How far the world has fallen.
But even so, let us not under-estimate the 2016 Assisi event. It was still an interfaith Babel, an assembly of the world’s top religious deceivers.
So who was there?
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There was the Eastern Orthodox patriarch, Bartholomew I of Constantinople; the Syriac Orthodox patriarch of Antioch, Ignatius Aphrem II; representatives of the Eastern Orthodox institution of Albania; the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; the Grand Dukes of Luxembourg; the chief Jewish rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni; the chief rabbi of Turkey; the chief rabbi of Brussels; the deputy head of Al-Azhar University in Egypt (possibly the most important university of the Islamic world); the Muslim emir of Nigeria; a Muslim from Indonesia; representatives of the Muslim grand mufti of Lebanon; various other representative of Islam; Hindus; Buddhists; Yazidis, and other victims of persecution by the Islamic State terrorists; and representative of other religions.
In total, over 500 people participated, including United Nations representatives. All eager to be seen, all eager to be commended for “making a difference”, for “praying for world peace”.
All equally lost, dead in their sins, and utterly impotent in their prayers, for they were praying to false gods.
The purpose of the Assisi event, the world was told, was to express what (supposedly) “unites” all religions, which (supposedly) is the desire for peace. This in itself was ludicrous: since when have religions of the world longed for peace? Has Islam ever desired peace? Certainly Popery itself never has! Their histories reveal what a lie it is to claim they “long for peace”.
The Grand Entrance
Always one to make a grand entrance, Francis arrived in his helicopter after the other representatives had done so, and were waiting for him. This theatrical gesture made him the focus of all attention, giving the impression that his own arrival was the highlight of the event. As indeed it was. “The pope entered the courtyard of the convent where other participants were waiting for him”; “His arrival caused much emotion among the main leaders participating in this event”. Always, always, at any inter-religious gathering, the Jesuits see to it that the pope is the sun around which all other religious leaders revolve like orbiting planets, important perhaps in their own way but as nothing compared with “His Holiness”. Always, always, the impression must be given that Roman Catholicism is the world’s most important religion, the most powerful, the greatest in every way.
Upon arriving, Francis proceeded to greet each and every one of those present – some 500 participants. This just made him rise even higher in the estimation of the media. There were probably dozens of those very religious leaders who were thinking to themselves, “Why didn’t I think of doing that? Why does the pope always manage to upstage the rest of us?” He does so, because no other religious leader, no matter how influential, has the Jesuits working for him, those masters of the importance of gestures, symbolism, and the perfectly-timed photo-op.
As at the first Assisi event in 1986, during this one in 2016 the representative of each religion prayed separately, according to their own rites. This enabled the false “Christian” representatives to return to their own people and assure the more conservative and nit-picky among them that they did not disobey Christ’s command to pray only to God the Father in the Name of God the Son. They did so, they were able to say; they did not participate in prayers to the Muslim Allah, to the Hindu gods, or to the deities of any other religion represented. They merely prayed in the vicinity of all those other religious leaders, who were praying in their own way to their own gods.
This is how the interfaith movement is sold to the people. But it is Jesuitical sophistry. The fact remains that, at the instigation of the man millions claim to be the most important “Christian” on earth, representatives of many religions gathered to pray at the same time, in the same vicinity, for the same purpose. And the fact remains that representatives of various false “Christian churches” were deliberately, and by arrangement, praying at the same time, in the same vicinity, and for the same purpose, as the representatives of all those heathen religions. It just shows, yet again, that none of those representatives calling themselves “Christians” were true Christians at all! This was nothing less than an abomination before God, an inter-religious prayer meeting whichever way one cuts it. True Christian prayer is only to the Father, in the Name of the Son (Jn. 14:13,14; 16:23,24), and only offered by true Christians. “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matt. 4:10). To join with the heathen in prayer is an act of worship, and it is the worship of false gods, which is nothing less than the worship of devils; and the Bible is clear: “I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” (1 Cor. 10:20). Not only did Francis and the other deceivers falsely calling themselves “Christians” have fellowship with the devils of those other religions that day at Assisi, but their own worship was the worship of devils as well! For any and all false religions, including the ones calling themselves “Christian”, are involved in the worship of devils – it doesn’t matter what names they give to their gods.
After all these men and women had all prayed separately, they gathered outside the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, where speeches were made. And just as Francis I was the last to arrive, so he was the last to give a speech. This ensured that his speech would be the one most remembered, and it also gave the impression that he was the most important religious leader present. As, indeed, he was.