A Concerning Compromise

July 29, 2011 by Paul Chappell

The United Methodist Church strayed many years ago from the fundamentals of the faith and has long been ecumenical in affiliations. But a recent tragedy (reported in the Los Angeles Times) is a $40 million gift designated and being used by a United Methodist seminary to begin training programs for Muslim imams and Jewish rabbis. This school, Claremont School of Theology located here in California, hopes to later add training for other religious clergy as well—such as Buddhists and Hindus.

Of course, many are celebrating this move as a leap toward recognizing “religious diversity.” Yet, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Training leaders of religions that plainly deny Christ discredits the exclusivity of the Gospel and endorses false faiths.

Revelation 17 tells of a coming one-world religion that will embrace every religious diversity, but persecute Christianity. Moves like this of Claremont School of Theology reveal that many already see little distinction between various religious beliefs. (I cover the coming one-world church more thoroughly in my book Understanding the Times.)

Please pray for people who may be saved in some of these liberal denominations to awake to doctrinal integrity and join a biblical church that preaches the truth. And pray that Bible-believing Baptists will live in anticipation of Christ’s return and be diligent to obey Christ’s command to “Go…into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).


4 Comments »

  1. It truly is amazing how well the god of this world can blind the minds of many. Especially those of a religious stripe! Thank you for standing for the Faith!

    Comment by Cody Kuehl — July 29, 2011 @ 8:19 am

  2. Recently a lady visited our church in Patterson. She gave me a book that had been given to her as Sunday School curriculum in the local Methodist church. It is full of heresy and blasphemy as it denies the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, the blood atonement for sin, and much more.

    Pastor Timothy Benefield

    Comment by Timothy Benefield — July 29, 2011 @ 8:52 am

  3. Separation issues aside, how would this be helpful for the imams? With all seriousness, “I was trained by infidels” can’t look that great on a resume’. Very strange stuff.

    Comment by Christopher — July 29, 2011 @ 10:11 am

  4. I am thankful that West Coast Baptist College is committed to the training of future leaders exclusively for Bible believing Independent Baptist Churches.

    As we observe the decline of so many denominations and churches there is reason to believe that there is hope for revival in our great nation if the Lord delays His return. That hope is found in a good number of Local Church Independent Baptist Colleges turning out a new generation of Holy Spirit filled preachers and Christian workers that will give themselves to winning precious souls, stand solidly on the Word of God and refuse to compromise concerning the fundamentals of our faith or our Biblical standards of ecclesiastical and personal separation.

    Thank you Dr. Chappell for holding the standard high.

    Lonnie Mattingly,
    Pastor Emeritus
    Shawnee Baptist Church
    Shawnee Baptist College

    Comment by Lonnie Mattingly — July 29, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

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