“I believe that this article reveals the growing ignorance of Scripture among professing Christians in America today. The message of salvation through Christ alone is the foundation of Christianity.” Timothy Jerry
By Kade Hawkins
“I’m a Christian and I LOVE the Qur’an” reads the sign of Jordan Denari, a Christian woman protesting Islamophobia at a recent Washington DC rally.
The sign represents the latest attempts to show public displays of support for Muslim refugees and Muslims in general by Christians.
Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins became the center of controversy last week when she announced on her Facebook that she would be wearing a hijab during Advent to show “religious solidarity with Muslims.”
She further stated, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God,”.
The Wheaton political-science professor said she hopes she is not the only non-Muslim woman wearing a hijab this holiday season and that she wants to start a movement of women showing their solidarity for Muslims. The ‘wear a hijab’ movement has already spread to several schools across the nation.
Wheaton, much to their credit, proceeded to suspend the teacher pending a review of her statements to see if they contradicted the schools statement of faith.
Hawkins suspension, Wheaton clarified, is not for showing solidarity with Muslims and wearing the hijab but her beliefs regarding Islam & Christianity.
Wheaton issued the following statement in regards to the suspension:
“While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God’s revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation and the life of prayer. Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s faith foundations with integrity, compassion and theological clarity. As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the college’s evangelical Statement of Faith.”
However, this didn’t stop over 100 Wheaton students who have protested her suspension and demanded she be reinstated. Hawkins has also received widespread praise through the media for her actions.
A student’s admiration for their professor is understandable, but for Christian students to demand the right to be under the influence of a teacher promoting false doctrine is quite remarkable at a private Evangelical Christian school.
Is this next generation of Christian leaders at Wheaton ready to endorse the belief that “we all worship the same God” the product of a society that pushes pluralism or is it also thanks to the influence of Chrislam in our churches.
Chrislam is the term used to suggest that Christianity and Islam are compatible. Those Christian churches that have so blurred the differences and distinctions between Christianity and Islam are on the rise and the next generation of youth seems to be ready to endorse such beliefs despite Christianity and Islam being diametrically opposed on the most important of issues – the identity of Jesus Christ.
True Christianity declares Jesus to be God incarnate. For Christians, the deity of Christ is a non-negotiable, for without His deity, Jesus’ death on the cross would not have been sufficient to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:2).
Islam adamantly rejects the deity of Christ. The Qur’an declares the idea that Jesus is God to be blasphemy (5:17). Belief in the deity of Christ is considered shirk (“filth”) to Muslims. Further, Islam denies the death of Christ on the cross (4:157-158).
The most crucial doctrine of the Christian faith is rejected in Islam. As a result, the two religions are absolutely not compatible, making Chrislam a concept both Christians and Muslims should reject.
However, Hawkins is hardly the first Christian leader to endorse Chrislam-type tendencies or to offer mixed messages:
Brian Houston of Hillsong Church in Australia, addressed his congregation with these words, “Do you know – take it all the way back into the Old Testament and the Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God. Allah to a Muslim, to us Abba Father God. And of course through history, those views have changed greatly. But let’s make sure that we view God through the eyes of Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the beauty of a Savior, the loving open inclusive arms of a loving God.”
At President Obama’s inaugural invocation in 2009, Pastor of Orange County, California’s Saddleback Church, Rick Warren, cited several names for Jesus when leading the audience into the Lord’s Prayer: “I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus, who taught us to pray…”
Whereas the context of Rick Warrens comments suggest he was attempting to bridge the gap of different names used for Jesus – his efforts show how easy is is for our words to cause confusion. To the Muslim, the “Isa” of the Qu’ran is very different than the Jesus of the Bible. The Qur’an’s Isa is not an historical figure. His identity and role as a prophet of Islam is based solely on supposed revelations to Muhammad over half a millennium after the Jesus of history lived and died.
Islam’s Qur’an does not portray the divinity of Jesus Christ, nor claim Him to be the only-begotten Son of God – Messiah – God in human flesh, nor state that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and resurrected from the dead. Islam denies the true gospel of Christianity – the core reason Jesus came to earth. This fundamental gap between Christians and Muslims cannot and should not be bridged or smoothed over with a watered-down doctrine for the sake of “brotherly love”.
