Saturday, September 19, 2009

Buying Into Chrislam

Chrislam, as the name suggests, is a growing movement wherein some Christians are seeking to find common ground with Muslims. Indeed, it actually seeks to combine Christianity with Islam. It is a syncretistic movement that speaks about "spirituality without boundaries."

Whenever you hear that sort of talk, you should start heading for the hills.

That is exactly what we find in some leftist Christian circles, today. Tony Campolo, for example, has argued that "interfaith prayers and even mystical unions are critical for all true peacemakers." And given that a leftist version of "social justice" seems to be the most important agenda item for Campolo, it is not surprising that he can praise Islam in these terms: "When it comes to what is ultimately important, the Muslim community's sense of commitment to the poor is exactly in tune with where Jesus is in the 25th chapter of Matthew."

More recently, emerging church movement leader Brian McLaren has written a five part blog entry on why Christians should join with Muslims in celebrating Ramadan. In it he said, "We as Christians humbly seek to join Muslims in this observance of Ramadan as a God-honouring expression of peace, fellowship and neighbourliness."

Once again, the emphasis is on getting along; harmony and unity. The problem is that both of these faiths are ultimately evangelistic, exclusive and mutually incompatible. The heart of the Christian truth claim is that Jesus is God's Son, sent to save us from our sins by his crucifixion, death and resurrection. Islam claims that it is blasphemous to say that God has a Son, and they believe that Jesus' death was faked and that the resurrection was a lie.

How can two faiths get along when they are at heart directly opposed to each other?

Ultimately, they can't. Not unless one is watered down to the point of being meaningless. Which is exactly what the leftist Christian leaders are doing.

Christians engaged in the "interfaith" movement tend to engage in at least three harmful activities. (Harmful to the purposes of Christianity). One, they downplay and minimize the truth claims of Biblical Christianity. Two, they downplay and minimize the horrendous Muslim persecution of Christians all around the world, while there is no equivalent Christian persecution of Muslims. And Three, they fail in the most important calling of Christians: to evangelize and disciple all nations.

For all the talk of harmony, unity and friendship, the Chrislam movement is a move in the wrong direction. I, for one, will have nothing to do with it, and I hope all serious followers of Christianity will avoid it like the plague.

10 comments:

LL September 19, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

This is the first I've heard of Chrislam -- what an absurd notion.

LSP September 19, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

Me too - Chrislam. I'll be sure to avoid it as you suggest.

Dave Miller September 19, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

I would sure like you to provide some scriptural evidence to support your claim that Campolo, as a so called leftist, is watering down the Gospel.

Does he defend the "Social Gospel?" Yes he does, does it make his theology leftist?

I'll wait for your examples as he has much in the public record.

The Rattler September 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

I will pray for their lost souls but I will not join hands with them and sing kumbiya knowing that the entire time they desire to cut my infidel neck. Islam is a barbaric cult. Remember that they are allowed to lie if it will further their march to global domination. Just watch BO when he professes his walk. Yet he disses the Christian Prayer Breakfast and figuratively bows and praises the beginning of ramacrap. And false leaders of mega churches like rick warren are delighted to speak at islam rallies and speak of becoming united in our goals. These melds are opening the door to sharia law into our culture. It has already infested England and Canada. All attempts here are a direct assault towards our destruction. As for me and my house... NO COMPROMISE. We WILL follow the Lord! And defend our Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC!

Red September 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM  

This is just plain wrong and I suspect it's coming from the left. BTW, You've been 'totally linked' for today's FMJRA ;-).

fuzzys dad September 19, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

Thanks for the great post. Campolo is a wack job.

Dana September 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

I used to have a lot of respect for Tony Campolo. He has a heart for the poor and social justice. Unfortunately, he's now gone too far.

WoFat September 19, 2009 at 5:57 PM  

They should get used to the sound of loud explosions.

Sue September 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

*STANDS AND APPLAUDS*

We are seeing the beginnings of the "one world religion". Tony Blair and Rick Warren are totally into "interfaithism". I am going to steal your post (with credit, of course) for my blog. This is EXACTLY what I am trying to sound the alarm out over there. Unfortunately, I am not doing a good job so far :( I have been too focused on the 'politics' and not enough on the 'religion'.

GREAT POST. Thanks for sounding an alarm!!!

Sue September 20, 2009 at 3:28 AM  

SO, SO glad to have found your blog. I have to thank Sue, above, for making me aware of your post!! Excellent post. I WILL be back to visit!
Sue

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