Many of the faithful are wondering if we are at the beginning of the end in the US—as a civilization, as a bastion of freedom, as a force for God and good.
Sadly, the church is often leading the way toward that end. It seems like news about some compromise of our convictions bombards us daily. The media and even some elements within the church afford respect and reverence to every religion and group, except it seems, to those with deep Christian convictions.
Even some evangelical Christians have abandoned the courage to speak the truth in love, exchanging it for popularity. Take the recent article from the Orange County Register that highlights evangelical pastor Rick Warren’s belief that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God.”
No one can enter the pastor’s heart and know his motive except God, but that belief totally contradicts an earlier statement that he made (also quoted in the article): “. . . Jesus is the only way, and our inerrant Bible is our only true authority.”
I love Muslims. I have hosted them in my home. Once, my wife and I gave our Muslim guests our master bedroom for a night as an expression of hospitality. But loving Muslims does not include misleading them into thinking that the "Isa" in the Qur’an is the same as Jesus of the New Testament. A desire to love, understand, and help Muslims in every way does not require us to forsake our own stated convictions.
Perhaps the pastor does not understand the Islamic principle of Taqiah, where infidels can be accommodated while Muslims are in the minority and in need of help, but then jihad follows when they get the upper hand.
Perhaps the pastor does not understand that the Jesus of the New Testament came as a divider, not a uniter. (People who combine contradictory beliefs such as Christianity and Islam are known as syncretists.) Out of a desire to be liked and accepted, perhaps the pastor and others have decided to ignore Jesus’ word, that he “came to bring a sword,” meaning that we can either accept Him or reject Him, but not both.
The article states that Warren’s evangelical church and its Muslim neighbors have agreed not to evangelize each other. Instead, they have held an interfaith soccer game. But by not evangelizing, the church denies Muslims the joy of being saved from the everlasting destruction that comes to those who reject the Christ of the Bible—the God of the very God, who became a man to save everyone who repents and believes in Him.
If this was an isolated incident, one could take solace that this thinking was rare and muddled at best. But sadly, more and more churches, mainline and evangelical, have sold their birthright for the pot of soup of likability and acceptability.
Had the apostles sold out, they would have saved themselves from martyrdom, but they would have caused the catastrophic loss of the inerrant Bible—the catastrophic loss of the truth.
But they didn’t sell out. They loved everyone while never compromising the truth.
That is my appeal to all fellow believers who are led astray by the lure of acceptance. Return to the example of the apostles. Return to the truth of loving people without compromising biblical truth.