Article By David. J. Rusin, Islam Watch
“In the Muslim world, Islamists increasingly target Christians for persecution; in the Western world, Christians increasingly target Muslims for outreach. Extending a hand to followers of Islam can be praiseworthy, but the lengths to which some Christians have gone may come as a shock. Consider a few recent cases on the congregational level:
- Muslims using churches for prayer. Last year, Muslims awaiting construction of their mosque accepted a neighborly offer to pray at Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tennessee. An analogous arrangement exists at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. (Interestingly, each of the two Islamic communities is stained by radicalism: the first via Yasir Qadhi and the second via ICNA.) Opposition has grown rapidly, with Anglican priest Mark Durie contending that Muslim worship has “no place in a Christian church” due to Islam’s differing view of Jesus and prayers that chide Christianity.
- Christians distributing Korans. In response to Christian pastor Terry Jones burning the Islamic holy book on March 20, leaders of Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Presbyterian Church pooled their money to purchase Korans, which later were passed out for free at an area store. This was done to help “push back against the lunatic fringe,” said Russell Fericks of the church’s governing board. “We’re not afraid of the truth,” he added.
- Joint Christian-Muslim worship. On May 22, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, New Jersey, held an interfaith service that reportedly began with the Muslim call to prayer and incorporated readings from the Koran — even during Communion. “I’ve grown concerned about the demonization of Muslims. I want Montclair to develop an understanding of the religion,” Rev. Andrew Butler explained.
- Half church, half mosque. A project in the Stockholm suburbs aims to graft a mosque onto an existing church. Bishop Bengt Wadensjö of the Church of Sweden, which owns the property, recently described this as a way to “demonstrate how people can get along together regardless of culture, language, or faith.” The plan is to renovate the current facility, expand space rented by Catholics, sell land to a Muslim group, build an adjacent mosque, and link the structures through a “communal foyer” to create “God’s House.”
In addition, peculiar examples of individual Christian leaders reaching out to Muslims by mixing their faith with Islam include a Dutch Catholic bishop urging everyone to call God “Allah” in 2007, an American emergent church pastor joining the Ramadan fast in 2009, and an Episcopal minister in Missouri practicing aspects of Islam during this year’s Lent.
There is nothing wrong with outreach to Muslims. However, when pursued in ways that come off as highly deferential and spiritually confused, it can embolden Islamists by suggesting that Christians are uncertain and weak. Encouraging tolerance of Muslims is laudable, but the unreciprocated trend of Christians effectively promoting Islam is troubling.”
Muslims will never turn to Christ despite outrageous outreach efforts by so-called Christians; these Christians have no regard for the persecuted believers in the Middle East; they don’t care what the Muslims are doing to the Church there. They don’t do anything to rise up against the persecution of their own brethern; instead they stand up for Muslims, the persecutors of their brethern. Nowhere in the Bible did God command the amalgamation of His Gospel with counterfeit religions as a way to proclaim Him or for any other reasons. It is utter foolishness on the part of Christians that do this, despite their “good” (there is nothing good about it) intentions! Such “evangelism” is in fact idolatry! It’s similar to the biblical account of Baal worship which Israel partook in when the LORD had commanded them not to! These Christians better to preparing good answers alongside for when they will be questioned by the LORD Himself for such acts.
14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6: 14 – 18.