Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. (1 John 2:22-23)
The inter-faith document A Common Word Between Us and You may be old news to some of you, however, it managed to fly below my radar. I was quite shocked this morning in reading about it. The website link associated with this antichristian effort is http://www.acommonword.com/ The excerpt below from that site summarizes the intent of the document.
‘A Common Word Between Us and You’ is an inter-faith theological document initially released on October 13th 2007 as an Open Letter, signed by 138 leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals (including such figures as the Grand Muftis of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Bosnia, Russia, and Istanbul). It was addressed to the leaders of the Christian churches and denominations of the entire world, starting with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. In essence, the Open Letter proposed, based on verses from the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Bible, that Islam and Christianity share, at their core, the twin ‘golden’ commandments of the paramount importance of loving God and loving one’s neighbor. Based on this joint common ground, it called for peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims worldwide.
The Yale Center For Faith and Culture issued what they called a “Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You”. This response can be read at the link http://www.yale.edu/faith/acw/acw.htm.
Below is a partial list of influential professing Christian leaders that signed this document which called for religious harmony and spiritual unity between Islam and Christianity based upon the arguments found in “A Common Word Between Us and You”. I recommend that you read this list of leaders carefully. It’s truly shocking to see some of the names and institutions it contains.
- Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
- Dr. Don Argue, Chancellor, Northwest University, Former President, National Association of Evangelicals, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
- David Augsburger, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Rev. Dr. Stuart Briscoe, Minister at Large, Elmbrook Church, Brookfield Wisconsin, USA; Founder, “Telling the Truth, Inc.”
- David Yonggi Cho, Founder and Senior Pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea
- Rev. Richard Cizik, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals
- Robert E. Cooley, President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts
- Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
- Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary, Reformed Church in America
- Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Lynn Green, International Chairman, Youth With A Mission
- Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL
- R Peter Kuzmic, Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of World Missions and European Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Rektor, Evandjeoski Teoloski Fakultet, Osijek, Croatia
- Robert K. Johnston, Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Dr. Warren Larson, Director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies, Columbia International University, SC
- Brian D. McLaren, Author, Speaker, Activist
- Richard Mouw, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
- David Neff, Editor in Chief & Vice-President, Christianity Today Media Group
- Rev. Roy Oksnevad, Institute of Strategic Evangelism at Wheaton College
- Steve Robbins, Pastor and Director, Vineyard Leadership Institute
- Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Professor of Church History and Ecumenics, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Director of the David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality
- Rev. Herschel Rosser, Associate Pastor, Vineyard Church of Sugar Land, Stafford, TX and Texas Area Church Planting Coordinator, Vineyard, USA
- Rev. Dr. Robert Schuller, Founder, Crystal Cathedral and Hour of Power
- Marguerite Shuster, Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
- Rev. Dr. John Stott, Rector Emeritus, All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, UK
- William Taylor, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance
- Michael W. Treneer, Internation President, The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO
- George Verwer, Founder and former International Director, OM
- Rev. Berten A. Waggoner, National Director, Association of Vineyard Churches
- Dr. Dale F. Walker, Affiliate Professor, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
- Jim Wallis, President, Sojourners
- Rick Warren, Founder and Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church, and The Purpose Driven Life, Lake Forest, CA
- John R. Franke, Professor of Theology, Biblical Seminary, Hatfield, PA
I imagine that some of these prominent signatories rationalize their support of the document because they believe that evangelical Christians must use common religious ground as a bridge to convince Muslims that Jesus is both God and Savior. Good intentions can pave the road to hell though. Jesus never bonded with Satan even though the serpent can talk scripture with the best.
Christianity Today issued responses to the controversy surrounding this issue which can be read at the links:
Scholar rational underlying professing Christian support of the document can be read at the link:
Abuse of Muslims and Christians is a 21st century atrocity. Great powers have used both religious groups as pawns on the Grand Chessboard.
Radical Islamic violence against Christians and pre-emptive military attacks by right-wing extremists against Muslim nations terrorize this world. I pray that Muslims and Christians peacefully coexist while true believers wisely work to convert Christians to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior. Support for the interfaith document, however, is blasphemous and counterproductive to the cause of converting Muslims to Christ.
The divinity of Jesus Christ is the essential non-negotiable core doctrine upon which Christianity is based. Islam denies this fundamental doctrine. For that reason alone I believe that supporting this interfaith document is an act of apostasy. This is especially true for professing Christian teachers well versed regarding the sound biblical doctrine of Christ.
Yes, I truly believe that apostasy is the most appropriate word that could be used to describe the support of professing Christian leaders for “A Common Word Between Us & You”. The Apostle John would consider these supporters to be tares, liars and antichrists. If you think that this is too severe, please consider the following truths taught by Jesus and John.
Jesus claimed equality with God. (John 10:25-30; John 14:8-11; John 17:21) He said that dishonoring him dishonors God. (John 5:23; John 15:23) He claimed power over life and death and miraculously proved it. (John 5:22; John 6:35-40; John 11; John 17:1-3; John 20)
Jesus’ beloved disciple John taught that Jesus Christ is the true God. (1 John 5:20) He revealed that Jesus made the world. (John 1:10) He proclaimed that anyone denying the truth that Jesus is the Christ is a liar and antichrist. (1 John 2:22-23) He said that anyone who doesn’t believe these things is making God out to be a liar. (1 John 5:10)
In light of these truths how can evangelical leaders say that Christians share common religious ground with Muslims? The foundations of these two faiths are diametrically opposed to each other in many areas. Do these evangelicals now believe that Allah is God and Mohammed is his prophet? Have they accepted the Koran as God breathed? How can so many prominent Christian leaders claim to share common religious ground with lying antichrists? How can so many evangelical leaders miss the mark that sinful human nature is the common ground that should be used as the bridge to Muslims in order to reconcile them to God? This is evangelical apostasy! Christians should do good to Muslims. They should treat them with respect. Embracing a false theology that neglects the truth that God is in Christ reconciling the sinful to himself, however, provides a false comfort to lost Muslims, false peace to the world, and false teaching to the church. Christians must faithfully speak the same truth John did about those who denied that Jesus was the Christ: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. (1 John 2:22-23)