The Episcopal Church has a history of heading down the fast road of apostasy. Their acceptance of homosexuality, abortion, witchcraft, and its departure from biblical Christianity has led it into the ecumenical movement of interfaith and the one-world false religious system. Retired Bishop William Swing has a vision of forming a United Nation for Religion which would result in a one world religion.
Who is Bishop William Swing? ?
Bishop William Swing is the retired Bishop of the Espicopal Diocese of California. He was consecrated as the VII Bishop of California at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, on September 29, 1979. He was very active in helping people with HIV/AIDS and advocating for the elimination of homelessness in the city of San Francisco. Bishop Swing is best known for being the founder and president of the United Religions Initiative as a model to the United Nations for all religions. Back in 1996 he traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, India, the Middle East, and Europe seeking guidance and commitment from leaders of many of the worlds' religions. The religous leaders he met with were the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram, Islam’s Grand Mufti of Egypt, and the Archbishop of Canterbury (source).
Swing is a supporter of homosexuality. His former diocese California has a ministry for LGBT's called Oasis California. This ministry allows the LGBT community to be involved in the Episcopal ministry. In a letter Oasis California 2001 Convention, Bishop Swing states:
“Heterosexuals are a threat to marriage. Homosexual couples are a threat to the traditional institution of family. Homosexuals are kicked out of families and disowned. Then when they form their own families, they are abandoned by the Church. And when they raise their children, society treats them as being scandalously selfish. Nevertheless, we are all going to have to grow up and realize that the institution of family is changing before our eyes. Churches need to have family values -- values for the big, emerging family that has redefined itself.”
He also holds a negative view on true Christian believers that uphold their faith. He believes that these Christians are a threat to world peace. Swing is under the influence of the spirit of anti-christ. He opposes the true church of Jesus Christ. Swing is against Judeo-Christian values and preaches and teach a false ecumenical gospel.
What is the United Religions Initiative?
The United Religions Initiative is an interfaith organization that is modeled like the United Nations for religion. It helps end religious - motivated religion and aid in the peace of Earth. In March of 2001, the URI became an official Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) affiliated with the United Nations. Swing's original vision for the URI began in 1993, when he was invited by the UN to host an interfaith service honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter (source).
The United Religions Initiative involves the following groups: Christians, Islam, Judaism, Buddhist, Hinduism, Taoism Shamanism, New Age, Mormonism, Wicca, and Witchcraft. All of these religions are united for the sole purpose of bringing a false peace and a false one - world religion.
Interesting enough, one of the key groups that was involved with the early stages of URI, was the Covenant of the Goddess, which is the world largest organization for witches. CoG members helped write the URI charter which states: "We the people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenious traditions throughout the world, hereby establish the United Religions Initiative to promote enduring, daily, interfaith cooperation, to create culture of peace, justice, an healing for the Earth for all living beings (source)." The URI has brought CoG (Neopagans) into the mainstream of the cultures and made it acceptable. Other Neo-Pagan groups that support the URI are as follows: Coven of the Stone and the Mirror, Goddess Holding the World Mural Project, Hippo Haven Wiccan Community, Pagan Educational Network, The Pagan Sanctuary Network, and the SerpentStone Coven in North Carolina (source).
The URI is also supported by Mikhail Gorbachev's organization, The State of the World Forum, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and New Age Futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard. The URI is supported by a variety of religious and political groups that have the same demonic vision of a one-world religion to bring about false peace.
Bishop Swing Endorses the Occult
One of the top members of the URI global council is Donald Frew. He is the High Priest of Gardenerian coven in Berkley, California, and is the national interfaith representative for the Covenant of the Goddess. Frew discussed interfaith gathering with Bishop Swing in which he states, "A highlight for me was being asked to perform a traditional Wiccan foundation blessing in closing ceremony...I specially invoke Hekate, and Hermes by name, and the [Episcopal] bishop was right there.. raising his arms in invocation with the rest of the Circle! We have come a long way (source)."
This shows that Swing has totally abandoned the scriptures and he is embracing the Wiccan foundational blessing. It speaks loudly that he is an apostate and a son of Belial. This isn't the first time an Episcopal Bishop has dabbled with the occult. Bishop James Pike, during the 1960s after his son James Pike Jr. committed suicide, participated in a live television occultic seance to have medium communicate with his dead son (source). Swing has carried on Pike's apostate legacy. But Swing has traveled to another level of apostasy with his demonic vision for a one-world church, peace, and the rise of Anti-christ. Without a doubt, he is fulfilling Bible prophecy.
2 Thessalonians 2: 3 says, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed the son of perdition."
1 Timothy 4:1 says, "Now The Spirit, speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrine of devils."