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Why aren’t we complaining about the National Interfaith Leadership Council?

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I would like to know why Christians criticise the ACDP for seemingly making the church part of the government, but no one except the South African Council of Churches (SACC) has criticised the newly formed National Interfaith Leadership Council (NILC).

 The National Interfaith Leadership Council was formed by Rhema church leader Ray McCauley a few months ago. Its aim is to help President Jacob Zuma and his government deal with service-delivery protests and other problems.

 The Mail and Guardian (M&G) has found that at least four members of the group of about 20 religious leaders are ANC MPs, including heavyweights such as ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga, and former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool.

 Other ANC sources point to the close relationship between Motshekga and McCauley. Together they created the idea for the NILC. The NILC is closely associated with Luthuli House, which is where the ANC’s headquarters are in Johannesburg.

 People from Rhema have moved into the ANC. Self-confessed fraud convict Carl ­Niehaus was a Rhema spokesperson before become an ANC spin doctor during the election campaign this year.

 During the ANC’s election campaign this year, McCauley controversially gave Zuma an exclusive platform to speak at Rhema. McCauley said other parties are welcome to speak at Rhema too, but then went back on his promise. Other parties, including the ACDP, requested time to speak but McCauley refused without giving a valid reason.
Vusi Mona was Rhema’s spokesperson at that time, and he defended McCauley’s decision. Mona quit Rhema shortly after the elections to join Zuma’s presidential communications team.

 The M&G says the NILC uses the ANC parliamentary’s communication facilities to communicate with the media. Two NILC press statements were sent from the ANC’s offices in Parliament.

 The South African Council of Churches (SACC) was not consulted or included at all when the NILC was formed. This can be seen as the NILC quietly sidelining Christians.

The general secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), Eddie Makue, said the purpose of the NILC was unclear to the SACC. The SACC does not know how the leadership and structures of the NILC were selected and constructed. However, the SACC has said it has several problems with aspects of the founding document of the NILC, but it did not explain what the problems are. Makue said that the Dutch Reformed Church, formerly linked to the apartheid government, was considering joining the NILC.

 The NILC promotes partnerships with interfaith forums to promote social education for moral regeneration, religious tolerance, social cohesion and development. It is ultimately a local form of the United Religions Initiative (URI). The URI promotes harmony and cooperation between all religions, in other words, ecumenism. Its underlying belief is that we all worship the same god no matter what religion you are from or how you worship. It compromises each religion’s values.

Don Frew, a representative from the URI, spoke about the worship done at the URI. "A highlight for me was being asked to perform a 'traditional Wiccan foundation blessing' in the closing ceremony.... I specifically invoked Hekate and Hermes by name, and [Episcopal] Bishop Swing was right there raising his arms in invocation with the rest of the Circle! We have, indeed, come a long way." Deuteronomy 12: 4 says, “You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.”

These practices are New Age idea. It is religious relativism, where people believe all religions are equally true and are equal paths to God. The end result will be a one world religion.

The URI promotes is religious relativism, the notion that all religions are equally true and are equally paths to God. In a July 1998 interview, the URI’s founder said, "The question is can we stand the generosity of God in that he reveals himself to other people in the world through other symbols and through other stories?" This equates non-Christian myths to the saving, historical acts of Christ's ministry.

William Jasper, author of ‘A New World Religion’ describes the religion of the UN: “…a weird and diabolical convergence of New Age mysticism, pantheism, aboriginal animism atheism, communism, socialism, Luciferian occultism, apostate Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism”.

The Lord calls us to demonstrate His love, but He also tells me to worship no other god.  You seem to believe that all gods are one. Deuteronomy 5: 9 says, “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God. Exodus 23:24a says, “Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices.”

The fact is, those who base their faith on the Bible can't join the Interfaith’s movement towards one religion. We know only one God, only one sacred Book, and only one way to eternal life. We must reject an all-inclusive global spirituality. Jesus said, “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

Investigative reporter Lee Penn, who is a Catholic and an ex-Marxist, says the interfaith movement began with the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, and has since grown worldwide. Although this movement has been largely unknown to the public, it now provides a spiritual face for globalization, the economic and political forces leading from nationalism to a one-world system, he says.

