Unprecedented and potentially historic. That's how organizers are billing the 2016 Mekudeshet Festival just around the corner this fall.
It might more accurately be dubbed a predecessor of the one world religion.
Christians, Jews and Muslims are flocking to the Holy City for a "spiritual gathering" dubbed Amen—A House of Prayer For All Believers. The self-stated goal is to create "a single home for the world's three major religions to harness the city's ancient powers to inspire artists, musicians and cultural figures from around the world to redefine their art and traditions and connect amid troubling times."
"We will study, argue—yes, this is also allowed—and pray, together and alone," says Mekudeshet artistic director Itay Mautner. "We will see if it is possible, despite all the corporeal difficulties and earthly obstacles, to create a new reality."
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Expect to see more of these kinds of gatherings in the months ahead. Although we should seek opportunities to love people of all faiths, events like Amen typically breed compromise in the name of unity.
As I've said before, dialogue is one thing. Compromising the tenets of Christianity is altogether different. Using art and culture as a shill, Amen appears to be nothing more than an attempt to redefine religion.
This reminds me of Pope Francis' recent move to gather Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus together in prayer.
Disturbing video footage shows the pope receiving a demonic statue from a Buddhist and bending down to pray according to Muslim tradition.
"Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways," he says. "In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty we have for all: We are all children of God."
Here's the problem: You can seek God in many ways, but there's only one way to the Father. There is only one way to meet God, and His name is Jesus Christ. To even hint at anything else causes confusion at best and deceives many at worst. Events like Amen are a tool in the enemy's hand to dilute the one true and living God's gospel of salvation.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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