Since 2005 the World Religions Summit has met annually—usually concurrent with a G8/G20 conference. The most recent meeting was held in Winnipeg, MB just before the G8 conference in Huntsville, ON. The stated aims of this organization are to: address poverty; care for our earth; and invest in peace. Obviously it is an “inter-faith” organization and boasts members of every kind of religious view. It is a veritable Babylon of spiritual confusion and alternatives to Biblical truth.
More than 90 religious figures from G8/20 countries took part and issued a carefully worded communiqué. That joint statement begins with the words:
- We, 80 senior leaders of the world’s religions and faith-based organizations together with 13 youth delegates, from more than 20 countries representing Aboriginal, Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, and Sikh religious traditions, have convened in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the eve of Canada hosting expanded global summits.
Participants in this World Religions Summit include all member groups of the Canadian Council of Churches to which several ‘evangelical’ and reformed denominations belong. For a full list of World Religions Summit participants, click here.
Because of the mixt multitude brought together in World Religions Summit, there is no emphasis on Biblical truth and the real ministry of the Church of Christ to mankind. The joint statement contains only one overt reference to God and refers to Him as “the Creator”. This of course allows God to be defined as any of the participants wish. This means that Anglicans, various shades of Canadian Baptists, The Christian Reformed Church in Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Salvation Army join with Roman Catholics, Muslims, Hindus and even proponents of aboriginal mythology, to assert a common view of God and a common mission in the world! What absolute blasphemous confusion!
According to World Religions Summit participants, the mission of the Church is one of social justice, environmental activism and anti-war lobbying. While the Bible believer may have a valid concern in each of these areas it is patently not the primary mission of the Church, as laid down by Christ, to pursue such a course. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mt 28:19-20 AV) Still less is it the purpose of God that His people join in fellowship with every false religion imaginable, to pursue a course at variance with His revealed mandate for His Church.
The World Religions Summit website offers a kit of information to download encouraging ‘people of faith’ to organize and ‘inter-faith event’ and to encourage this inter-faith activity that WRS feels is so crucial to its ambitions. One of the component parts of this kit is a “Prayer of thanksgiving for the religions of the world”. It is in a responsive form and names 14 world religions and concludes with the following (just in case anyone would feel left out!):
- We give thanks for every faith tradition, named and unnamed, for the variety and richness of their spiritualities, for their united quest for truth, for their common dedication to the pursuit of peace, reconciliation and healing of the spirit.”
Such an incantation is certainly not prayer according to the word of God. There is but one God, one form of truth which is to be found in the Lord Jesus Christ and His word. Every other form of religion is error to be rejected – not to be thankful to God for!
In his vision of Revelation 17 John the Apostle describes the false Church—the Babylonish Harlot. She is comprised of every form of religious error that has ever existed. The last days, immediately prior to the emergence of the man of sin—the beast of Revelation 17—will be marked by the reunification of all forms of religious error into one abominable amalgam. The World Religions Summit certainly must be seen to play a leading role in that process. Surely, this is what the harlot of Babylon actually looks like! God’s people need to take a good look at organizations like the World Religions Summit, recognize the brazen face of the great whore (Rev 17:1), and keep as far from it as possible! This will unquestionably mean immediately breaking links with any of the partner churches that comprise the World Religions Summit.
Again we repeat the heavenly words John records concerning Babylon: “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Rev 18:4 AV)