Are Church Leaders Affirming Allah?

My friends, I am posting this as a continuing commentary on the issue of Brian McLaren’s celebration of Ramadan and the implications of it.  He is clearly not the first “evangelical” to get too cozy with a false religion, and we as Christians need to clearly point this out, and bring to light all those prominent, influential Christian teachers and leaders, who are violating the biblical mandate to “be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers”.

By Joe Schimmel, © 2009, August 28, originally posted at WorldNet Daily

Has anyone noticed how hundreds of professing Christian leaders are compromising their faith by uniting with Muslims? Could it be that we are witnessing the formation of the prophesied one-world religion under the Antichrist? (Revelation 13:1-18)

For example, Brian McLaren, a prominent Emerging Church leader, announced plans to celebrate the Islamic holiday Ramadan, commemorating Muhammad’s reception of the Quran. On the Fourth of July, when most Americans were celebrating the birth of our nation, Rick Warren, “America’s Pastor,” addressed the Islamic Society of North America, which, the Department of Justice categorized two years ago as a co-conspirator in financing a foreign terrorist group!
Another Emerging Church leader, Tony Campolo, a proponent of the so-called “evangelical left” claimed that “even if” Muslims “don’t convert, they are God’s people.” Campolo further declared, “A theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam.” (“Speaking My Mind,” page 149). Campolo, like McLaren and Warren, has a habit of compromising biblical truth to forge unholy alliances with sworn enemies of the Gospel. Campolo admitted, “Consequently, anyone who accuses me of violating the biblical message is correct!” (“A Reasonable Faith,” page 190)
Even more chilling is the fact that over 300 prominent Christian leaders signed a letter issued by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture claiming that world peace is dependent on Muslims and Christians recognizing “Allah” and “Yahweh” as the same God. This letter, titled “Loving God and Neighbor Together,” was written in response to a signed document by 138 Muslim leaders titled “A Common Word Between Us and You.”

McLaren, Warren, Robert Schuller and Bill Hybels were just several of the signatories to this outright betrayal of Christ!
(Others included emergent leaders or supporters like Tony Jones, Scot McKnight, Jim Wallis, and Mike King.  Also signing was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Leith Anderson.)

Furthermore, both of these documents affirmed Muhammed as a “Prophet” of God and declared that world peace was dependant on mutual affirmation of the “unity” of God. Dr. William Lane Craig, a leading Christian apologist and philosopher, correctly stated that by signing this document, Rick Warren and others were, in effect, signing up to become Muslims! This is because an affirmation of Allah as God is a denial of the Triune God revealed in Holy Scripture. Moreover, the Quran denies that Jesus is the Son of God no less than nine times.
The Islamic “Common Word” document, in effect, calls on Christians to affirm the Islamic understanding of the unity of God as a precondition to achieving world peace. Part and parcel of implementing Shariah law around the world is the imposition of the worship of Allah worldwide:

Believe in Allah and say not “Trinity.” Cease! It is better for you! Allah is only One God. Far is it removed from his transcendent majesty that he should have a son. (Quran, Sura 4:171)

Incredibly, the very title of the Muslim document, “A Common Word Between Us and You,” is actually taken from a Quranic verse that calls for Christian’s (“people of the book”) to deny the Trinity (so-called “partners”) and to submit to Allah as the one true God:

O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah. (Quran, Sura 3:64)

Could it be that this “Common Word” document is part of a master deception? Islamic scholars teach that Muslims may engage in “taqiyya,” which holds that Muslims may lie to unbelievers to defeat them. After all, the Quran states that “Allah is the best of schemers” (Quran 3:54), and Muhammad used deception when he signed a 10-year treaty with the Meccans while preparing for their defeat just two years later, executing many who had given him their misguided trust (Quran 9:3).
The “Common Word” document was issued from the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought of Jordan. This same Institute has posted a number of fatwas condemning Christians to death for leaving Islam. So much for peace and tolerance! The Islamic concept of peace is tied to submission to Allah. However, God forewarned that the world would be saying “peace and safety” and given over to a “strong delusion” in the last days prior to Christ’s return (1 Thessalonians 5:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). This is very significant because the Bible states that the last days’ delusion will revolve around the spirit of the Antichrist, identified in Scripture as denial of the Father and the Son! (1 John 2:18-22; 4:1-4)

