Pastor sponsors interfaith dialogue with Wiccans

tn-tn-dpt-me-fairview-church-jpg-20130524 Love to get your thoughts about this news: The pastor of Fairview Community Church seems to have taken a page out of Pope Francis’ book concerning grace--if God’s redemption covers everyone, including atheists and non-Christians, it covers Wiccans too. Last month, Reverend Sarah Halverson invited interfaith dialogue with Wiccans to learn more about Wiccan and Pagan traditions and beliefs.  When the church sign was posted, Christians expressed dismay in letters to the editor of the local paper. So Reverend Halverson printed the below letter in response:

Dear Concerned Christian Neighbor, I want to genuinely thank you for your care and prayers for our church. I’m glad our sign caught your attention and made you stop and think. I am not worried about your fears of me leading my church down the wrong path.

We obviously have different beliefs about God. That said, we believe that there is power in knowledge. We believe that our faith cannot be destroyed by learning about the faith of another. And ultimately, we believe that God and Jesus call us to be open, loving and tolerant (if not affirming!). We also don’t believe we’ll go to hell because we have a Wiccan in our sanctuary and have a conversation about her faith. And while we may seem incredibly radical to you, we’re actually in line with a major Christian denomination: the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis just reminded us that Jesus challenged the disciples’ intolerance of those who were different. “Jesus broadens the horizon,” the pope affirms. “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us … not just Catholics. Everyone! … Even the atheists! Everyone!”

So, you see, even the pope knows that God loves us and redeems us all. Therefore, the most important path is the path of righteousness: doing good deeds, caring for the poor, seeking justice and living peace. If he’s not worried, neither am I. But thank you for your concern and prayers. I will reciprocate and pray for you. I’ll pray that we might live in a community that values our differences and seeks to find our commonalities, that we will refuse to let our own ignorance cause us to live in fear of the other, and that we Christians can follow in Jesus’ example.

Finally, perhaps you, like me, know very little about Wicca. If that is the case, I invite you to join us on Sunday morning for our Interfaith Dialogue Day to learn more about the tradition. I think that all of us will leave more enlightened than when we came in. Sincerely, A follower of that radical peacemaker, bridge-builder, justice seeker and bearer of love: Jesus, our brother and teacher Read the entire article here.  

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13 Responses to Pastor sponsors interfaith dialogue with Wiccans

  1. casey says:

    the logo is the OBAMA logo!!! no wonder! 😮

    no one follows the bible anymore…its soo sad and sooo awful


  2. "Tyranny just around the corner. You should reject these voices" Obama.
    This statement should send chills up and down your spine. You should never reject these voices, or you will guarantee tyranny. If this pastor feared the Lord, he would mark and reject Obama and any false teacher, otherwise, he is a derelict watchman on the wall. This kind of mentality is the perfect recipe for a one world religion that Christ will destroy with the sword of his mouth when he returns in Glory!


  3. ali says:

    First problem is the female pastor, the second is quoting Pope Francis as her authority, third problem is thinking it wise and prudent to learn about satanic worship, fourth problem is seeking to find commonalities with false religions, the fifth problem is stating God loves and redeems us all, the sixth problem is her works based theology.

    But this female pastor is spot on when she says:

    "We obviously have different beliefs about God."

    And therein lies the biggest problem of them all.


  4. Steve Denny says:

    Not a pastor a imposter !


  5. James says:

    Rick Warren, Ms Susan, and etc., are false leaders and is pushing for something that is going to destroy so many of God's children. I am so thankful they are not my pastors, and to put the pope as her hero in doctrine tells me she has very little Biblical knowledge to put him on such a pedestal. He is only a man, a sinner, and a false leader in his beliefs. If we are all redeemed regardless of who we are, why don't the Catholic Church stop baptisms, confirmations, and so forth. They can shut the doors of the church as there is no longer a need for any of these ordinances in the church if we are all redeemed under His blood.
    It appears that none of these know scripture in regards to being born-again to be able to enter into the Kingdom of God and live eternally with the King of Kings. Do athiests confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by mouth? Do wiccans believe that Jesus Christ is the only way into the Heaven? We are to stay away from witchcraft Biblically, and here is a so called minister bringing these doctrines into the church. Where is the teaching about not being unequally yoked in our relationships?
    Lord, I pray for these souls to find truth and be open to your Word for that reassurance of living eternally with You.
    I guess this is another step in what RW is teaching now and trying to fulfill.


  6. Steve says:

    "I will reciprocate and pray for you." Knock youself out.


  7. "Therefore, the most important path is the path of righteousness: doing good deeds, caring for the poor, seeking justice and living peace."

    This quote indicates a complete ignorance of true salvation. Hell will be full of people sporting this type of "righteousness." This is a works based righteousness. It flies in the faith of John 14:6 and the core teachings of the New Testament in general. No man can do enough good deeds, care for enough poor, or seek enough justice or live in enough peace to gain salvation. Jesus' entire conversation with Nicodemus refutes this. It's wrong on so many levels. This is a false gospel that is invading the church – the "Social Justice Gospel". These things always take me back to Jude's words:

    "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." – Jude 3-4


  8. Ronda says:

    This is beyond sad! it all begins with a woman who is out of her position that God gave her. As women we really have a much exalted position but so many women are never satisfied. As humans we so often "want" that forbidden fruit, the one thing we are not supposed to have! Until this particular woman gets in her place she will lead many down a wrong and misguided path to hell! The only accurate statement I see in her ramblings is that God does love us all, but that does not mean that we will all reach Heaven! If we do not humble ourselves, realize that we are sinners, and repent and accept Jesus as our personal Savior Heaven will not be our final home! It would be much more prudent to quote the Lord himself rather than another man, regardless of his status! The Bible is not a fairy tale, and it is the answer for all of life's problems!


