Where in the Bible does it say that Christians are supposed to work with people of other religions in order to solve the problem of poverty in the world?
We thought that the Great Commission said:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you... (Matt 28:19-20)
Or as Jesus says in the Gospel of Luke:
Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things...(Luke 24:46-48)
Well here is a website that is trying to unite the world religions in order to solve the global problems of extreme poverty and diseases and Rick Warren has signed on to this. Are Christians supposed to be working with false and idolatrous religions in order solve the problems of disease and poverty? Can Christians really be "One" with them in mission?
May we be so bold as to offer a Biblical answer to the questions we've just posed. According to the Bible (not Rick Warren or Bono) Christians cannot work with these other religions.
Cor. 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”