Those who would save the Church through achieving popularity with the world “woo an aging and decayed strumpet.” (Donne)
The status before God of the world’s religions is an important consideration and we dare not make light of it, but the matter comes down to this: the only salvation that the Church knows is salvation in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is “no other name…” (Acts 4:12) Of the status before God of those who, through no fault of their own, have never had the opportunity to hear but have lived up to the best that they know, we remain agnostic.
However, those who confound salvation in Christ with other salvations construct an evil peace by joining together what God has put asunder — i.e., Christ and other gods, Christ and the world – human ways and God’s way.
This unholy peace makes idolatry impossible by mere redefinition rather than by repentance and conversion. Multi-culturalists would have us repent of nothing save those affirmations that have been believed by the Church always and everywhere. And for what? To obtain peace with rebellion? Which peace, Christ warns, makes us God’s enemies? But who cares, so long as we can be popular? Didn’t Jesus say, “Go into all the world and make yourselves popular, accommodating yourselves to all men, in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and anyone else we may have failed to mention”?
Paul’s opposition to Ephesian idolatry provoked a riot. But there was a synagogue in Ephesus already. Paul said nothing against idolatry that a Jew might not have said. Why no riots before Paul? Had they had made their peace with paganism?
Paul could have spared himself being brought to the point among them, “of despairing of life altogether.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) All he needed was a little indifference. He could have become like Jesus’ relatives who could go down to Jerusalem, without fear, because the world could not hate them — they had become indistinguishable from it. (John 7:7)
“… the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Philippians 3:18) are “condemned already” (John 3:18) as those who refuse to believe. No matter how they exalt their piles of works, they refuse the one work that Jesus required — to believe in the one God has sent. (John 6:29)