This week we’ve been talking about the Kingdom Circles methodology of reaching out to Muslims, Buddhists and other religions, especially in light of the story we reported last week about a Saddleback Pastor who leads the King’s Way initiative, and who was photographed teaching at an ecumenical seminar in France with the Kingdom Circles diagrams behind him.
The highly controversial teaching tells Muslims that they can enter the Kingdom of God without actually converting to Christianity. A growing number of churches and mission outreach organizations are spreading this, and it goes by the names “Common Ground,” “Insider Movement,” “Camel Method,“ etc.). Because of the apparent Saddleback connection to the Kingdom Circles, there is now a huge outcry from an exploding number of concerned Christians, who are sounding the alarm about what they say is pure syncretism; the blending of two faiths—Islam and Christianity – into Chrislam.
Our guest today has been on the forefront of the Insider Movement and the Kingdom Circles teaching, speaking out against this method all over the nation and the world through his ministry, Biblical Missiology, the group that recently petitioned Wycliffe and its partners for removing familial terms to describe God and Jesus from Bible translations used to reach Muslim communities. Elijah Abraham is a former Muslim and now a born again Christian who reaches Muslims and teaches Christians how to bring the True representation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God to a people who desperately need a savior. Elijah is the founder and executive director of Living Oasis Ministries, where you’ll find a host of resources. Check out Elijah’s news articles at Right On Weekly, an online magazine.
Elijah is one of several authors of a new book, CHRISLAM, an anthology of twenty-five essays approaches the various questions of the “insider movements” that are being raised within the mission community. Offering not only a critique of the problematic issues of IM and it’s proponents, Chrislam also provides a necessary corrective in the areas of theology, exegesis, translation, missiology and a theology of religions. The authors include converts from Islam, practicing missionaries, pastors, missiologists, Bible translators, professors of Islamic studies, biblical studies, and systematic theology. This multi-faceted approach to a serious problem in missions is a much needed manual for the church as she thinks through the ramifications of supporting “insiders” and the proponents of IM.
- Rick Warren clarifies, says Christians might not be Christians
- Why is a Saddleback pastor teaching on the Kingdom Circles? (standupforthetruth.com)
- The building of Kingdom Circles [Photos] (standupforthetruth.com)
- Bringing the true Word to the Muslim people (standupforthetruth.com)
- Regarding Rick Warren: “Should we believe what a man says, or what he continues to do?” (solasisters.blogspot.com)
- The “uncompromising” truth of Jesus as Son? (standupforthetruth.com)
- Finally, a look at the King’s Way document that sparked the Chrislam questions (standupforthetruth.com)
- Chrislam: When common ground becomes shaky ground (standupforthetruth.com)
- We don’t believe in the same Jesus (standupforthetruth.com)