Penn thoroughly documents the history and beliefs of the URI and its New Age and globalist allies, the strong interests that support these movements, and the direction they appear to be taking. It favours erosion of national sovereignty, marginalisation of traditional religions, establishment of "global governance," and creation of a new, an Earth-based "global spirituality".

French metaphysician Ren Gunon, in "The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times," spoke of the "anti-tradition", which includes secular humanism. This will finally giving way to the "counter-tradition" (the satanic inversion of true spirituality), leading to the regime of Antichrist. The "anti-tradition" weakens and dissolves traditional spiritualities.

The Lucis Trust started a group called ‘World Goodwill’, an official non-governmental organization within the United Nations. It’s stated aim is “to prepare the world for the reappearance of the Christ.” Meaning the antichrist. The Lucis Trust is the Publishing House which prints and disseminates United Nations material. Lucis Trust was started by Alice Bailey, who was a promoter of New Age. It was originally named Lucifers Trust but it changed because the name gave away it’s true intentions. It is a real indication of the New Age and Pagan nature of the UN.

The URI wants to bring world peace, but this is going to happen at a great cost to us. It thinks the problems of the world are being cause by Christians who dogmatically proclaim that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation offered to mankind and that all other religions are false and lead to hell. It sees Christians as intolerant. It blames old “divisive” Biblical absolutes for the world’s wars and conflicts. Therefore, the URI’s charter forbids URI members from evangelising. It equates evangelising with violence.  Contrasting this, the ACDP promotes tolerance of all religions and does not include evangelizing as part of its duties.

Charles Gibbs, the Executive Director of the URI, apologised for Christian evangelism. His statement included regret for "proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of all" and for seeking "to make the whole world Christian". But Gibbs blurs the distinction between evangelization and forced conversion.

The URI beliefs are based on a definition of religion as a system of beliefs and practices where a group of people struggles with ultimate problems of human life. The people express their refusal to capitulate to death, to give up in the face of frustration, to allow hostility to tear apart their human aspirations. But this definition reduces religion to psychology and social action. This is what the NILC stands for.

The URI's proposed "reverence for all life" does not extend to the lives of the unborn. Although URI documents denounce many of the world's evils, they say nothing against abortion or artificial contraception. This is consistent with the statements by Bishop Swing and other prominent URI supporters, who repeatedly warn about the danger of "overpopulation" and argue the need for "reproductive health."

Be very careful of anyone who promotes world peace and unity through a system which will compromise your religious standards and values. It will eventually take eliminate diversity and sovereignty. In the end, the world’s religions will be controlled by a few powerful people, and we will lose the authority to make our own decisions.

Truth Seeker


Comments (3)Add Comment
written by kuchema, December 30, 2009
Fairly long. Got a condensation?
written by Dissol, December 30, 2009
Already criticised!!! If you look back at one of my blogs, closer to when this was announced. There should be NO RELIGION of any flavour in any government. Magical thinking has no place in politics. Keep it in your homes / churches / mosques / synagogues / temples.
written by mariusoost, April 06, 2010
While I agree with your sentiments on not compromising on the core beliefs of the Christian Faith, perhaps there is another position to consider:

As Christians, we have both a civic and moral duty to engage Government and Society at large for the sake of justice and goodwill. It would be inappropriate to attempt to do so purely as as the Christian Church without compromising the mandate of the church which is to tend to our members and minister to non-believers. As such, the need arises for a mechanism of cooperation between the Government and Faith-community, wherein both the mandate and independence of Government and that of the Faith-Community is respected. This gives rise the SACC, NILK and other such structures.

On the issue of "interfaith" participation... Again I agree with some of your points, but suggest that we cannot be naive about the need to, within a constitutional democracy, engage Government along with other faith groups. If we are to do so, ought we as Christians not to lake a leading role?

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