"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." -John 3:3
In public and private schools all across America, children are being brainwashed with "religious tolerance." The teacher will usually say something like, "It's ok to be Muslim. It's ok to be Catholic. It's ok to be gay. It's ok to believe whatever you choose. We need to accept one another, and love our fellow mankind. We don't have to agree with each other; but we shouldn't criticize other's beliefs or make them feel oppressed. We should be tolerant."
The problem with such thinking is that an individual is discouraged from criticizing someone else's beliefs. Religious freedom should not attempt to silence Bible-believing Christians who preach against false religion. The Word of God condemns 99% of all religion! True religious freedom means that I don't have to refrain from criticizing someone else's religion. It is my 1st Amendment right. This is freedom of speech! The garbage that is being taught to teenagers all across America today is NOT religious freedom; but INTOLERANCE! They are being taught that it's ok to believe what you want; but don't you dare elevate your beliefs above anyone else's by saying that they're wrong. It's utterly hypocritical. The very people crying out "religious tolerance" are the same one's who are critical and intolerant of us Christians who say that the Catholic Church is straight out of the pits of Hell (and it surely is!). Catholicism is of the Devil--they worship statues, idolize Mary, pray in vain repetitions, trust priests to forgive their sins, teach works salvation and baptismal regeneration, mandate the 7-sacraments for salvation, and follow a host of manmade doctrines NOT taught in the Word of God. Catholics certainly have the FREEDOM to believe what they want; but they do NOT have the Biblical RIGHT. Mark 7:6-13 and Romans 10:3-4 condemn the Catholic religion to Hell. I am not being intolerant when I preach against the demonic Catholic Church, I am exercising my 1st Amendment rights (my religious freedom). So how am I being intolerant? You are being intolerant by telling me that I don't have a right to criticize your false beliefs.
Many People are Confused Over Religious Tolerance
When you talk about "religious tolerance," you need to define what you mean because there are different understandings of the term. In one sense, it means religious freedom. I believe in religious freedom. This is America and we have a Constitutional right to worship as we so choose. However, I receive a lot of hate mail from people, who condemn me for criticizing other religions. This is a very different meaning of the word "tolerance" than freedom. They accuse me of lacking "religious tolerance" because I won't accept other views and religions as legitimate. Thus, they want me to be quiet and stop expressing my views. They want me to compromise! Where is my freedom? As you can see, religious freedom and being told to refrain from speaking our opinions are diametrically opposed. You can't have it both ways! Either I have religious freedom or I don't. I have a right to speak my mind, and you have the same right. If I say that Islam is of the Devil, you have no right to accuse me of being "intolerant." If religious tolerance means freedom, then you are the one being intolerant for trying to silence me.
If religious tolerance means accepting other religions as equal with each other, then I am certainly being intolerant. In fact, the Bible teaches such RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE! ...
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? ... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord." -2nd Corinthians 6:14,17
We are NOT supposed to "accept" false religion. There is NO common ground between a child of God and a child of the Devil. We are to remain separate. So you see, it is important to differentiate between the different comprehensions of the phrase "religious tolerance." To one person it means freedom, to another it means oppression. I believe in religious freedom, BUT NOT COMPROMISE. I will NEVER accept Catholicism, Islam, or Mormonism--they are all cursed of God (Galatians 1:9). I will NEVER be tolerant of such damnable religions; BUT, I do respect their member's freedom to worship as they choose.
The Devil is a Master Con Artist and Liar
We read in 2nd Corinthians 11:13-14, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." Clearly, all religions do not lead to God (the True Light). The light which the Devil's religious crowd speaks of is an undefined, ambiguous, one-size-fits-all, new age god. This is the "Great Architect" of the occult Freemasons. This is the make-up-your-own-god of the Alcoholic's Anonymous organization. This is the god of President George W. Bush. Please read The False gods That People Love. Society is saturated with damnable heresies--false religions, false bibles, false gods, etc. The Word of God is our Light, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105). Jesus stated in John 12:46, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." Jesus is the Light, the Living Word (John 1:1,14; 8:12). Sadly, most people never get saved ... "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1:5). Satan is the god of this sinful world (2nd Corinthians 4:4), and he works relentlessly to blind the masses from the saving Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When someone speaks of "religious tolerance," what they are really saying is that they DON'T believe the Bible is God's Word. The Devil's crowd is using "religious tolerance" as a means to suppress the Truth of God's Word. In effect they are saying to Bible-believing Christians, "Shut up! I don't want to hear you criticize my false religion." This is the way of sinful humanity. A person who is sick is much less likely to be concerning about infecting someone else, than a healthy person would be about becoming infected. Similarly, false prophets generally don't mind yoking together with Christians; BUT Bible-believing Christians are strictly forbidden in 2nd Corinthians 6:14-17 from yoking together with unbelievers. Therefore, Christ-honoring believers are often labeled as "hate-mongers" or "intolerant" of other religion. Billy Graham and Benny Hinn are leading the way in Satan's Ecumenical Movement (i.e., a yoking together of the saved with the unsaved). The results are massive apostasy and fewer people getting saved. The Truth of God's Word is always diminished, redefined, and corrupted in the Ecumenical Movement.
Eternal Life is Found Only By Faith Alone In Jesus Christ!
I recently witnessed to a Catholic gentleman who said to me, "It doesn't matter what you believe as long as you are sincere in your heart." Boy, the Devil's in his head. Proverb 14:12 states, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." So much for sincerity! Listen friend, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and neon lights. You'd better OBEY the Word of God if you want to go to Heaven, because trusting in religion is a sure road to damnation. Galatians 3:26 declares, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." The Word of God goes even a step further, to clarify the matter, by stating in Acts 4:10-12, "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." This Scripture passage alone eliminates 99% of this world's religions. As you've read from the Bible, there is "NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED." It's Jesus or Hell according to the Word of God ... is God being intolerant? Yes! God has a right to be intolerant, for He is God. Who are we to criticize God's Word? The entire religious tolerance agenda is really a battle against the Word of God. The Devil's crowd wants to silence Bible-believing Christians from preaching the Truth of God's Word which exposes their falsehoods. I like what an old preacher said ... "I'm as narrow-minded as the Bible." I agree 100%!
By David J. Stewart
"And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible." -Isaiah 13:11
"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil..." -Psalm 97:10