Joe Schimmel is senior pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Southern California and president of the apologetic ministry Good Fight Ministries, a Christian outreach exposing apostasy in pop culture and media. He is best known for “They Sold Their Souls for Rock n Roll,” which exposes the satanic influences behind much of yesterday and today’s popular music and how it is negatively influencing our youth. Pastor Schimmel recently partnered with award-winning director Christian J. Pinto to release “The Kinsey Syndrome,” a documentary showing how “The Kinsey Reports” have been used to change the laws concerning sex crimes in America.

4 responses to “Are Church Leaders Affirming Allah?

  1. Just an outsiders opinion here, I am not a Nazarene church member or a Christian for that matter, but its stuff that I have read here that ensure I will never call myself a christian. I think that is what has always confused me about Christians. Jesus was supposedly this loving person who you supposedly follow but yet you bash and name call anyone who doesn’t think like you or read the bible like you. apparently even other people who say they are Christians. I am not a perfect person but i have much higher morals than to participate in that stuff. just an outsiders perspective. Its ok if you do not publish this. I do not think I will be back to this site anyways. To much hate and tension.

  2. Why would anyone claim to support any of these emergent church leaders after an article of this magnitude? They have turned their backs to Christ and denied him with their signing of this document. What else must be shown to individuals to convince them that these men are false prophets?

  3. In our FORMER Nazarene church, the leadership wanted to form a small group called “How to pray muslim”! The announcement came at the end of the morning worship. Needless to say, we didn’t stick around long enough to find out how it turned out. That Sunday was our last with that congregation.

  4. Hey John,
    Not sure what exactly to say- but here it is- don’t want to make it too long for you. There is no hate from this site, and let me explain why that is so.

    First of all, I am sorry you are not a Christian. Jesus Christ said “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me”. He is the one who claims to be God, and He also claims to be, and is, perfect.
    The rest of us – we are all worthless sinners not worthy of God, yet Jesus died on the cross in order to pay the price for our sins. If we repent of our sins, He will forgive our sins, clean us up from all our unrighteousness, and we turn to Him in faith.

    I urge you not to look at imperfect people, but look at what Jesus did and what he says He is, and what He offers to you.

    That being said, and I don’t know how much of the Bible you read. But I will say this, I assure you that what I am doing here is biblically sound. The most harsh moments that Jesus and the apostles had, were when they were warning and scolding others about false teaching. We are commanded in the scriptures to expose false teaching, and in the end, even name the teachers, and have nothing to do with them if they persist.

    Jesus loved us, but that does not mean he was not ever harsh sounding, as well as the apostles. They knew that people would be lost if someone started preaching another gospel, and they took it very seriously. What I and others are doing may seem to you as bashing others, but it is following the Lord’s command to expose false teachers, so that others are not lead astray..

    Of course, I must be careful not to accuse people falsely, but the way to do that is to compare what they teach, with what the Bible clearly teaches, and if they are teaching things contradictory the ESSENTIALS of the Bible, they MUST be exposed, rebuked, corrected, and shunned if necessary, according to the Bible.

    Okay, I hope that helps a little bit. I pray that you will hopefully understand where that is coming from. Since you are not a Christian, that might be difficult. I would encourage you to read the Bible with an open mind to what Jesus taught about everything, and consider what I have said here in light of the scriptures. I pray that someday you will come to know the Jesus I know, as the Savior who He claimed to be, and as the answer for your life.

    You have my email ( if you have any questions you want to ask me personally).

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