Christians not even knowing they shouldn’t be yoked with non-believers and/or being proud of being unequally yoked = really bad idea.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) and people like United Church of Christ (UCC) spokesman Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie think it is a great idea for Muslims and Christians to meet in Geneva to build a common future.
“Christians and Muslims have a joint responsibility to contribute the very best of their theological, spiritual, and ethical resources for the common good of humanity”, stated the organizers.
The group expects the consultation to “develop concrete ways of building a common future, in order to achieve more compassionate and just societies, based on equality, co-citizenship and mutual respect”.
(I wonder if they will convince the Muslims to stop the honor killings, persecution of those who leave the faith, etc.?)
Do they have any Bible verses to back up their views? Do none of them know their Bibles? Or do they not care what it says?
2 Corinthians 6:14–15 (ESV) Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
When the Bible teaches not to be unequally yoked it isn’t just about not marrying non-Christians (though that obviously applies). It means we shouldn’t pretend that we serve the same God and shouldn’t partner with them on spiritual matters.
Chuck even trots out his old sermon where he preached on John 14:6 and concluded that Jesus is not the only way to salvation. In addition to not understanding that simple verse, Chuck’s seminary forgot to tell him about the other 100+ passages that teach the same thing — as well as the countless commands in the Old Testament not to worship other Gods.
The truth of the matter is that we all can learn from the different ways we understand the Almighty
Let’s try an example. One way Christianity views the Almighty is that Jesus is God and that He died on the cross and rose again. One way Islam views the “Almighty” is that Jesus is not God and did not die on the cross. The Koran is quite explicit:
And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him – they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him. Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise. Koran, Sura 4:157-158
So how do religious pluralists reconcile those views?
We have a name for people who hold Chuck’s views: Non-Christians. Let’s just say that Christianity may not be their forte.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends or interact with non-believers. We wouldn’t get very far sharing the Gospel if that was the case.
Run, don’t walk, from the WCC, the UCC and any other group who thinks Jesus wants us to partner with non-Christians to serve him and especially those who can’t support the simple claim that Jesus is the only way to salvation.