The situation between Dr. Jack Van Impe and Trinity Broadcast Network is fascinating, yet very sad. While it is unfortunate when Christian ministries have to part ways in disagreement, it is something we might just have to get used to.
Van Impe believes Pastors like Rick Warren and Robert Schuller are promoting Chrislam and in essence abandoning the core of our Christian faith—the deity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Islam, of course, denies Jesus is the Son of God, calling it blasphemy. Pastors like Warren, Schuller, Wallis and McLaren overlook this to reach out in friendship with Islam, hoping the religions and their people will just get along and promote world peace.
Just where do we draw the line as bible-believing Christians these days? Sadly, we often argue with one another over non-essentials of our faith such as speaking in tongues, gifts of the Spirit and the timing of the rapture. These disagreements make us look petty in the eyes of many. As the Apostle Paul says, we are to get along with one another whenever possible. But when is that line crossed where we have to part ways and abandon fellowship? Well, in my opinion, the embracing of Chrislam is one of those lines we need to draw. How can Christians realistically seek spiritual fellowship with a religion that denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and further teaches that Jesus returns with the Muslim messiah—the Mahdi—to destroy Christianity and kill the Jews?
We know that it is darkest just before dawn. And believers, things are getting very dark indeed. The world, economically, socially and spiritually, seems to be on the brink of a major transformation that could usher in the final days before Jesus’ return. But we know as true Christians, the Son will rise. Our savior, Jesus Christ, returns to vanquish evil and bring everlasting life to the faithful. So never lose hope or become depressed.
But in the meantime, put on God’s full armor and brandish the sword which is the Word of God. We’ll need that sword to fight off a powerful enemy bent on our eternal destruction. And never lose hope. Our God will deliver on every promise He has made.