For a very detailed breakdown of the differences between Isa and Jesus please click here
In 2010, Larry Reimer, a minister of the United Church of Gainesville, FL, in response to a local Qur’an burning, chose to read scripture from the Qur’an as part of his worship services, adding, “Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all part of the Abrahamic tree of faith. We all believe in the same God, and in many aspects we are all trying to accomplish the same goals.”
We increasingly hear and read that Christianity and Islam ‘share’ Jesus, that he belongs to both religions. So also with Abraham: there is talk of the West’s ‘Abrahamic civilization’ where once people spoke of ‘Judeo-Christian civilization’. This shift of thinking reflects the growing influence of Islam. The latest mantra is that we are all “people of the book”.
Islam regards itself, not as a subsequent faith to Judaism and Christianity, but as the primordial religion, the faith from which Judaism and Christianity are subsequent developments. In the Qur’an we read that Abraham ‘was not a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a monotheist, a Muslim’ (Âl ‘Imran 3:66). So it is Muslims, and not Christians or Jews, who are the true representatives of the faith of Abraham to the world today. (Al-Baqarah 2:135)
While housing the offices for “Christians and Muslims for Peace”, Robert Schuller, former pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, began the movement toward softening the well-known words of Jesus in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Schuller told an Imam of the Muslim American Society that “if he came back in 100 years and found his descendants Muslims, it wouldn’t bother him….”
Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, an Episcopal priest for over twenty years, dons her white collar of Episcopal priesthood on Sunday mornings, then ties on her black headscarf to pray with her Muslim group on Fridays, saying, “I am both Muslim and Christian”. She sees compatibility in Islam and Christianity at the most basic level and has endorsed the Muslim teaching that all true Christians will accept Islam.
Some Christians and Jews are faithful and believe truly. (Âl ‘Imran 3:113,114) Any such true believers will submit to Allah by accepting Muhammad as the prophet of Islam, i.e. they will become Muslims. (Âl ‘Imran 3:198)
Brian McLaren, founding pastor of non-denominational Cedar Ridge Community Church in Baltimore, Washington, and a leading voice in the emergent church movement encouraged his congregation and other Christians through his blog to participate with Muslims in a Ramadan fast, which celebrates the month the Qur’an was supposedly sent down.
Another leader in the Emerging Church movement, Dr. Tony Campolo, says he is not convinced that Jesus lives only in Christians, reasoning that an Islamic “brother” who has fed the hungry and clothed the naked clearly has a personal relationship with Christ, only he doesn’t know it.
A few years ago, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston joined with Christian communities in Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit to create a series of sermons designed to promote an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam. Sunday School lessons on the same theme would center on the inspired teachings of the Prophet Mohammad, and Qur’ans and Bibles would be placed side by side in the church pews.
Ironically, a side by side comparison of the Bible and the Qur’an would show two faiths that are the exact opposite.
The Jesus of the Gospels is the basis upon which Christianity developed. By Islamizing Him, and making of Him a Muslim prophet Who preached the Qur’an, Islam destroys Christianity and takes over all its history. It does the same to Judaism.
In the end times as described by Muhammad, ‘Isa becomes a warrior who will return with his sword and lance. He will destroy the Christian religion and make Islam the only religion in all the world. Finally at the last judgment he will condemn Christians to hell for believing in the crucifixion and the incarnation.
This final act of the Muslim ‘Isa reflects Islam’s apologetic strategy in relation to Christianity, which is to deny the Yeshua of history, and replace Him with a facsimile of Muhammad, so that nothing remains but Islam.
Rather than trying to pretend we believe the same things and create a system of belief that both fundamental Islam and Biblical Christianity reject, a frank and honest discussion about our differences would seem to make much more sense.
Part of the problem with our culture is that we use similar terminology but mean different things by those same words. Until we examine what is actually meant by what we say, confusion will abound.
We highly recommend the site Answering Islam for a honest and intelligent conversation on the key differences between the Bible and the Qur’an.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/December21/213.html#AoACiAMRoz4fjrqt.99