It is as if the Ten Commandments had never been written – or at least the first one. But given that they have been written, it is as if they were never read. That certainly seems to be the case with clueless and compromised “Christian” leaders who proudly jump into bed with Islam.
And that figure of speech is of course fully appropriate – as well as profoundly biblical. Scripture tells us constantly that idolatry and the worship of false gods is a type of spiritual adultery. It even speaks about whoring after other gods, and so on.
Thus when people claiming to be God’s shepherds push for alliances with false religions, they are sinning big time, and asking for trouble. They are certainly violating the first and chief commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me”. And they are doing the very thing we so often read about in the Old Testament.
Time and time again the Israelites made alliances with foreign religions and false gods, and Yahweh could not sit back and do nothing – he had to punish his people for doing this. As he warned them so very clearly, “I will not share my glory with another”.
Today the same sin of spiritual syncretism, idolatry and apostasy is happening throughout the West. One Christian leader after another is going down the path of Chrislam: the vain and dangerous attempt to bring Christianity and Islam into one big happy religious family.
Well, it cannot be done, as I have written elsewhere. These two religions are so fundamentally opposed and so diametrically opposite that any such attempt is doomed to fail. Indeed, any attempt always means Islam winning, and Christianity submitting. But see here for more on this: billmuehlenberg.com/2009/09/16/sorry-but-i-am-not-buying-into-chrislam/
Increasingly we find examples of dhimmis and clueless wonders bending over backwards to appease Islam. While we might expect ignorant secularists to do this, it is always a shock to find those who should know better doing it. Consider this latest example of a Christian leader submitting to Islam:
A leading liberal clergyman has come under fire from traditionalist Anglicans after allowing a full Muslim prayer service in his church. Reverend Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s in Waterloo, central London, joined in the event by reading a passage from the Bible at the ‘Inclusive Mosque’ event.
He then asked the congregation to praise ‘the god that we love, Allah’, it was reported last night. It is thought to be the first time an entire Islamic service has been held by the Church of England and has sparked criticism from evangelical clerics.
Orthodox clergyman said the event was against canon law, which prohibits any divergence from the official liturgy. They argued that it could be ‘offensive’ to Christians who are persecuted for their faith. Rev Goddard defended his decision to hold the event, describing it as a ‘very moving’ service. He said his intention was simply to offer people a ‘place to pray’.
There is just so much wrong with this that one does not know where to begin. Don’t Muslims have their own places to pray? Of course they do. There are hundreds of mosques in London – many of them former churches. It looks like St John’s in Waterloo is about to become another church-turned-mosque.
As I have said before, all this is one-way traffic. Just how many mosques have open doors for Christians to come in and pray and sing the praises of Jesus, the Son of God? Um, none would be the correct answer. Muslims would never allow it, since they consider it blasphemous to say that Jesus is the Son of God.
They would sooner lop off the head of any such infidels as allow this to be heard. Indeed, all over the Muslim world Christians are being imprisoned, tortured and slaughtered. Simply to exist – to be an infidel – makes you fair game. Yet here we have this clueless wonder not only bringing the false religion of Islam into a house of the true and living God, but giving them free rein.
And for this vicar to actually tell his people to praise Allah is absolutely staggering. He might as well tell his people to praise Baal or to praise Zeus. We most certainly do not all worship the same God, and the God of the Bible is most certainly not the God of the Koran. See here for more on this:
While this vicar may think he is just engaging in a bit of friendly interfaith worship, what he is really doing is allowing Muslims to gain a foothold in his church, as they seek to turn it over to the service and submission of Allah. They are certainly going to take every advantage of this in the promotion of Islam, while this guy does not have a clue.
This is another great example of a false shepherd leading his flock astray. And it is another great example of taqiyya, or Islamic religious deception, in action. The Muslims would be laughing amongst themselves, amazed at what pushovers so many unaware Christian leaders are. For more on taqiyya see here: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/10/09/islam-taqiyya-and-the-media/
As I said, there are plenty of former churches in London, the UK, and around the West which have been taken over and are now fully functioning mosques. Show me an example of the reverse anywhere in the Muslim world. How many mosques turned into churches do we know of in Saudi Arabia or Iran?
The simple truth is, Islam is an expansionist and evangelistic faith. It has as its goal the complete Islamisation of the world, in which everyone bows to Allah. The three options for the kafir have always been the same: conversion, dhimmitude or death.
Thus these Muslims know full well what they are doing here, while this vicar is lost in space somewhere. Christianity is supposed to be about proclaiming the truth of the gospel, which is that Jesus Christ is the only way to getting right with God.
It is about proclaiming the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to deal with the sin question. Yet this apostate vicar seems to have jettisoned those beliefs long ago. He seems more concerned to sit around with Muslims in one big ecumenical service than to love them enough to show them how they might get right with God.
This guy can ramble on all he likes about love and acceptance, but he knows nothing about biblical love obviously. There is nothing loving at all about allowing people to head to a lost eternity because you would rather sing the praise of a false religion than challenge it.
Elijah did not give the Baalists a free ride at all – he took them head on. Jesus did not for a moment put up with the baloney of the Pharisees. Paul did not mollycoddle the religious Athenians – instead he was grieved in his spirit at their idolatry.
Yet today we have church leaders who would call Elijah, Jesus, Paul and others intolerant, bigoted, and unloving. They would try to show them a better way. But this is called deception, dhimmitude, and delusion. This vicar needs to see the light – and soon. And we can rightly pray that God will improve him or remove him.