New accusations connect Rick Warren with Chrislam
After an Orange County Register article describes Saddleback Community Church's outreaches to the Islamic community, pastor taken to task on conservative websites
BY: Rob Kerby
Christianity? The largest entities in American Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention, won’t even join the World Council Churches, which is made up of fellow Christians. Further, the Catholic Church considers pointless any call for unity that cannot result in all parties acknowledging the supreme authority of the Vatican.
Islam’s two largest entities, the Sunnis and Shi’ites, can’t even agree with each other on much – but do hold that Jesus was a prophet who had good things to say, but did not die on the cross and did not resurrect. The more fundamentalist Wahabis are wary of any theology other than their own – and are not about to embrace Christianity.
Nevertheless, with Warren’s people shaking their heads in dismay, the controversy rages on.
Jan Markell, writing for Right Side News, tells of her skepticism regarding Warren, saying she “shuddered” when she heard some of the accusations. “When he spoke to the Islamic Society of North America and withheld the Gospel, I reacted again. ISNA is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The moderate Christian website Crosswalk recently noted in its “Religion Today Summaries”:
“The Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, one of America’s most influential pastors, has received criticism for a new effort to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. According to the Orange County Register, Warren has been outreaching for years to Muslims, including breaking Ramadan fasts at mosques and addressing thousands of Muslims at a national convention in D.C., and has now embarked on an endeavor called “King’s Way” that aims to bring Christians and Muslims together.
“The ChristianNewswire reports that Warren’s church and Muslim leaders have co-authored a document outlining points of “agreement” between Christians and Muslims, affirming they believe in “one God” and share the “love of God” and “love of neighbor.”
“They have also agreed to not evangelize each other. Warren has denied that he is promoting “Chrislam” — a merging of Islam and Christianity — but Steve McConkey, president of the ministry 4 WINDS USA, argues: “Rick Warren and others who follow him are being led in the wrong direction. Instead of fulfilling the Great Commission of winning and building men and women in the faith, they are building a Tower of Babel that leads to nowhere … something