I was traveling on the ferry to our farm when I struck up a conversation with a chatty woman. She was a clinical psychiatric nurse who had lots of experience with addiction counseling. She asked what we were going to do on the farm, so I told her about my son’s vision to do drug & alcohol recovery through farming. She told me about her experience with AA, and NA where they come to the place where they realize they cannot conquer their life’s demons, and need a higher power.
I said “I we were involved with ‘Celebrate Recovery,’ where they put a name to the higher power.”
She replied, “Oh you can’t do that, as long as the person turns to some form of higher power, it’s all good.”
“Sure I can, I’d like to think my team’s better than the alternative.”
She wouldn’t let it go. She had to let me know how the only correct way to think was pluralistically. Gosh, the mind police have gotten to her. If every way is right, then none of them are right. If there are no absolutes, then there is no right and no wrong. To her, the only right is that everyone is right. Unless of course you believe you are right, then you are wrong. Confused?
Pluralism is a delusion that Jesus confronted head on when He said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Ecumenicalism is wonderful until it includes those who don’t believe on the lordship of Christ, then it’s diabolical. Jesus discounted for all time any belief system that was not exclusive to him. This “my way or the highway” attitude is anathema to the pluralists. They are tolerant only to those who are tolerant as they are. To the exclusive, they are completely intolerant.
Do not be confused about this issue. A pluralist mindset is totally at odds with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own.” Herbert Samuel.