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How Confusion Breeds Chrislam

muslimFor years, so-called “Insider Movement” groups have promoted the idea that it is not necessary for people in other faiths to convert to Christianity. In fact, they believe conversion isn’t necessary at all, because they say that Jesus didn’t come to start a “religion.” (It’s the same language used by Brian McLaren, Shane Hipps and other Emergent Church leaders.) Insider Movement proponents have been using extremely questionable methods of reaching the lost, especially in the Muslim mission field.  Now those ideas are gaining ground in the West, thanks to major publications like Christianity today that are promoting these controversial methods.

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MosqueChristianity Today’s January issue is dedicated to this Insider Movement theme, with articles like The Hidden History of Insider Movements, Worshiping Jesus in the Mosque, and Why Evangelicals Should Be Thankful for Muslim Insiders.  This breeding of confusion may well lead to other Christian leaders warming up to these methodologies, and this isn’t sitting well at all with our guest today, Elijah Abraham. We interviewed Elijah this week for an article we published titled Worshiping Jesus in the Mosque: A response, and Elijah is here to talk about it.

Elijah is a born-again Christian who was raised a Muslim believer in Iraq, and today is the founder and executive director of Living Oasis Ministries, reaching Muslims with the Gospel. Abraham is part of Biblical Missiology,Wycliffe came under heavy criticism when Biblical Missiology created an online petition alleging that the translation group had eliminated familial terms describing God and Jesus as “Father” and “Son,” using instead words like “guardian,” so as not to offend Muslim readers. One Arabic version of the Gospel of Matthew changes Matthew 28:19 from this: “baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” to this: “cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit.”

A Christian Post article yesterday titled Wycliffe Bible Translators Move Past Divine Familial Controversy, Wait for Review, reported that Wycliff’s translation practices are now under review by World Evangelical Alliance. The alliance has a panel of 13 members from different denominations and continents who met in November and will meet again in April for a final time.

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3 Responses to “How Confusion Breeds Chrislam”

  1. katy #

    January 26, 2013 at 5:14 AM
  2. Tony #

    Jesus didn’t come to start a “religion.”

    Isnt that what you people harp on all the time? that you dont have religon but a "relationship" so its only a "religon" when you want it to be?

    Holy hypocracy batman!

    January 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM
  3. Mr Davis #

    If folks have twisted scriptures of old why should we think people would not continue to do so even to now.

    Oh Heavenly Father who alone brings salvation to the hearts of men, help us who are yours to stand fast in the Gospel of Christ Jesus the Only Begotten Son of the Father as it has been handed down in the scriptures by the apostles who you yourself have confirmed onto us in your word so we need not wonder about their office or the authority by which you sent them. Allow that Word to richly dwell in us that we may walk in their steps as they followed in the steps of Christ, which, we too are called to walk in them to the Glory of God, and of Jesus Christ.

    Lord God it has been a fault of ours from old to compromise to avoid offense and to avoid speaking the truth for fear of rejection. Move our hearts Lord God not to cave any longer to this desire but rather that we would burn with zeal for your Holiness, that will all sincerity we would call all men everywhere to repentance and Faith in Christ Jesus.

    Lord God please allow us to forsake the foolish notion that somehow by my efforts I can save men. Rather I would pray that you would work in me to preach the foolishness of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, God incarnate, God as a man who was Crucified, died and buried for the sins of men and after 3 days raised to new life never to taste death again and now has authority to justify men by His sacrifice and aquit them of their sins. This is the way God has chosen for men to be saved. There is no other! If there is, Christ died in vain and God is a liar. Help the reality and the gravity of this truth sink into our hearts that we may never stray from it. Break our hearts for those who are perishing. Please Lord God! My heart is callused against them that I know I do not have love for them as I should.

    May your Love in me compell me to ACT! All Praise be to God, through Christ Jesus.

    God please help us!

    January 25, 2013 at 2:35 AM