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Changelings

2009-08-25

World Net Daily has published some pretty wild and sensational things, but there are legitimate reports as well. Today’s include an exposé of something called “Chrislam”, which I have called Islamanity. But while my article focused on the treatment of women, this one on “Christians Celebrating Ramadan” shows just how far compromisers (aka traitors) in Christianity are willing to go.

Notice how something that started as a great idea— using Ramadan as a reminder to focus prayer on Muslims for their salvation by accepting Jesus as Savior— has been hijacked into a full-blown apostasy from the gospel. Quotes:

The origin of this international prayer network came about as a group of Christian leaders were praying during a meeting in the Middle East in April 1992. God put a burden on the hearts of these men and women to call as many Christians as possible to pray for the Muslim world.

But a smaller left-wing Christian sect, often referred to as “the emerging church,” is now also taking a very different approach. This year, a group of emergent Christians led by one of the United States most influential pastors, Brian McLaren, has announced that it will actually be “observing” the Muslim holy month, along with a Muslim “partner.” McLaren’s insistence that he has not converted to Islam is belied by what is obviously a repudiation of the exclusive truth of the gospel:

Our main purpose for participating will be our own spiritual growth, health, learning, and maturity, but we also hope that our experience will inspire others to pray and work for peace and the common good, together with people of other faith traditions … as Christians, we want to come close to our Muslim neighbors and to share this important part of life with them. Just as Jesus, a devout Jew, overcame religious prejudice and learned from a Syrophonecian woman and was inspired by her faith two thousand years ago (Matthew 15:21 ff, Mark 7:24 ff), we seek to learn from our Muslim sisters and brothers today.

A similar quote from Tony Campolo demonstrates exactly what I wrote about recently concerning the Hegelian Dialectic and mysticism, revealing a pattern of pushing contradictory things:

What is also so concerning to observers of the growing emergent Christian movement is its tendencies to rarely express the Christian gospel while loudly and often proclaiming either a classic humanist message or outright religious pluralism.

This quote from Campolo is particularly blatant: “I’m not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians,” stated Campolo. In fact, he has even gone so far as to say he believes many Muslims do not even need to be evangelized.

[W]hat can I say to an Islamic brother who has fed the hungry, and clothed the naked? You say, “But he hasn’t a personal relationship with Christ.” I would argue with that. And I would say from a Christian perspective, in as much as you did it to the least of these you did it unto Christ. You did have a personal relationship with Christ, you just didn’t know it.“

Can it get any more obvious? And the influence of these apostates is growing; I see it all the time online. It’s bad enough when the secular governments of the world commit political suicide by ”embracing Islam“, but when the ”church“ commits spiritual suicide, persecution of the few remaining followers of Jesus as God in the flesh can’t be far behind. Standing for the truth and the exclusivity of salvation by faith alone in Jesus alone will be seen as a capital offense, not only by government but especially by the religious. As Jesus said in John 16:2, they will think that putting us to death is a great spiritual service to ”God“, whoever or whatever they perceive that to be. It’s a small step from merely hating us to having us executed, and the hate is already here.

Stand strong on the gospel and don’t concede an inch, because these fake believers will take a million miles. ”Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses" (Prov. 27:6). Better to offend than to smile as they skip merrily to hell.

 

 

 

3 Comments

Lydia

But Paula, the Isrealites were just being loving and kind to share in the worship traditions of the foreigners with their false gods.

(Do you think few read the OT anymore? He is the same yesterday, today and forever)

Paula Fether

Silly me, not remembering that. They weren’t engaging in pagan revelry but singing Kumbaya and learning how to be more spiritual. :-P

truthseeker

What incredible statements from Campolo and McLaren. It makes one wonder if THEY have read the OT. We live in slippery times-as folk have always done.