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Are You a Syncretist?

Religious Syncretism

Are You a Syncretist?

Syncretism is the merging of different beliefs or practices into something new (see: Vocabulary.com, Dictionary.com, and/or merriam-webster.com)

Religious Syncretism combines differing religious beliefs, philosophies, or practices into a new tradition (see: Wikipedia and/or Britannica.com)

A Syncretist is someone who attempts or practices syncretism (Wiktionary or yourdictionary.com)

Old Testament Examples

The first two of the 10-Commandments are to worship only the LORD God, and not idols (Ex. 20:2-5 and Deut. 5:6-9).

When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus answered the devil by quoting scripture.  After His 3rd temptation, Jesus summarized the first two commandments by saying, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve” (Matt. 4:10 and Luke 4:8).

But Israel repeatedly violated the command to worship only God.  Jeroboam instituted the worship of golden calves when Israel broke away from Judah.  Ahab added the worship of Baal and Asherah.  God sent many prophets to turn Israel back to Him, but they continued their idolatrous practices, so God used Assyria to destroy Israel and carry them into captivity.

Judah continued worshipping God in Solomon’s temple as prescribed in the law, but many people also worshipped in high places.  Some of their kings were good and worshipped the LORD alone, but many others turned the nation to idolatry.  God eventually punished Judah for their idolatry, using Babylon to destroy Judah and the temple, and to carry a remnant of survivors into captivity.

Old Testament history is filled with examples of the children of Israel violating God’s command to worship only Him by blending their worship of Him with the idolatrous practices of the nations around them.  God repeatedly condemned and judged their syncretism.  We need to learn their lesson.  God does not tolerate syncretism.  He considers it to be spiritual adultery.

Are You a Syncretist?

Many who call themselves “Christians” practice syncretism to be more accepted by our culture.  Are you one of them?

In the name of “tolerance,” some “Christians” reject Biblical teaching and adopt the world’s philosophies regarding sex, marriage, and gender to seem more loving and gain acceptance.  They fear the censure of society more than they fear God.  But the fear of man brings a snare.  Only those who place their trust in God and His Word shall be kept safe (Proverbs 29:25).

Many “Christians” deny the authority of Scripture by rejecting the clear teaching in Genesis of a recent 6-day creation by God.  They attempt to blend long-age evolutionary theories with the gospel to appear less foolish in the eyes of our corrupt culture, because they love the praise of’ men more than the praise of God (John 12:43).  By so doing, they demonstrate a distrust of the Bible, and undermine the need of salvation by placing millions of years of death and evolution before the first humans (and their sin).

Beware

Jesus warned:  “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26).

Jesus said it was those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake who would be blessed (Matt. 5:10).  He also proclaimed:

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake” (Matt. 5:11).

Beware my friend, because whoever wants to be a friend of the world will be God’s enemy (James 4:4).  Turn away from the ungodly babblings and oppositions of what is falsely called knowledge (1Tim. 6:20), “which some professing have erred concerning the faith” (1Tim. 6:21a).

Dare to believe the Bible and keep your Christian faith pure!

 

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