Muslim clerics know that from Muhammad’s time until today Islam has always viewed each and every non-Muslim as “infidels” and members of the “House of War.” It is, in Muslim tradition and doctrine, perfectly acceptable to deceive any and all infidels (non-Muslims) if it is for the furtherance of Islam. So, if a movement – suggested by Muslims – causes Christians, including those claiming to be “Evangelicals” such as Dr. Leith Anderson, Dr. Rick Warren and those who gullibly follow their ministries to accept Islam, its teachings, its culture, and most of all, its god then the obstacles for Antichrist are greatly depleted. In the near term, the instant result is that Islam is furthered and the cause of Christianity is the big loser.
Evangelical MELTDOWN by Eric Barger
The march toward Global Religion starts with us?
Many readers may remember my article “I Can’t Sign the Letter” which detailed a document produced by the Yale Divinity School and signed by many prominent “Evangelicals” entitled, “Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to a Common Word Between us and You.” This ill-fated document was the attempt by what I would like to think are but some well-meaning but misguided Christians to respond to the call by 138 Muslim clerics to find common ground between the two religions.
As hopeful as an end to the many centuries of conflict between Christianity and Islam may sound to the unaware, the proposal is based on the incorrect premise that Allah and Jehovah are one in the same. I have been responding to this notion that Islam’s god is one and the same with the God of the Bible for several years before the Yale document was produced. Each time I address Islam in my seminar series I drive home the point that Allah could not be Jehovah – whether you are coming from the standpoint of orthodox Christianity or Islam. The facts on this are also laid out in my video/DVD presentation “The Truth About Islam” and can be found condensed in the article here online “Their god is NOT Our God.” (I encourage you to read both “I Can’t Sign the Letter” and “Their god is NOT Our God.”) I am writing not to simply rehash past events here though. It is clear that the whole concept of Christian-Muslim reconciliation has taken an even more dangerous, even prophetic turn.
As part of the continued effort by the Yale Divinity School’s “Reconciliation Program,” the university recently hosted an event called “Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed: Implications for Christians and Muslims.” This was the first in the series of conferences slated for this year in the US, Britain and at the Vatican in Rome. The July meeting at Yale featured none other than Senator John Kerry as the keynote speaker. That strikes me as off the wall at best but Kerry’s participation in the event though strange wasn’t near as troubling as the continued capitulation by Christian leaders concerning Christian doctrine and historical truth.
“A watershed in Muslim-Christian relations, this interfaith meeting was organized by Yale Divinity School’s Center for Faith & Culture under the leadership of its founder and director, Miroslav Volf, together with the director of the Center’s Reconciliation Program, Joseph Cumming. Volf will co-teach a course on faith and globalization at Yale this fall with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.”
Did you catch that? Volf and Blair are going to teach a course on faith and globalization. Allow me to translate. This means “all religions must agree as one so the One-Worlders can proceed with the New World Order.” I believe that what Satan may be doing here is to try and breakdown the standards held by the two religions most apt to reject and oppose Antichrist when he comes. What better way than to start plowing up ground in an effort to get Christians to accept Islam – even if the Muslims silently reject the idea all along?
Muslim clerics know that from Muhammad’s time until today Islam has always viewed each and every non-Muslim as “infidels” and members of the “House of War.” It is, in Muslim tradition and doctrine, perfectly acceptable to deceive any and all infidels (non-Muslims) if it is for the furtherance of Islam. So, if a movement – suggested by Muslims – causes Christians, including those claiming to be “Evangelicals” such as Dr. Leith Anderson, Dr. Rick Warren and those who gullibly follow their ministries to accept Islam, its teachings, its culture, and most of all, its god then the obstacles for Antichrist are greatly depleted. In the near term, the instant result is that Islam is furthered and the cause of Christianity is the big loser. But as much as this is indeed for Antichrist’s system to be working in the confines and cover of “unity” and “peace,” the concern of this article is once again the premise that those at Yale are basing their very discussion on. Doesn’t anybody up there get it? Their god is NOT our God!
