to an institution that stands as the most powerful intellectual center of the Latter-Day Saints, the most visible academic institution of Mormonism. You know who I am and what I believe. I know who you are and what you believe.”

    “I am not here because I believe we are going to heaven together. I do not believe that. I believe that salvation comes only to those who believe and trust only in Christ and in his substitutionary atonement for salvation. I believe in justification by faith alone, in Christ alone. I love and respect you as friends, and as friends we would speak only what we believe to be true, especially on matters of eternal significance. We inhabit separate and irreconcilable theological worlds, made clear with respect to the doctrine of the Trinity. And yet here I am, and gladly so. We will speak to one another of what we most sincerely believe to be true, precisely because we love and respect one another.”

    Full text here
    http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/10/21/a-clear-and-present-danger-religious-liberty-marriage-and-the-family-in-the-late-modern-age-an-address-at-brigham-young-university/

    • Thanks for commenting by sharing from Mohler’s website oldindawae. I understand he and the other leaders do not see the wrong they are doing by uniting with those outside the faith for the “common good”. But if you’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ for very long, you know that compromising (even for what seems to be a “good cause”) is a slippery slope which inevitably leads to more and more compromise.

      This below is from Way of Life Literature:

      SOUTHERN BAPTIST SEMINARY PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO MORMONS ABOUT JOINING FORCES AGAINST SECULARISM (Friday Church News Notes, November 1, 2013, http://www.wayoflife.org) –

      Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s flagship seminary, spoke to a Mormon audience at Brigham Young University on October 21. He stated that he does not accept Mormon doctrine and that he was there as one “committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to the ancient and eternal Trinitarian faith of the Christian church.”

      But he also said that he believes that Mormons and Christians should stand together against the onslaught of secularism.

      His presence at a Mormon forum was exhibit A for this type of unity.

      He said many good things, such as, “The conflict of liberties we are now experiencing is unprecedented and ominous. Forced to choose between erotic liberty and religious liberty, many Americans would clearly sacrifice freedom of religion. How long will it be until many becomes most?” (Albert Mohler Speaks at Brigham Young University,” Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 22, 2013).

      And, “Heterosexuals did a very good job of undermining marriage before same-sex couples arrived with their demands. The marriage crisis is a moral crisis and it did not start with same-sex marriage, nor will it end there. Once marriage can mean anything other than a heterosexual union, it can and must mean everything. It is just a matter of time” (Mohler at Brigham Young).

      Those are brilliant statements. He knows what is happening and sees what is coming, but he understands neither the root cause nor the solution.

      As for the root cause, it is the apostasy and compromise of the churches, and his own Southern Baptist Convention has as much guilt in this as any. He proposes a poisonous solution to heal the disease.

      It doesn’t matter how reasonable it might seem for moralists of all stripes to join forces against secularism, God forbids His people to do that.

      “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?” (2 Cor. 6:14-15).

      Where do we see the apostles joining forces with moralistic pagans against the ills of the Roman Empire? When did Paul try to form an alliance with morality-loving Jews and the Galatian heretics against Caesar worship and Diana orgies?

      Conservative evangelicals today are facing two ways, just like their hero Billy Graham. They say some good things; they speak some truth out of one side of the mouth, but they contradict it out of the other. They seemingly have a face toward truth, but they have another face toward error. It is light mixed with darkness. It is confusion, and this type of compromise results in vast spiritual blind spots.

      Modern evangelical waters, even the most “conservative,” are dangerous waters.

  5. How much does political gain play into this liaison?

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