on Jun 24, 2011
No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. (1 Corinthians 10:20-21)
Islam Becomes Favorite Evangelical Fetish
For at least the past six years now online apologetics and discernment ministries like Lighthouse Trails Research, as well as here at Apprising Ministries, have warning about the growing infestation within evangelicalism of critical thinking skills-numbing corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM), such as that taught by Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster along with his spiritual twin and Southern Baptist minister Dallas Willard.
You may remember that none other than Emergent Church guru Brian McLaren told you they were “key mentors” of the Emerging Church. So what did you think these mentors were teaching the leaders within the sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church, who have now gone on to develop a quasi-universalism in their new version of Progressive Christian theology under their spiritual circus “big tent” Emergence Christianity?
This uber-inclusivism has led to increasing syncretism within the visible church and I’ve noted for you a marked rise in interest concerning the world religion of Islam as evidenced e.g. by Chrislam And The Gospel Of Islam. I also pointed out in Jim Wallis And Sojourners Making Muslim-Christians that the founder of Islam, Muhammad, was actually a false prophet who did not hear from the one true and living God of the Bible at all.
The fact is, Muhammad fails the test as a Biblical prophet when he calls us [to] go after other gods (cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-4) because the capricious, singular, Allah (cf. Surah 5:73) is most clearly not the loving and triune one true and living God of the Bible. In addition, the revelation Muhammad received—the Qu’ran—specifically denies the Deity of Christ; and God has told us:
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (1 John 4:2-3)
My opening text makes it quite clear the Lord Himself has told us that, though they may indeed be very sincere, the faithful Muslim is not serving God, they are serving demons; as it is written — All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods! (Psalm 97:7) However, this hasn’t stopped spiritually obtuse professing Christian pastors for signing up with Faith Shared: Uniting in Prayer and Understanding coming up this Sunday.
In his World Net Daily report What would Jesus think? Churches now promote Islam today Michael Carl shares some quotes from an interview he conducted with me the other day on this ‘Spiritual treason’ seen as ‘something hostile to Jesus Christ himself.’ Pastor Carl tells us:
Dozens of churches, from Park Hill Congregational in Denver to Hillview United Methodist in Boise, Idaho, and First United Lutheran in San Francisco to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu, are planning to send “a message both here at home and to the Arab and Muslim world about our respect for Islam” with a time to read the Quran during worship this Sunday.
It’s not just wrong, but dangerous, according to Christian trends analysts. The aim of the program, which is promoted by social activists behind the Faith Shared website, is to counter the message from Islamic activists who say opposition to their religion is the product of what they call a cottage industry of hate.
Carl then gives my take on this lunacy in the Lord’s Name:
Not so fast, says apprising.org religious trends analyst Ken Silva. “I would think they need to have their spiritual heads examined. It’s foolish to think that we’re going to read something that originates with demons and read that in a Christian church,” Silva said.
The action amounts to “spiritual treason,” he asserted. Pastors of participating churches declined to discuss their programs with WND. But Silva said, “Second Corinthians 6:14-18 (the verse warning against partnering light with darkness) says we’re forbidden to do that kind of thing.
It’s one thing to be friendly with someone in Islam, but it’s a whole other thing in a Christian community to be reading something that is antithetical to Christianity and is hostile to Jesus Christ himself.”… Silva believes the real reason for the Shared Faith event is spiritual emptiness in the country.
“So many Christians talk to each other and they read other Christians rather than read the Scriptures themselves. There’s a real move inside our country right now for an ecumenism and a syncretism trying to bring everyone together and it’s rooted in contemplative spirituality,” Silva observed.
“There’s a deception that comes. They’re under the impression that God is trying to bring all people together, and bring in God’s dream for the world to make the world a better place,” Silva continued.
“The Gospel has been changed from repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name to God wants to make the world a better place, get involved with where He’s working and bring about His dream,” Silva added.
“It’s what Walter Martin would say spiritually obtuse Christians are easy marks for the more militant of the Muslims who are presenting this as some big Islamophobia,” Silva said.
“We are not hateful to Muslims, but we are hostile to Islam because it enslaves people. We want people to be free,” Silva said. (Online source)
If you’re interested in hearing more from me on this topic, Michael Carl was also kind enough to include a longer audio clip within Shocker! Churches promoting Islam as well. The bottom line is this: As CSM spreads as a cancer throughout the church visible its leading purveyors like the Emerging Church rock star pastor Rob Bell, co-teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church along with his good friend and fellow mystic Shane Hipps, have been successful—particularly within the younger sectors of evangelicalism—in blowing up the pillar of sola Scriptura.
So now, right within mainstream of the visible Christian community, we’re being led by neo-Gnostics of The Emerging Church On A Wild Goose Chase after another Jesus than the one we’ve always proclaimed, and to receive a different spirit from the one we received, and to accept a different gospel from the one we’ve always accepted (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:4). And along with this, their mystic mush god with a man-shaped hole in his/her/it’s heart has issued a new command: “You shall shut off your mind and love mankind, whom you worship, with all of your heart and all of your true self and all of your strength in your nonduality.”
I personally would suspect that what is breaking our Lord’s heart right now would be, as the Gospel is being changed, we hear nary a peep from evangelical leaders in The New Downgrade With Its Apostles Of Unbelief.
 http://tiny.cc/dpm2s, accessed 6/24/11.
Full Permision to place article. Thank you Ken Silva