Saturday, January 12, 2008

FUNDAMENTALS: What They're Not!

Al Mohler's got it right! In a recent address the young (soon to be President) SBC leader pointed to the dangers of religious conciliation at the practicing level.
[Mohler] expressed concerns this week about the recent Christian response to a historic Muslim letter in which signers appeared unclear about their Christian identity and different beliefs of God.
Geopolitics aside, faith is a serious business and not truly of this world. If the world is in trouble it is not the first time, nor will it be the last time!
[Mohler pointed out, correctly, that the response to the Muslim missive] failed to clearly define the Christian understanding of God as the trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Muslims and Mormons are in the same barrel concerning the object of their faith; their deity is not remotely similar, let alone equal to, the God of Scripture. As much as mankind wants reconciliation and peace on earth, Christian's must not allow a common humanity to define the object of their faith.
Mohler explained that Muslims also believe in Jesus but only as a prophet, not as the son of God. Therefore, Christians must distinguish what kind of God they believe in when responding to the Muslim letter, which emphasized love for a common God.
We do not have "a common God"! Concerning Jesus Christ, specifically, Mohler said ...
He is the incarnate Son of God. He is the second person of the Trinity. He is the Lord over all. Any minimization of that is a huge problem.
Amen! And Amen! The
full-page letter, "endorsed by nearly 300 Christian leaders," ...
... appeared in a December issue of The New York Times. The letter was drafted by scholars at Yale Divinity School’s Center for Faith and Culture in response to an October letter signed by 138 Muslim scholars, clerics, and leaders that encouraged Muslims and Christians to work more closely for world peace.

At the heart of the Muslim letter was the “common ground” that believers of both faiths share – love for God and love for neighbors.

There is no common ground with Muslims, or any other belief system ... for has God not said and does He not mean ...
[We must] not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?

For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
When Christian leaders such as ...
Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of The Purpose Driven Life; Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill.; Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; and David Neff, editor-in-chief and vice-president of “Christianity Today” Media Group ...
... sign on to such a regretful document the cause of Christ and the furtherance of the Kingdom are seriously damaged.

This effort on the part of well-meaning, but misguided leaders, is nothing like the document addressing issues concerning American morality, signed awhile back by evangelical leaders ... this document is an offer of capitulation to an avowed and prophetic enemy of Jehovah God.

Mohler goes on to comment on the event in some detail, it's worth clicking over to and get the full text.

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