Hey, who says Jesus needed to give up his equality with God to become a man, and then lay down His life to restore all of mankind to Himself? Muhammad apparently is no different than He is, at least according to Rick Warren.
The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America’s most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. (emphasis mine)
The outreach program, known as “King’s Way,” recently presented a document that was co-authored by Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles.
Hey, when the Bible doesn’t do it for you, mix in a little Quran and come up with your own “Gospel.”
The men presented a document they co-authored outlining points of agreement between Islam and Christianity. The document affirms that Christians and Muslims believe in “one God” and share two central commandments: “love of God” and “love of neighbor.” The document also commits both faiths to three goals: Making friends with one another, building peace and working on shared social service projects. The document quotes side-by-side verses from the Bible and the Koran to illustrate its claims.
To quote the Church Lady. . .
This document makes Chrislam work by getting rid of many of those “pesky” issues mentioned in the Bible. For instance, Jesus instructed us to “make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19). However, when faced with evangelizing others, Turk was quoted:
“We agreed we wouldn’t try to evangelize each other,” said Turk. “We’d witness to each other but it would be out of ‘Love Thy Neighbor,’ not focused on conversion.” (emphasis mine)
It’s too bad that Saddleback doesn’t have a branch in Iran, where Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been sentenced to death for the crime of converting from Islam to Christianity. Hey, at least they worship the same God, right?
Tom Holladay, associate senior pastor at Saddleback, says the outreach to Muslims is part of Saddleback’s PEACE Plan, a wide-ranging effort to solve major world problems by mobilizing governments, businesses and faith communities.
Let’s see. PEACE Plan. Prince of Peace. Close enough.
Let’s be clear, reaching out to those who follow the Muslim faith is a good thing. However, when the beliefs of a false prophet (Muhammad) are given equal consideration with the Messiah (Jesus), we are no longer talking evangelizing.
We’re talking Chrislamity.
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