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January 11, 2010

‘Mix-and-match’ faith dangerous

Allie Martin – OneNewsNow – 12/21/2009 5:00:00 AM

A clergyman in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America isn’t surprised that elements of eastern faiths and New Age thinking have found their way into the beliefs of many Protestants and Catholics.

According to a recently published survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 65 percent of U.S. adults mix contradictory beliefs — such as blending Christianity with beliefs like reincarnation, astrology, and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects. Also, 28 percent of people who attend church weekly say they visit multiple churches outside their own tradition.

Rev. Julian Dobbs with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America says there is a definite danger when self-professed Christians mix other faith practices and beliefs with the biblical truth.

“Those things that appear attractive to us out of other religions may have just enough truth within them to ensnare us and entrap us into faiths that do not produce a relationship with the living God,” says Dobbs.

“If you mix truth and error, dark and light, eventually you realize that they don’t mix,” he continues. “And when you mix and match and build a religion or a faith around you and what works for you and your likes and dislikes…you do that based on your hopes as an individual, rather than [on] the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The survey also found that 59 percent of less-frequent church attendees say they attend worship at multiple places.


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