  9. I very much appreciate your work but would like to call something to your attention. The "pastor" of Fairview Community Church isn't a Pastor and this "church" doesn't meet the definition of the word. Neither should be referred to as such. Again, thanks for your work and Blessings to your ministry.


  10. Thank you very much for bringing this information to light. However I would like to point out that this "Pastor" doesn't meet the definition of the word (Jn. 7:17-18)and neither does this "church" (ecclesia). Neither should be referred to as such. When we refer to imposters / tares (Mt. 13:25) as "Pastors" or " "church" it gives them credibility that they don't deserve. For the sake of the body we need to be very clear about these things. Thanks again and may you be blessed in your work.


  11. Trevor Fayas says:

    At risk of sounding 'sexist' this is exactly why God forbid a women PASTOR. There are very wise women teachers, but they are not to lead the flock, because women tend to lead with emotion, men to lead with truth. Men need women to balance, truth without love is not very affective, but love without truth is deadly. My wife also notes this and agrees completely that women shouldn't pastor a church, i have yet to see a women pastor that isn't leading in apostasy. : /


  12. If you are interested in some new ideas on religious pluralism and the Trinity, my thesis is that an abstract version of the Trinity could be Christianity’s answer to the world need for a framework of pluralistic theology.

    In a constructive worldview: east, west, and far-east religions present a threefold understanding of One God manifest primarily in Muslim and Hebrew intuition of the Deity Absolute, Christian and Krishnan Hindu conception of the Universe Absolute Supreme Being; and Shaivite Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist apprehension of the Destroyer (meaning also Consummator), Unconditioned Absolute, or Spirit of All That Is and is not. Together with their variations and combinations in other major religions, these religious ideas reflect and express our collective understanding of God, in an expanded concept of the Holy Trinity.

    The Trinity Absolute is portrayed in the logic of world religions, as follows:

    1. Muslims and Jews may be said to worship only the first person of the Trinity, i.e. the existential Deity Absolute Creator, known as Allah or Yhwh, Abba or Father (as Jesus called him), Brahma, and other names; represented by Gabriel (Executive Archangel), Muhammad and Moses (mighty messenger prophets), and others.

    2. Christians and Krishnan Hindus may be said to worship the first person through a second person, i.e. the experiential Universe or "Universal” Absolute Supreme Being (Allsoul or Supersoul), called Son/Christ or Vishnu/Krishna; represented by Michael (Supreme Archangel), Jesus (teacher and savior of souls), and others. The Allsoul is that gestalt of personal human consciousness, which we expect will be the "body of Christ" (Mahdi, Messiah, Kalki or Maitreya) in the second coming – personified in history by Muhammad, Jesus Christ, Buddha (9th incarnation of Vishnu), and others.

    3. Shaivite Hindus, Buddhists, and Confucian-Taoists seem to venerate the synthesis of the first and second persons in a third person or appearance, ie. the Destiny Consummator of ultimate reality – unqualified Nirvana consciousness – associative Tao of All That Is – the absonite* Unconditioned Absolute Spirit “Synthesis of Source and Synthesis,”** who/which is logically expected to be Allah/Abba/Brahma glorified in and by union with the Supreme Being – represented in religions by Gabriel, Michael, and other Archangels, Mahadevas, Spiritpersons, etc., who may be included within the mysterious Holy Ghost.

    Other strains of religion seem to be psychological variations on the third person, or possibly combinations and permutations of the members of the Trinity – all just different personality perspectives on the Same God. Taken together, the world’s major religions give us at least two insights into the first person of this thrice-personal One God, two perceptions of the second person, and at least three glimpses of the third.

    * The ever-mysterious Holy Ghost or Unconditioned Spirit is neither absolutely infinite, nor absolutely finite, but absonite; meaning neither existential nor experiential, but their ultimate consummation; neither fully ideal nor totally real, but a middle path and grand synthesis of the superconscious and the conscious, in consciousness of the unconscious.

    ** This conception is so strong because somewhat as the Absonite Spirit is a synthesis of the spirit of the Absolute and the spirit of the Supreme, so it would seem that the evolving Supreme Being may himself also be a synthesis or “gestalt” of humanity with itself, in an Almighty Universe Allperson or Supersoul. Thus ultimately, the Absonite is their Unconditioned Absolute Coordinate Identity – the Spirit Synthesis of Source and Synthesis – the metaphysical Destiny Consummator of All That Is.

    After the Hindu and Buddhist conceptions, perhaps the most subtle expression and comprehensive symbol of the 3rd person of the Trinity is the Tao; involving the harmonization of “yin and yang” (great opposing ideas indentified in positive and negative, or otherwise contrasting terms). In the Taoist icon of yin and yang, the s-shaped line separating the black and white spaces may be interpreted as the Unconditioned “Middle Path” between condition and conditioned opposites, while the circle that encompasses them both suggests their synthesis in the Spirit of the “Great Way” or Tao of All That Is.

    If the small black and white circles or “eyes” are taken to represent a nucleus of truth in both yin and yang, then the metaphysics of this symbolism fits nicely with the paradoxical mystery of the Christian Holy Ghost; who is neither the spirit of the one nor the spirit of the other, but the Glorified Spirit proceeding from both, taken altogether – as one entity – personally distinct from his co-equal, co-eternal and fully coordinate co-sponsors, who differentiate from him, as well as mingle and meld in him.
    Samuel Stuart Maynes


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