Nevertheless, in the meeting at Yale (which concluded on July 31) was the aforementioned National Association of Evangelicals President, Leith Anderson, Robert Schuller and other high profile Christians who, under the supervision and leadership of the Yale Divinity School’s “Reconciliation Program” chairman Joseph Cumming, met with Muslim clerics and in the end declared among other things that Christian should spend one week a year declaring and celebrating the good point of Islam! Excuse me…what good points? If their god (Allah) is not our God (Jehovah) and their religion (Islam) is worthless to save a sinner from eternal hell then what is there to discuss let alone extol?
We all want peace but if achieving it compromises biblical truth it is spiritual treason and that is exactly what I contend the signers of the first Yale document in November 2007 and last week’s meeting are guilty of. These “evangelicals” are playing right into Satan’s hand for they seek reconciliation with Muslims without biblical truth as their guide. This can only advance the cause of Islam and confuse and misinform countless Christians who are on the periphery. Unless talk about reconciliation and common ground centers around the Cross of Jesus Christ then there simply cannot be any agreement. That is not pretty…its not very tactful… its offensive to some who do not faithfully hold to the Holy Bible and its not what Satan wants but it is true. I encourage every one reading this to reject this silly and dangerous notion and to get this document and both “I Can’t Sign the Letter” and “Their god is NOT Our God” into the hands of every pastor and church leader possible. I can just about guarantee that the National Association of Evangelicals, Rick Warren, Schuller and others are going to distribute and fund the dissemination of information to the contrary.
These are troubled times and with “Evangelicals” becoming more accepting of universalistic ideas we can simply expect the dividing line separating those who seek and follow God’s changeless truth and those who are only pretenders to become more and more pronounced and also more of a battle zone. We need to fast and pray for some of the high profile professed Christians to come to their senses and realize that their unbiblical ideas are dangerous lest we all awake to the Muslim call to prayer being broadcast five times each day from speakers atop buildings which once served as local churches across America.
My friend and co-laborer in defending the faith, Jan Markell said it well: “…the Muslims are laughing all the way to Mecca.” (Read Jan’s commentary here)
Below are a few pictures portraying suggesting the response to Muslim “compromise” and “reconciliation” in London. Remember: Yale’s compromise doesn’t weaken their message – just ours – while souls perish without Jesus.
For more from Take a Stand with Eric Barger
Additional info by LTRP Note: The Christian Post article below is regarding a response by a significant number of evangelical leaders who have said that Christians and Muslims need to come together because they worship a common God. The response is to a document by Muslim leaders titled “A Common Word Between Us and You” Some of those who signed the Christian response are Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Bill Hybels, Leith Anderson and many others. One thing most of the signers have in common, and that is their propensity towards contemplative and/or emerging spiritualities.
By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter
Christian leaders across denominational lines responded to the unprecedented open letter signed last month by 138 representative Muslim leaders with their own letter, calling on the two Abrahamic faiths to love God and neighbors together.
Muslim Letter Spurs Little Christian Action
Call for Muslim-Christian Unity ‘Very Encouraging’, Says Vatican Interfaith Head
Muslim Peace Call to Christians Welcomed
Over 100 theologians, ministry leaders, and prominent pastors have thus far signed the response letter issued by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.
Signers include Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church; John Stott, rector emeritus of All Souls Church in London; and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals….
Christian leaders urged for an interfaith dialogue that moves beyond “polite” ecumenical talks between selected leaders. Instead, leaders of both faiths should hold dialogues to build relations that will “reshape” the two communities to “genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another,” the Christian letter state. Click here to read the entire Christian Post article.
The entire “Christian Response” is posted on the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. Click here.
Rick Warren (Southern Baptist, Sr. pastor Saddleback)
Bill Hybels (Willow Creek Association)
Leith Anderson (head of NAE and Wooddale Church)
Northwest University (Washington, AOG)
David Yonggi Cho (Korea)
Makoto Fujimura, Artist (Focus on the Family, The Truth Project)
Eastern Mennonite Mission
Rev. John A. Koski, Assemblies of God, Dearborn, MI
First Presbyterian- Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, CA
ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)
The Christian CenturyTyndale Seminary
Robert Schuller (Crystal Cathedral)
Regent College (BC)
Jim Wallis (Sojourners)
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