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I agree with Rick Warren!
Posted By Joseph Farah On 07/13/2009 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Rick Warren told the Islamic Society of North America last week that he is not interested in interfaith dialogue; he’s only interested in interfaith projects.
I agree with Rick Warren.
So let’s get started. I have a project to suggest. It’s very simple. It’s very straightforward. I think it’s a great starting point for Christian-Muslim action.
Let’s get Muslims to stop killing and oppressing Christians and Jews around the world.
That would be the speech I would deliver to a group such as the Islamic Society of North America, a front group for the extremist Muslim Brotherhood, which has incubated and supported terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida and Hamas.
But, then again, it’s unlikely ISNA is ever going to invite me to address its national convention. And that’s just fine with me.
Nevertheless, I’m serious about my proposition. I really do agree with Rick Warren that “interfaith dialogue” is a waste of time. There are only four kinds of relationship Christians should have with unbelievers, according to the Bible:
Am I missing anything? Maybe so. But I can’t find a single biblical reference that suggests believers should develop public works projects with non-believers. It may sound good. It may tickle the ears. It may seem like it makes sense from a worldly perspective. His Word does not suggest we should, as Rick Warren suggests, attempt to “team tackle” the world’s problems with non-believers.
There’s simply no biblical precedent for any of this.
For instance, Rick Warren thinks we should work with Muslims to address certain issues. This is what his so-called PEACE plan is about. The issues on which we are supposed to work together are the following:
All these ideas sound nice. They sound humane. They sound reasonable. They sound like areas for “common ground.”
But, as far as I can see, they have nothing to do with what Jesus taught.
Yes, we are to deal with spiritual emptiness – in the name of Jesus.
Yes, we are to deal with corrupt leadership – in the name of Jesus.
Yes, we are to help the poor – in the name of Jesus.
Yes, we are to cure the sick – in the name of Jesus.
Yes, we are to educate – in the name of Jesus.
As we are told in 2 Corinthians 6:14: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
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