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Rick Warren builds bridge to Islam

Al Dager of Media Spotlight magazine looks at the issue of compromised faith as 'America's Pastor' Rick Warren works towards syncretism with Islam.

 


by Al Dager
Media Spotlight; Spring 2012
 Rick Warren with fellow PEACE activist Tony Blair
Blair and Warren3As part of his P. E. A. C. E. Plan, Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is partnering with Southern California mosques in hopes of building bridges of understanding between Christians and Muslims.

The outreach, informally called "King's Way," is working to propose a set of theological principles acknowledging that the two religions worship the same god. Warren kicked off his "King's Way" program in December at a dinner hosted by Saddleback Church attended by the congregation and some 300 Muslims.

Abraham Meulenberg, Saddleback's pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, joined with Muslim imam Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles, in presenting King's Way as "a path to end the 1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians."

The men co-authored a document that outlines points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, and which claims that the two religions share two central commandments: "love of God" and "love of neighbour." Quoting side-by-side verses from the Bible and Koran to illustrate its claims, the document also proposes three goals which Christians and Muslims can work on jointly: making friends with one another; building peace; working on shared social service projects.

Both sides have agreed not to evangelize each other. Turk stated that they would "witness to each other but it would be out of 'love thy neighbour, not focused on conversion."

Late last year, Warren issued a statement in which he strongly denied that he promotes the merging of Christianity and Islam, which has come to be known as "Chrislam." Rather, he wants to keep the two faiths separate, but unified in purpose and, where possible, theology. Warren wants Christians to stop thinking of Muslims as violent, and as prospects for conversion to Christ He bases his non-conversion policy on his assumption that "God likes variety," and that Christians must treat everyone with love and respect.

COMMENTARY

How does one address this without appearing "unloving" for disagreeing strongly with Warren's philosophy of what he terms "love"? By all means we must love all men, including our enemies. And sadly, many Christians have been antagonistic toward those of other religions. But then all religions have been (and continue to be) antagonistic toward those who do not adhere to them.

Love of one's neighbour does not mean refraining from witnessing to him. It means being there to help him in time of "America's Pastor" Rick Warren His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. How can a true believer in Jesus say he loves his neighbour and not desire to see him saved? That is a lie of the Devil. And that lie is permeating neo-evangelicalism through just such efforts to find common ground between Christianity and other religions.

Granted, Christianity is not true biblical faith; it has many faces, most of which are steeped in unbiblical error in both doctrine and practice. But the word "Christianity" connotes to the world faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to the Father YHWH. Warren may deny that he is promoting "Chrislam," but when he joins in worship with Muslims as he has done to celebrate their religious feasts, and when he says we worship the same god as do the Muslims, he is indeed engaging in Chrislam. Chrislam is based on the idea that Muslims and Christians worship the same god, which is exactly what Warren is saying.

By claiming that Islam and Christianity worship the same god, Warren and his cohorts are denying the truth they mouth: that Jesus is the only-begotten Son of God. Warren's claim, "My life and ministry are built on the truth that Jesus is the only way, and our inerrant Bible is our only true authority," rings hollow.

A major tenet of Islam is that "god has no son." Or, more specifically, "Allah has no son." In this, Muslims are correct. Allah (their god) has no son because Allah does not exist. He is a re-creation by Mohammed of the ancient pagan Arab moon god named "Allah."
Let's say it again and again, as many times as we have to in order to make a distinction between what we believe and what false Christians believe: Allah is not YHWH! I'll say it again: Allah is not YHWH!

Another argument posited by Muslims in their attempts to deceive Christians is that "Allah" is merely the Arabic word for "God." But if that's true, why is their testimony stated, "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet"? That's tantamount to saying, "There is no god but god." Clearly, "Allah" is the Arab god's name.

The lie that the god of Islam is the same God of Christianity, perpetrated by quisling Christians who are more interested in living in peace than they are in dying for God's truth, is wreaking havoc in the churches. And sad to say, it is gaining more and more adherents as time passes.

