The Strident Conservative, along with many others, took a lot of heat in 2012 for a story about Rick Warren’s embrace of Chrislam theology as a means to reach out to the Muslim community. Specifically, there were indications at the time that Warren had embraced the belief that Christians and Muslims worshipped the same god. While he later denied it—questionably in my opinion—it brought national attention to a growing trend of this theologically incorrect movement.
Now comes a recent story in the Columbus Dispatch, where Rev. Deborah Lindsay of the First Community Church in Marble Cliff, Ohio is interviewed for her work in “blending” Christianity and Islam, shows the many dangers of this heretical belief. Her “Muslim-Christian bridge-building” pairs members of her congregation with members of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center.
Rev. Lindsay told the Dispatch that people in her congregation were “surprised that we share common values with Muslims; the importance of loving your neighbor, compassion, taking care of people who need to be taken care of.”
Oh, so that’s why 9/11 happened. I get it now. But wait, there’s more.
The article said Lindsay recently preached on a Lenten topic “that might not have been so warmly welcomed at a less-progressive congregation.” According to Lindsay, the pre-Easter season of sacrifice and repentance has a great deal in common with the Muslim concept of jihad, which according to her, is a good thing:
“When we think jihad, we think holy war. And that may be what it means to fanatics and terrorists, but what the vast majority of Muslims understand jihad to be is ‘struggling in the way of God.'”
In a way, she’s right. Jesus had to be murdered in order for there to be an Easter, and non-muslims have to be murdered for there to be a jihad. Gives you a whole new understanding of the season, doesn’t it?
Chrislam is a spiritual failure because it fails to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ, but it’s also a physical failure because it makes the world a more dangerous place.
According to Jihad Watch, one leader of the mosque that Rev. Lindsay is working with “was previously an imam for another area mosque, which at the time was the base of operations for the largest known al-Qaeda cell in the U.S. since 9/11.” The base was led by Hany Sazr, and the mosque included convicted jihadists Iyman Faris, Nuradin Abdi and Christopher Paul, according to Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer.
“Saqr is one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America,” Spencer wrote. “Dr. Salah Sultan was the Noor Islamic Center’s unofficial scholar in residence. A protegé of Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Usuf al-Qaradawai, Sultan is now in the Middle East and has appeared on Egyptian television approvingly quoting the genocidal hadith about how the end times will not come until Muslims kill Jews.”
Once again, we see the things we have in common. Jesus was a Jew, and Muslims want to kill Jews. Wierd, huh?
Mixing Christianity with Islam has brought us Chrislam, which has led us to monotheism and the belief that Allah and Jehovah are the same god. Once that is established, Jesus becomes irrelevant. We abandon the truth of his death and resurrection, and exchange that for a false belief that Easter and jihad are the same thing.
God, help us!
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:6-10 (NIV)