October 23, 2007
According to President George W. Bush, Christians and Muslims worship the same god. In fact, President Bush believes that EVERYONE worships the same god, whether they be Christians, Muslims, or people of any other religion. Don’t take my word for it: Mr. Bush made these statements himself. I reported President Bush’s remarks in this column just recently.
For the sake of those who missed it, ABC’s Charles Gibson recently interviewed President George W. Bush. Here is a verbatim transcript from that interview:
Q. “Do we all worship the same God, Christian and Muslim?”
A. “I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the Almighty.”
Q. “Do Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven in your mind?”
A. “Yes they do. We have different routes of getting there.”
Then, just a few days ago, President Bush, in an interview with Al Arabiya television, said, “I believe in an almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God.” In the same interview he said, “I believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from Abraham. I believe in that universality.”
Obviously, this is not the confession of a Christian. It is the confession of a universalist.
Bush’s beliefs remind me of the book co-authored by Muhammad Ali, Thomas Houser, and Richard Dominick entitled Healing: A Journal of Tolerance and Understanding. In this book Muhammad Ali writes, “If you’re a good Muslim, if you’re a good Christian, if you’re a good Jew: it doesn’t matter what religion you are, if you’re a good person, you’ll receive God’s blessing.” (p. 3)
“The great monotheistic religions of the world all worship the same God. They just call him by different names.” (p. 9)
“All people serve the same God. We just serve Him in different ways.” (p. 32)
By definition, both President Bush and Muhammad Ali believe the same thing: they are both universalists.
Baker’s Dictionary of Theology, page 539, defines Universalism this way: “Universalism is the doctrine of ultimate well-being of every person. The doctrine has a pagan and a Christian form. According to the former, all will ultimately be happy because all are, by nature, the creatures and children of God. The universalistic heresy (it is rejected by the general tradition of the church–Eastern, Roman and Protestant) in Christianity teaches that although all of the human creatures of God have fallen into sin and are lost, all will be saved through the universal redemption of Christ.”
President Bush’s infatuation with universalism is tied to his commitment to universal (or global) government. You see, Bush is part of an elitist cabal that is attempting to carve out an international New World Order. And in order for global (or even regional) government to take shape, there must be an acceptance of global religion. In other words, universalism is the religion of the New World Order, the United Nations, and all those who desire global government.
To anyone who understands the true message of Christ, however, the doctrine of universalism is anathema.
Every true believer in Christ understands Him to be the God-Man, the Creator-God become flesh (John 1:1-3, 14). We understand that Jesus is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6). We take Christ at His word, when He told us, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) We believe Him when He said, “[H]e that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9) We understand that Jesus is the “fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Col. 2:9)
No real Christian could say that every religion worships the same God or that everyone is going to Heaven, regardless of who or what they worship. Only a universalist could make such a statement. I say it again, President Bush is a universalist.
Furthermore, because President Bush has convinced everyone that he is a Christian, his erroneous remarks portend much evil. Why? Because many professing Christians will take the word of an apostate President over the word of their own pastors or even the very Word of God. This is not to mention the damage he has done to the testimony of Christ in giving unbelievers a false sense of security in worshipping false gods and believing false doctrines.
Accordingly, I invite readers to view a Sunday address that I just recently delivered to the people of my church. The title of the address is, “Do Christians and Muslims Worship The Same God?” There is no charge to watch or download this video sermon. One may even download the message as an MP3 file for use in one’s IPOD. In fact, I pray that God will give the message wide distribution. It just might be the most important message I have ever delivered. See the video sermon here: http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/sermonvideo.html
After listening to this message, a visitor told one of our ushers on the way out, “I came here believing in universalism. But now I am a Christian.” I am afraid that there are many tens of thousands of people attending our churches all across America today who are not Christians, but have followed President Bush into the false religion of universalism. Please watch the video sermon.
Plus, if anyone would like to have DVD copies made of this video sermon, we might be able to make these available as well. If you are interested in having a DVD of this sermon, please write firstname.lastname@example.org
© Chuck Baldwin
Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Baldwin is also the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show “Chuck Baldwin Live” This is a daily, one hour long call-in show.
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