At the same time Christians are disarming themselves of God's truth, Islam in the majority is carrying out the dictates of Mohammed to rule the world in the name of Allah. Well, if Allah and YHWH are the same, then Rick Warren and those who agree with him will certainly welcome that! Why not shed themselves of all pretences and join in worshipping their "same god" as they work toward the same goal? Or perhaps they are, at least naively if not purposely-driven.


Media Spotlight is a ministry of Al and Jean Dager o the body of Christ, bringing understanding of the ways in which the world shapes our thinking and lifestyles through the influence of the mass communications media. It is based in Redmond, Washington USA.
Christians Together has published a previous piece from Media Spotlight on Dominion Theology entitled: 'Will the Church be all-conquering'.

See also: Blair and Warren: a deadly duo for peace


Al Dager, 21/04/2012

Feedback:
Fraser 23/04/2012 14:35
I don't think this is a good article and it's only fair to consider the response from Rick Warren directly to mistakes in the sources used for this piece.

http://saddleback.com/blogs/newsandviews/news--views-030212/

I'm all for defending the faith but why are we often so quick to try and knock others down?
iMac (Guest) 24/04/2012 22:56
Rick warren is a dangerous preacher and should be watched as he is a false preacher. Chrislam is being touted around America.
Editor 25/04/2012 15:14
I have been in contact with Al Dager who wrote the above piece. The background (reportedly from a blog source) to this is that in March 2012 -
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an Orange County Register reporter Jim Hinch broke a story that quickly went viral. Saddleback church, he reported, in conjunction with the Islamic Center of Southern California, had co-authored a historic interfaith document. Hinch's report reads in part:

The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America's most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The effort, informally dubbed King's Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims.

The effort by a prominent Christian leader to bridge what polls show is a deep rift between Muslims and evangelical Christians culminated in December at a dinner at Saddleback attended by 300 Muslims and members of Saddleback's congregation.

At the dinner, Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles, introduced King's Way as "a path to end the 1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians."
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Al Dager has replied to me:

"The article I wrote focuses on the reporting of the King’s Way document; the comments about Rick Warren and “Chrislam” were attendant to that document. If there is no such document (which I understand Warren claims) then the entire piece by Hinch is a lie and it should be exposed. It boggles the mind to think a veteran reporter would do such a thing, but then, who knows? Jim Hinch is a veteran reporter, but that doesn’t mean he won’t cloud an issue or make a mistake. If he reported something in error, then he should correct it.

I’ve e-mailed Rick Warren asking him for a phone interview to cover a number of questions regarding King’s Way, and specifically asking for a copy of the King’s Way document alluded to in the OC Register article.

Interestingly, Jihad Turk alludes to the document (“an expression of our shared values”) on the Web site for the Islamic Center of Southern California, and the ICSC has reproduced Hinch’s article on its Web site.

If/when I receive the answers from Warren I’ll get back to you. In the meantime, you might tell your site visitors that I am investigating further.

Thanks, and Lord bless,

Al
John Miller 26/04/2012 14:18
If anyone cares to research this issue carefully, which I have done, there cans only be one conclusion if faithfulness to the word of God is the set standard. That is that Rick Warren's approach is clearly apostate. We do not worship the same God as Muslims. They deny the deity of Christ. They deny His death on the cross. They deny His resurrection. They reduce His status to that of a prophet of their imaginary God, Allah. Rick Warren had the opportunity to preach the Gospel of Christ to an assemblage of Muslims and instead of doing so sold out for what he perceived to be personal advancement. He is Obama's favourite "pastor", but Obama is not a Christian. He is a pal of Blair, but I have yet to hear one word from him (Blair) that would convince me of genuine Christian faith. Warren has built up a tremendous following in the mega-churches of America but if you read his sermons and watch his videos they are littered with wrong teaching.
iMac (Guest) 26/04/2012 17:11
Well said John and exactly what people need to know about Warren. He is not the only false preacher, Joel Osteen, Todd Bentley etc etc

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