Syncretism

Syncretism in its basic meaning is the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, it reshapes Christian beliefs and practices, as a result Christianity looses it's unique nature and speaks with a tone that reflects the world's culture and religions.

In its practice within the church, it is use as a tool of Satan to create another avenue for 'Doctrines of  Demons' to mislead God's people. There are those who are attempting to combine either the beliefs systems of Free Masonry, Greek letter organizations, Yoga, New Age beliefs, etc. with that of Christianity.

The Biblical Position on Associations with organizations that have Unbiblical belief Systems

God makes his position clear that anyone who follows a belief system that usurps him is in violation of the first of the ten commandments.

 

Exodus 20:3

3 You shall have no other gods before me

"before Me" may mean “in opposition to Me” as well as “in My presence”, either way it strongly implies that God's people are to have "no" association with any type of foreign god, materialistically, spiritually or other wise.

Association with other gods and following non biblical belief systems brings with it the danger of godless influence from those who don't know the true and living God. Such was the case of the Jews as mentioned in Isaiah.

Is 2:6 6
For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with influences from the east , And they are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners.

The Bible exhorts biblical separation.

2 Cor 6:14-17

14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what  partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

This is not an injunction against all associations with unbelievers. (1Cor 5:9-11; 10:27) Paul encouraged the Christian believer who is married to a non Christian to remain in the marriage as long as possible. (1 Cor 7:12-16)

This is forbidding the forming of “close” attachment to the unbeliever, thus Paul uses the Greek word for bound, (translated "unequal yoking in the NKJV) .”heterozugeo” which means to come under an unequal or different yoke; a mismatched.

It is often necessary to indicate somewhat more precisely the manner in which one may be wrongly matched with others. Accordingly, one can translate 2 Cor 6:14 as ‘do not attempt to work together with those who are unbelievers’ or ‘do not become partners with those who do not believe.’

The figure of speech of "unequal yoking (NKJV) is based on the command found in Deuteronomy 22:10. that prohibited the yoking of an ox and an ass for plowing, and also on Leviticus 19:19 where the cross breeding of animals of a different species is forbidden.

To be unequally yoked or bound with those involved in idolatry and heathenism would have resulted in compromise of beliefs, standards, goals and a single minded devotion to God.

Paul further drives his point home when he says, what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness or what fellowship has light with darkness"

The Greek word for "partnership is "metoche" which is a relationship involving shared purposes and activity. This partnership is seen in the relationship context of those who are unequally yoked, which is described as "righteousness, Greek "dikaiosyn" (those who do right according to God's word and "lawlessness, Greek "anomia" (those who are against the law; wrong doing, committers of sinful acts) being bound together. The same unholy union is explicitly implied in Paul's metaphoric question ,..." what fellowship has light with darkness"

15  Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk  among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Paul hammers harder, making his point with 4 rhetorical questions in V15 and v16 each demanding a negative answer. The questions also serves to the incompatibility of Christianity in contrast to the world's religions and its philosophical systems with their practices and doctrine. Also the fact that believers and non believers have no basis for an intimate relationship nor common ground in the pursuit of the things of God.

This is because unbelievers do not govern their life according to the things of God but according the principles of the world system. (Eph 2:2)

The other reason believers are to avoid and not enter such unions is because they belong exclusively to God and not to the world system; "“I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be My people." This should take us back to Lev 26:11-12, God's promise to Israel is also a promise to the church with the difference being he will not only be among us but also "in us".

 17   “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch  what is unclean ; And I will welcome you.

The demand for holiness and fellowship with God is based on our separation from evil. In keeping with his promise of his presence, God demands separation form evil as Paul indicates by quoting from Is 52:11. This includes doctrinal and theological evil. This allows us to enjoy our fellowship which is referred to by the statement ..."I will welcome you".

In the Greek, the word "welcome" is the word "eisdechomai /ice·dekh·om·ahee" to receive kindly, to treat with favor. Those that come out of the midst of evil and separate themselves will be receive kindly by God and be in fellowship with him. To do otherwise is to blatantly disobey God and to expose ourselves to judgment from God and Satanic deception

 

Jerusalem’s idolatry thru the Practice of Syncretism and its punishment

Ezk. 8:3-18
3 He stretched out the form of a hand and caught me by a lock of my head; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the seat of the idol of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy, was located.
4 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the appearance which I saw in the plain.
5 Then He said to me, “Son of man, raise your eyes now toward the north.” So I raised my eyes toward the north, and behold, to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance.
6 And He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations.”
7 Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.
8 He said to me, “Son of man, now dig through the wall.” So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance.
9 And He said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here.”
10 So I entered and looked, and behold, every form of creeping things and beasts and detestable things, with all the idols of the house of Israel, were carved on the wall all around.
11 Standing in front of them were seventy elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them, each man with his censer in his hand and the fragrance of the cloud of incense rising.
12 Then He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are committing in the dark, each man in the room of his carved images? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.’ ”
13 And He said to me, “Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing.”
14 Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. 15 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these.”
16 Then He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun.
17 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me repeatedly? For behold, they are putting the twig to their nose.
18 “Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them.”

1. In Ezekiel vision he finds himself transported to the temple in Jerusalem. There he is shown the dire state of Israelite religion and reflected their true heart before God. The very temple grounds themselves were used for pagan practices of Egyptian idolatries into which the covenant-people had relapsed, practicing them in secret places.

2. There was the practice of the combination of different systems of philosophical and religious belief and practice. (in this case OT Judaism and Egyptian Paganism). This is known as Syncretism. Just like those in Ezekiel day who intermingled different systems of philosophical and religious belief and practices. Christians who are involved in Greek Letters Organizations and Free Masonry are guilty of the same idolatry as the Israelites of old through their practice of syncretism.

3. God considers such practices as offensive and provocative (Ezk 8:17) and a clear violation of the first commandment(Ex 20:3)

4. One who practices such are under the wrath of God (Ezk 8:18) yet one's compromising is no less abhorrent to God than the pagan practices here described.

5. These passages reveal an alignment with the world's system and a hostility toward God as shown in their rebellion (James 4:4)

Summary


No one can serve two masters, In Matt 6:24a Christ made this quite clear. The Greek word that is used for serve in this verse is douleuo  which means to “belong completely and be entirely under command to someone else; as a slave would be to a master.

To try and serve two masters and be entirely under the control of both is an impossibility Matt 6:24b. Therefore one cannot be single minded toward the teachings of Christianity while at the same time following the teachings and participate in the practices of  belief systems such as Masonry, Greek Letter Organization and  New Age, etc. These types of belief systems and practices are of the world and not of the God of the Bible. The result will be just as the Lord Jesus stated in Matt 6:24; Love one hate the other.

If you are involved in a false system of belief that is anti biblical, its imperative that you come out. If you love Jesus you will keep his commandments (John 14:15).

The Bible tells us, that the great and for most commandment is,
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (Matt 22:36-38)

To remain in them would be to reflect a hatred toward God and a lack of pure devotion toward him and will leave your salvation in question. (2 Cor 13:5-6). This will put you under the wrath of God(Rev 18:4-6) just as it did Israel during the time of EZEKIEL. For no one can serve two Masters (Matt 6:24). When one goes down this road the end result is a rejection of Biblical Truth.

By Hiram E. Sutton
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***Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright ©  1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission."

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